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What makes Business Management HND at Worcester special?

This hands-on, practical and applied management course has a contemporary focus. It is taught in a highly supportive and welcoming environment by tutors who have real business/management/ consultancy experience. Alongside an exploration of the major functions and environment of business, you will consider the legal, ethical and sustainability issues that concern organisations today and some of the modern techniques of web and e-business.

When you complete the course you will have the opportunity to progress to the final year of BA (Hons) Business Management at the University of Worcester combined with the option to take a one-year paid work placement. You will also be able to apply for Associate Membership of the Chartered Management Institute (ACMI) and be awarded the CIMA Accredited Sage Certificate subject to exam.

Key features

  • Taught with a real-world approach and in a highly supportive and welcoming environment by tutors who have real business/management/consultancy experience
  • Sponsored by Sanctuary Group via their Prize for Outstanding Performance in HND Business Management
  • Opportunities for internships, engagement with employers, to enhance job prospects and build a professional network
  • Development of job-ready career skills (team working, oral presentation, project management, web design, persuasive communication, to think creatively, project management, to lead and inspire others, to be self-reliant, use initiative and champion an ethical, socially responsible approach to business)
  • Entrepreneurial Projects to impress employers or inspire you to set up your own business.
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

64 UCAS Tariff Points and Grade C/4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.

If you do not meet the above requirements you may still qualify for entry onto our Business Management HNC. Please contact us if you are interested in this course.


Other information

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

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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.

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.


As part of this course you will have the opportunity to complete the CIMA accredited Sage Certificate


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.

In addition, meetings with your personal academic tutor will take place on a regular basis with additional support provided by the course leader on an individual needs basis throughout the duration of the course.  Additional time is also built into modules to discuss progress with module tutors.

On successful completion of the HND, you have the opportunity to continue with your studies and “top up” your HND into a BA (hons) Business Management degree by studying for a further academic year.  Prior to this, there is also the option to undertake a year-long placement before embarking on your “top up” year, supervised by a work-based mentor and a University tutor.  Support and guidance is provided on an individual basis for those who opt to take this route.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have at least 12 hours of timetabled teaching in lectures, seminars and small-group work. In addition to this, you will spend your time sharing your ideas with your fellow students, taking part in extra-curricular learning activities, engaging with external employers and on independent self-study: see below.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 25 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.

Teaching staff

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.


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 modules will have 2-3 assessments
  • across each individual year and cumulatively across both 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 business project) will be encountered by you to suit different learning styles
  • there may be some specialisation by subject: e.g. exams are more common in Accounting and Finance 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
  • we develop your employability skills by means of, for example, report writing, presentations, and the development of self-awareness and critical reflection in the tasks set.


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 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.

  • Case study


    “Starting the HND course (and hopefully having the chance to join the top-up degree) is the best thing I have done – I love it!” 
    Charlotte Workman. HND Business Management

    “The course and staff have been great and my experience as a whole has been a joyful one.”
    John Roscoe. HND Business Management

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    Case study

    Lynda 's Story

    “I arrived at Worcester Business School as a Mature student in September 2014. I had previously completed O’ levels (yes – that mature!) but not A levels, however I presented myself with a history of employment and life skills that were accepted in lieu of formal qualifications. I am so glad that I followed the HND Business Management route; a small group of students that study a broad range of set modules in a consistent group promoted a nurturing and supportive culture, both from fellow students and staff. It made the step into higher education much less formidable. The sense of achievement when I passed my HND was so immense that I decided to continue to the “top-up” year to try to get my BA (Hons) degree. The encouragement and support both for my studies and personal life that I have received from the University of Worcester during the third year, has surpassed any possible expectation. I truly am indebted. Thanks to so many people, I am graduating this year with a 1st Class degree (I may mention that occasionally!) I thought that was where my academic story would end but my journey continues with the next academic year providing a mix of employment at the University and the start of my Masters in Philosophy, with the ultimate aim of completing a PhD. Who knew that taking my daughter to view Worcester as a possibility for her University choice would be the start of such a grand adventure for me. I cannot emphasise enough the investment that all the staff will make in you, if you show a willingness to learn, whatever your age, gender or race. Lynda Griffiths. HND Business Management



Where could it take you?


You will be able to select from a wide range of sectors in which to work, including accounting, banking, insurance, human resources, operations management, marketing, advertising, retail, distribution, sales, and leisure. You are likely to work initially as a trainee manager in a large organisation, or perhaps as a junior manager in a smaller one before moving on to more senior management positions.

Alternatively you may wish to establish your own business or continue with further study, such as an MBA or MSc in Management/International Management.

We recognise that optimising your future employment and earning potential are a key factor in selecting your degree. All of our courses:

• offer the option of a paid placement year which significantly increases your chance of getting a job when you graduate, possibly even with your placement company (except Information Technology for Education BSc (Hons)). We also advertise short-term vacancies on our VLE

• target selected Employability Standards in every module. These are designed by Worcester Business School in consultation with employers – so you will always be able to see the employability relevance of what you are studying

• include automatic access to our electronic CV Compiler Tool to create a live and evidence-based CV

• are accredited by, recognised by or mapped to professional qualifications and/or associations as appropriate

• provide access to our broad network of business managers and employers (including our own Business School Advisory Board) who work closely with us to design courses, offer scholarships and prizes, host student visits, support student competitions, provide work-related projects and contribute to teaching activities

• offer employment preparation workshops which include CV preparation, mock interviews/assessment centres and meetings with employers

• are written and taught by business professionals and practitioners who are fully aware of what today’s employers are looking for

• include work-based learning modules where you can learn via a live work-based project

• adopt a real-world, applied approach to learning, teaching and assessment so that what you learn is relevant and useful to your future employer(s)

• offer access to a host of CV-enhancing co-curriculum activities such as our start-up café, international study weeks, case study/business plan competitions, vacation research projects, mentoring activities, etc

• promote ‘earn as you learn’ part-time work opportunities which will significantly boost your employability after graduation

Read some of our work placement student stories

  • Case study

    Employer's view

    "We've had a fantastic time with the students from the University of Worcester Business School. The Business Challenge module is truly innovative, providing opportunities to be creative and work with a great group of people. The students have not only left Funny Blood with a lasting legacy of ideas, campaigns and contacts but they've also raised awareness of Platelet Function Disorders both locally and - literally - Worldwide as well as raising vital funds for the Haemophilia Unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital. Their projects have provided us with some amazing experiences like playing the giant killers at Worcester City FC, being on court with the Davis Cup players at Pershore Tennis Centre and Worcester Wolves and saving lives via #giveblood with NHS Give Blood. As a result, Funny Blood's been featured in the local press and radio a number of times and our social media interaction has increased; at the project's peak, our reach on Facebook was over 57k. A truly fantastic experience, thank you!" Ruby Edwards, Founder, Funny Blood

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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.

A placement year is optional and available to students registering to progress to the BA (Hons) Business Management top-up course. 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.


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 (2018/19 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

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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.



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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 tutor

Kate Dobson
01905 54 2520