BA (Hons) Business

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 can apply the knowledge from this course to your workplace. You may even be exempt from some modules based on experience you have already. From your employer’s perspective, this Business degree course offers an excellent staff development opportunity that can be tailored to the needs of their organisation. You’ll be taught through lectures and tutorials in the afternoon/evening on one day each week. For flexibility, you’ll complete ‘Learning through the Workplace’ modules in the summer months.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 4 Years September Newport City C
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 4 Years September Newport City C

You will study subjects usually included in a business degree such as accounting, economics, law, management, marketing and strategy, alongside plenty of opportunities to apply what you learn to the real world. ‘Learning through Employment’ modules allow you to complete projects related to your workplace. Also, our Leadership and Management, and Coaching and Mentoring modules will help you develop your full management potential.

The BA (Hons) Business degree structure consists of the following modules:

Year One

  • Business Context
  • Business Skills and Professional Development
  • Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
  • Business Psychology
  • Reflection on Learning in the Workplace

Year Two

  • Legal Context
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Digital Context
  • HR and Change Management
  • Reflection on Learning in the Workplace

Year Three

  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Leadership and Management
  • International Business Environment
  • Ethics and Sustainability: Theory and Practice
  • Critical Reflection on Learning in the Workplace

Year Four

  • Contemporary Business Research
  • Business Planning
  • Business Strategy
  • Customer Service Excellence
  • Critical Reflection on Learning in the Workplace


The BA (Hons) Business degree is designed for students studying part-time around other work and family committments. 

Students will attend lectures and tutorials 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.


As well as an employability module built in to the course, we also encourage students studying the BA (Hons) Business degree to complete a work placement.

There is an internship embedded in all our business degrees, meaning you’ll get 10 weeks of work experience without having to extend your studies and at no additional cost. Placements can lead to sponsorship or funding offers from your host employer when you return to university, or employment when you graduate. Plus what you learn can inform your studies and improve your nal grades. Students have been on placements with companies including Rolls Royce, Microsoft, Mattel, Intel and GE Aviation.


Jo Jones – Course leader
Mary Hedderman – Senior Lecturer
Sian Jenkins

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.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU:  £620  per 20 credits.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

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.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one 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

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

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.

Employer Benefits
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).

Our Careers and Employability Service

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.