BA Intercultural Communication with Business Management (with a Foundation Year)


If you've thought about going to university, but something got in the way - or if you didn't achieve the grades you needed, but are passionate about your subject - our Humanities Foundation Year programme is perfect for you.

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Gain the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to excel in a humanities degree, with our innovative Foundation Year programme.

At UEA we believe everyone should have the chance to study at degree level. If you have a passion for your subject, but for whatever reason, don’t yet have the grades required for the three-year programme, our Foundation Year is a great choice. You’ll undertake an intensive and exciting year of study, majoring in your chosen subject and developing your study skills. We offer a rigorous but supportive teaching and learning experience, that’s also very rewarding.

When you successfully finish your Foundation Year, you’ll be perfectly placed to progress to your BA Intercultural Communication with Business Management degree.


You will study with dedicated lecturers from UEA’s Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities, exploring a wide range of academic subjects including Literature, History, Philosophy, Film, Television and Media, American Studies, Politics and the History of Art.

You’ll benefit from smaller class sizes and individual tutorials, helping you to get the most out of the year. You’ll gain a sound theoretical basis for your continuing studies, as well as discovering new areas of study. You’ll be actively encouraged to develop your own scholarly interests and ideas throughout the year.

We’ll support you as you cultivate your study skills, gaining essential knowledge of many of the concepts, methods and techniques you will need in order to thrive on your degree programme. This is a very supportive programme and we’ll work closely with you to identify and work towards your own individual learning goals.

Course Structure

During your Foundation Year, you will study a mixture of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to tailor your studies to your interests, while ensuring you develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to achieve your full potential during the rest of your degree.

In your Humanities: Techniques and Methods module you’ll discover the kinds of academic approaches and methodologies you’ll use in your degree.

In your Humanities: The Key Concepts module you’ll explore key theories and ideas in the humanities and discover how they relate to political, social, historical and cultural contexts. For example you might study ideology and myth, feminism, otherness, cultural landscapes, power and representation.

You may choose to study a module on the Cultural and Creative Industries where you will critically investigate a range of areas such as television, film, new media, publishing (fiction and non-fiction), archiving, galleries, museums and heritage, among others. You’ll have the chance to explore the relationship between theory and practice in these areas. Alternatively you can choose to study a language module in place of Cultural and Creative industries, such as Arabic, French, Japanese, Italian or Spanish.

The remaining modules offer you a range of subject-specific options including history, literature, visual cultures, politics, and media, or you can select to continue further with a language. By studying a combination of two of these options, you will not only be able to investigate key areas of your chosen degree subject, but you will also gain an interdisciplinary perspective on it through exploring an adjacent humanities discipline. This is your opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in subjects closely tied to the rest of your degree, or even to try something new while you are on the Foundation Year.

Teaching and Learning


Our modules are taught via lectures, presentations, seminars and workshops, and incorporate a variety of teaching methods and study tasks to prepare you for the different types of learning and teaching you will experience during your full degree. Through seminars, interactive training sessions and supportive feedback you will be able to develop skills in areas such as essay writing, research, preparing and giving presentations, and understanding and evaluating scholarly arguments. Your Foundation Year will be taught by award-winning lecturers who are specialists in their fields, and the teaching is informed by cutting-edge subject research and a strong commitment to innovative and engaging teaching practice.

Independent study

Your Foundation Year will be an intensive course. You will need to work independently between classes to make sure you are fully prepared for seminars, workshops and assessments, and are making the most of the resources and facilities available to you at UEA. We will support you as you develop your ability to study independently in this way, cultivating skills that will be of great benefit in your degree, and later career.

Your modules will be accompanied by detailed reading lists that direct you towards essential reading and recommended texts, chapters and articles, as well as multimedia resources. This means you can organise and prioritise your research and wider reading easily. Study materials are also available via Blackboard (UEA’s online learning platform). Specially-designed group and individual study tasks will help you to work effectively between classes.


During your Foundation Year you will be assessed in a variety of ways which will allow you to explore different learning styles and become familiar with the format and expectations of degree-level assessment.

We use innovative methods to enable you to learn from your peers as well as from teaching staff, and this in turn will help you to build confidence in your abilities and develop into a more independent learner. For example, there is a strong emphasis on formative assessment. That means you will receive feedback on drafts of written work to help you improve. Group tutorials will also help you hone your thinking.

You will also benefit from the support of one of the course lecturers as an individual adviser throughout your programme, receiving a series of individual tutorials to ensure you are progressing well, are happy and are achieving your full potential.

After the course

Once you successfully finish your Foundation Year you will go straight on to the BA Intercultural Communication with Business Management degree.

If, during the year, you discover your interests and ambitions lie elsewhere, you can also apply to switch to one of the other degrees offered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, with the approval of the Admissions Director.

If you are interested in progressing to a language degree after successfully completing the Intercultural Communication with Business Management Foundation pathway, this would be subject to previous language experience (usually GCSE or equivalent in a language) and an interview with a language lecturer. If no previous language ability can be demonstrated, applicants wishing to progress on to a language degree will be expected to take language modules during their Foundation Year and achieve a minimum of 50%. Explore your options, look at our courses, and decide where you want your degree to take you.

Career destinations

Examples of careers you could enter include:

  • Communication
  • Human resources
  • Consultancy and PR
  • Translation
  • Mediation and training
  • Sales and marketing
  • Language education

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2020/1


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level CCC - for further details on how we review your application please see below.
  • International Baccalaureate 28 points
  • Scottish Highers BBCCC
  • Scottish Advanced Highers DDD
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 6 subjects at H4
  • Access Course Pass 45 credits at level 3. Humanities and Social Sciences pathway preferred.
  • European Baccalaureate 60%

Entry Requirement

We welcome applications from students with non-traditional academic backgrounds.  If you have been out of study for the last three years and you do not have the entry grades for our three year degree, we will consider your educational and employment history, along with your personal statement and reference to gain a holistic view of your suitability for the foundation course. You will still need to meet our GCSE English Language and Mathematics requirements.

If you are currently studying your level 3 qualifications, we may be able to give you a reduced grade offer based on these circumstances:

  • You live in an area with low progression to higher education (we use Polar 4, quintile 1 & 2 data)
  • You will be 21 years of age or over at the start of the course
  • You have been in care or you are a young full time carer
  • You are studying at a school which out Outreach Team are working closely with


Students for whom English is a Foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 6.5 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.


Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application.


The annual intake is in September each year.

Alternative Qualifications

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.



GCSE Offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

Course Open To

This course is open to UK applicants only. Foundation courses for international applicants are run by our partners at INTO.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The application allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.



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