Bachelor of Arts in International Business (Top Up)

University of the West of Scotland (UWS)

With origins dating back to 1897, the University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland’s most innovative modern universities; with 5 campuses in Paisley, Hamilton, Dumfries, Ayr, and London respectively.

Credentials of the University of the West of Scotland

  • UWS is ranked by Times Higher Education in the 2018 World University Rankings as one of the top 3% of universities worldwide, and in the top 200 of Young Universities World Rankings.
  • The Times/ The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 has ranked UWS as a top 100 UK university and the highest in Scotland, for both teaching quality and student experience in Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, General Engineering, Mechanical Engineering; Education; Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism.
  • 94% of UWS graduates are working or pursuing further studies 6 months after graduating (Higher Education Statistics Agency; HESA Performance Indicator 2015/ 16).

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Business (Top-Up):

The programme is validated and conducted at YMCA Education Centre, Singapore; using the same model as University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow. Graduates are awarded the same degree as the course conducted in Scotland.

  • Students acquire the knowledge and skills – of different business management practices, as professional managers in home/domestic and international markets.
  • Technology has removed international borders such as sales, marketing, manufacturing and outsourcing, distribution networks and supply chains. Businesses are being affected by international elements.
  • Today, most companies, regardless of its size, compete against products and services that come from foreign countries to the home/domestic market; or companies are competing in overseas markets.

Graduates of BA in International Business: Job Prospects

  • A degree in International Business prepares graduates for a career in global, culturally-diverse businesses and these opportunities are across sectors and industries; in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
  • Job prospects in international trade, global business operations and planning, or industrial development, such as
  1. International manager
  2. Business development director
  3. International trade and customs manager
  4. International foreign policy advisor
  5. Human Resources Management

Course Objectives:

  1. To prepare and develop graduates with an excellent grounding in business and enterprise skills.
  2. To instil graduates with the knowledge and skills of a range of generic, transferable attributes enabling them to communicate effectively, work individually and in teams, in managing an organisation strategically, be innovative and adaptive to change, manage performance and rewards, contribute and respond effectively to the demands of organisations.
  3. It equips graduates with the skills and understanding to succeed in a wide range of business careers, in the international job scope.

Award of BA in International Business:

The University of the West of Scotland awards the Bachelor of Arts in International Business degree to students who have successfully passed the assessment requirements of all the course modules; in accordance with the University’s academic and examination procedures and policies.

Course Duration:   Full-Time / Part-Time: 12 months

Course Structure:

This course consists of six modules:

1. Strategic Management

  • The module introduces the core concepts of strategic management so that students are able to fully understand the process and content of strategic management.
  • The topics covered range across a number of areas – the role and tasks of top management, the nature of strategic management, strategic change and decisions.
  • Students will develop knowledge of the strategic options open to organisations and this will include strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions.

2. Enterprise Creation

  • Enterprise Creation aims to develop confident, enterprising and creative graduates who will be able to cope with the ever-changing business environment, recognise opportunities and to take responsible and measured risks.
  • This is a very practical module designed to give students a unique opportunity to experience what it is like to start up and run their own business. Starting with the initial idea students will explore and assess a business opportunity and present a feasible business concept.

3. Managing Performance & Reward

  • This module provides learners with knowledge and understanding about two key areas of human resource management (HRM), ‘performance management’ and ‘reward’.
  • This module initially introduces the learner to how organisations can drive sustained organisational performance by creating a high-performance work organisation (HPWO) and involving line managers in the performance management process.
  • This module demonstrates the inextricable link between performance and reward and the importance of horizontal integration with other areas of HRM and other organisational functions.

4. Business Research Skills

  • This module provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand how to apply the necessary skills when undertaking a research project in the cognitive area of business and management.
  • Topics studied include research strategy and design, applying quantitative techniques in analysing data, applying qualitative techniques in extracting information from qualitative datasets, understand and explore the significance of location in business solutions by employing the use of geographical information systems and explore issues in international business ethics/values and business research.

5. Organisation Development and Change Management

  • This module aims to give the student an understanding of the nature and scope of organisational change in relation to the complexities of organisational life and of the basis of undertaking and managing an organisational change process.
  • The key theme is the management of change, through understanding and applying diagnosis, intervention, evaluation and review processes.

6. Digital Marketing

  • Digital Marketing is the promotion of businesses using websites and associated marketing tools and is an integral part of any business wishing to capitalise on its most valuable asset, i.e. new and existing customers.
  • The need for co-ordination of digital activities, syndicating content to build brand identity, managing content to support other marketing activities such as product development, effective segmentation, channel assistance and effective communication, co-ordination all of this activity strategically in order to optimise the digital presence for the firm.


Entry Requirements

  • 18 years and above
  • YMCA Advanced Diploma; or
  • Advanced Diploma from PEIs with 4-year Edutrust certification; or
  • Polytechnic Diploma; or
  • Equivalent Academic Qualification from a recognised learning institution for international students; or
  • BTEC Level 5 HND

Other qualifications from professional institutes may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English Proficiency:

•     IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, if English is not the language of study

The final acceptance will be determined by University of the West of Scotland.


BA in International Business Intake
Full-Time January, June, September
Part-Time January, June, September

Fee Structure



(12 months)

Amount (S$)


(12 months)

Amount (S$)


Application Fee



Non-refundable and non-transferrable
Course Fee



Administrative Fee



Fee Protection Scheme



Total (Inclusive GST)



*Only available to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents.


Miscellaneous Fees (Where applicable)


Full Time

(12 months)

Amount (S$)

Part Time*

(12 months)

Amount (S$)


International Students’ Pass Application



Payable to ICA
Medical Examination



For application of Student Pass Card
Medical Insurance



Optional for Singapore citizens/ Permanent residents
Renewal of Student Pass



Re-Examination Fee (Per module)



Course Deferment Fee



Re-module Fee (Per module)



Bank Charges for TT

20.00 to 30.00

20.00 to 30.00

Determined and deducted by bank

*Only available to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents.

All prices quoted are in Singapore dollars and inclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 7%.



  1. Student who wish to withdraw from the course must submit written notice to YMCA Education Centre 7 working days prior.
  2. In the case of any withdrawal, the Education Centre administrative staff will speak to the Student to understand the reasons for withdrawal and where appropriate to offer alternative courses to the Student. Final decision rest on the Student to complete the course or withdraw from the course.
  3. International Student’s FPS will be cancelled within 3 working days and STP within 7 working days.
  4. Refund due to the student is based on the Refund table herewith.

Refund for Withdrawal Due to Non-Delivery of Course:

YMCA Education Centre (YEC) will notify the Student within 3 working days upon knowledge of any of the following:

(i)        YEC does not commence the Course on the Course Commencement Date;

(ii)       YEC terminates the Course before the Course Commencement Date;

(iii)      YEC does not complete the Course by the Course Completion Date;

(iv)     YEC terminates the Course before the Course Completion Date;

(v)      YEC has not ensured that the Student meets the course entry or matriculation requirement as set by the organisation within any stipulated timeline set by CPE.

The Student will be informed in writing of alternative study arrangements (if any), and also be entitled to a refund of the entire Course Fees and Miscellaneous Fees already paid should the Student decide to withdraw, within 7 working days of the above notice.

Refund for Withdrawal Due to Other Reasons:

If the Student withdraws from the Course for any other reasons, YEC will, within 7 working days of receiving the Student’s written notice of withdrawal, refund to the Student an amount based on the refund table herewith.

Refund During Cooling-Off Period:

YEC will provide the Student with a cooling-off period of 7 working days after the date that the Contract has been signed by both parties.

The Student will be refunded the highest percentage (stated in the refund table) of the fees already paid if the Student submits a written notice of withdrawal to YEC within the cooling-off period, regardless of whether the Student has started the course or not.

 Refund Table:

% of total course fee paid If Student’s written notice of withdrawal is received:


more than 60 days before the course commencement date


before, but not more than 60 days before the course commencement date


before, but not more than 30 days before the course commencement date


before, but not more than 7 days before the course commencement date


On or after Course Commencement Date

You will need to write to YEC to cancel the Agreement within the Cooling-off Period. All refunds will be made payable to the party who made the payments in the first instance and within 7 working days after receiving the refund request.

Deferment / Re-examination / Re-module

In the event of a plan for Deferment or Re-examination or Re-module of the course, a written notice with full explanation of the circumstances must be submitted by the student to YEC within 7 working days. Please refer to cost implication in the fees table.

Transfer of courses

Transfer of courses indicated below are NOT applicable:

  • Certificate in Business
  • Diploma in Business Administration
  • Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Advanced Diploma in Business Administration
  • Advanced Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business (Top-up) by UWS
  • Bachelor of Arts in Tourism Management (Top-up) by UWS
  • Master of Science in International Management by UWS

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