The BA (Hons) Business has been developed in partnership with businesses and industry leaders to provide a mix of practical skills, knowledge and understanding of theory to help you meet the challenges of a stimulating and rewarding career.
A degree in business can open up opportunities around the world, whether running your own company as an entrepreneur, or working for a global organisation - and countless opportunities in between.
As well as providing a broad base of learning, we also offer the flexibility to tailor your degree to your interests in line with your future career aspirations. Specialist areas of study include enterprise and entrepreneurship, marketing or human resources.
Broaden your horizons, learn a new language and prepare for the best international opportunities available with study abroad at UWS.
Business & Enterprise
Enterprise is central to all of our Business courses here at UWS; we offer 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.
overall satisfaction from BA Business students
of BA Business graduates in work and/or study six months after graduating
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.
Direct entry into year 2 and 3 may be possible. Study at Dumfries Campus is via entry to year 3 only.
Scottish Highers:BBBC (102 UCAS Tariff points) including English, plus Maths at SQA National 5 (Grade C, or above), SQA Intermediate 2 (Grade C, or above), SQA Standard Grade (Credit)
A levels:CCC (96 UCAS Tariff points) plus GCSE English Language and Maths
Irish Leaving Certificate:H3 H3 H3 H4 including English plus Maths at Ordinary Level
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma:24 points (4 at HL)
Scottish Wider Access Programme:Access to Humanities BBB
BTEC Extended Diploma: MMM in related subjects*
*considered on an individual basis
Scottish Advanced Highers:BBB (144 UCAS Tariff points) including English
A levels:BBB (120 UCAS Tariff points) including English
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Business or Business Management or Administration & IT or Event Management or Events or Travel & Tourism
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM in related subjects*
* considered on an individual basis
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Business or Business Management or Administration & IT or Event Management or Events or Travel & Tourism
City of Glasgow College DipHE: Business
Erasmus students can gain entry to Year 3 with an appropriate qualification from a partner institution, e.g Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie (DUT) in a Business-related discipline.
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
PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)
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
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students. For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
C6 or above in English
*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
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).
The BA Business course at UWS offers a broad-based and comprehensive understanding of business, from theory and strategy to operational issues.
Key elements of the course include talks from, and visits to, local and national employers and varied assessment formats, including case studies and portfolio building.
Many of the course 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.
In year 1 you will be introduced to key areas of business including finance, human resources management, marketing and economics as well as developing practical skills in communication techniques, time management and presentation skills
Learning and teaching:
Scheduled learning: 20%
Independent study: 80%
In year 2 you will develop skills and knowledge across a range of business disciplines including corporate law. You can specialise in a particular area, such as human resource management or marketing or pursue a broader business degree. You will also complete a research module at UWS or with an employer.
Learning and teaching:
Scheduled learning: 21%
Independent study: 79%
In year 3 you will develop an understanding of the complex issues at work in the general and specialist areas of business and learn methods of research, equipping you with the skills to research and complete a dissertation in year 4.
Learning and teaching:
Scheduled learning: 36%
Independent study: 56%
In year 4 you will complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice and undertake further study in your chosen specialism.
Learning and teaching:
Scheduled learning: 23%
Independent study: 77%
Teaching & Assessment
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops.
There will also be group work and independent learning to ensure you develop transferable skills such as research, presentation, communication and working as part of a team.
Our Business degree is mainly assessed using a variety of assessment methods including:
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover multiple languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. The cost of your language module is included in the tuition fees. Find out more
The UWS Business degree has been developed in partnership with some of the UK’s top employers and is designed to equip you with the skills employers need. The degree will assist entry onto graduate management programmes helping you to prepare for a career in public, private and voluntary organisations in the UK and internationally. Financial services consultants, marketing manager and retail manager are just some of the roles a business degree can unlock.
Some graduates choose further study, leading to a Master of Science (MSc), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Research (MRes), Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA).
Undergraduate Tuition Fees
Scottish campuses non-lab-based 2019/20
Scottish & EU
£1,820 cost per year of study (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS*)
English, Northern Irish & Welsh
£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750
Channel Islands & Isle of Man
£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750
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.
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.
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, should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)
The on-time application deadline for 2020/21 entry is 15 January 2020, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2020, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.
Students from non-EU/non-EEA countries can apply directly to UWS via our dedicated online application system. The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date to allow for visa processing times. For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our International Undergraduate Application Guide.
For part-time & online study, you should apply directly to the University through our online application system, not through UCAS. Please select the part-time mode of study when submitting your application. Before you begin your application, it is important to read the part-time application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.
To come to UWS as a visiting student on a study abroad or exchange programme, you must apply entirely through our online system.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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