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What makes Business Studies* at Worcester special?

Move into an exciting career in business management – whether in the private, public or voluntary sector.  Your personal, professional and academic development will be supported through regular 1-2-1 and team-based coaching with our team of academic staff.

You’ll have lots of choice across modules in accountancy, advertising, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resources, law, leadership, marketing, project management, public relations and sustainability.  With a strong focus on innovation, creativity and personal development, you will be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills that are most highly valued by employers, and make an immediate impact in your graduate role.  You will be able to gain ‘real world’ experience through applied projects, placements, internships and a period of study abroad.

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.

* Subject to approval

Key features

  • Work with academics who have extensive experience of management, consultancy or running their own business
  • Explore latest thinking in accountancy, advertising, economics, entrepreneurship, human resources, law, leadership, marketing, project management, public relations and sustainability
  • 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
  • Gain Associate Membership of the Chartered Management Institute

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

64 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 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

Mandatory

  • Unlocking Organisational Potential

Optional

  • Internship
  • Financial Markets & Investment
  • Creating a High Performance Workforce
  • Developing Employee Talent
  • Responsible Business
  • Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • Public Law: The Wider Legal Landscape
  • Business Law: Rights & Obligations
  • The Global Economy: Institutions, Trade and FDI
  • Selling & Sales Management
  • SME Management
  • Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Mind-set
  • New Venture Formation
  • Value Chain Management
  • Project Management
  • Interactive Marketing Communications
  • Social Media
  • Life-style Marketing
  • Generations Decoded
  • Managing Customer Care
  • Essential PR
  • PR & Campaigning
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Digital Advertising Applications
  • 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 Investigation

Optional

  • Internship II
  • Strategic Challenges for HRM
  • International Banking & Finance
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Taxation
  • Corporate Reporting & Performance Management
  • Intercultural Business Perspectives
  • Economics of Business Strategy
  • Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Intrapreneurship
  • Digital and Social Media Marketing
  • Brand Management
  • The Next Big Thing
  • Spin Doctors and other Persuaders
  • Corporate Reputation Management
  • Advertising & Digital Communications
  • E-Business III: Advanced Digital Commerce
  • E-Business IV: Innovative Digital Technologies
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • International Marketing
  • Contemporary Advertising Strategy
  • Service Innovation
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • The Dark Side of Management

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 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

As part of this course you will have the opportunity to complete the CIMA accredited Sage Certificate

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 your personal academic tutor will take place on a regular basis with additional support provided by the course leader on an individual needs basis throughout the duration of the course.  Additional time is also built into modules to discuss progress with module tutors.

There is also the option to undertake a year-long placement before embarking on final year, supervised by a work-based mentor and a University tutor. Support and guidance is provided on an individual basis for those who opt to take this route.

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: see below.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 25 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 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 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:

  • 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.

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

  • Simon_Park_at_Land_Rover_Experience

    Case study

    PLACEMENT STORY - Simon Park at Land Rover ExperIence

    Despite admitting that he struggled with his A-levels, Simon is expected to walk away with a First in his Marketing pathway degree.

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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 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.

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

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Business Studies BA (Hons) - N111
Business Studies BA (Hons) - With Placement Year - N112

 

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:

N111 or N112

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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