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What makes Business Management at Worcester special?

Our flexible Business Management degree explores the latest thinking in innovation, creativity and contemporary issues. You'll work with academics and practitioners who have extensive experience of management, consultancy or running their own business. The course also offers regular careers coaching, and benefits such as our professional network of academic staff, business leaders and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

The course will develop your business knowledge, skills and 'real world' experience through the curriculum, applied projects, placements, internships and study abroad. You’ll explore the latest thinking in areas such as accountancy, advertising, entrepreneurship, finance, human resources, marketing and public relations. You'll become an adaptable and commercially-driven graduate and well equipped to succeed in your business management career.



Employability features

  • Pursue an exciting career. The industry presents a multitude of career options, including positions like business analyst, investment banker, management consultant, and project manager
  • Earn whilst learning. Gain real-life, paid experience of the workplace, through a 12-month placement and part-time work experience projects via our award-nominated Springboard Programme
  • Develop a competitive CV. Gain credibility and access to resources and networks via Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accreditation and membership. Engage in additional professional certifications throughout your degree
  • Be industry ready. Achieve a qualification that is designed in consultation with employers, aligned with industry standards, and taught by experienced professionals
  • Become an entrepreneur. Bring your own business ideas to life via our start-up support and access to our network of business mentors
  • Options to work or study abroad. Experience international cultures and develop a global mindset
  • Access state-of-the-art facilities. Access excellent IT facilities 24/7, including dedicated PC and Mac labs featuring industry-standard software
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This course has been mapped for dual accreditation with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Upon successful completion of specific modules and your course, you will be awarded a CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership, in addition to your degree. During your studies, you will also benefit from associate membership to the CMI (at no extra cost), inclusive of an interactive induction session hosted by the CMI, as well as access to the CMI's digital library, resources, and employability skills audit.

“Research has indicated that with a CMI Dual Accredited Degree, graduates have the key skills required by 97% of employers. CMI Dual Accreditation also offers a 7%-point employability boost 15 months after graduation, with earnings on average 8% more than non-accredited graduates”.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points (for example, BBC at A Level)

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

T Levels may be used to meet the entry tariff requirements for this course. Find out more about T levels as UCAS tariff points here.

Other information

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

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS website.

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Course content

What will you study

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1


  • Unlocking Individual Potential
  • Customer Insight & Marketing
  • Financial Management
  • Generation Digital


Year 2


  • Unlocking Organisational Potential


Optional Placement Year or Year Abroad

Virtually all of our full-time Single Honours degrees in Business or Computing, you have the option to convert your degree to a 4-year sandwich degree by opting for a placement year or third year abroad between your second and final year.

Placement opportunities are available in all business sectors, including marketing, advertising, public relations, human resources, business management, finance, economics, programming, and game design. You will be able to apply to spend your placement year at an organisation of your choice, in the UK or abroad (subject to any visa restrictions).

If you wish to undertake a third year abroad, you have the option to study at one of our partner universities in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, or the USA (subject to any visa restrictions). To find out more about where you can study and the bursaries and travel grants available to support you, please visit our Study Abroad pages.

Year 3


  • International Business Strategy
  • Rethinking Organisational Value


  • Digital and Social Media Marketing
  • Spin Doctors, Lobbyists and Other Influencers 
  • Advertising & Digital Communications
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • International Banking and Finance
  • Taxation
  • Applied Economics
  • Strategic Challenges for HRM
  • Research Project
  • Consultancy Project
  • Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Brand Management
  • International Marketing
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Digital Business
  • The Next Big Thing
  • Business Intelligence and Analysis
  • Intercultural Business Perspectives
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

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 and academic support including 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.


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


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.

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.

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 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.


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


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.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

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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.

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:


Boyd Hargreaves

Winner of 2015 Student-Led Award for Outstanding University Teacher and Outstanding Academic Tutor

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.

John Gardener

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!

Rowena Simmons

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.

Joanne Law

Joanne Law

Joanne is a lecturer in E-Business and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has a background in both Computing and Business and has taught subjects relating to both areas, at Worcester, since 2015. Joanne has a keen interest for technology and how to provide innovative solutions for business impact. She also has an interest in how technology can enhance the learning and teaching experience. Joanne is currently researching in the field of open-source intelligence, specifically in relation to screening practices.


Where could it take you?


Our Business Management Degree offers a range of benefits to kick-start your business management career. These include:

  • Benefit from integrated career coaching throughout your course, where we will support you with preparation of your CV and interview technique
  • 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
  • Develop your own business idea through the Enrich Business Support Programme
  • Build your own business network
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Careers and Employability

Our Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors.

Find out how we can support you to achieve your potential
University of Worcester Business Management BA degree graduate Pat Brown

Pat Brown

As well as graduating with a degree in Business Management Pat has been selected for the England Cricket squad for the Twenty20 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.


How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

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.

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 enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the academic year 2024/25 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 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, 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. You may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check for your placement.

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

There may be a charge for membership of professional bodies

International fees and finance

If you are an international applicant, information on international fees and relevant scholarships is available on our International student fees page.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £131 per week to 'En-suite Premium' at £221 per week (2024/25 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Business Management BA (Hons) - N200
Business Management (Placement Year) 4 Yr - N201

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.

Get in touch

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

John Gardener

Admissions tutor