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Business Students Share their Success as they Start their Top-up Programme

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More than 20 students who successfully completed the University of Worcester’s HND Business Management are continuing their studies after deciding to progress to a full degree.

The 25 students, who started back this week, will now spend an extra year at the University to achieve a BA (Hons) Business Management.

HND Business Management Course Leader, Doug Wotherspoon, said: “The course was designed with employers to provide a key focus on employability as a valuable route to enhancing career prospects and potential for a future management career. Students learn about the real-world of business and interact with tutors, who have business practitioner experience, and with professionals from our local business networks.

“I am delighted that all our eligible students have decided to return for the top-up year, with the aim of adding to their existing HND qualification gained at University of Worcester. I am sure they will work hard whilst embracing the wide range of social events, societies, sports activities, cultural programmes and other opportunities which university life offers. I wish them continuing success this year and beyond.”

Student Hannah Carling, who received the Sanctuary Housing prize for Best HND Student, said: “I was ill when I did my A-levels so didn’t get the grades I had hoped for. It wasn’t until some years later I thought about university and the HND was the perfect way for me to get back into education and get on the pathway to a degree.”

Melanie Read is on a year-long placement as a Training Department Intern at Worcester, Bosch Group, after completing the HND and will then progress onto the degree course, said: “After learning so much in the HND, going onto the top up year definitely seems like the right decision to expand my knowledge even further. I think my peers feel the same way; after two years of such high quality teaching, it would seem silly not to do one final year to achieve degree status.”

Dan Pitman added: “I decided to do the HND course because I wanted to further myself and gain a degree qualification. The course was the perfect way for me to reassert myself back into education after several years out of academic study. It’s also been great preparation for the third year degree course as the difficulty level and intensity level of the assignments and exams have gradually been increasing with every semester.