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What makes Entrepreneurship at Worcester special?

This degree has been developed by entrepreneurs to support your entrepreneurial journey, and to develop the entrepreneur within you alongside an in-depth understanding of how to start and run your own business.

You will be in class with like-minded students developing a strong network of entrepreneurs. Your focus will progressively move from entrepreneurial mindset, creativity, venture feasibility and marketing, to business operations, stakeholder communications, sales and growth strategies.

Active and serial entrepreneurs (including one featured on Dragon’s Den), start-up specialists and private equity professionals will teach you and you will have access to our Business Incubator, Entrepreneurs-in-Residence network, ‘Worcesterpreneur’ events, in-house Media Lab and enterprise ecosystem.

Key features

  • Develop and test your own business idea through the Business School’s Incubator and access support through a local ‘Business Angels’ network
  • Work with active and serial entrepreneurs (including a feature on Dragon’s Den), start-up specialists, venture capitalist and private equity professionals
  • Access our business clinics or work with one of our Entrepreneurs in Residence to mentor and support you and your growth plans
  • Access our in-house Media Lab, our student-led software development house, which undertakes creative work for business clients
  • 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

If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Accountancy, Business & Marketing pathway page.

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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

  • Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Managing Communications in a Start-up
  • New Venture Formation
  • Business Planning Laboratory
  • Team-based Incubation Project
  • Individual Incubation Project (Business Start-up Research)

Optional

All first year modules are mandatory. This enables you to acquire the core knowledge and skills that you need for the rest of your degree, network with like-minded entrepreneurs and spend substantial periods of time working on your business idea through the Business School’s Incubator.

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Finance for Entrepreneurs
  • Individual Incubation Project (Business Operations)
  • Individual Incubation Project (Customer Acquisition)
  • Sales Management and Selling for Entrepreneurs

Optional

  • Applied Leadership and Management
  • Leading and Managing Teams and Individuals 
  • Advertising theory and practice
  • Start-up Advancement (Negotiated module)
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Individual Incubation Project (Negotiation module)
  • Individual Incubation Project (Investment Readiness / Growth project)
  • Managing Innovation in the Start-up Organisation

Optional

  • Managing Financial Decision Making
  • Focussing on Results and Change Management
  • Decision Making for Improved Performance
  • Digital and Social Marketing
  • International Trade (Negotiated module)

  • 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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    Case study

    PLACEMENT STORY - Amie Lowton-Smith at CrossCountry Tains

    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.” 

     

     

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    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.

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 a successful future as an entrepreneur. A mixture of independent study, teaching, learning by doing and the personal academic tutoring enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be an awesome entrepreneur.

Accreditation

All Worcester Business School courses and modules have been mapped to take advantage of professional body accreditations. The modules on this course are accredited by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE).

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive lectures, seminars and individual/ small group project work with a strong emphasis on real-world scenarios and practical applications. The Work Based Learning approach enables you to access entrepreneur-enhancing expertise, or even to try out different opportunities for your future business interests. In addition, 1-2-1 meetings with personal academic tutors will take place on a monthly basis and on an individual needs basis in the final year of the course.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have at least 6 hours of timetabled teaching in lectures, seminars and small-group work. However this is supplemented by additional programmed learning opportunities.

The Business Incubator provided for the duration of the course, including a open working area, postal address and meeting rooms develop your understanding of a entrepreneurial co-working environment. All students will be offered at least one Mentor to support their growth with planned monthly sessions. A weekly Business Clinic is conducted to support you and your business ideas with a mixture of Entrepreneurs in Residence attending. Additional sessions are provided to develop your individual understanding of IP, Tax, Funding and bookkeeping strategies. We also provide access to a range of Networking Events to help you develop your own network and business throughout the course.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 23 hours of personal self-study per week.  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, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

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

There are no exams in this course. The precise assessment requirements in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken by you, but we recognise that you like to know in advance how you will be assessed. With this in mind our assessment and feedback strategy has been designed so that: 

  • all modules have both formative and summative assessment elements. Formative assessment allows tutors and you as students to recognise strengths and weaknesses in learning and to address those issues immediately. Summative assessments are graded and count towards the overall module grade by evaluating your learning in a module or a component of a module and comparing it with a standard or benchmark;
  • 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. This means a variety of assessments (such as reports, portfolios, presentations, essays and a final year research or consultancy project) will be encountered by you to suit different learning styles;
  • we develop your business development skills by means of, for example, report writing, presentations, and the development of self-awareness and a critical reflection journal which runs throughout the degree.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all assessments.

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 your development. We always place you the student at the centre of the learning experience: for example, your written feedback will provide evidence of how you are enhancing your essential academic and employability skills.

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

Learning and teaching techniques

  • Technique

    Crowdfunding business idea

    Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or business venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, the crowd. We use this practice in groups to develop start-up marketing campaigns and get the class to select on the best campaign, as highlighted in this Time Higher Education Magazine article.

  • Technique

    Flipped classroom

    The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures are viewed by students at home before the class session, while in-class time is devoted to exercises, projects, or discussions. This helps ensure we are working on your business idea “on task” as much as possible.

    Here is an example video with our Associate Lecturer Matt Draycott, on the Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Mindset module.

  • Technique

    Local global businesses provide our case studies

    The case studies we use are businesses we know, in fact they are local to Worcestershire or our partner universities.

    These case studies all have video elements and written case studies, which support the way you learn about the business, the business theory and the practical steps that business has taken to grow and sustain itself.

    In fact you will probably meet the business owners during your stay with us. It’s that connected.

  • Technique

    Simventure - authentic business simulations

    SimVenture, the multi-award winning business simulation which makes a powerful difference in the learning experience. It allows us to engage with you the student with in a deeper, richer learning experience and develop lasting business, enterprise and entrepreneurial talent.

    The simulation game lets you run your own virtual company and learn about entrepreneurship & business in an authentic, engaging and sustainable way. Within the four key business areas (Organisation; Sales & Marketing; Finance; and Operations) any number of decisions can be made each month. The challenge is to generate enquiries, sales and orders and build a successful company.

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 the research and consultancy work carried out by staff and you can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Chris Boulton

    Chris is an independent venture capital and private equity professional with 20 years of investment and fund management experience. As an investor and shareholder he has been involved in a variety of business situations from start-ups, growth, family succession, management buyouts, to company sale, listing and rescue across a wide range of sectors in the UK, Japan, and South East Asia.

    A seasoned operator at Board level, Chris has direct experience of guiding management through various challenges including management change, innovation, acquisition, joint ventures, overseas expansion (and contraction!), litigation, fundraising, and divestment. He has recently relocated from South East Asia where he was also an occasional lecturer on MBA courses at INSEAD’s Asian Campus as well as adviser to the Singapore Government on entrepreneurship and SME financing matters.

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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 David Bozward

    Dr David Bozward

    David is a serial technology entrepreneur, educator, mentor and authority on international youth entrepreneurship and education with over 20 years entrepreneurial business experience. He uses this in inspiring students across numerous disciplines with thought provoking, insightful and instantly usable techniques. David stimulates students to understand the implementation of entrepreneurship forging together theory and practice into the learning outcome.

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
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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.

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

Entrepreneurship BA (Hons): N106 (3 Years full-time)

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:

N106

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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