The business environment is changing all the time. While you can’t predict the future, you can certainly be prepared for it. Organisations need flexible employees with a range of skills, who understand the different areas of business and how they work together. This business management degree will give you a well-rounded business education to make you a versatile and employable graduate.
By studying this business management degree at USW, you will get a full overview of how businesses perform, meaning you can adapt and succeed in a competitive jobs market. There are compulsory modules that cover essential topics such as marketing, how to manage people, purchasing and logistics. As you progress, you can choose specialist modules in areas that match your interests and career aims. There are also many opportunities to gain practical experience of the business world, including work placements and hands-on challenges.
You'll gain experience of working with industry, either through a year-long sandwich placement, an internship or a Professional Practice and Employability module. This module has input from employers and is an example of the way that employability informs this course and provides a strong base for your future career. You will also benefit from gaining the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) alongside their studies on the course.
On USW's Business Management degree, you'll focus on the academic requirements of business topics and develop the skills demanded by today’s employers. We also take your learning outside the classroom to help you understand and apply the theory. You’ll have the chance to participate in team-building exercises, company visits and field trips.
In your first year, you will study the following specified modules:
In your second year you will choose one of two pathways to follow. The first pathway allows you to study six modules classroom-led for the full academic year. The second pathway allows you to study six modules from September to December class-room led and then an internship from January through to April.
Modules available to study on both pathways are:
One module from the following options:
Going into your final year you will study the following modules:
If you undertake the internship you will substitute the Professional Practice and Employability module for one of the following options:
Mae modiwlau cyfrwng Cymraeg yn cynnwys | Welsh Module options are:
Modiwlau Blwyddyn 1
Modiwlau Blwyddyn 2
Modiwlau Blwyddyn 3
* Mae’r modiwl hwn ar gael yn Gymraeg os yw digon o siaradwyr Cymraeg yn dewis ei astudio – This module is available dependent on student demand.
The BA (Hons) Business Management is also available as a four year course including an integrated Foundation Year, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the degree. You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before continuing onto the three year degree programme. Please note: The integrated foundation year will be studied in Treforest. Find out more: Foundation Year (Social Sciences)
You will be taught by a team of experts, who bring the latest developments direct to the classroom. This is reinforced with guest lectures by professionals from a variety of organisations, including small, local businesses and large, global companies.
You will learn from academic staff who have worked in different industries, so you gain more than one perspective. You will also develop an in-depth understanding of how different business functions approach problems, and how they contribute to a business as a whole.
We also take your learning outside the classroom to help you understand the theory. You’ll have the chance to participate in team-building exercises and to go on field trips which include visits to organisations. In your second year, you’ll also take part in ‘Dragon’s Den’ style assessments and ‘The Apprentice’ themed challenges, and run your own mini-business.
Assessment methods vary with a mix of coursework and exams; these vary depending upon each module studied, but typical examples may include individual and group projects, reports, essays and presentations.
Throughout your studies you’ll attend regular guest lectures and hear from employers about available placement opportunities. If you decide to undertake a sandwich year we’ll support you with any internship applications to help you get your foot in the door, and we’ll monitor you during your placement – liaising with your employer and visiting you at your place of work.
If you don’t opt for the sandwich year, you can undertake our ‘Professional Practice and Employability’ module. This module exposes you to industry guest speakers (where networking is encouraged) and we’ll run weekly practical workshops such as applying for jobs, role playing interviews, taking part in industry led assessment centres, understanding psychometric testing and numerical reasoning. Note: you’ll need to source your own work experience (minimum of 70 hours).
You’ll also have the chance to undertake a work-based ’Business Internship’ module or you could opt to develop your skills in entrepreneurship through a module in planning, implementation and growth. If you want create your own job through self-employment, this module will further develop your understanding of managing projects/people, organisational skills, team working, sales and negotiation.
All staff are experienced qualified academics from a number of subject specialisms such as retail, marketing, accounting and finance, logistics and supply chain, strategy, leadership and management. The Academic Team have industry experience and are research active.
Vera Ndrecaj, course leader
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
BCC - CDD (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.
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.
|Placement expenses: Work placement||£0 - £500||
Students are encouraged to undertake a period of work placement during their second year of study. Students undertaking a placement may incur costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire and this will vary according to the placement.
|Placement expenses: Relevant Work Experience or Equivalent (RWE)||£0 - £300||
In Year 3 only, students may opt to take the Employment Practice and Employability module whereby 70 hours of RWE is required. Students choosing this option may incur costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire and this will vary according to the placement.
|Placement expenses: Internship||£0 - £300||
Students are offered the opportunity to complete an internship during their second year of study. Students undertaking an internship may incur costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire and this will vary according to the placement.
|Placement expenses: Sandwich year||£0 - £1000||
Costs may be incurred while completing sandwich year if chosen . Costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire will vary according to the placement. Year 3 only.
|Placement expenses: Study Abroad||£0 - £2000||
Cost may be incurred while completing a "study abroad option."
|Other: Text books||£300 - £400||
Text books are provided via the USW library but students may wish to purchase their own private copies.
|Other : Sitting Examinations Abroad||£50 - £500||
Should students choose to sit exams abroad (in their home country for example) there will be a £50 admin fee and a cost of £20 per exam. Students are also responsible for any additional charges made by an overseas exam venue.
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.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
This business management degree is designed to give you the tools and the confidence to contribute effectively to the management of an organisation, or even start your own company. With an understanding of how different areas of business work together, you will graduate in a strong position to succeed as a business professional. Recent graduates from this business degree have attained positions from graduate trainees to senior managers in the public and private sectors.
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.