Degree Course

BA (Hons) International Business (with Foundation Year)

A university degree in International Business can open doors and kickstart a fantastic career. This degree is delivered in partnership with and awarded by Leeds Trinity University

Key information about this course
Programme Start Date:
Qualification Code
4 Years (with Foundation Year)
Application Deadline:
London, Limeharbour
Awarded By:
Leeds Trinity University
How You Will Study
Classroom, Flexible Study Hours
Direct Contact Hours
Independent Learning Hours
Course Overview

This International Business degree has been uniquely developed to prepare you for the modern day business environment. The curriculum and how we deliver the course will help you acquire the skills and knowledge employers need.

As technology narrows the gaps between nations, international markets become accessible to all businesses. Nowadays, most companies engage in international operations, cater to global consumers, or compete on an international scale. Our International Business degree is designed to equip you for a leadership role in the business world. It provides the opportunity to gain the essential knowledge and skills to effectively navigate and thrive in the International Business and Management arena.

This comprehensive four-year programme begins with a Foundation Year, offering an alternative pathway to university education and degree attainment.

This option suits those without the required qualifications or those who feel unprepared for university-level studies. It's also beneficial if you're returning to education and need support in adapting to a university learning environment.

The Business Foundation Year enhances your academic abilities, builds confidence, and introduces vital concepts, discussions, and skills that will underpin your subsequent undergraduate years.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you'll seamlessly transition to Year 1 of our International Business BA (Honours) degree.

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This International Business degree has been uniquely developed to prepare you for the modern day business environment.

Why study this course?


an honours degree from Leeds Trinity University


key skills employers demand through practical assessment and real business world teaching


for further study on an MBA or similar Master level course

Why study with ABA?
“A fantastic learning environment
…I would strongly suggest anybody looking to start their career to take their 1st step with Applied Business Academy”!
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Study Options
4 Years (with Foundation Year)
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Course Details

Throughout your Foundation Year, you will engage in modules designed to bolster your academic prowess and furnish you with the necessary tools for confident studying. An individual project will enable you to delve into an area of personal interest aligned with your chosen future subject specialisation.

You will be introduced to the fundamental tenets of business operations and management, delving into the inception of enterprises, as well as the core principles of marketing.

Upon the successful culmination of the Foundation Year, you will seamlessly transition into the initial year of our Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in International Business.

This course will provide you with a solid grounding in the fundamental underpinnings of business, marketing, and accounting, with a comprehensive exploration of each from a global perspective.

The objective of this degree is to nurture the skills essential for your evolution into a future business leader. You will acquire insights into the mechanisms behind international corporate functioning, adeptly managing and communicating with colleagues from diverse cultural backgrounds. Furthermore, you will master the art of product development, adaptation, and international market promotion.

The modules you will study will afford you the chance to focus on specific countries and regions, dissecting business practices and cultural nuances across various corners of the world. You will delve into the motivations and methods driving companies toward internationalisation, delving deeply into industries that pique your interest. The learning experience will extend beyond the classroom, enriched by interactions with accomplished speakers from distinct sectors of the economy.

Theoretical concepts will seamlessly integrate with practical application through professional work placements, offering you the option to operate within a globally-oriented UK business or an international context.

In your final year, you can collaborate with a chosen employer to deliver a professional work-based project, culminating in a capstone experience. Upon graduation, you will emerge equipped with the confidence, skills, and determination required to effect a meaningful and successful influence within the realm of international business.

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Foundation Year
During your Foundation Year, you will study four core modules:
(1) Academic Skills and Studying with Confidence
(2) Project
(3) Introduction to Business Operations and Management
(4) Starting a Business and Fundamentals of Marketing

Each term, you will study one module from each of these four categories.

Year 1
During your first year, you'll study four core modules:
(1) Marketing Fundamentals
(2) Principles of Accounting and Finance
(3) People and Organisations
(4) Globalisation and Social Justice

Year 2
The modules shown below are subject to approval.
During your second year, you'll study four core modules:
(1) Global Business Environment
(2) Professional Development and Placement
(3) Business Research and Analytics
(4) International Business Strategies

Year 3
The modules shown below are subject to approval.

During your final year, you'll study two core modules, and you will be required to choose two option modules:

(1) Global Supply Chain Management (Core)
(2) Professional Learning and Practice (Core)
(3) International Marketing (Option)
(4) Creative Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Option)
(5) Contemporary Issues in Sustainability (Option)
(6) Project Management (Option)
(7) Money, Banking and Finance (Option)
(8) Research Project (Option)

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should have GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or higher or accepted equivalent qualification and a level 3 qualification equivalent to an A level.

Applications are welcome from mature students with few or no formal qualifications. These applications will be assessed based on any previous relevant work experience or learning, an interview, a written task and an English proficiency test.

This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa.

If you are uncertain whether you will be eligible to apply for this course, please contact the Admissions Team.

Selection Process
Wherever possible, you will be invited to the ABA campus to meet the AdmissionsTutor for an informal interview and to have a tour of our campus. If it may not be possible for you to visit in person and the Tutor/Academic has any queries about your application, you may be contacted by Microsoft Teams, email, or phone. Our Admissions Team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Call us on +44 (0) 203 701 1184 or via our contact form.
Following review of your application by ABA, information will be shared with Leeds Trinity University who will contact you with final confirmation of a decision on your application.

Career Progression

We have developed this degree course in such a way that all our graduates become work ready, and fully prepared to embark on a career of their choosing. We recognise that people want to progress at different rates, and that certain career pathways have different levels of entry. For example, accountancy requires a professional qualification (e.g., ACCA, CIMA etc.) as well as a degree.

To support you in achieving your goals, our career development team will work with you to identify the right course of action for you. In some cases, it means getting straight into employment, after finishing the programme with us. In other cases, this might mean work with on-the-job further study (e.g. trainee accountant). Others may require study at Level 7 (Master’s), or even Level 8 (PhD or DPhil).

The type of career paths you might enter following this course include (but are not limited to):

  • Human Resource management
  • Finance or accounting
  • Marketing (incl. digital)
  • Supply chain and logistics
  • Entrepreneur / business owner
  • Business teacher or lecturer
  • Business adviser, mentor, or coach
  • Customer relations & retail
  • Legal & professional services
  • Sales
  • Administration
  • Public services
  • Third sector & not-for-profit manager
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Meet the Team

Prof. Margaret Bruce

Executive Dean

Sana Maqsood

Module Leader

Maria Dantili

Programme Leader

Patricia Johnson

Module Leader

Course Fees & Funding
£9,250 per year
Not applicable

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees, or a maintenance loan. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants and disabled students.

UK & EU Students (with settled status): Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2023/2024. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years. Living costs, e.g. travel, food, will also need to be taken into consideration. Support maybe available to help with this cost. English and EU students can apply and find out more on the Student Finance section of the website. When you apply for your student loan you will need to supply the correct UCAS code for your course of study. This code will depend on your study location, course and start date (see table below) and will be sent to you in any offer email you receive from Leeds Trinity University. Please ensure that you use the correct code to help avoid delay with the processing of your application and receipt of any student loan.