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What makes Business, Accountancy & Economics BA (Hons) at Worcester special?

This is a highly distinctive course which broadens your career options and signals your areas of specialist expertise in accountancy and economics.  You will develops skills (such as persuasive communication, the ability to think analytically, make logical decisions, interpret and use management information and manage complex projects) to underpin a successful career in business management.

The course gives you exemptions from ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA examinations and provides a great foundation for a well-paid career in economics or finance (including the civil service, banking or accountancy) as well as roles in more general management and consultancy.  Our graduates have secured jobs with companies such as BDO LLP, Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG, NFU Mutual, Lloyd’s Bank and PwC.  It is taught by qualified accountants with experience of working for a wide range of organisations including Grant Thornton, KPMG and HM Treasury and by economists who have advised businesses and governments.

Key features

  • A work-related curriculum that develops knowledge, skills, the ability to think critically, innovate, and adapt to volatile, ambiguous and complex situations
  • Integrates professional body accreditation (ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA) and meaningful engagement with business through the optional one-year paid work placement and client-based projects
  • Additional exemptions are also available, subject to the selection of appropriate Business Option Modules, including the CIMA-Accredited Sage Certificate
  • Inspirational teaching, outstanding facilities and a supportive environment, empowering you to optimise your potential
  • Develops a global mind set through international engagement and the opportunity to study abroad in America, Canada, Europe, Australia or New Zealand
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* Recognised as an ICAEW Partner in Learning, working with ICAEW in the professional development of students

Exemptions and other recognitions

For full details of Accounting pathway exemptions and accreditations, please download our booklet.

ACCA: Accounting pathway students are eligible to claim exemption from Association of Chartered Accountants (ACCA) professional exam papers: F4 Corporate & Business Law, F6 Taxation and F9 Financial Management (depending on the selection of the law and tax optional modules).

CIMA: Accounting pathway students are eligible to claim exemptions from 5 of the CIMA professional exam papers: C01 Fundamentals of Management Accounting, C02 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting and the performance operations papers P01 to P03.

ICAEW: Our work with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) is recognised in areas such as credit for prior learning (exemptions), syllabus development, sharing knowledge, expertise and learning materials, and graduate recruitment activities to further enhance career prospects.  Accounting pathway student are eligible to claim exemption from ICAEW exam papers: Law, Principles of Taxation and Financial Management (depending on the selection of optional modules).

Sage: The University of Worcester works in partnership with Sage and CIMA to award students a CIMA Accredited Sage Certificate. Available on undergraduate awards where students select Business Accounting Systems as an option module. 

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Business at Worcester is changing

This course is part of our 2017 Business course portfolio.

 

If you are interested in joining us in 2018, please see our new range of courses.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points and Grade C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

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

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

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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.

Year 1

Core modules

Module options

Year 2

Core modules

(content will vary if you choose to spend a semester at a partner university overseas)

Module options

Optional placement year

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.

Visit our work placements page for more information.

Year 3

Core modules

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

Explore the real-life application of learning via tutors with business experience, via work placement, and via contact with local, national and international businesses – in the past these have included Shell, Barclays Bank and the BBC.

There will be opportunities to take part in projects for clients, visits to businesses, live and computerised simulations, case studies and exhibitions alongside the usual lectures, workshops and seminars. You will develop a range of skills, which you can evidence on your CV and talk about at job interviews

Teaching approach

Worcester is a place where you will be supported to reach your full potential as a self-directed learner ready to make an immediate impact in the world of work. Tutors are friendly, approachable and accessible and virtual resources enable you to work flexibly to suit your own learning preferences and busy lifestyle.

You will progressively build your knowledge and expertise across levels of study through modules which are delivered in different ways, perhaps through traditional lectures and seminars as well as e-lectures, workshops and simulations. In a typical week, you will have 12 hours of scheduled contact time, which you will supplement with one-to-one tutorial meetings and around 20 hours of guided independent study.

Assessment

There are a variety of assessment types – reports, presentations, projects, examinations – and sometimes you will even be able to choose an assessment style to suit you.

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course.
See the full Worcester Business School team.

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    Doug Wotherspoon

    Doug is Course Leader for the undergraduate business portfolio.  He is a qualified solicitor and previously spent 20 years practising company and commercial law representing clients ranging from sole traders, ordinary partnerships, LLPs and limited companies to multi-national companies in transactions covering everything from business formations to business insolvencies.

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    Dr Tonbara Mordi

    Dr Tonbara Mordi is a graduate of University of Leeds, UK (PhD, 2014); she is a qualified UK Solicitor (2008) and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2001. She lectures Business Law, EU, and Human Rights Law at the Worcester Business School. She previously worked as a barrister in Nigeria representing several multinationals firms such as Shell, Exon Mobil and former Agip (Azienda Generale Italiana Petroli) now merged with Eni. She is a consummate corporate trainer and legal consultant and a key speaker at national and international forums in her area of expertise.

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    Jinning began her academic adventure at 24 and joined the University of Sheffield as a PhD candidate.  During her PhD study, she was a Teaching Assistant at the Management School of the Sheffield University.  Her research was funded by the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and the Institute Chartered Accountant of Scotland (ICAS).  She was awarded a Doctoral Degree after three and a half years.  Prior to the completion of her PhD, she was appointed as a module leader at the Sheffield International College (Kaplan).  Jinning set up her private education business after two years.  As an entrepreneur, Jinning was engaging with teaching and management roles.  Before Jinning joined the Worcester University Business School, she has been working towards professional qualifications with the Institute Chartered Accountant of England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).

  • Boyd Hargreaves

    Boyd Hargreaves

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

    Prior to taking up this position I was an assistant principal (head of sixth form) in a large 11-18 school. I also worked for 3 years at TAS (University of Leeds) teaching undergraduate management programmes and worked as PGCE mentor and sessional lecturer at Huddersfield University on the PGCE programme. Over 20 years teaching experience in the economics and business studies field.

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    Jamie Wells

    Jamie spent the past two years working at the in the accountancy team. Areas of teaching expertise are financial accounting and auditing. Before this Jamie spent three years in practice working for a large professional services accountancy firm specialising in forensic accounting and auditing.  She also spent time working for HM Treasury within the Welfare to Work team as a member of the team responsible for the implementing the New Deal for Young People.

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    Simon Quigley

    Simon trained with a large firm Chartered Accountants in the areas of audit, accounts preparation, taxation and insolvency. Working in industry, his roles ranged from Group accountant, Project accountant and Treasury.  

    Since the move to lecturing, Simon has taught on a range of provisions, including ACCA, CIMA CIPD, AAT, HND as well as undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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    Stephanie Tiller

    Stephanie joined Worcester Business School as a lecturer in accounting in January 2014. Previously Stephanie worked for Grant Thornton UK LLP as an Audit Manager and she has 14 years professional practice experience, working closely with a wide variety of companies from small owner managed businesses to large international groups and listed entities. Stephanie was also heavily involved in graduate recruitment, the summer internship scheme, local induction and training as part of her role at Grant Thornton UK LLP.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

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

  • Are written and taught by business professionals who adopt a real-world approach to learning, teaching and assessment and are fully aware of what today’s employers are looking for
  • Help you develop the skills required by graduate employers – research and problem solving, critical analysis, communication, numeracy, self-management, team working, leadership, self-awareness, use of IT, enterprise and creativity
  • Include the opportunity to learn through work-based projects, allowing you to ‘earn as you learn
  • 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, provide work-related projects and contribute to teaching activities
  • Offer employment preparation workshops which include CV preparation (including access to our electronic CV Compiler Tool) and mock interviews

  • 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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Costs

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 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 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 2017 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.

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.

Accommodation

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, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours
Business, Accountancy & Economics BA (Hons): NLC1
With additional placement year: N1L1

 

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.

UCAS CODE:

NLC1 or N1L1

Apply now via UCAS

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@worc.ac.uk  

Admissions tutor

John Gardener
01905 855357
j.gardener@worc.ac.uk