UCAS codes

  • N100 -

Course contact

Peter McGuire
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

  • BA - 3 Years
  • BA Hons - 4 Years

Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

Developed in partnership with business and industry, the BA Business degree offers an excellent grounding in business and enterprise skills. With a flexible core framework, it equips you with the skills and understanding to succeed in a wide range of business careers.

BA Business - University of the West of Scotland

SQA Highers: BBBC including English
GCE A-Levels: CCC
Irish Leaving Certificate: HL: BBBC2 including English
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (including 4, 4 at HL)
SQA Advanced Highers: BBB in relevant subjects, plus HG English
GCE A-Levels: BBB in relevant subjects
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Business; Business Management; Administration & IT; Event Management; Events; Travel & Tourism, or relevant discipline
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND Business; Business Management; Administration & IT; Event
Management; Events; Travel & Tourism, or relevant discipline

You can generalise your degree or specialise in an area related to your career aspirations, such as enterprise and entrepreneurship, marketing or HRM. The programme offers a broad-based, integrated perspective on business life from operational to strategic levels.

Key elements of the programme include talks from, and visits to, local and national employers and varied assessment formats, including case studies and portfolio building.


Year 1

An introduction to key areas of the business environment include an examination of the various functions within business sectors. Students will be introduced to the key areas of Finance, HRM, Marketing and Economics as well as developing practical skills in communication techniques, time management and presentation. 

Year 2

You will develop skills and knowledge across a range of business disciplines including law. You can specialise in a particular area, such as human resource management or marketing or pursue a broader business degree.

Year 3

You will develop an understanding of the complex issues at work in the general and specialist areas of business and learn how to research business topics effectively.

Year 4

You will undertake a dissertation in an area of your choice, in conjunction with further study in your specialist area.
This degree has been developed in conjunction with major UK employers. Many of the core module skills are in line with the requirements for graduate trainee programmes helping you to prepare for a career in national and international organisations. You can enter the public, private or voluntary sectors, at home and abroad, in areas including local government, health, manufacturing, or retail. Typical roles include financial services consultant, marketing manager and retail manager.

You may study abroad while gaining credit towards your degree at one of our 80 educational partner organisations.


Graduates of this programme can apply for Chartered Management Institute (CMI) exemptions.

Useful Information

  • 97% of students in work/further study six months after graduating (HESA performance indicator 2014/15)

    90% of students agreed their communication skills have improved on the programme (NSS 2015)

    Please note entry to the course at Ayr Campus is Year 3 only.

    Entry to the course at Dumfries Campus is Year 3 only.

    This programme is only available to international students at London Campus.

    Please note that our BA (Hons) Business is also offered on a part-time basis (flexible day/ evening provision) at Paisley and Hamilton.