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Get ready for a career in modern business

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.

Placement Opportunities

Work placement opportunities available through the School of Business & Enterprise allow students to put theory into practice in real-world business environments.

Study Abroad

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

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.

94%

OF ALL UWS GRADUATES IN WORK AND/OR STUDY 6 MONTHS AFTER GRADUATING

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

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.

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC including English plus Maths at Standard Grade / National 5 level or 102 UCAS Tariff points 
  • A levels: CCC plus English Language and Maths at GCSE level or 96 UCAS Tariff points 
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4 inc English plus Maths at Ordinary Level
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4, 2 at HL)
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Humanities BBB

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

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)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0


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:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0


For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

Pre-sessional courses

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:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

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. 

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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.

Year 3

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.

Year 4

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.

Learn a language (Optional)

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.

Teaching and Assessment

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: 

  • Written examinations 
  • Coursework 
  • Practical assessment

Career Prospects

Jobs

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.

Further Study

Some graduates choose further study, leading to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA).

Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2017/2018

Scottish campuses non-lab-based 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£1,820 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£12,300 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

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:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses


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.

Additional Costs

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 & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

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.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

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.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

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.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

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.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

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.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

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.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

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.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

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.

Find out more.

HOW TO APPLY

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

  • Institution name: UWS
  • Institution code: U40

GO TO UCAS


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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Course Leader

Steven Leonard

Business & Enterprise

UWS Undergraduate students studying at Ayr Campus

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