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Business Management

BA (Hons)

A business management degree opens career options in corporate management, marketing, finance, consulting, and project management. You could also set up your own business.

UCAS Code: N200 or N201

Single Honours

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Learn about all aspects of how a business operates and get a chance to experience this for yourself with paid placement opportunities at leading organisations. Recent students have completed internships with Rolls Royce, Worcester Bosch, and Deloitte. 

100%

of our business and management graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating

Graduate Outcomes Survey 2022
93%

of final year students said this course developed the knowledge and skills they need for their future

National Student Survey 2023
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Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Accreditation

You will be awarded a CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership, in addition to your degree, when you complete specific modules on this course.


Overview

Fundamental to our ethos is working closely with business communities in the private, public and third sectors. Working with local, national, and international companies helps build professional relationships and networking opportunities for our students.

In your first year, you’ll gain knowledge and skills in marketing, digital business, data-driven decision-making, and finance, as well as gaining insights into your own strengths and ambitions. You’ll then be able to shape the course around your interests and career goals. There are lots of options to choose from in your second and third years, with specialist modules in areas including finance, accountancy, marketing, PR, project management and business strategy.

Our independent accreditations, which are built into your degree, boost your CV, and fast-track your membership into organisations such as the Chartered Management Institute. This places you in a strong position when applying for jobs and can help increase your salary.

At Worcester Business School you’ll join a community of students from all over the world, all based together on the same campus in the centre of Worcester. You’ll learn from your classmates as well as guest lecturers and our expert academic team.

In your first few weeks at university, you’ll meet your friendly personal academic tutor, and they typically remain with you throughout your degree. They’ll get to know your strengths and where you can develop, offering personalised support and feedback throughout the course.

Placements

On this course there are different ways to gain valuable work experience. You’ll have the opportunity to do a short, paid placement, a year-long internship or part-time work with a local business.

Our dedicated placement team offer one-to-one support - helping you find internships, make your application, and prepare for interview. You could choose to do your placement locally, making the most of connections with employers in the region, or you could choose to move another city or country.

Recent students have worked at Rolls Royce as a project management intern, at Worcester Bosch as an HR intern, and at Enterprise Mobility as a management trainee.

Part-time work experience

You can earn money and get experience relevant to your degree with our Springboard Programme. Our placement team will match you with local businesses and regional employers.

Roles are typically short-term and project based, but many of our students end up securing part-time contracts for the duration of their degree.

Recent students have worked as a marketing and events assistant and at the Museum of Royal Worcester, as IT assistants in local schools, carried out a sustainability audit at a local health product business.


City Campus - home of Worcester Business School

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Entrance to University of Worcester city campus
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Entrance to University of Worcester city campus
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Course content

Each year you will study a mix of mandatory and optional modules. This flexible course lets you explore different subjects and career paths in business management before choosing to specialise in your final year.

Mandatory modules
Optional modules


Careers

You’ll be treated like a future business professional from day one as you develop the skills and experience to succeed in the dynamic, global business world.

You’ll build a portfolio of relevant experience through a one-year paid placement, internships, consultancy projects and company visits. On top of this, we’ll support you with job hunting, CV writing and interview preparation.

Business, finance and marketing careers

This degree could be the first step toward your career as a:

  • Business analyst
  • Business development manager
  • Accountant
  • Project manager
  • Marketing executive
  • Management consultant
  • Finance manager
  • Public relations officer
  • Market researcher
  • Data analyst
  • Business advisor
  • HR officer

Start your own business

If your goal is to be your own boss, our entrepreneurship modules will guide you through the process of planning and setting up your own business. You’ll also have access to start-up support and our network of business mentors.

Other options

You could choose to progress onto a postgraduate degree to take your learning even further. For example our Master of Business Administration (MBA), Marketing MSc or Human Resources MSc.

You could also train to teach with a one-year Primary or Secondary PGCE at Worcester.


Course highlights

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CMI membership
During your studies you’ll benefit from associate membership to the Chartered Management Institute. This includes an interactive induction session, access to the CMI's digital library and an employability skills audit.

Teaching and assessment

Our course has been designed by academics and industry specialists to prepare you for a career in business. You’ll be taught through a combination of practical activities, seminars, lectures, and one-to-one tutoring.

Our highly practical assessment methods include presentations, digital artefacts, portfolios, and business reports - preparing you for the work you’ll be doing when you graduate.

Teaching and assessment contents

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 for 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.

Meet the team

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Boyd Hargreaves

Prior to taking up a position at the University of Worcester, Boyd was an assistant principle (Head of Sixth Form) in a large 11-18 school. He also worked for 3 years at Trinity and All Saints College (University of Leeds) lecturing on undergraduate management programmes and worked as a PGCE mentor and sessional lecturer at Huddersfield University. He has over 25 years teaching experience in the economics and business studies field on both undergraduate and post graduate courses.

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Rowena Simmons

Rowena is a Lecturer in Digital Business and teaches on a variety of undergraduate modules. Her areas of expertise include digital business, digital technology, e-commerce, and international trade.

Rowena is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and holds an MBA in Executive Leadership and Management.

Before venturing into academia, Rowena distinguished herself as an entrepreneur, founding several companies, including Black & White Boutique, Franco Florenzi, and Enjiie.

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John Gardener

John joined University of Worcester in 2006, previously teaching at Solihull College and Birmingham City University. As well as teaching across a range of Marketing modules, John is one of the admission and international partnership specialists in the Business School.

In his role as Head of International Partnerships in the Business School, John will continue to work with both new students and organisations to help enhance the internationalisation of the Business School. John has travelled widely for the University and pops up in many places both locally and further afield!

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Boyd Hargreaves

Prior to taking up a position at the University of Worcester, Boyd was an assistant principle (Head of Sixth Form) in a large 11-18 school. He also worked for 3 years at Trinity and All Saints College (University of Leeds) lecturing on undergraduate management programmes and worked as a PGCE mentor and sessional lecturer at Huddersfield University. He has over 25 years teaching experience in the economics and business studies field on both undergraduate and post graduate courses.

University of Worcester logo on a light blue background

Rowena Simmons

Rowena is a Lecturer in Digital Business and teaches on a variety of undergraduate modules. Her areas of expertise include digital business, digital technology, e-commerce, and international trade.

Rowena is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and holds an MBA in Executive Leadership and Management.

Before venturing into academia, Rowena distinguished herself as an entrepreneur, founding several companies, including Black & White Boutique, Franco Florenzi, and Enjiie.


Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points required: 112

Typical Offer
QualificationGrade
A-levelBBC
BTEC National Extended DiplomaDMM
T-levelMerit

We do accept Access to HE Diplomas and other qualifications which may not exactly match the combinations above. Work out your estimated points with the UCAS tariff calculator.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please call our Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk.


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The City of Worcester

Worcester is a welcoming university city with great transport links and plenty of student parking.

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Accommodation

Benefit from our accommodation guarantee. We have rooms on campus to suit every budget including en-suite options.

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Fees

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UK and EU Students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International Students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 per year.


How to apply

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Applying through UCAS

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

Read our how to apply pages for more information on the application process, or if you’d like to apply for part-time study.

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Student case studies

Some recent graduates reflect on their time on the course.

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Pat Brown

As well as graduating with a degree in Business Management Pat was selected for the England Cricket squad for aTwenty20 five-match series in New Zealand.

“I loved my time at the University of Worcester. I think it was really good for me in terms of furthering my learning," said Pat.

Pat was awarded a scholarship within the University’s partnership with Worcestershire Cricket Club, which allowed him to combine playing for the County side, Worcestershire Rapids, with a degree.

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Tatiana Bobulova

“I feel extremely proud to have achieved a First Class degree as an international student, and being the first generation university student in my family,” she said. “I chose the University of Worcester because I wanted smaller class sizes and the experience of a collaborative environment and to engage with other students and work together. Also the University of Worcester has a very reputable and well-established School of Business.”

Tatiana is now pursuing a Master’s in Digital Marketing with a view to one day becoming a brand and marketing consultant. “I want to find a position where I can grow and take on new challenges over time,” she said.

University of Worcester logo on a light blue background

Pat Brown

As well as graduating with a degree in Business Management Pat was selected for the England Cricket squad for aTwenty20 five-match series in New Zealand.

“I loved my time at the University of Worcester. I think it was really good for me in terms of furthering my learning," said Pat.

Pat was awarded a scholarship within the University’s partnership with Worcestershire Cricket Club, which allowed him to combine playing for the County side, Worcestershire Rapids, with a degree.

University of Worcester logo on a light blue background

Tatiana Bobulova

“I feel extremely proud to have achieved a First Class degree as an international student, and being the first generation university student in my family,” she said. “I chose the University of Worcester because I wanted smaller class sizes and the experience of a collaborative environment and to engage with other students and work together. Also the University of Worcester has a very reputable and well-established School of Business.”

Tatiana is now pursuing a Master’s in Digital Marketing with a view to one day becoming a brand and marketing consultant. “I want to find a position where I can grow and take on new challenges over time,” she said.


Contact

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

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John Gardener

Head of International Partnerships Worcester Business School, Senior Lecturer in Marketing

Admissions office

01905 855111