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


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 you 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
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.

Entrepreneurship and Business

Th module presents a formal analysis of entrepreneurship in theory and practice leading on to a consideration of creativity and business concept generation. The module concludes with the practical application of these theories and concepts in business planning and business concept presentation.

Managing Operations in the Digital Enterprise

The module provides an integrated overview of operations management and information systems and covers:

  • key technology trends: web 2.0, cloud, mobile computing
  • manufacturing systems design and management (process choice, layout, location)
  • service operations design and management
  • balancing capacity and demand
  • information systems analysis and design
  • operations planning and control, including inventory management
  • operations excellence, lean thinking and business process re-engineering
  • supply chain design and management
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • business Intelligence and analytics
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. 

Organisational Behaviour

This module will introduce you to the basic ideas of organisational behaviour. The content will encourage you 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.

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. 

Spain and Portugal in the 20th Century

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the evolution of Spanish and Portuguese history, politics and culture from 1898 to the present day. You will be encouraged to draw links between the Portuguese and Spanish experiences, and also to place both countries' experience of the 20th century within the broader context of European and wider global history in the 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. Attention will also be directed towards the first experience of democratic politics (a failure in both countries); the establishment and longevity of authoritarian dictatorships in the Iberian Peninsula; and the process of transition to democracy since the 1970s.

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.

Work and Society

The 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.


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. 

Human Resource Management

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

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
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
Technology and Organisation

This module considers several of the transformations that have arisen in contemporary organisations as a result of the use of information systems. Topics include different ways to understand the relationship between technology and organisation and implications of technology for knowledge management and other management areas.


Plus 20 credits of approved optional modules.


Economics of Innovation

In this module, you will cover:

  • 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
  • innovation, growth and wealth creation
  • policy for innovation
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.  

Introduction to Business Operations

This module covers:

  • the scope and importance of operations management in both service and manufacturing businesses
  • IT and knowledge management to support operations
  • competitive operations; strategies for success in manufacturing operations, the links with other business functions
  • planning the provision; forecasting and planning, including location and layout of facilities, in the context of the globalised economy, and infrastructure development
  • managing the supply chain; competitive advantage through the supply chain, models of the extended and virtual enterprise
  • logistics and distribution issues
  • timely provision of products and services; methods and techniques used to schedule and control business and manufacturing operations, including inventory and materials management
  • achieving quality and freedom from waste; quality management, improvement techniques, cultural issues, measurement of quality performance, service quality

The content will be explored using a variety of management games.

Introduction to Finance

The module will introduce 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. This module does not count for accounting accreditation purposes.


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


Contemporary Developments in Human Resource Management

This module introduces you to key contemporary debates and practices, giving you a chance to engage with these debates and practices. You will gain an understanding of the human resource management approaches managers take as you grapple with the challenges of the global economy and a demanding and diverse workforce within an international context.

International Business

Topic covered include:

  • environment
  • theory of multinational enterprises
  • entry strategies
  • international leadership
  • operating in international markets
Spanish 3

This module 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 you to a more formal and sophisticated register of spoken and written Spanish using print, off-air and internet sources.

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
Sustainable Business Challenge

This module simulates 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, the aim is to provide you with 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.

Studying this module should contribute to your knowledge and understanding of markets. How humans behave in markets will be the major topic. Further, the module will help to develop the ability to think critically and be creative, the ability to solve complex problems and make decisions, the ability to use information and knowledge effectively as well as quantitative skills.

In addition, the module should develop practical skills such as the ability to conduct research into business and management issues through research design, synthesis and reporting and key transferrable skills including listening, effective oral and written communication of complex ideas and arguments, critical self-reflection, self-management and time management.

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.

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.

Purchasing Strategies and Techniques

This module covers:

  • introduction to purchasing - its importance, role and impact in organisations
  • strategic sourcing decisions and approaches
  • the stages of a typical purchasing process and introduction to various tools buyers use
  • internal organisation of the purchasing function such as centralisation vs decentralisation
  • supplier evaluation and selection issues, total cost of ownership (TCO) and quotation analysis
  • portfolio and segmentation approaches to supplier management
  • incentives and behavioural issues in managing suppliers
  • negotiations
  • special issues in purchasing: service sourcing and public procurement
  • industrial case studies


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.

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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. 

The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.



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)

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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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