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Start your career in business with UWS

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.

The BA Business course 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.

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.

BA Business graduates can apply for exemptions for Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualifications. This reduces the number of exams you need to sit to gain your CMI professional qualification, saving you time and money.

 

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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.

93%

overall satisfaction from BA Business students

91%

of BA Business graduates in work and/or study six 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.

Accelerated entry

Direct entry into year 2 and 3 is possible. Study at Ayr and Dumfries Campus is via entry to year 3 only.

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

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 including English plus Maths at Ordinary Level
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4, 4 at HL)
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Humanities BBB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM in related subjects

Year 2

  • Scottish Advanced Highers: BBB including English plus Maths at Standard Grade / National 5 level or 144 UCAS Tariff points
  • A levels: BBB including English and Maths or 120 UCAS Tariff points
  • 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

Year 3

  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Business or Business Management or Administration & IT or Event Management or Events or Travel & Tourism

English Language 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)

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

Equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

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

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 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.

Year 1

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% 

 

Assessment: 

  • Written: 13% 
  • Coursework: 69% 
  • Practical: 18%

Year 2

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% 

 

Assessment: 

  • Written: 13% 
  • Coursework: 69% 
  • Practical: 33%

Year 3

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% 
  • Placement: 8%  

 

Assessment: 

  • Written: 0% 
  • Coursework: 72% 
  • Practical: 28%

Year 4

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% 

 

Assessment: 

  • Written: 8% 
  • Coursework: 79% 
  • Practical: 13%

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.

Teaching and 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:

  • Written examinations
  • Coursework
  • Practical assessment

Course Structure

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

Course Structure (17/18)

Career Prospects

Jobs

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.

Further Study

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 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

London Campus 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£9,250 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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Richard Jefferies

Business & Enterprise

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