Business at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS

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Course summary

OVERVIEW University of the West of Scotland’s BA Business degree has been developed in partnership with business and industry leaders at the forefront of their profession, this degree will equip you with the skills and attitude to meet the challenges of a stimulating career in business. You can also tailor your studies to suit your interests and career goals, with a number of optional modules available throughout the course of your study. Whether you are interested in enterprise and entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, economics, or human resources, this degree provides the opportunity to learn many important business disciplines. The BA Business provides a broad-based and comprehensive understanding of business, from theory and strategy to operational issues. Key elements of the course include talks from, and visits to, local and national employers and varied assessment formats, including case studies and portfolio building. This degree lies at the centre of our suite of Business pathway degrees. Each pathway offers its own distinct core modules which differentiate them from each other. Other degree oathways are: BA (Hons) Business BA (Hons) Business & Finance (UCAS: N1N3) BA (Hons) Business & HRM (UCAS: N1N6) BA (Hons) Business & Marketing (UCAS: N1N5) ADVANCED ENTRY OPTIONS Direct entry to Year 2 (with an appropriate HNC) and Year 3 (with an appropriate HND) may be possible at our Paisley and Lanarkshire campuses. College Partnership - BA Business Top-up Degree In addition, Year 3 entry to this degree is also offered at New College Lanarkshire (NCL) under our college partnership agreement. Please note that this route is only open to students who have completed an HND in Business at NCL. Students from other colleges holding an HND are required to attend either the Paisley or Lanarkshire campuses. CAREER PROSPECTS Jobs The UWS Business degree has been developed in partnership with some of the UK’s top employers and is designed to equip you with the skills employers need. The degree will assist entry onto graduate management programmes helping you to prepare for a career in public, private and voluntary organisations in the UK and internationally. Financial services consultants, marketing manager and retail manager are just some of the roles a business degree can unlock. Further Study Some graduates choose further study, leading to a Master of Science (MSc), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Research (MRes), Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA).


In Year 1, you will be introduced to key areas of business including finance, human resources management, marketing, economics, as well as developing practical skills in communication techniques, time management, academic writing, and presentation skills. Options include topics concerning entrepreneurialism, leadership, law, and events. In Year 2, you will develop skills and apply knowledge across a range of business disciplines. You can specialise in a particular area, such as human resource management, or marketing, or pursue a much broader business degree. Other areas include business ethics, the public sector, and economics. In Year 3, you will develop an understanding of the complex issues at work in the general and specialist areas of business, management, and strategy, as well as appreciate and reflect on the impact of entrepreneurship, marketing, and leadership within businesses today.  In your final year of study, you will complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice and undertake further study in your chosen specialism, including developing research skills.

Assessment method

The BA Business incorporates a range of teaching, learning and assessment methods in order to enable the learning outcomes to be achieved. Individual modules use different mixes of teaching, learning and assessment methods as appropriate to the learning outcomes of that module. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, and practical workshops.  There will also be group work and independent learning to ensure you develop transferable skills such as research, presentation, communication, and working as part of a team.  Our Business degree is mainly assessed using a variety of assessment methods including: // Written examinations // Coursework // Practical assessment // Reflective case study reports

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Year 2 Entry: Scottish Advanced Highers: BCC A Levels: BBB International Baccalaureate: 28 points BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM in relevant subject HNC: Business; Business Management; Administration & IT; Event Management; Events; Travel & Tourism Year 3 Entry: HND: Business; Business Management; Administration & IT; Event Management; Events; Travel & Tourism City of Glasgow College: DipHE Business DUT: Business-related subject

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

International applicants

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. These are shown below.

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Year 1 entry with SWAP (BBB) in Access to Humanities. City of Glasgow College Diploma of Higher Education in Business Accepted for year 3 Entry French DUT in Business-related subject considered for year 3 entry (subject to review by admissions)

Minimum Qualification Requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.
Cambridge English Advanced176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Cambridge English Proficiency176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Trinity ISEPassISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with no element below 51
TOEFL (iBT)78no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The reason for this is that it’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS. All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of: // Native speakers of English // Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise) // non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification) The qualifications above must have been gained within two years prior to the start of your course at UWS.

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £16000* Year 1
International £16000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

TUITION FEE INFORMATION - SCOTTISH STUDENTS: Eligible Scottish domiciled students can usually apply to have their tuition fees paid for them each year of their studies by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you're not sure about your eligibility, you should contact SAAS. You need to apply to SAAS each year of study to have your tuition fees paid directly to UWS. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - UK, IRISH & GIBRALTARIAN STUDENTS: Eligible students who are domiciled in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland as well as from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland will qualify for tuition fees of £9,250 per academic session of study to a maximum of three years if you are studying on a four year bachelor degree course (eg. BAcc (Hons) / BA (Hons) / BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons)). So, if your degree is four years' duration, you will only be charged tuition fees for three years. Similarly, if you are studying a five year integrated master's degree course (eg. MEng (Hons)) the you will only be charged tuition fees for four years. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) & EU STUDENTS: These tuition fees apply to all non-EU, EEA, and all other EU students (excluding those from Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, whose fee level is as per UK (non-Scottish) students - see section above for more details). ADDITIONAL COSTS: The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career. In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs such as consumable study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms. You may also want to purchase some core texts and technology such as a new laptop etc. Some of these additional costs are optional, some, such as uniforms or safety equipment may be mandatory. Check the course entry on our website for more more information.

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