Business and Finance at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS

Course summary

OVERVIEW Developed in partnership with industry experts, employers and professional associations, the BA (Hons) Business & Finance degree will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to make a positive impact in business and financial professions. The BA Business & Finance provides a mix of specialist and generic transferable skills essential for your career, whether in business, management or finance. This degree is part of a suite of degree pathways which centre around our BA (Hons) Business. Each pathway offers its own distinct core modules which differentiate them from each other. Other degree oathways are: BA (Hons) Business (UCAS: N100) BA (Hons) Business & Finance (UCAS: N1N3) BA (Hons) Business & HRM (UCAS: N1N6) BA (Hons) Business & Marketing (UCAS: N1N5) This course will enable you to grow your business knowledge and expertise and provide a solid foundation to ensure your professional development as your career progresses. You'll also benefit from guest speakers who will share with you real-world examples and experiences of business, finance and the tools needed to carve a successful career. ADVANCED ENTRY OPTIONS Direct entry to Year 2 (with an appropriate HNC) and Year 3 (with an appropriate HND) may be possible. PRACTICAL FOCUS Our highly qualified and experienced team of teaching staff, supported by industry guest speakers, will deepen your understanding of business and finance. CAREER PROSPECTS Jobs With the BA Business & Finance you can tailor your degree to focus on areas that are related to your future career aspirations, such as enterprise and entrepreneurship, marketing or human resources. UWS graduates are well prepared for a successful career in business, management and finance. 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). Some continue with professional qualifications.


In Year 1, you will complete modules on financial and management accounting, marketing, human resource management, economics and management. Optional modules from the School of Business, and language options can also be selected. In Year 2, you will develop your financial and management accounting experience and introduces specialised areas such as financial management and business law. You can choose several modules from areas of business and management that interest you. In Year 3, you will begin to develop in-depth knowledge and experience of financial management and accounting, alongside modules in auditing, taxation and banking, providing excellent practical and theoretical knowledge. A range of business options may be selected along with more advanced options.  In your final year of study, you will complete a research dissertation of your choice alongside your continued study of business and professional ethics and contemporary issues in finance. Modules include accounting theory and history, international finance and a number of advanced business modules.

Assessment method

The BA Business & Finance degree 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

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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Paisley Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

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

Entry to Year 1 with SWAP (BBB) Access to Humanities.

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

DUO LINGO In addition ot the above English Language tests, for 2022-23 entry, the University has approved the use of the online Duolingo English test as evidence of English language ability. UWS will accept an overall score between 90-115 with no component score below 90. 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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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 £14500* Year 1
International £14500* 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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Business and Finance at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS