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What makes Business, Economics & Finance at Worcester special?

Designed to appeal if you have an analytical mind and are fascinated by what is going on in the world, this degree offers a business-oriented gateway into a range of well-paid careers.  Sectors that will welcome economically-literate and financially-astute business professionals include accountancy, finance, banking, civil or diplomatic service, local government, management consultancy or international trade.  This course develops your business acumen whilst giving you access to regular coaching, and our network of specialist academic staff, business leaders, and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Subject expertise in micro and macroeconomics set within a contemporary business context alongside insights into financial markets and international banking, signal that you are a commercially-astute, financially-informed and intelligent graduate.  Active experience through applied projects, placements, internships, study abroad and company visits will enable you to demonstrate the business knowledge and the management 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. 

Key features

  • Focus on your intellectual development and the skills and experience needed to thrive in your chosen career
  • Develop your subject specific interests through optional modules and a research project in your final year
  • Experience international cultures and develop a global mind-set through options to work and study abroad
  • Enhance your employability through a one-year paid placement and integrated coaching from experienced business leaders
  • Gain Associate Membership of the Chartered Management Institute - there will be a charge for membership of the professional bodies

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points - including GCSE English and Maths at Grade C / 4 or above

Applicants with no formal qualifications may be considered for Mature Student Entry Routes


Other information

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

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from   

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.

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    “Studying Economics as part of my degree has helped me develop an understanding of the workings, benefits and drawbacks of different economic systems - past and are present. I have thoroughly enjoyed studying Economics, the thought-provoking lectures and obtaining a solid understanding of fundamental economic ideas that I can only see me benefiting from in the future”.
    Ben Hayes, Economics student.


    I thoroughly enjoyed my Economics degree at Worcester. What made them special was the fact that the theory was taught within the context of Economic history making it immensely interesting and easier to understand how these theories and tools are applied in real world scenarios.  They have prepared me well for further studies and a future career within finance.
    Jalpesh Madlani.  Business, Economics & Finance BA (Hons), first-class honours graduate.

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    “I am so glad that I chose to study at the University of Worcester. The support, guidance and encouragement I received were fantastic and I am now looking forward to an exciting career with Apple.”

    James Adams, Economics student        

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    PLACEMENT STORY - Meeka Winter at Worcester Bosch

    Meeka Winter at Worcester Bosch - Meeka chose to do a placement to give her an advantage when it came to future job applications. However, her placement as a Project Management intern has given her a lot more than a reference to put on her CV.

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    PLACEMENT STORY - Michael Stephens at Asda

    The opportunity of working full time, receiving a regular income as well as gaining experience for future employment was something Michael felt he could not afford to miss out on. 

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    Alex Slater at Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains  - Alex’s placement in the fast-paced Controlling Department (Management Accounting) at Mercedes involved him in opportunity and risk identification to aid decision-making. It provided the perfect opportunity to gain valuable business experience and develop a range of skills to make him attractive to future employers. 

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    I chose this degree expecting to pursue a career in business, but unsure whether or not I wanted to specialise in economics or accountancy. The course fulfilled these needs perfectly, and throughout my studies I was introduced to economic/financial models applicable to businesses as well as key current issues. Outstanding lecturers bring the subject matter to life, make learning economics interesting and enjoyable, and go the “extra mile” in their support of students wanting to maximise their potential. Passing my degree at Worcester has provided me with a fantastic platform from which to launch my career.

    Matthew Arnold
    working as a Finance Graduate Trainee.  Business, Economics & Accountancy BA (Hons).

Year 1


  • Consumer Economy
  • Data-driven Decisions
  • Financial Management
  • Generation Digital
  • Unlocking Individual Potential           


All first year modules are mandatory. This enables you to acquire the core knowledge and skills that you need for the rest of your degree and to identify specialist topics which interest you and 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 if you wish.

Year 2


  • Unlocking Organisational Potential
  • Financial Markets and Investment
  • Micro Economics
  • Macro Economics


  • Business Law: Rights & Obligations
  • Consultancy & Research Methods
  • Financial Management for Entrepreneurs
  • Internship
  • Project Management
  • Public Law: The Wider Legal Landscape
  • Responsible Business
  • The Global Economy: Institutions, Trade and Foreign Direct Investment
  • Value Chain 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


  • International Business Strategy
  • International Banking and Finance
  • Applied Economics           


  • Audit & Ethics
  • Business Investigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Consultancy Project
  • Corporate Reporting & Performance Management
  • Employment Law 
  • Internship II
  • Research Project
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Taxation

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.


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


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.


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


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:

  • 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.

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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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    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.


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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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 the academic year 2018/19 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £12,100 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 the academic year 2018/19 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.

There will be a charge for membership of the professional bodies


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 £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours
Business, Economics & Finance BA (Hons): NL11
With additional placement year: NL31


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.


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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 tutor

Kate Dobson
01905 54 2520