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Explanation of PG Certificate in Conference Management Course | University of the West of Scotland

Course Overview

The UWS BA (Hons) Business Management Graduate Apprenticeship is delivered through a combination of work-based learning and online study. Work-based learning accounts for more than half of the degree. All Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) degrees require that applicants are employed in a relevant role in Scotland, and they have the right to live and work in Scotland.

The course uses modern innovative teaching practice with blended learning, industry led projects, and innovative work-based assessments to help you balance study with work and life commitments. The course will also cultivate professional management skills in time management, enquiry based research, and problem-based learning. During your time in UWS you will be supported by a dedicated team of lecturers, the programme leader and a personal tutor who meet regularly with you on campus and in your workplace.


Work-based Learning

As an apprentice on the BA (Hons) Business Management you will be in relevant employment therefore the GA will build on your existing employability skills.

Graduate Apprentices are productive members of their companies from an early stage. Your learning will be integrated with your workplace activities and your learning and skills are applied in a professional environment right from day one; your learning will be applied to your workplace environment. As a Graduate Apprentice you will be uniquely placed to integrate your academic skills, knowledge and practices with workplace practices.

The Business Management GA degree programme provides apprentices with the knowledge, understanding, and skills required to be a successful professional in a wide variety of Business environments.

Natalie MacKenzie, one of our Graduate Apprentices on the BA (Hons) Business Management, is employed with S & C Engineering:

The GA at UWS is a fantastic way to put learning into practice in my workplace straight away!
Company-based degree

work-based learning


Understanding and Skills

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

To apply for a GA you must be resident in Scotland before you start. The premises you work in must also be located in Scotland. As part of your application, you will have to show that you have the right to live and work in Scotland.

GAs are open to existing employees and new recruits.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis.

Experienced applicants can apply for admission based on Accreditation of Prior Learning / Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning in accordance with the University’s RPL guidelines - contact us for more information.

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.

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC (102 UCAS points) including English
  • A levels: CCD (88 UCAS Points) including English
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3H3H3H4, including English
  • Others: an appropriate Foundation Apprenticeship, Modern Apprenticeship

Advanced entry

  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC / SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND / Others: an appropriate Foundation Apprenticeship, Modern Apprenticeship or HNC/D award with the level of entry and/or credit awarded being subject to the content of the programme.

Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Applicants can apply for admission based on Accreditation of Prior Learning / Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning in accordance with the University’s RPL guidelines. Contact us for more information.

Course Details

This GA in Business Management is a Work-based Learning course which has been developed in partnership with Industry, the education sector and Skills Development Scotland (SDS). This ensures that graduate learning is aligned to Industry needs.

This course fully embraces the principles of Work-Based Learning. It is delivered over four years and you will undertake 120 credits per year (three terms per year). Work-based learning and work-based assessment will form the backbone of the course.

You will be taught by our GA teaching team is made up of subject-matter experts from the School of Business and Enterprise who deliver business modules through personalised tuition, support and feedback.

As well as our team of delivery experts behind the scenes, UWS also allocates the following team of dedicated GA professionals to support companies and apprentices: 

  • UWS Course Leader is responsible for ensuring the delivery of excellent quality teaching and learning, addressing custom  requirements, and communicating information to apprentices
  • UWS Link Tutor - who will share their extensive experience in business

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Creativity, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (20 Credits)
  • Economic Foundations of Business (20 Credits)
  • Graduate Apprenticeship Work Based Learning 1 (60 Credits)
  • Leadership and Management:Process to Practice (20 Credits) 


Year 1 Course Requirements

  • Teaching & Learning - 28%
  • Independent Learning - 26.75%
  • Placement - 45.25%


Year 2

Core modules:

  • Data Analysis for Business (20 Credits)
  • Marketing a Business (20 Credits)
  • Graduate Apprenticeship Work Based Learning 2 (60 Credits)
  • People in Business (20 Credits) 


Year 2 Course Requirements

  • Teaching & Learning - 24%
  • Independent Learning - 29.75%
  • Placement - 46.25%

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Business Research (20 Credits)
  • Management Decision Making (20 Credits)
  • Graduate Apprenticeship Work Based Learning 3 (60 Credits)
  • The Digital Business (20 Credits) 


Year 3 Course Requirements

  • Teaching & Learning - 21%
  • Independent Learning - 32.75%
  • Placement - 46.25%

Year 4

Core modules:

  • Business in the Age of Acceleration (20 Credits)
  • Graduate Apprenticeship Work Based Learning 4 (80 Credits)
  • Organisational Change in Practice (20 Credits) 


Year 4 Course Requirements

  • Teaching & Learning - 12%
  • Independent Learning - 26.75%
  • Placement - 61.25%


Teaching & Assessment

The programme is delivered through blended learning with the majority of the learning delivered through Work-based Learning. There will also be Online Lectures as well as On-Campus Seminars.

Assessment is through a number of methods including:

  • Case Studies
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essays
  • Individual research
  • Multiple choice exams
  • Online discussion boards
  • Practical assessments (e.g. radio broadcast, video clip, web page, app, animation, song, portfolio, etc.)
  • Reports

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

BA (Hons) Business Management (Graduate Apprenticeship) Course Structure

Find out more

For individuals and businesses who wish to find out more about, or apply to the BA (Hons) Business Management Graduate Apprenticeship, please contact our team at

Fiona Kennedy
Graduate Apprenticeship Project Manager

Peter McGuire
Graduate Apprenticeship Course Leader - BA (Hons) Business Management
School of Business & Enterprise


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