Businesses need graduates who are adaptable, with the skills and ability to put their knowledge into practice. To address this need, our BA (Hons) Business degree focuses on personal and professional development, which is essential in modern business where the environment is changing every day.
The BA (Hons) Business degree is designed specifically for the needs of part-time students. You will develop the knowledge and understanding of those subjects normally included in a business degree (e.g. accounting, economics, law, management, marketing and strategy), but will then have the opportunity to continually apply this knowledge back to your workplace. During our four year business course, you will be provided with a realistic view of business and plenty of opportunities to apply what you learn to the real world.
The BA (Hons) Business degree structure consists of the following modules:
Students will attend lectures and tutorials.
The course is delivered one day per week on an afternoon/evening basis (2-9pm). During the academic year, students study 2 modules in each term and have 3 contact hours per week (11 weeks) per module.
During the summer, students will complete a Learning through the Workplace module. There are no taught sessions attached to these modules; however, the students will be allocated a supervisor.
Students will generally need to match their contact hours with independent study hours each week.
Assessment methods vary from module to module. For example, course work can be a report based on a case study, a reflective portfolio based on skill development or a literature review.
In the interest of increasing the employability of our students, all assessments are designed within the context of today’s challenging business environment, providing students with real-life experience.
The standard entry qualification for all standard USW degrees is BCC at A level.
However, it is appreciated that many prospective part-time students may wish to make an application based upon their work experience professional development activity or alternative qualifications. We welcome all such applications and if appropriate, will meet you to explore if the course is right for you.
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
The course is structured to develop knowledge across a range of business areas, enabling graduates to develop and progress within their chosen career.
Many also opt to continue with us at postgraduate and professional levels such as our Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) courses, or our MBA.
From an employer perspective, the course offers excellent staff development opportunities that can be tailored to the needs of your organisation. These include project-based ‘Learning Through Employment’ modules that can be completed in the work place, as well as modules that are designed to allow easy exemption of study linked to previous experience or accreditation (RPL).
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.