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What makes Business Management HND at Worcester special?

Please note this course is no longer running. You may be interested in other Worcester Business School courses.

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

“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

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.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from

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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

Mandatory modules:

  • Business Challenge
  • Leadership and Management
  • Law, Ethics and Sustainability
  • Web & Ebusiness

Year 2

Mandatory modules

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Marketing, Sales and Customer Management
  • Business Entrepreneurship
  • Integrated Project

“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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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, 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.


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 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.

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."


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

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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


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 2019/20 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 2019/20 will be £12,400 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 2019/20 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 £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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