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What makes Entrepreneurship at Worcester special?

This degree has been developed by entrepreneurs to support your entrepreneurial journey, and to develop the entrepreneur within you alongside an in-depth understanding of how to start and run a business.

You will be in a class with like-minded students developing a strong network of entrepreneurs. Throughout your degree, the focus will progressively move from entrepreneurial mindset, creativity, venture feasibility and marketing, to business operations, stakeholder communications, sales and growth strategies.

You will be taught by active and serial entrepreneurs (including a feature on Dragon’s Den), start-up specialists and venture capitalist and private equity professionals.

Entrepreneurship Course Leader named among Britain’s top 100 business leaders supporting young talent alongside the likes of John Caudwell, co-founder of Phones4U,and easyjet founder, Stelios Haji-Ioannou Read more

Key features

  • Lectures are held only one day each week, so that course schedule maximises time spent ‘on task’ (e.g. starting, running, expanding your own business and obtaining hands-on experience in an entrepreneurial environment)
  • Business Incubator provided for the duration of the course
  • All students will be offered at least one Mentor to support their growth
  • Retail opportunities for market testing and sales development
  • Access to our in-house Media Lab, our student led-software house, where they undertake work for business clients
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    News

    University Gains Centre of Excellence Status for Entrepreneurship

    The University of Worcester has become one of a handful of education organisations to gain Centre of Excellence status from the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE).

    The University now has the flagship accreditation which marks out organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development.

    Dr David Bozward, the University’s Strategic Lead in Entrepreneurship, said: “Entrepreneurship is part of the core strategy for the University of Worcester and, as such, we are developing a world class environment for students, staff and local entrepreneurs.

    “This IOEE Centre of Excellence is recognition that we have demonstrated our commitment to enterprise and also working with our local partners."

    Find out more

Clearing 2017 - call us on 01905 855111

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

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The staff have diverse backgrounds, they're real people who've worked for some interesting companies.

Rowena Simmons, Worcester Business School student

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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.

One of the best things I've got out of this course so far is the amount of access to key people in my industry. The connections I make on a weekly basis through the BA in entrepreneurship course are incredible.

Kim Golding, BA (Hons) Entrepreneurship Student

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

64

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

64 UCAS Tariff points

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   

Taster days

A Entrepreneurship taster day gives you the opportunity to explore our facilities, take part in Entrepreneurship 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 days are on Tuesday 28 February and Thursday 6 April, 10am-2.30pm. For further information or to request a place please email insiders@worc.ac.uk or complete this enquiry form.

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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

  • Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Managing Communications in a Startup
  • New Venture Formation
  • Business Planning Laboratory 
  • Team-based Incubation Project
  • Individual Incubation Project (Business Startup Research)

Summer Internship (Optional)

Summer Internship (Optional)

6 weeks working with an entrepreneur with Eramus+ funding

  • EU  - Locations such as Paris, Moscow, Cyprus, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Finland, Madrid, (Funded)
  • Silicon Valley - USA (Not funded)
  • West Midlands - UK (Not funded)

Year 2

  • Finance for Entrepreneurs
  • Sales Management and Selling for Entrepreneurs       
  • Individual Incubation Project (Business Operations)  
  • Individual Incubation Project (Customer Acquisition)

        Plus one module from:

  • Advertising theory and practice
  • Startup Advancement (Negotiated module)

Incubation Year (Optional)

Incubation Year (Optional)

  • Full Mentoring Package
  • Incubation Space
  • Retail Support

Year 3 / Final

  • Managing Innovation in the Startup Organisation
  • Individual Incubation Project (Negotiated module)
  • Individual Incubation Project (Investment Readiness / Growth project)

         Plus three modules from:

  • Digital and Social Marketing
  • International Trade (Negotiated module)
  • Managing Financial Decision Making
  • Focusing on Results and Change Management
  • Decision Making for Improved Performance

Rowena Simmons

When most of her fellow A-level students were finding it hard enough to combine their studies with a social life, Rowena managed to establish a highly successful online business, selling her self-designed jewellery around the world.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

The learning environment

Our Entrepreneurship degree is designed to support your entrepreneurial journey. The degree works on two major elements of Entrepreneurship, you the Entrepreneur and the venture you start or run.

  1. Through developing the skills, knowledge and an entrepreneurial mindset we help develop the Entrepreneur within you.
  2. Secondly through a progressive set of modules alongside physical space and support infrastructure you develop processes and an in-depth understanding of how to start and run a business.

You will be in a class with like-minded students throughout the three years of your degree, developing a strong network of Entrepreneurs.Through the three years of the degree, the focus will progressively move from entrepreneurial mindset, creativity, venture feasibility and marketing, to business operations, stakeholder communications, sales and growth strategies.

The degree has been developed by entrepreneurs and therefore focuses on the practical development of the entrepreneur alongside the sustainability of the venture. This rounded approach to entrepreneurship ensures our Work Based Learning proposition, whereby you are learning whilst working in and on your business fosters a much wider and deep understanding of the subject. At each step of the way we provide support through coaching, mentoring and peer networking.

Teaching approach

The programme is delivered using a combination of teaching approaches including seminars, practical classes, work-based learning, mentoring and guided independent study. External entrepreneurs are invited to make presentations to BA(Hons) Entrepreneurship students each month (Worcester Wednesday, held on the first Wednesday of the month) to help inspire, as well as inform, the students on the programme.

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. 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 a traditional lecture/seminar as well as e-lectures, workshops simulations and work based learning.

In a typical week, you will have up to 8 hours of scheduled contact time over one day, which you will supplement by tutorial meetings, mentoring, 1-2-1 business clinics to suit you and around 30 hours of guided independent study and Work Based Learning (WBL).

Each week a short video is provided to develop the topic before you come to class.  For example, our first year Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Mindset module.

Assessment

Assessment will be via a variety of assessment types e.g. Creation of a pop-up shop with a peer led team, and sometimes you will even be able to choose an assessment style to suit you. This course has no exams.As part of a WBL approach, students are required to maintain evidence of their activities and reflect on how it has impacted on their learning. Blogs and ePortfolios will be used in recording this progress and also offer a mechanism through which the students can receive feedback and guidance in a timely manner.

Learning and teaching techniques

  • Technique

    Crowdfunding business idea

    Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or business venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, the crowd. We use this practice in groups to develop start-up marketing campaigns and get the class to select on the best campaign, as highlighted in this Time Higher Education Magazine article.

  • Technique

    Flipped classroom

    The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures are viewed by students at home before the class session, while in-class time is devoted to exercises, projects, or discussions. This helps ensure we are working on your business idea “on task” as much as possible.

    Here is an example video with our Associate Lecturer Matt Draycott, on the Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Mindset module.

  • Technique

    Local global businesses provide our case studies

    The case studies we use are businesses we know, in fact they are local to Worcestershire or our partner universities.

    These case studies all have video elements and written case studies, which support the way you learn about the business, the business theory and the practical steps that business has taken to grow and sustain itself.

    In fact you will probably meet the business owners during your stay with us. It’s that connected.

  • Technique

    Simventure - authentic business simulations

    SimVenture, the multi-award winning business simulation which makes a powerful difference in the learning experience. It allows us to engage with you the student with in a deeper, richer learning experience and develop lasting business, enterprise and entrepreneurial talent.

    The simulation game lets you run your own virtual company and learn about entrepreneurship & business in an authentic, engaging and sustainable way. Within the four key business areas (Organisation; Sales & Marketing; Finance; and Operations) any number of decisions can be made each month. The challenge is to generate enquiries, sales and orders and build a successful company.

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

  • Dr David Bozward

    Dr David Bozward

    David is a serial technology entrepreneur, educator, mentor and authority on international youth entrepreneurship and education with over 20 years entrepreneurial business experience. He uses this in inspiring students across numerous disciplines with thought provoking, insightful and instantly usable techniques. David stimulates students to understand the implementation of entrepreneurship forging together theory and practice into the learning outcome.

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    Nigel Walton

    Nigel has had a long association with the Business School, combining his tutoring and consultancy with work for The Open University and other international organizations. He is responsible for the management and delivery of an enterprise programme, funded by the HE Funding Council, and aimed at Undergraduate students who aspire to running their own business on Graduation.

    He has also contributed to the University’s Enterprise Fellowship Scheme which supports high achieving Undergraduates to further develop their enterprise ideas. Nigel has completed a number of Innovation Voucher consultancies with SMEs on behalf of the University, and has broad experience of e-tutoring and supporting group activity remotely both with Worcester and the Open University.

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    Chris Boulton

    Chris is an independent venture capital and private equity professional with 20 years of investment and fund management experience. As an investor and shareholder he has been involved in a variety of business situations from start-ups, growth, family succession, management buyouts, to company sale, listing and rescue across a wide range of sectors in the UK, Japan, and South East Asia.

    A seasoned operator at Board level, Chris has direct experience of guiding management through various challenges including management change, innovation, acquisition, joint ventures, overseas expansion (and contraction!), litigation, fundraising, and divestment. He has recently relocated from South East Asia where he was also an occasional lecturer on MBA courses at INSEAD’s Asian Campus as well as adviser to the Singapore Government on entrepreneurship and SME financing matters.

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Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

  • You will have access to a range of Networking Events to help you develop your own network and business throughout the course.
  • Your Entrepreneurship degree may inspire you to consider starting up your own business, or to work with other high-growth enterprises.
  • The course is also ideal preparation for career-start as a graduate management trainee with potential to move into a future senior management position.
  • If you decide to continue with further study, the Worcester MBA or MSc International Management would be an excellent complement to your degree.  

International Students 

We are happy to consider all international applications from outside the EEA/EU and these students will be supported in finding work placements. Work Placements are taken as part of your studies and enable you to gain experience related to the discipline. These placements may be from a few months to up to one semester in length. Further information about applying for a Visa to study is available here: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/community/international-visas.html)

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    Case study

    Rowena's story

    When most of her fellow A-level students were finding it hard enough to combine their studies with a social life, Rowena managed to establish a highly successful online business, selling her self-designed jewellery around the world.

    So why would an ambitious entrepreneur with an already booming dot-com jewellery business decide to go to university?

    "I looked at the long term and realised that this was the route that made the most sense for me," Rowena explains. "I could have just focused on the business straight from college, but I wanted to have options in the future, because you never know what’s going to happen next.

    "Studying in the Business School has been great for me. I’m actually restructuring my business at the moment, and because of the lectures I have been better able to understand how the restructure would affect my company. It’s also really broadened my horizons. At school, people’s true character hasn’t really developed, but at uni people are making their way in the world, and their personalities really flourish. It helps me in business to understand how different people approach life."

    "The department is based in this beautiful Georgian building. Apparently it used to be a hospital. I really like that it has character, a historic story to tell. I think some of our seminar rooms used to be wards, and that really captures my imagination. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re haunted," she adds with a laugh.

    Read the University of Worcester 2016 undergraduate prospectus to find out more about her Rowena has managed to combine her studies with running an award-winning online business.

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

Entrepreneurship BA (Hons): N106 (3 Years full-time)

Entrepreneurship (Placement Year) BA (Hons): N107 (4 Years full-time)

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:

N106 or N107

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 85 5357
j.gardener@worc.ac.uk

Course Contact

David Bozward
01905 54 2197
d.bozward@worc.ac.uk