Management with Spanish BA


Fact file - 2017 entry

UCAS code:N2R4
Qualification:BA Hons
Type and duration:4 year UG (year 3 out)
Qualification name:Management with Spanish
UCAS code
UCAS code
Management with Spanish | BA Hons
4 years full-time (year 3 out)
A level offer
Required subjects
A level Spanish grade B or above; also GCSE maths grade B 
IB score
34 (18 points at Higher Level including 5 in Spanish) 
Course location
Jubilee Campus 
Course places
Approximately 40 places across N2R4 N2R1 and N2T1

This course may still be open to international applicants for 2016 entry. Please visit our international pages for details of courses and application procedures from now until 4pm Friday 2 September.


Covering the same core areas as our Management BSc, this course includes the opportunity to spend a year abroad in Spain or a Spanish-speaking country.
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This four-year course offers you the opportunity to expand your horizons by spending a year abroad improving your language skills. As well as learning the fundamental principles and practices of business and management, you'll also have the opportunity to study language-specific subjects such as media, literature, politics, or culture.

Year one

The first year serves as a broad foundation to the study of a range of business disciplines and typically includes core modules in entrepreneurship, organisational studies, business economics, marketing, managing operations, quantitative analysis, Spanish language and modules on Spanish language and culture. 

Year two

The second year typically includes core modules in strategic management, human resource management, marketing, economic policy, technology and organisation, and Spanish language and history. There are also two optional modules.

Year three

Spent in Spain or a Spanish-speaking country, either studying or on an industrial placement, or a combination of the two.

Year four

The final year includes core modules in strategic management, human resource management, international business and Spanish language. You will also take part in a sustainable business challenge and will have six optional modules.

See also the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.


Entry requirements

A levels: AAB with A level Spanish grade B or above (excluding general studies, critical thinking and citizenship studies)

GCSEs: For all our degree courses, we require GCSE maths grade B or above (unless the AS level or one of the A-levels is mathematics)

English language requirement 

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies. Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS. Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.

Alternative qualifications 

View the alternative qualifications page for details.

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.

Notes for applicants

The Business School has accreditation agreements with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Professional stage of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Chartered Institute of Insurance (CII). The CII accreditation also includes the Industrial Economics programme.

All applicants to whom we make an offer are invited to visit the Business School and to meet members of staff and students. The school does not normally interview candidates for its undergraduate degrees; our offers are made on the basis of the information contained on your UCAS form. We welcome applications from mature candidates and consider academic and professional backgrounds on an individual basis. We also consider other qualifications in addition to those listed above.



Typical year one modules


Business Economics

This module introduces students to the microeconomic theory of the market and the firm. Topics covered include:

  • Market Demand
  • Supply and Equilibrium
  • Firm Production and Costs
  • Market Structure
  • Perfect Competition
  • Monopolistic Competition
  • Oligopoly
  • Monopoly
  • Consumer Theory and Market Failure

The module aims to introduce students to key microeconomic tools and concepts in order to prepare them for Level 2 economic modules.

Consumers and Markets

This module will cover the ways in which marketing and consumption drive business and shape society. It will provide an historical perspective, consider marketing professions and leadership within organisational contexts, and examine contemporary environments for marketing and consumption with particular attention to globalisation, innovation (including the transformative force of new technologies), and ethical and sustainability issues.

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the contexts in which markets develop, and marketing and consumption are practiced, to enable students to develop a personal and critical perspective prior to studying the technical aspects of marketing management.

Entrepreneurship and Business

This module presents a formal analysis of entrepreneurship in theory and practice leading on to a consideration of creativity and business concept generation. You will have 11 two-hour lectures with the module concluding with the practical application of these theories and concepts in a business planning and business concept presentation. 

Managing Operations in the Digital Enterprise

In this module, you will study the Digital Enterprise, which will provide an integrated overview of Operations Management and Information Systems; key technology trends such as cloud and mobile computing; manufacturing systems design and management including lean thinking and business process re-engineering; service operations design and management, including operations planning and control; supply chain design and management; Customer Relationship Management; Business Intelligence and analytics. You will have 11 90-minute lectures, four one-hour seminars and five computer laboratory sessions.

New Venture Creation

New Venture Creation will engage you in the more practical elements of innovation and enterprise activity, in terms of creating new businesses and entrepreneurship within the corporate environment. You will become prepared for enterprise activity across a variety of contexts. You will have 11 two-hour lectures and four one-hour mentored groups. 

Organisational Behaviour

This module will introduce students to the basic ideas of organisational behaviour. The content will encourage them to develop an understanding of managing and developing people within business organisations. The module will draw its primary material from the major theorists and theories of both organisational psychology and organisational behaviour. The module will also develop links with other aspects of the business school curriculum such as general management and international business.

The module aims to introduce students to the basic ideas and concepts of organisational behaviour.

Quantitative Analysis for Business

This module provides a grounding in practical aspects of quantitative analysis with an emphasis on understanding and analysis of data. You will learn to apply statistical techniques to formulate and solve quantitative business problems as well as develop skills in the use of spreadsheets for statistical analysis and in interpreting statistical results.

A group project forms part of the assessment allowing you to improve your team working and management skills. You'll have ten two-hour lectures and three one-hour computer labs.

Spain and Portugal in the 20th Century

In this module you'll study the evolution of Spanish and Portuguese history, politics and culture from 1898 to the present day. You'll be encouraged to draw links between the Portuguese and Spanish experiences, and place both countries' experience of the 20th century within the broader context of European and wider global history in this period.

Particular emphasis will be placed upon the development of both countries from a (perceived) position of 'difference' and 'backwardness' to relatively prosperous, economically developed and culturally diverse members of the European Union. You will spend around four hours in lectures each week.

Spanish 1

This module will combine revision of grammar with intensive exposure to a variety of types and registers of written and spoken Spanish, concentrating on appropriate thematic areas. It will consolidate and build on basic written, aural and oral language skills.

This module aims to consolidate students' understanding of grammar and their ability to comprehend both structures and meanings in a variety of written texts, journalistic and otherwise. They will be encouraged to broaden their range of discursive strategies in both written and spoken Spanish and will also be trained in the comprehension of broadcast items on current affairs.  

Work and Society

This module explores the nature of work and society. The module will look at the development of our understanding of work and society. The development of the industrial and the post-industrial society will be explored and its impact on the nature of work, organisation and management. There will be a historical and critical review of the schools of thought and key writers. Examples of research into individual and group experiences of work, organisation and management will be discussed.

The module aims to develop an understanding of the key theories and concepts in the development of society and the nature of work.


Typical year two modules


Contemporary Economic Policy

This module introduces you to the nature and scope of the macroeconomic policy agenda, and develops the analytical frameworks necessary for the evaluation of policy instruments. The module enables you to understand the economic arguments that underlie different views and to evaluate relevant arguments. You'll have ten two-hour lectures and three one-hour tutorials to study for this module.

Human Resource Management

The module looks at theories of HRM, recruitment and selection, reward, training and development, performance appraisal and broader contextual issues.

The module aims to introduce students to the concepts and ideas of Personnel Management and HRM.

Marketing Management

This module is designed to focus on the strategic and operational aspects of marketing management. It will examine:

  • understanding the marketing concept
  • the role of marketing within business and its contribution to business performance and enhancing value
  • developing marketing strategy
  • segmentation, targeting and positioning
  • managing the marketing mix
  • planning and implementation

The aims of this module are to:

  • introduce the concept of marketing as an approach to business
  • discuss the nature of marketing strategy
  • investigate the challenges of managing the marketing mix
  • understand how the application of the principles of marketing can assist in the strategic management of an organisation
Metropolis and Empire: Spain, Portugal and the Americas 1492 to Independence

You'll be introduced to the broad patterns of historical development of Spain and Portugal and of their emerging and evolving American colonies, over the three centuries of the imperial experience.

You'll focus mostly on the interconnections between metropolis and colonies in each case, but also on the discrete experiences of Spain, Portugal and of the major colonial centres, thus providing an understanding of the background to modern Spain, Portugal and Latin America. You will have a weekly one-hour lecture and one-hour seminar to study for this module.

Spanish 2

This module will build on grammatical knowledge and communication skills. There will be one written and one laboratory class per week. Written classes will concentrate on developing essay writing skills in Spanish using a range of Spanish texts as stimuli. Special attention will be given to developing complex sentence structures and rhetorical devices. Laboratory classes will use a range of contemporary audio-visual materials from Spanish and Latin-American sources to develop aural comprehension and conversational ability in Spanish. It will include preparatory work for the year abroad.

Strategic Management: Content and Analysis

To aid the formulation of effective strategies, this module will introduce and analyse the fundamental tools and techniques of strategic management. Content will include:

  • The concept of strategy
  • Environmental analysis (including the Five Forces framework, strategic groups, and scenario planning)
  • Internal resources and competencies (including the resource-based view, core competencies, and dynamic capabilities)
  • Positioning strategies (including Porter's Generic Strategies, Value Chain, and Blue Ocean Strategy)
  • Corporate Strategy and diversification (including portfolio matrices and Rumelt's diversification types)
  • The alignment of strategy and structure
  • Growth methods, including M&A and strategic alliances

The module aims to provide students of management with the key tools, concepts and frameworks of strategic analysis.

Technology and Organisation

This module will examine a number of technologies , including cloud computing, 3D printing, nanotechnology, genetic modification, synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, robotics, genetic medicine and bioprinting, in the context of wider sustainability issues. In doing so it will explore the broader themes of convergence, technological determinism, transhumanism and the Singularity.  

The module aims to examine the technologies that organisations will use in the future and why, and in particular to address how new technologies may play a key role in sustaining organisational operations and industrial civilization.


Plus 20 credits of approved optional modules.


Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management

This module develops an understanding of corporate entrepreneurship and an appreciation of how larger firms can be designed to be more entrepreneurial, flexible and innovative. You'll have 11 90-minute lectures and two one-hour seminars. 

Economics of Innovation

In this module, you will cover topics including: innovation in the history of economic thought, basic concepts in the economics of innovation, Intellectual property, economics of networks, standards and dominant designs, the entrepreneur, innovation, demand and consumption, clusters, innovation and the division of labour, innovation, competitiveness and trade, policy for innovation. You will have 11 90-minute lectures and two one-hour tutorials.

International Firms

This module examines the international business environment; in particular the impact of international firms on the economy, the determinants of Foreign Direct Investment and their significance on regional and global economic integration. Attention is paid to cultural and organisational aspects of international business and their impact on Corporate Social Responsibility, as well as differences in corporate governance across economic areas. The structure of the module is based on three sections focusing mainly on the activities of MNEs, firm organisation and performance, and the impact of international firms on the economy.  

The module aims to convey knowledge to students and expose them to a learning process involving teamwork experience in research and writing of reports.

Introduction to Business Operations

This module will introduce you to the scope and importance of operations management in both service and manufacturing businesses. The content of the module will be explored using a variety of management games and includes how IT and knowledge management is used to support operations, strategies for success in manufacturing operations, planning and forecasting, infrastructure development, how to gain competitive advantage through the effective management of the supply chain, the virtual enterprise, and achieving, managing and measuring quality. You will have 11 90-minute lectures and two one-hour seminars.

Introduction to Finance

This module will introduce you to basic corporate and personal finance concepts, including the time value of money, financial markets, shares and bonds, financial risk and return, raising money, and the elements of investment. You will 11 90-minute lectures and two one-hour workshops.


Typical year three modules

Year three is spent in Spain or a Spanish speaking country.

Please see the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies year abroad page.


Typical year four modules


Business Ethics

This module explores the relationships between business and society through the theories and practices of business ethics and social responsibility. You will begin by looking at the concept of business ethics, discussing citizenship theory and the challenges of globalisation, before going on to discuss the impact of businesses on individual stakeholder groups and analysing business ethics and social responsibility in relation to each group.

This module consists of a one-hour lecture each week, with four one-hour seminars.

Contemporary Developments in Human Resource Management

This module examines a number of advanced topics in the area of Human Resource Management and you will cover topics including employment regulation; equality and diversity; voice and participation.

International Business

This module will introduce you to key international business concepts. You will study topics such as the environment, theory of multinational enterprises, entry strategies, international leadership and operating in international markets.

Spanish 3

This is a compulsory core module for all students of Spanish language and will consist of one hour per week of oral work and one of writing skills. Recognising that significant progress will have been made in colloquial and informal language skills during the year abroad, this module intends to introduce students to a more formal and sophisticated register of spoken and written Spanish using print, off-air and internet sources.

Students will work orally and by means of written tasks in order to build up their knowledge of and confidence in this register. This module will draw on a selection of stimulus texts to enable students:

  • to produce written and spoken Spanish of high quality
  • to analyse and understand how texts are put together and as a result, to achieve maximum clarity and strength of argumentation
Strategic Management: Process and Practice

To aid the formulation of effective strategies, this module will introduce and analyse the fundamental tools and techniques of strategic management. Content will include:

  • The concept of strategy
  • Environmental analysis (including the Five Forces framework, strategic groups, and scenario planning)
  • Internal resources and competencies (including the resource-based view, core competencies, and dynamic capabilities)
  • Positioning strategies (including Porter's Generic Strategies, Value Chain, and Blue Ocean Strategy)
  • Corporate Strategy and diversification (including portfolio matrices and Rumelt's diversification types)
  • The alignment of strategy and structure
  • Growth methods, including M&A and strategic alliances

The module aims to provide students of management with the key tools, concepts and frameworks of strategic analysis.

Sustainable Business Challenge

This module aims to integrate your learning from across management topics by exposing you to real-world challenges such as sustainability, responsibility, economic growth, competition, and megatrends. You will be required to prioritise responses to issues and balance economic, social, environmental and reputational value by simulating the challenges of running a large business and meeting the demands of stakeholders.

Teams of students will play the role of the senior management team of a large UK corporation, and must deliver strategic change and react to tactical issues that unfold during the module. Each group will deliver responses to a series of unfolding challenges from customers, media, regulators, and other prominent stakeholders.


Plus 60 credits of approved optional modules.


Behavioural Economics and Finance

In this module, you will gain an understanding of methods, results and models of behavioural economics and behavioural finance. We will talk about experiments and their importance in several fields. Within this context we will cover topic such as: how to design an experiment, asset markets, labour markets, social dilemmas, bargaining, contests, behavioural finance, market structure and risk.

You will learn how to design your own experiment and how to interpret empirical results. You will have 11 one-hour lectures and three one-hour tutorials.

Exploring Perspectives in Entrepreneurship 

The module aims to develop an understanding of entrepreneurs and the firms they create and manage. It is designed to examine the nature and role of smaller enterprises, set the context for entrepreneurship and consider characteristics, attributes and resources of entrepreneurs. You will have 11 one-hour lectures and three one-hour seminars to cover material for this module.

Marketing and Society

An overview of marketing and society, macro-marketing issues, responsible and sustainable marketing, consumer response to marketing activities, marketing's impact on society and consumption.

This module explores issues at the interface of marketing and society including:

  • Macro-marketing Issues
  • How the changing political, economic and social environment is affecting marketing decision making
  • Responsible and sustainable marketing
  • Consumer rights, responsibilities and resistance
  • Issues of the consumer society  
Marketing Services

The module is designed to develop an understanding of the special context and techniques of the marketing of services. It is designed for those who recognise the crucial role that services play in the economy and its future. The advanced economies of the world are now dominated by services, and virtually all companies view service as critical to establishing and retaining competitive advantage regardless of whether they market physical products, which all have a service element, or pure services. This module explores frameworks for understanding the nature and characteristics of services and the effective marketing of them.

The module aims to:

  • Explain the distinctive characteristics of services and their implications for the marketing of services
  • Understand the behaviour of the service consumer
  • Identify and explain the key strategies available to service organisations
  • Understand the nature of the services marketing mix
  • Understand the nature and importance of service quality and service relationships
Purchasing Strategies and Techniques

This module will introduce you to purchasing, its importance, role and impact in organizations. You will study the stages of a typical purchasing process and introduction to various tools buyers use and will consider areas such as strategic sourcing decisions and approaches, the Internal organisation of the purchasing function such as centralisation vs decentralisation, supplier evaluation and selection issues, total cost of ownership and quotation analysis.

You will also cover portfolio and segmentation approaches to supplier management and how incentives and behavioural issues affect the managing of suppliers. You will have 11 two-hour lectures and two one-hour seminars.

Technology Entrepreneurship in Practice

This module will introduce you to the importance of, and the processes involved in, the commercialisation of science and technology. The content of the course is highly relevant in the current climate where Government is placing much evidence on the wealth creation process. You will have 11 90-minute lectures plus two one-hour tutorials to cover material in this module.



The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Year abroad

The University of Nottingham has one of the biggest and most diverse study abroad programmes in the UK, and those who have studied abroad often say that it was the highlight of their time as a student.

Offered in collaboration with the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, this course includes a year abroad. You'll spend your third year at a university in Spain or South America (teaching is in Spanish), on a work placement in Spain or a Spanish-speaking country, or doing a mixture of the two. The year abroad is an essential part of this course as it allows you to experience your chosen language in a culture where it is spoken natively, as well as providing you with the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability.

Find out more.



The Business School's careers and recruitment service provides targeted and bespoke support to help steer students onto a career path of their choice. You will have opportunities to network with top employers throughout your degree, with many of these companies choosing to sponsor prizes for the highest-performing students in different years of study or particular subjects.

Professional accreditation

We are one of an elite global group of EQUIS-accredited business schools.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 93% of first-degree graduates in the Nottingham University Business School who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £24,697 with the highest being £40,000.*

In 2015, 95% of first-degree graduates in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,644 with the highest being £32,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home first degree undergraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Careers support and advice

Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. 

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students. 


Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

The University of Nottingham provides information and advice on financing your degree and managing your finances as an international student. The International Office offers a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees.


Key Information Sets (KIS)

Key Information Sets (KIS)

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This course contains a period of study abroad. Year 3 (the year abroad) can consist of either:

  • attendance at an approved higher education institution or
  • an approved work placement or
  • a combination of the above

Students require approval for their year abroad, granted from the Head of International Study before departure. The total time spent abroad must be a minimum of 30 weeks. 

To continue to part two of the degree, students must show satisfactory performance during their year abroad. Dependent on the nature of the year, 'satisfactory performance' is either:

  • fulfilling all credit, attendance and examination requirements at higher education institutions in line with the visited institution's requirements and regulations or
  • submission of a signed Erasmus Training Agreement or Work Placement Form and receipt of a performance appraisal form completed by the employer or
  • a combination of the above

AND for all students

  • completion of a Reflective Study Abroad Journal, approximately 2000 words

This course includes one or more pieces of formative assessment.

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