Business & Finance
Duration & study mode
4 years Full-time, 6 years Part-time
Business & Enterprise
Course starting dates
Understanding how an organisation is managed and funded is key to its survival and growth. And to succeed in business you’ll need a broad range of skills.
The BA Business & Finance has been developed in partnership with industry, employers and professional associations to meet the challenges and demands of modern business.
You will develop a clear understanding of the skills to successfully manage and organise a business. In addition, you’ll also gain core skills in finance to help you ensure that an organisation is run on a secure financial footing.
Our links to local and national organisations ensure that teaching and assessments focus on real companies and real issues that business managers are faced with.
The BA Business & Finance allows you to gain a part-exemption from professional accountancy exams. This means that if you go on to complete professional exams with ACCA or CIMA, it will take less time and money.
Work placement opportunities available through the School of Business & Enterprise allow students to put theory into practice in real-world business environments.
Broaden your horizons, learn a new language and prepare for the best international opportunities available with study abroad at UWS.
The School of Business & Enterprise at UWS offers professionally focused courses, providing students with sought-after skillsets to succeed in commerce and industry.
We place a high value on promoting entrepreneurship, partnering with the Princes Trust to support our business students to become self-employed or to set up their own business.
Our recent graduates are now working with some of the biggest names in business including RBS, Shell, Ford and IBM.
We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
The BA Business & Finance course provides a mix of specialist and generic transferable skills essential for your career, whether in business, management or finance. A variety of teaching and learning approaches are used including lectures, tutorials, practical workshops and are focused on the practical aspects of business and finance.
Our highly qualified and experienced team of teaching staff, supported by industry guest speakers, will deepen your understanding of business and finance. They will help you to understand the range of career options and professional accreditation that will be available to you upon completion.
In year 1 you will complete modules on financial and management accounting, marketing, human resource management, economics and management. Optional modules from the School of Business & Enterprise, and language options can also be selected.
In year 2 you will develop your financial and management accounting experience and introduces specialised areas such as financial management and business law. You can choose several modules from areas of business and management that interest you, or continue to learn a language.
In year 3 you will begin to develop in-depth knowledge and experience of financial management and accounting, alongside modules in auditing, taxation and banking, providing excellent practical and theoretical knowledge. A range of business options may be selected along with more advanced options.
In year 4 you will complete a research dissertation of your choice alongside your continued study of business and professional ethics and contemporary issues in finance. Modules include accounting theory and history, international finance and a number of advanced business modules.
This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. View the language modules on offer.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops.
You will also have the opportunity to take part in group work and independent learning to develop your transferable skills such as research, presentation, communication and working as part of a team.
Our Business degree is assessed using a variety of assessment methods including:
With the BA Business & Finance at UWS you can tailor your degree to focus on areas that are related to your future career aspirations, such as enterprise and entrepreneurship, marketing or human resources. UWS graduates are well prepared for a successful career in business, management and finance.
Some graduates choose further study, leading to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA).
£1,820 per year of study
£9,250 per year of study
£9,250 per year of study
£12,300 per year of study
The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.
In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.
Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:
The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.
You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.
Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.
For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.
Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.
Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.
Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.
English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.
EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.
There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.
UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.
Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.
If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.
Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.
All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
UCAS codes for UWS
If you are applying from a non-EU/EEA country for entry to one of our Bachelor’s degree courses in September, and have not applied already via UCAS, or have not applied to another UK university, then you may apply via our dedicated online application system.
For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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