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What makes Business & Enterprise* at Worcester special?

Whether you aspire to work for a micro-, small- or medium-sized enterprise or start your own business, this course will allow you to extend your career options and stand out from the crowd.  Supported by regular coaching, and our network of academic staff, business leaders and our entrepreneurs in residence, you will be well placed to launch a graduate career or start your own business.

Expertise in innovation, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, alongside a grounding in contemporary business issues (such as crowd funding, digital technologies, globalisation, and sustainability), signal that you are an innovative, astute and commercially-focused graduate.  Active experience through incubator-based projects, placements, internships and study abroad will enable you to demonstrate the business knowledge and skills valued by graduate employers.

Our range of fun extra-curricular activities, such as sport clubs, societies, cultural visits and the student social scene further add to your university experience and personal development.

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Key features

  • Develop your own business idea through the Business School’s Incubator and access support through a local ‘Business Angels’ network
  • Learn to innovate and adapt to volatile, ambiguous and complex situations
  • Gain insights into contemporary management that complement your development as an entrepreneur
  • Gain Associate Membership of the Chartered Management Institute
  • Enhance your employability through internships, consultancy projects, a one-year paid placement and integrated coaching from experienced business leaders
  • Experience international cultures and develop a global mind-set through options to work and study abroad
  • Work with academics and entrepreneurs who have extensive experience of management, consultancy or running their own business
  • Contribute to knowledge creation through a research project supported by a member of the Entrepreneurship Research Group
  • Compete for the Federation of Small Business prize for the ‘Most Promising Entrepreneur’
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Business at Worcester is changing

This course is part of our new Business portfolio launching in September 2018.

 

If you are interested in joining us to study Business in 2017, please see our 2017 course portfolio.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points

 

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Unlocking Individual Potential
  • Customer Insight & Marketing
  • Generation Digital
  • Financial Management
  • Data-driven Decisions

Optional

All first year modules are mandatory. This enables you to acquire the core knowledge and skills that you need and identify specialist topics which you will want to select in Years 2 and 3. It also means that you can switch to a different course at the end of Year 1.

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Unlocking Organisational Potential
  • Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Mind-set
  • New Venture Formation
  • SME Management

Optional

A wide range of optional modules are available, including:

  • Consultancy & Research Methods
  • Internship
  • Responsible Business
  • Selling & Sales Management
  • Value Chain Management
  • Project Management
  • Interactive Marketing Communications
  • Social Media
  • Managing Customer Care
  • Persuasive Communication
  • E-Business I: CMS & Digital Commerce
  • E-Business II: Social Commerce
  • Market Insight
  • Product Management
  • Impactful Communications Content

Optional placement year

You can choose to take a placement year and convert your degree to a 4-year sandwich degree with virtually all of our full-time Single Honours degrees in Business or Computing by taking a year in industry between your second and final years.

You will be able to apply to spend your placement year at an organisation of your choice, anywhere in the UK. Placement opportunities are available in all business sectors, including marketing, advertising, PR, HR, business management, finance, economics, programming and game design.

Visit our work placements page for more information.

Year 3

Mandatory

  • International Business Strategy
  • Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Intrapreneurship

Optional

A wide range of optional modules are available, including:

  • Research Project
  • Consultancy Project
  • Internship II
  • Digital and Social Media Marketing
  • E-Business III: Advanced Digital Commerce
  • E-Business IV: Innovative Digital Technologies
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Service Innovation

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching and Learning

The University places emphasis on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching, academic support through integrated coaching and the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Accreditation

Worcester Business School courses and modules have been mapped to take advantage of professional body accreditations: see above for further details.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive lectures, seminars and individual/ small group project work with a strong emphasis on real-world scenarios and practical applications.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors will take place on a weekly basis within designated modules in the first and second years and on an individual needs basis in the final year of the course.

You have an opportunity to undertake a year-long placement in the third year of the course, supervised by a work-based mentor and a University tutor. 

You can also choose to study abroad in semester 2 of year 2 at one of our exchange partner universities in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and Europe.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have at least 12 hours of timetabled teaching in lectures, seminars and small-group work. In addition to this, you will spend your time sharing your ideas with your fellow students, taking part in extra-curricular learning activities, engaging with external employers and on independent self-study.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 23 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve meeting with individual tutors to discuss progress and feedback, completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources as well as our network of employers and entrepreneurs. 

Assessment

The precise assessment requirements in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken by you, but we recognise that you like to know in advance how you will be assessed. With this in mind our assessment strategy has been designed so that: 

  • All modules have both formative and summative assessment elements. Formative assessment allows tutors and you as students to recognise strengths and weaknesses in learning and to address those issues immediately. Summative assessments are graded and count towards the overall module grade by evaluating your learning in a module or a component of a module and comparing it with a standard or benchmark
  • Typically 15 credit/ one semester modules will have one assessment item; 30 credit/ two semester modules will have 2-3 assessments
  • Across each individual year and cumulatively across all three years the concept of continuous assessment and/or building up expertise in different assessment types applies. This means a variety of assessments (such as reports, portfolios, presentations, essays and a final year research or consultancy project) will be encountered by you to suit different learning styles
  • There may be some specialisation by subject: e.g. exams are more common in Accounting and Finance and Economics modules because the professional bodies prefer this method of assessment for exemption/ accreditation purposes and many of our modules are linked to those bodies in order to obtain such exemption/ accreditation
  • We develop your employability skills by means of, for example, report writing, presentations, and the development of self-awareness and critical reflection in the tasks set

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal coursework assessments. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader.

Feedback is intended to support learning by indicating how you can improve in future assignments and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors to help support your development. We always place you the student at the centre of the learning experience: for example, your written feedback will provide evidence of how you are enhancing your essential academic and employability skills.

Feedback on formal course work assessments is normally provided within 20 working days of hand-in.

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Nigel Walton

    Nigel has had a long association with the Business School, combining his tutoring and consultancy with work for The Open University and other international organizations. He is responsible for the management and delivery of an enterprise programme, funded by the HE Funding Council, and aimed at Undergraduate students who aspire to running their own business on Graduation.

    He has also contributed to the University’s Enterprise Fellowship Scheme which supports high achieving Undergraduates to further develop their enterprise ideas. Nigel has completed a number of Innovation Voucher consultancies with SMEs on behalf of the University, and has broad experience of e-tutoring and supporting group activity remotely both with Worcester and the Open University.

  • Dr Robin Bell

    Dr Robin Bell

    Robin is a Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and your Study Abroad Tutor.  His research looks at SME development and the role of entrepreneurship in business growth. He has acted as a peer reviewer for articles in the field of entrepreneurship and international business. Recently he has spent time lecturing in China, France and Germany. He previously worked for Orange PCS and Next PLC, was elected to serve in public office (2007-2012) and continues to act as a governor for a special educational needs school in the South West of England. In his spare time he is a passionate (Bristol) rugby fan and is a RFU qualified referee.

Careers

Where could it take you?

  • Benefit from integrated career coaching throughout your course, where we will support you with preparation of your CV and interview technique
  • Develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities needed to make an immediate impact in your chosen organisation
  • Develop strategic insight in your chosen specialism so that you can deliver long term value for your chosen organisation
  • Gain professional body accreditation, exemptions and recognition
  • Create a portfolio of direct business experience through a one-year paid placement, internships, consultancy projects and company visits
  • Work on live client projects through the Business School’s Media Lab
  • Build your own business network
  • Learn a foreign language and experience international cultures through opportunities to work and study abroad
  • Develop your own business through the Business School’s Incubator

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    Case study

    PLACEMENT STORY - Amie Lowton-Smith at CrossCountry Tains

    Amie undertook a placement to gain hands on experience and develop skills and competencies which would help me when applying for jobs. Amie feels her placement increased her confidence to the extent that she was able to train and assist others and identify ways in which aspects of the job and business could be improved.

  • Case study

    STUDENT VIEW - Kim Golding Entrepreneurship Student

    “One of the best things I've got out of this course so far is the amount of access to key people in my industry. The connections I make on a weekly basis through the course are incredible.” 

     

     

  • Case study

    STUDENT VIEW - Rowena Simmons, Entrepreneurship & Finance pathway student and online entrepreneur

    "I looked at the long term and realised that a degree in Business with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Finance was the route that made the most sense for me. I could have just focused on my jewellery business straight from college, but I wanted to have options in the future, because you never know what’s going to happen next. Studying in the Business School has been great for me. I’m actually restructuring my business at the moment, and because of the lectures I have been better able to understand how the restructure would affect my company. It’s also really broadened my horizons. At school, people’s true character hasn’t really developed, but at uni people are making their way in the world, and their personalities really flourish. It helps me in business to understand how different people approach life." Click here to watch Rowena’s video.

     

     

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

If you decide to take up the optional placement year accommodation and travel costs may be incurred dependent on location of placement. As placements are paid by the employer at minimum wage plus these costs can be covered by the student’s wage. During this year you will pay 10% of normal academic fees to the University. You are provided with a placement tutor, and have access to the advice of the full placement team, as well as all University student support and services.

There are also occasional trips which may require you to incur travel costs.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Business & Enterprise BA (Hons) - N1N9
Business & Enterprise BA (Hons) - With Placement Year - NN19

 

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

 

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

NN19 or N1N9

Apply now via UCAS

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Admissions tutor

John Gardener
01905 85 5357
j.gardener@worc.ac.uk