BA Modern Language and Business & Management (French)
Year of entry: 2022
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- Degree awarded
- 4 years
- Typical A-level offer
Grades ABB PLUS GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language (or English Language) and Maths both grade B/6
- Typical contextual A-level offer
Grades BBB PLUS GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language (or English Language) and Maths both grade B/6.Find out more about contextual admissions.
- Refugee/care-experienced offer
Applicants who have been in local authority care for more than three months or have refugee status may be eligible for an offer two grades below the standard requirements.Find out more about contextual admissions.
- Typical International Baccalaureate offer
34 points overall. 6,5,5 in Higher Level subjects
- How to apply
- Gain advanced linguistic skills, cultural understanding and business knowledge in French.
- Take dedicated business language classes to gain international management skills.
- Spend Year 3 studying in a French-speaking country.
- Study management units covering economics, finance, accounting, technology, business and entrepreneurship, taught by specialists from Alliance Manchester Business School and our Economics department.
- Study at a university ranked in the UK top 10 for Modern Languages and Business and Management (QS World University Rankings 2019).
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Tuition fees for home students commencing their studies in September 2022 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £21,500 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.
Policy on additional costs
All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).
We offer dedicated financial support packages of up to £2,000 for residence abroad students, based on their household income.
You will be automatically assessed for the award based on your Student Finance financial assessment - you just need to make sure you apply for a financial assessment the academic year in which your residence abroad will take place.
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Grades ABB PLUS GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language (or English Language) and Maths both grade B/6.
Clarification on GCSEs, regarding Modern Language and Business and Management programmes
If you are taking a GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language, then you will need B/6 in both that Language and in Maths, but only C/4 in English Language. if you are not taking a GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language, then you will need B/6 in both English Language and Maths.
Unit grade information
The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available. Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application. Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.
Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C or 4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.
Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification.
34 points overall. 6,5,5 in Higher Level subjects
Other international entry requirements
We normally require grades AABBB in Scottish Highers. In addition, one Scottish Advanced Higher is normally required at Grade B. Where a pre-requisite subject is required at A-level, then this Advanced Higher should be in that subject.
We also need a minimum achievement of Grade B at SCQF National 5, in both Maths and a Language.
English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).
If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) to which you plan to apply.
The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements.
If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.
The University of Manchester welcomes applicants with the European Baccalaureate. Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications, applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all applicants will be considered on an individual basis.
We normally require 77% to include a minimum of 7.5 in Maths.
In making offers, the University will focus on the three A Levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A Level requirements for their chosen course.
The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.
Applicants completing the INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester international foundation programme are required to achieve ABB in academic subjects and grade B in the EAP with writing and speaking grade B and listening and reading grade C.
Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation year are required to achieve ABB in academic subjects and grade B in the EAP with writing and speaking grade B and listening and reading grade C.
Please read this in conjunction with our A-level requirements, noting any pre-requisite subjects.
For all other foundation programmes please see this list of approved UK foundation programmes .
Pearson BTEC qualifications
MLBM programmes also require GCSE Maths Grade B/6.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: we consider the National Extended Diploma for entry, preferably in a subject relevant to this course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Diploma with grades Distinction, Distinction, Merit, in a humanities-related subject such as English Literature, History or Politics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: we consider the National Diploma for entry, preferably in a subject relevant to this course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades Distinction, Distinction, plus one A-level at Grade B in an essay-based subject such as English Literature, History or Politics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma : we consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry, preferably in a subject relevant to this course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with a Distinction grade, PLUS one A-level at Grade B in an essay-based subject such as English Literature, History or Politics, PLUS an EPQ or AS at Grade B.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate : we consider the National Extended Certificate for entry, preferably in a subject relevant to this course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with a Distinction grade, PLUS two A-levels at Grades BB (one of these A-levels should be in an essay-based subject such as English Literature, History or Politics).
The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy BTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and BTEC Certificate. The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new BTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification.
If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) to which you plan to apply.
OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications
In addition to any of the below, applicants will also need to have achieved a minimum of GCSE Grade B/6 in a modern foreign language.
MLBM programmes also require GCSE Maths Grade B/6.
Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC): we do not consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry to this course.
Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC): we consider the Technical Diploma for entry, preferably in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with grades Distinction, Merit, plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A Level at grade A in an essay-based subject such as English Literature, History or Politics .
Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC): we consider the Technical Foundation Diploma for entry, preferably in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with grades Distinction, Distinction, plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A Level/A Level at min. Grade B an essay-based subject such as English or History, PLUS an EPQ or AS Level at grade B.
Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC) : we consider the Technical Extended Certificate for entry, preferably in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Certificate with grade Distinction, plus two additional Level 3 qualifications such as A Levels at grades BB in an essay-based subject such as English or History.
The University of Manchester will consider applications from students who have achieved legacy CTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the CTEC Extended Diploma, CTEC Diploma, CTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and CTEC Certificate. The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new CTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification.
Access to HE Diploma
The specific course requirements are a minimum of 30 credits with a Distinction grade, plus 15 credits with a Merit grade, all in a Humanities-related subject. Where possible, 15 of the Distinction credits should be in the pre-requisite subject required for A-levels.
Applicants to Languages programmes are also required to have a minimum of GCSE grade B/6 in a modern language or in English Language.
We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.
Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3, M2, M2 in the Pre-U and ABB at A level in three distinct subjects.
If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
The University recognises the value of Level 3 Core Mathematics qualifications. Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer we make. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider a student's application, particularly for courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element that does not require A Level Mathematics. Academic Schools may also choose to take a student's performance in Core Mathematics into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.
Where a course requires applicants to have at least grade 6/B or higher in GCSE Mathematics we would be likely to consider a pass in Core Mathematics at a minimum grade C or B as an alternative way to fulfil this requirement. Where an A Level in Mathematics is required then Core Mathematics will not be accepted in lieu of an A Level.
A Level and GCSE Mathematics requirements for our courses vary according to subject so we advise students to contact the academic School, who will clarify whether a student's portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry onto the chosen course.
Non-standard educational routes
All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency. The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:
- GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade C/4 or;
- IELTS 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in any one component, or;
- An acceptable equivalent qualification.
The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.
Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English Language policy, including a list of some of the English Language qualifications we accept, can be found here .
English language test validity
Application and selection
How to apply
Advice to applicants
Mitigating circumstances may be personal or family illness, other family circumstances, change of teachers during a course, problems with school facilities or an unusual curriculum followed by your school or college. We recommend that information on mitigating circumstances that have affected or are likely to affect your academic performance should be included in the referee's report.
We cannot usually take into account information that is supplied after an adverse decision has been made on an application by the admitting School. If you encounter mitigating circumstances after you have submitted your application, please inform the admissions staff in the School to which you applied as soon as possible.
Where mitigating circumstances have already been taken into account, for example by the relevant Exam Board, we will not be able to make further allowances.
How your application is considered
You will be invited to an interview prior to an offer being made for this course.
You will be invited to an interview prior to an offer being made for this course.
Your interview will form part of a visit day, during which you can sample aspects of your chosen course, meet with academics staff, hear from current students and find out about the latest Residence Abroad options.
Your interview will offer you the opportunity to explain your interests and qualifications, and how your chosen course fits with your motivations and study experience.
Returning to education
Access courses are acceptable as an entry route to this course - please contact the UG Admissions Team.
Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications
I chose the University because I found the environment so well balanced between in-campus and off-campus life.
The highlight of my university experience so far has definitely been my year abroad! I found that attending the university in Paris and living there allowed me to not only improve my language skills and experience the French university life, but I also learnt to live independently in a foreign speaking country, integrate into the culture, boost my confidence and make long lasting friendships.Isabela Del Carmen / BA French and Business Management
The BA Modern Language and Business and Management (French) course gives you a thorough grounding in the language and culture of the French world, as well as the principles of business and management and their application in global workplaces.
Language study offers more than just language fluency. You'll explore diverse aspects of the culture, society, history, politics and literature of French-speaking countries, helping you to develop intercultural awareness and communication skills - both highly valued by employers.
You can vary the focus on either Business and Management or French Studies from year to year after Year 1 to tailor your degree to your interests.
You'll benefit from excellent teaching, student support, cutting-edge facilities, and the vibrancy and cultural diversity of Manchester itself, Western Europe's most multilingual city.
Studying abroad at partner universities and in professional environments in the French-speaking world gives you an unforgettable and invaluable experience.
Develop your leadership skills
Get the edge in today's globalised business environment on the Manchester Leadership Programme , which includes local volunteering and guest visits from international business managers.
You can study and/or work for up to a year in a country relevant to your chosen language(s) to improve your language skills in a native-speaker environment.
Collaborations and partnerships
We have links with language and cultural institutions across the city, including:
- Confucius Institute - a hub for Chinese culture.
- Instituto Cervantes - a centre for Spanish culture.
- HOME - international and contemporary art, theatre and film.
- Alliance Française - home of French language and culture.
Join the Francophone Society and benefit from French classes, discussion groups, cheese and wine nights, film screenings, themed socials and a yearly trip to Paris.
There are over 30 international and language-related student societies offering cultural activities and experiences.
Teaching and learning
You'll learn through formal lectures, seminars and tutorials, spending 12 hours a week in formal study sessions.
For every hour of university study, you will need to complete a further 2 to 3 hours of independent study.
This could be spent reading, producing written work, revising for examinations or working in the University's Language Centre.
You will be trained in modern spoken and written French by following a high-level core language course.
From Year 1, you will discover how the language really works by learning about its morphology, syntax, phonology and phonetics.
You will develop your French language skills by working with oral and written French texts and engaging in discussions in French. Most of this language instruction takes place in French and is predominantly taught by native speakers.
Independent, monitored self-study will reinforce your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.
Coursework and assessment
You will be assessed through:
- written and oral examinations;
- coursework (including web-based and library research, linguistic fieldwork and data collection);
- a dissertation based on a research topic of your choice.
Course content for year 1
Your time will be divided equally between your language and culture and business and management studies.
Compulsory units introduce finance, management, microeconomics and macroeconomics, and develop transferable skills. You choose two further options across management, finance and economics units.
Year 1 equips you with skills such as linguistic expertise, the ability to read and analyse material, presentation, group work and independent language learning.
Course units are broad-based at this level and cover a range of topics from the medieval period to aspects of contemporary French and Francophone culture.
Course units for year 1
|Fundamentals of Management||BMAN10011||10||Mandatory|
|Fundamentals of Finance||BMAN10552||10||Mandatory|
|French Cultural Studies||FREN10070||20||Mandatory|
|Identity in Modern France||FREN10150||20||Mandatory|
|French Language 1||FREN51011||20||Mandatory|
|French Language 2||FREN51022||20||Mandatory|
|French Language 3||FREN51030||20||Mandatory|
|Fundamentals of Technological Change||BMAN10252||10||Optional|
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Course content for year 2
You continue with an even distribution between business and management and French studies.
Alongside one compulsory unit, you tailor your business studies by choosing from a range of options.
You have the chance to study Leadership in Action with national leaders as part of the Manchester Leadership Programme. You can also put your learning into practice with local charities and social enterprises by participating in the Manchester Enterprise Challenge.
Year 2's core language course prepares you for the linguistic challenges of your year abroad, including dedicated sessions on writing CVs and cover letters for job applications in French.
The other Year 2 course units fall under literature, history and popular culture, and linguistics and translation, including:
- French art;
- modern French literature;
- French linguistics;
- translating novels and bande-dessinée (comics);
- cinema; and
- the representation of conflict.
All of these include a research component that encourages you to develop your skills of analysis and information-gathering, working independently or in a group.
Course units for year 2
|Firms and Management in Comparative Perspective||BMAN22000||20||Mandatory|
|French Language 4||FREN51040||20||Mandatory|
|French Language 5||FREN51050||20||Mandatory|
|Race and Empire in the French-speaking World||FREN20562||20||Optional|
|Temptations of the Tragic: Love and Death in French Literature||FREN20681||20||Optional|
|Media, Performance, & Digital Culture in Contemporary France||FREN21211||20||Optional|
|Gender and Sexuality in French Cinema||FREN21332||20||Optional|
|Pragmatics: Meaning, Context, and Interaction||LELA20291||20||Optional|
Course content for year 3
Year 3 is spent abroad in approved study or work in a French-speaking country.
Course content for year 4
There is a broad range of specialised units available in business, management, accounting and finance, economics and entrepreneurship.
You can take up to two-thirds of your units in either business and management or language and cultural studies.
You will continue your core language course and choose additional more specialised units, building on Year 2 study.
Language study is centred on essay-writing, translation and oral work involving discussion of texts, debates and presentations.
Year 4 course units cover topics closely related to the research interests of staff. As part of your final-year work, you can write a dissertation on a theme of your choice related to one of your course units.
Course units for year 4
|Human Resource Management||BMAN30042||10||Mandatory|
|French Language 6||FREN51060||20||Mandatory|
|Management of Knowledge and Innovation||BMAN30010||20||Optional|
|Human Resource Management||BMAN30042||10||Optional|
|Share Prices and Accounting Information||BMAN30071||10||Optional|
|Advanced Corporate Finance||BMAN30111||20||Optional|
|Corporate Governance in Context||BMAN30211||10||Optional|
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The University Language Centre is home to language resources, including a new interpreting suite and purpose-built recording rooms.
The Centre also offers multilingual word processing, language learning software, off-air recording and AV duplication, multilingual terrestrial and satellite TV, and extensive support and advice for learners.
Learn more on the Facilities page.
The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate.
At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability .
Examples of jobs recent management graduates have gone onto include audit graduate, HR graduate analyst, internet consultant and management trainee.
A wide range of companies employ our management graduates, including Balfour Beatty, Deutsche Bank, KPMG, Microsoft and Tesco.
Management graduates have also gone onto further study in business, economics, enterprise and branding at institutions across the UK and internationally, including London Business School, the University of Jiao Tong and the University of Lausanne.
A degree in Modern Languages and Cultures paves the way for a broad range of careers.
You'll develop intercultural awareness and enhanced communication skills - both highly valued by employers.
You'll also acquire transferable expertise at the very heart of language learning, including enhanced powers of perception and interpretation and advanced decision-making and multitasking skills.
You'll develop independence and self-confidence during your residence abroad, and your intercultural communication skills will make you a strong contender for media, journalism and PR roles.
Many of our graduates go straight into business services, marketing, advertising, management, banking or communications.
Others pursue postgraduate study or further vocational training to become accountants, lawyers, teachers (both in the UK and overseas) or to enter the Civil Service.
The University of Manchester is the most targeted university in the UK for top graduate employers (High Fliers Research, 2019).
Employers who have taken on graduates of our French courses in the past include KPMG, Deloitte, L'Oréal, BT, Louis Vuitton, Rothschild, Hilton Hotels, British Council, Teach First, Barclays, and the BBC.