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What makes Business Management at Worcester special?

This is a highly-flexible, ‘real world’, applied degree which will open doors to a very wide range of career opportunities.  You can take a paid placement year, study abroad and have lots of opportunity to select modules which appeal to you in Accountancy, Advertising, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, HR, Leadership, Marketing and Public Relations.

Key features

  • Option to take a one year paid placement
  • Opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad
  • Taught by managers with experience of domestic and international business management (including at senior executive/board level), of running their own business, and of management consultancy
  • Associate Membership of the Chartered Management Institute (ACMI) on successful completion of course (membership fees apply)
  • CIPD Approved Centre

Clearing 2017 - call us on 01905 855111

We have places available on a range of courses starting this September.

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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?


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 for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from   

Taster days

A Business Management taster day gives you the opportunity to explore our facilities, take part in Business 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.

The next taster day is on Wednesday 12 April 2017, 10am-2.30pm. For further information or to request a place please email or complete this enquiry form.

Student opportunities

Worcester students had the opportunity to present their business ideas to a panel of industry experts. Competing to win a six week space at a retail unit at CrownGate shopping centre.

Book your place at an Open Day

Want to know why so many students love living and studying in Worcester?

Our open days are the perfect way to find out.

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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

  • Business Options, see right.
    (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

Module options

  • Case study

    Jacob Rowe

    Jacob took an unconventional route to his first-class degree and ultimate career. 

    After leaving Arden School, Jacob played professional football for Birmingham City, took up a sports scholarship in America (Texas), then signed for Worcester City FC. Keen to continue his education, Jacob was accepted through clearing to study BA (Hons) Business Management at the University of Worcester. Jacob had no inclination of what a positive set of experiences were about to come his way.

    "The University of Worcester was a great experience for me both educationally and socially," said Jacob. "It has provided with me with lifelong friends and equipped me with skills that support my future career aspirations and for that I am sincerely grateful.”

    Asked about achieving a First Class Honours, Jacob said that, "Given the support of the lecturers and infrastructure available, I knew I had the resources available to help me achieve a first class degree and I am proud of the accomplishment."

    During his time at the University, Jacob completed two internships at JP Morgan and Russell Investments and consequently received graduate offers from both. After much reflection, Jacob decided to return to JP Morgan in a fulltime contractual role as an Equities Trade Assistant, working on the trading floors at JP Morgan's London office.

  • Case study

    Sarah Meyers

    Having obtained a 2:1 degree in Business Management, Sarah went on to build a successful career in policing and now works as a detective at one of the largest, top performing forces in the UK.

    Sarah's degree at Worcester inspired a love of studying and she has managed to combine this with her work. Having recently completed a Masters in Criminology (with distinction), she is planning to do a PhD in the not too distant future.

    "Studying at the University of Worcester gave me the skills and knowledge to build a career and to take on postgraduate study. Working full-time and studying has been challenging, and I am planning to take a short break from studying before I start again - next time for a PhD," said Sarah.

The skills that I acquired through my academic studies have helped me prepare for the demands of this particular career.

Matt Leavesley, Graduate

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.


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 our whole team of experts.

  • Dr Robin Bell

    Dr Robin Bell

    Robin is a Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and your Study Abroad Tutor.  His research looks at SME development and the role of entrepreneurship in business growth. He has acted as a peer reviewer for articles in the field of entrepreneurship and international business. Recently he has spent time lecturing in China, France and Germany. He previously worked for Orange PCS and Next PLC, was elected to serve in public office (2007-2012) and continues to act as a governor for a special educational needs school in the South West of England. In his spare time he is a passionate (Bristol) rugby fan and is a RFU qualified referee.

  • doug-wotherspoon-worcester-business-school

    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.


Where could it take you?


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

Time management, organisation, ability to research and knowledge from my course are all transferable to the daily operations of my profession.

Matt Leavesley, Graduate

  • 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 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.


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.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours
Business Management BA (Hons) N200
Business Management (Placement Year) 4 Yr: N201


Joint Honours
Business Management and Computing NG2L
Business Management and Drama & Performance NW24
Business Management and Human Geography LN72
Business Management and Psychology NC28


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.


N200 or N201

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 Tutor

John Gardener
01905 85 5357

Course Leader

Doug Wotherspoon
01905 54 2125


Read some of our work placement student stories