Marketing BA (Hons)
What makes Marketing at Worcester special?
Position yourself as a specialist in the world of customer persuasion with this up-to-the-minute marketing degree. You’ll be supported by regular coaching, and our team of academic staff and marketing professionals. You’ll actively engage with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) as you position yourself to enter this dynamic, energetic and growing sector.
With its strong focus on innovation, creativity and contemporary issues (such as social media, personalised communications, differentiated customer experiences and customer insight gained through data analytics and big data), this specialised degree will signal that you are creative and commercially-driven. You will be able to demonstrate your marketing expertise as well as the skills that employers value.
Our range of fun extra-curricular activities, such as sport clubs, societies, cultural visits and the student social scene further add to your university experience and personal development.
- Gain specialist insight into marketing and access a wide range of optional modules that complement your development as a marketing professional
- Gain experience of working on digital marketing campaigns and developing websites for commercial clients through the Business School’s Media Lab
- Engage with the latest thinking through a research project supported by a member of our Customer Interactions Research Group
- Enhance your employability through internships, consultancy projects, a one-year paid placement and integrated coaching from experienced business leaders
- Develop your own digital business idea through the Business School’s Incubator
- Gain Associate Membership of the Chartered Management Institute and accreditation with the Chartered Institute of Marketing
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Our Marketing Masterclass gives you the opportunity to explore our facilities, take part in Marketing taster activities, and find out about student life. This day is for those considering applying for the course, not those who have already applied or those who have been offered an interview. For further information or to request a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete this enquiry form.
Upcoming taster days:
Thursday 21st June 2018, 10am-2pm.
What qualifications will you need?
UCAS tariff points
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
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email email@example.com 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.
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.
Optional Placement Year or Year Abroad
You can choose to take a placement year and convert your degree to a 4-year sandwich degree with virtually all of our full-time Single Honours degrees in Business or Computing by taking a year in industry between your second and final years.
You will be able to apply to spend your placement year at an organisation of your choice, anywhere in the UK. Placement opportunities are available in all business sectors, including marketing, advertising, PR, HR, business management, finance, economics, programming and game design.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Dr Tim Sellick
Tim began the development of his sales and marketing expertise as the Director of a Direct Marketing agency where he worked for over a decade. He then moved into academia after completing his Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education) delivering programmes for Birmingham City University for Undergraduate, Post Graduate, and for professional participants. Tim then then joined Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford in 2009 to work in Executive Education.
Since 2011 Tim has worked at Worcester Business School where he teaches Marketing Communications, Marketing Strategy, and Sales Management.
Tim is a multi-award winning case writer and has authored a winning case in the EFMD’s Excellence in Practice Awards twice. Tim is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (and a Chartered Marketer), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Association Academy.
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 through the Business School’s Incubator
- 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
STUDENT VIEW - Ciara Joyce
“My course was extremely useful. I loved it, and am proud to be a Worcester Alumni”. After graduating, Ciara completed a 2-month internship with a Creative agency working on the Social Media team before obtaining a position with a web-based company doing Customer Service and Social Media.
STUDENT VIEWS - Marketing Students
“During my degree, I obtained employability experience and credentials which helped me get a full-time job working for PepsiCo when I graduated. I work in business development, focusing upon Walkers, Tropicana and Quaker accounts. I deal with a client base of over 250 which includes workplaces, retail outlets, big stores, cash and carrys and more.” Gina Hankinson, Marketing student
“My degree proved beyond my expectations. Its intensity and the learning styles applied in the modules such as real business case studies and presentations were stimulating and propelled students to think as professionals” Bruno Davoro, Marketing student
“I have learnt how to do business presentations, how to prepare for job interviews and how to be independent. My timetable has been very flexible through the year so I managed to find a job and have gained valuable work experience as well as covering all my living expenses. I have applied to go on the exchange programme to Australia next year and I am really looking forward to this opportunity.” Kornelija Guzaite, Marketing student.
PLACEMENT STORY - Olly Wilcox at Resource Group
Olly’s placement as a Marketing Intern within a small marketing team of 5 gave him a deeper understanding of business, as well as enabling him to discover a passion for graphic design and a better idea of what he would like to do after university.
Louisa Liddiard at Ornua Ingredients UK -Louisa’s success across a wide range of tasks during her placement led to the offer of a full time job as a Marketing Executive on graduation.
Michael Browne at Porsche Cars Great Britain Ltd - Michael’s placement at Porsche GB enabled him to combine a lifelong passion for cars with his Marketing pathway degree. With something new to learn every day, Michael enhanced his business skills and obtained a valuable network of future contacts.
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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 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
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.
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.
There will be a charge for membership of the professional bodies
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.
How do you apply?
Applying through UCAS
Marketing BA (Hons): N501
Marketing (Placement Year) 4 Yr: N500
UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.
N501 or N500