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What makes Business & Finance* at Worcester special?

Set yourself up for a future career in the well-paid finance sector by developing competence in financial, and general management.  This course gives you access to regular coaching, specialist academic staff, business leaders, and the professional financial services network including exemptions from ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, CIPFA and Associate Membership of the IFA.

Subject expertise in finance, alongside a grounding in contemporary business issues (such as globalisation, global trade, governance and sustainability), signal that you are a numerate, astute and commercially-focused graduate.  Active experience through applied projects, placements, internships and study abroad will enable you to demonstrate the business knowledge, commercial acumen and professional skills valued by 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

  • Gain an insight into general management and access a wide range of optional modules that complement your development as a specialist in financial management
  • Gain exemptions from ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA and CIPFA and Associate Membership of the IFA and 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
  • Develop your own business idea through the Business School’s Incubator
  • Work with qualified finance specialists who have extensive experience of management (including with KPMG, Grant Thornton and HM Treasury), consultancy or running their own business
  • Compete for the Hereford & Worcester Chamber of Commerce prize for ‘Outstanding Performance in Accountancy & Finance’
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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.

  • 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.

     

     

  • Case study

    STUDENT VIEW - Jamal Yafi, Finance Student

    “The lecturers go the extra mile to help students and ensure they know what they are doing. A great degree for anyone considering any career in finance.” 

  • Matthew_Rowe_-_IBM(3)

    Case study

    PLACEMENT STORY - Matthew Rowe at IBM

    Matthew’s experience as an ‘IBM-er’ culminated in a 2 week stint as the Finance Lead for the Aviva account.  Praise at sector level and from his Commercial Manager led to him being told that, based on his placement performance, he would one day head up his own account/ organisation. 

  • Marc_Edden_-_Worcester_Bosch(2)

    Case study

    PLACEMENT STORY - Marc Edden at Worcester Bosch

    Marc’s placement in Indirect Purchasing involved him in regular communication with people in London, Germany and India, pushing him to learn new skills and ways of working. Working with other interns has also given him a network of friends from across the country. He believes he will be more confident in future job interviews because he now has examples of tasks and or projects he has completed to demonstrate to potential employers how he could be a useful employee.

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
  • Financial Markets & Investment
  • The Global Economy: Institutions, Trade and FDI

Optional

A wide range of optional modules are available, including:

  • Consultancy & Research Methods
  • Internship
  • Responsible Business
  • Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • Public Law: The Wider Legal Landscape
  • Business Law: Rights & Obligations
  • SME Management
  • Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Mind-set
  • New Venture Formation
  • Project Management

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
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • International Banking & Finance

Optional

A wide range of optional modules are available, including:

  • Research Project
  • Consultancy Project
  • Internship II
  • Taxation
  • Economics of Business Strategy
  • Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Service Innovation
  • Commercial Law

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

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience and business leaders and employers.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy work carried out by staff and you can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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

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    Jamie Wells

    Jamie spent the past two years working at the in the accountancy team. Areas of teaching expertise are financial accounting and auditing. Before this Jamie spent three years in practice working for a large professional services accountancy firm specialising in forensic accounting and auditing.  She also spent time working for HM Treasury within the Welfare to Work team as a member of the team responsible for the implementing the New Deal for Young People.

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    Simon Quigley

    Simon trained with a large firm Chartered Accountants in the areas of audit, accounts preparation, taxation and insolvency. Working in industry, his roles ranged from Group accountant, Project accountant and Treasury.  

    Since the move to lecturing, Simon has taught on a range of provisions, including ACCA, CIMA CIPD, AAT, HND as well as undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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    Stephanie Tiller

    Stephanie joined Worcester Business School as a lecturer in accounting in January 2014. Previously Stephanie worked for Grant Thornton UK LLP as an Audit Manager and she has 14 years professional practice experience, working closely with a wide variety of companies from small owner managed businesses to large international groups and listed entities. Stephanie was also heavily involved in graduate recruitment, the summer internship scheme, local induction and training as part of her role at Grant Thornton UK LLP.

  • Boyd Hargreaves

    Boyd Hargreaves

    Winner of 2015 Student-Led Award for Outstanding University Teacher and Outstanding Academic Tutor

    Prior to taking up this position I was an assistant principal (head of sixth form) in a large 11-18 school. I also worked for 3 years at TAS (University of Leeds) teaching undergraduate management programmes and worked as PGCE mentor and sessional lecturer at Huddersfield University on the PGCE programme. Over 20 years teaching experience in the economics and business studies field.

  • jinning-hong-worcester-business-school

    Jinning began her academic adventure at 24 and joined the University of Sheffield as a PhD candidate.  During her PhD study, she was a Teaching Assistant at the Management School of the Sheffield University.  Her research was funded by the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and the Institute Chartered Accountant of Scotland (ICAS).  She was awarded a Doctoral Degree after three and a half years.  Prior to the completion of her PhD, she was appointed as a module leader at the Sheffield International College (Kaplan).  Jinning set up her private education business after two years.  As an entrepreneur, Jinning was engaging with teaching and management roles.  Before Jinning joined the Worcester University Business School, she has been working towards professional qualifications with the Institute Chartered Accountant of England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).

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

  • 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.

     

     

  • Case study

    STUDENT VIEW - Jamal Yafi, Finance Student

    “The lecturers go the extra mile to help students and ensure they know what they are doing. A great degree for anyone considering any career in finance.” 

  • Matthew_Rowe_-_IBM(3)

    Case study

    PLACEMENT STORY - Matthew Rowe at IBM

    Matthew’s experience as an ‘IBM-er’ culminated in a 2 week stint as the Finance Lead for the Aviva account.  Praise at sector level and from his Commercial Manager led to him being told that, based on his placement performance, he would one day head up his own account/ organisation. 

  • Marc_Edden_-_Worcester_Bosch(2)

    Case study

    PLACEMENT STORY - Marc Edden at Worcester Bosch

    Marc’s placement in Indirect Purchasing involved him in regular communication with people in London, Germany and India, pushing him to learn new skills and ways of working. Working with other interns has also given him a network of friends from across the country. He believes he will be more confident in future job interviews because he now has examples of tasks and or projects he has completed to demonstrate to potential employers how he could be a useful employee.

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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 of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £153 per week.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Business & Finance BA (Hons) - N1N3
Business & Finance BA (Hons) - With Placement Year - NN31

 

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:

N1N3 or NN31

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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

Kate Dobson
01905 54 2520
k.dobson@worc.ac.uk