The innovative course is the first of its kind, developed in partnership with the Institute of Export (IOE) to provide you with the professional and academic skills to succeed in international business.
The course is designed for ambitious individuals and organisations, and is taught online by university tutors and international trade experts. It also offers you full access to all of our resources.
Assessed through work-based assignments, it means that everything you learn on the course is translated quickly to ensure maximum business and personal impact.
Suitable for all professionals working in export, import or trade, irrespective of industry or sector, the course allows you to learn alongside others from all aspects of global trade practice.
What’s more, you’ll benefit from an increasing academic and business network as you progress through the course.
for Student satisfaction**NSS 2016
"There are thousands of vacancies for positions in international trade, ranging from jet-setting salespeople and compliance officers to risk planners and shipping managers.
"Our pioneering new Foundation Degree prepares graduates for such positions, addressing legal aspects of trading internationally and ways of mitigating risk, alongside market research, marketing in new cultures, logistics and compliance issues.
"It is the only qualification which enables students to harness prior applied learning, gained in employment, to underpin the formal recognition of their skills and knowledge."
Lesley Batchelor, Director General of the Institute of Export
Want to hear some good news? You won’t have to sit ANY exams to pass the course!
Instead, all assessments you undertake are designed to utilise and develop skills and learning pertinent to international trade and management.
This is achieved through project work, presentations, course work assignments and case studies
The Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the East of England, with nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and approximately 6,000 students from more than 100 countries.
Our striking and award-winning business school building in Chelmsford, as well as new buildings in Cambridge, offer the most advanced learning technologies. We’re well-recognised for our centres of excellence by students, employers and professional bodies alike.
What makes us stand out is that our courses don't just give you sound academic knowledge – they’re at the cutting edge of current business practice and highly relevant to employers. This is owing to the close links we have with the business community and the partnerships we've developed with a wide variety of businesses and public service organisations.
We're interested in people who are confident, ambitious and ready to take the challenge of making a difference in the world of business. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
We usually require you to have an A-level or NVQ level 3, with Maths and English GCSEs at grade C or equivalent.
If you don’t meet these criteria but have relevant work experience, you are encouraged to apply and credit may be awarded for prior learning and experience.
Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.
We also require you to have a good standard of English (IELTS 5.5 or equivalent), evidenced, if necessary, by standard level qualifications.
Important additional notes
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