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What makes Business Management HND at Worcester special?

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
  • Lots of opportunity to engage with employers, take up internships, enhance your job prospects and start to build a professional network
  • Development of job-ready career skills (such as team working, oral presentation, project management and web design; as well as how to become a persuasive communicator; think creatively; manage projects; work effectively as a member of a team; lead and inspire others; be self-reliant; use initiative and champion an ethical and socially responsible approach to business)
  • Entrepreneurial Projects to impress employers or inspire you to set up your own business.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

64 UCAS Tariff Points and Grade C 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.

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   

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The course and staff have been great and my experience as a whole has been a joyful one.

John Roscoe, HND graduate 2015/6

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.

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.

  • Case study

    Lynda Griffiths, 2016 HND graduate now enrolled on BA (Hons) Business Management Top-Up

    The HND Business Management Course has given me an alternative degree pathway which allows me to gain two Industry respected qualifications within the normal three year degree time period.

    The class sizes are small and with the same core students, which contributes to the family feeling of Worcester Business School. The Tutors have been a fantastic support, going above and beyond my expectations. Emails have been responded to very quickly and Tutors have been happy to give their time to discuss any questions or theories I have.

    The content of the course has been academically stimulating and with my previous work experience I can see how very relevant the subjects are. I have been pleasantly challenged and encouraged on a journey of self-development. I have learned new skills including my evaluation of “facts”, good research practices and, of course, Harvard Referencing.

    I could not have made a better life choice.


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

  • 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.

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, 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

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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.



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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 Contact

Boyd Hargreaves
01905 542795