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What makes Business & Enterprise at Worcester special?

Whether you aspire to work for a micro-, small- or medium-sized enterprise or start your own business, this course will allow you to extend your career options and stand out from the crowd.  Supported by regular coaching, and our network of academic staff, business leaders and our entrepreneurs in residence, you will be well placed to launch a graduate career or start your own business.

Expertise in innovation, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, alongside a grounding in contemporary business issues (such as crowd funding, digital technologies, globalisation, and sustainability), signal that you are an innovative, astute and commercially-focused graduate.  Active experience through incubator-based projects, placements, internships and study abroad will enable you to demonstrate the business knowledge and skills valued by graduate employers.

Our range of fun extra-curricular activities, such as sport clubs, societies, cultural visits and the student social scene further add to your university experience and personal development.

Key features

  • Develop your own business idea through the Business School’s Incubator and access support through a local ‘Business Angels’ network
  • Learn to innovate and adapt to volatile, ambiguous and complex situations
  • Gain insights into contemporary management that complement your development as an entrepreneur
  • Gain Associate Membership of the Chartered Management Institute - there will be a charge for membership of the professional bodies
  • Enhance your employability through internships, consultancy projects, a one-year paid placement and integrated coaching from experienced business leaders
  • Experience international cultures and develop a global mind-set through options to work and study abroad
  • Work with academics and entrepreneurs who have extensive experience of management, consultancy or running their own business
  • Contribute to knowledge creation through a research project supported by a member of the Entrepreneurship Research Group
  • Compete for the Federation of Small Business prize for the ‘Most Promising Entrepreneur’
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points - including GCSE English and Maths at Grade C / 4 or above

Applicants with no formal qualifications may be considered for Mature Student Entry Routes

 

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Unlocking Individual Potential
  • Customer Insight & Marketing
  • Generation Digital
  • Financial Management
  • Data-driven Decisions

Optional

All first year modules are mandatory. This enables you to acquire the core knowledge and skills that you need and identify specialist topics which you will want to select in Years 2 and 3. It also means that you can switch to a different course at the end of Year 1.

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Unlocking Organisational Potential
  • Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Mind-set
  • New Venture Formation
  • SME Management

Optional

A wide range of optional modules are available, including:

  • Consultancy & Research Methods
  • Internship
  • Responsible Business
  • Selling & Sales Management
  • Value Chain Management
  • Project Management
  • Interactive Marketing Communications
  • Social Media
  • Managing Customer Care
  • Persuasive Communication
  • E-Business I: CMS & Digital Commerce
  • E-Business II: Social Commerce
  • Market Insight
  • Product Management
  • Impactful Communications Content

Optional placement year

You can choose to take a placement year and convert your degree to a 4-year sandwich degree with virtually all of our full-time Single Honours degrees in Business or Computing by taking a year in industry between your second and final years.

You will be able to apply to spend your placement year at an organisation of your choice, anywhere in the UK. Placement opportunities are available in all business sectors, including marketing, advertising, PR, HR, business management, finance, economics, programming and game design.

Visit our work placements page for more information.

Year 3

Mandatory

  • International Business Strategy
  • Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Intrapreneurship

Optional

A wide range of optional modules are available, including:

  • Research Project
  • Consultancy Project
  • Internship II
  • Digital and Social Media Marketing
  • E-Business III: Advanced Digital Commerce
  • E-Business IV: Innovative Digital Technologies
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Service Innovation

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching and Learning

The University places emphasis on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching, academic support through integrated coaching and the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Accreditation

All of our courses and modules have been mapped to take advantage of professional body accreditations: see individual course pages for further details.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars, laboratory practical sessions, fieldwork, practical activities, etc.  Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and laboratory practical sessions are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group project work.

In addition, meetings (both individual and group) with personal academic tutors are scheduled throughout the academic year. There is an opportunity to undertake a year-long placement in the third year of the course, supervised by a work-based mentor and a University tutor. Depending upon the course, there may be an opportunity to study abroad at one of the exchange partner universities.

 

Contact time

In a typical week there will be at least 12 hours of timetabled teaching in lectures, seminars and small-group work. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected. If the degree requires a Research or Consultancy Project, students will have guided supervision time with a Project Supervisor. You also have 4 hours of supervision for your ‘Independent Study’.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • Information giving, facilitated discussions, small group work, presentations
  • Practical skills – the opportunity to practise group facilitation, presentation, communication and listening skills
  • Visiting speakers and opportunities to visit other settings are regular features of the course

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, full-time students are expected to undertake around 24 hours of personal self-study per week, plus additional preparation for assessments and examinations.  Typically, this will involve meeting with individual tutors to discuss progress and feedback, completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online. In addition to this, students will spend time sharing ideas with fellow students, taking part in extra-curricular learning activities and engaging with external employers.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources as well as our network of employers and entrepreneurs.  

Assessment

The precise assessment requirements in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken. The assessment strategy has been designed so that:

  • All modules have both formative and summative assessment elements. Formative assessment allows tutors and students to recognise strengths and weaknesses in learning and to address those issues immediately. Summative assessments are graded and count towards the final module grade, and they are assessed against the specific module learning outcomes.
  • Typically 15 credit/ one semester modules will have one assessment item; 30 credit/ two semester modules will have 2-3 assessments
  • Across each individual year and cumulatively across all three years the concept of continuous assessment and/or building up expertise in different assessment types applies. A variety of assessment types (reports, portfolios, presentations, essays and a final year research or consultancy project) are designed to suit different learning styles
  • There may be some specialisation by subject: e.g. exams are more common in Accounting, Finance and Economics modules because the professional bodies prefer this method of assessment for exemption/ accreditation purposes and many of our modules are linked to those bodies in order to obtain such exemption/ accreditation
  • Different types of employability skills are embedded in all modules       

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal coursework assessments. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader.

Feedback is intended to support learning by indicating how you can improve in future assignments and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors to help support personal and academic development and enhance employability skills.

Feedback on formal course work assessments is normally provided within 20 working days of hand-in.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience and business leaders and employers.

 

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and many lectures are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy work carried out by staff and staff profiles can be view at the WBS Staff Profile Page.

 

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    Nigel Walton

    Nigel has had a long association with the Business School, combining his tutoring and consultancy with work for The Open University and other international organizations. He is responsible for the management and delivery of an enterprise programme, funded by the HE Funding Council, and aimed at Undergraduate students who aspire to running their own business on Graduation.

    He has also contributed to the University’s Enterprise Fellowship Scheme which supports high achieving Undergraduates to further develop their enterprise ideas. Nigel has completed a number of Innovation Voucher consultancies with SMEs on behalf of the University, and has broad experience of e-tutoring and supporting group activity remotely both with Worcester and the Open University.

  • Dr Robin Bell

    Dr Robin Bell

    Robin is a Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and your Study Abroad Tutor.  His research looks at SME development and the role of entrepreneurship in business growth. He has acted as a peer reviewer for articles in the field of entrepreneurship and international business. Recently he has spent time lecturing in China, France and Germany. He previously worked for Orange PCS and Next PLC, was elected to serve in public office (2007-2012) and continues to act as a governor for a special educational needs school in the South West of England. In his spare time he is a passionate (Bristol) rugby fan and is a RFU qualified referee.

Careers

Where could it take you?

  • Benefit from integrated career coaching throughout your course, where we will support you with preparation of your CV and interview technique
  • Develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities needed to make an immediate impact in your chosen organisation
  • Develop strategic insight in your chosen specialism so that you can deliver long term value for your chosen organisation
  • Gain professional body accreditation, exemptions and recognition
  • Create a portfolio of direct business experience through a one-year paid placement, internships, consultancy projects and company visits
  • Work on live client projects through the Business School’s Media Lab
  • Build your own business network
  • Learn a foreign language and experience international cultures through opportunities to work and study abroad
  • Develop your own business through the Business School’s Incubator

  • Case study

    University Gains Centre of Excellence Status for Entrepreneurship

    The University of Worcester has become one of a handful of education organisations to gain Centre of Excellence status from the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE). This flagship accreditation marks out organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development. Find out more.

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    Case study

    PLACEMENT STORY

    Amie Lowton-Smith at CrossCountry Trains - Amie undertook a placement to gain hands on experience and develop skills and competencies which would help me when applying for jobs. Amie feels her placement increased her confidence to the extent that she was able to train and assist others and identify ways in which aspects of the job and business could be improved.

     

     

  • Case study

    STUDENT VIEW - Kim Golding Entrepreneurship Student

    “One of the best things I've got out of this course so far is the amount of access to key people in my industry. The connections I make on a weekly basis through the course are incredible.” 

     

     

  • Case study

    STUDENT VIEW - Rowena Simmons, Entrepreneurship & Finance pathway student and online entrepreneur

    "I looked at the long term and realised that a degree in Business with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Finance was the route that made the most sense for me. I could have just focused on my jewellery business straight from college, but I wanted to have options in the future, because you never know what’s going to happen next. Studying in the Business School has been great for me. I’m actually restructuring my business at the moment, and because of the lectures I have been better able to understand how the restructure would affect my company. It’s also really broadened my horizons. At school, people’s true character hasn’t really developed, but at uni people are making their way in the world, and their personalities really flourish. It helps me in business to understand how different people approach life." Click here to watch Rowena’s video.

     

     

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £12,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2018/19 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

If you decide to take up the optional placement year accommodation and travel costs may be incurred dependent on location of placement. As placements are paid by the employer at minimum wage plus these costs can be covered by the student’s wage. During this year you will pay 10% of normal academic fees to the University. You are provided with a placement tutor, and have access to the advice of the full placement team, as well as all University student support and services.

There are also occasional trips which may require you to incur travel costs.

There will be a charge for membership of the professional bodies

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Business & Enterprise BA (Hons) - N1N9
Business & Enterprise BA (Hons) - With Placement Year - NN19

 

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

 

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

NN19 or N1N9

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Admissions tutor

Kate Dobson
01905 54 2520
k.dobson@worc.ac.uk