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Our part-time BA Business degree provides you with an exciting, future-facing and integrated business education covering the main disciplines and operational areas of business, whilst also focusing on supporting you to develop the skills and competencies required in contemporary and future labour markets. Businesses need graduates who are agile, creative and adaptable, with the skills and abilities to put their knowledge into practice. This course puts your personal and professional development right at its heart and encourages your leadership and management aspirations.
Designed specifically to meet the needs of part-time students, we will encourage you to apply your knowledge from this business course in your workplace and critically reflect on this. You may even be exempt from some modules based on the experience you have already. From your employer’s perspective, this business course offers an excellent staff development opportunity that can be tailored to the needs of their organisation. It also provides them with graduates with the confidence, enquiring minds and problem-solving abilities to improve their organisations.
The course is delivered through lectures and workshops in the afternoon/evening, on one day each week. For flexibility, you’ll complete a 'Reflection on Learning in the Workplace' module each year in the summer months.
This course is subject to validation.
The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.
You can complete your part-time business degree in four years and you will gain a holistic, wide-ranging view of business at national and international levels.
We aim to challenge your ways of thinking, behaving and learning in a supportive environment. We bring business concepts to life by continually applying them to real-life cases and encouraging cohorts to share their diverse work experiences to facilitate peer-to-peer learning. The course attracts students who are working in a wide range of organisations and this leads to rich and varied classroom discussions.
Development of personal and professional transferable skills and competencies is embedded throughout the course-smoothing your transition into higher education, underpinning employability and professional practice and the ethos of lifelong learning.
Successful completion of the course will require you to be entrepreneurial, creative, independent, analytical and critical. It will require you to work effectively within diverse teams and demonstrate strong information literacy, a spirit of enquiry and to be reflective in practice. It will also require you to exhibit a broad theoretical knowledge of a range of business functions and the wider international business environment and to be able to apply these in practice.
You’ll study subject areas usually included in a business degree such as accounting, law, project and supply chain management, human resources, change management and marketing - and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to apply what you learn to the real world. The ‘Reflection on Learning in the Workplace’ modules allow you to complete projects related to your workplace which will provide real benefits to your employers.
Further, our Business Psychology, Coaching and Mentoring, Strategic Management and Leadership and Management modules will help you develop your full management potential and provide the foundations for future leadership positions.
Issues of ethics and ethical decision-making, sustainability and global citizenship are embedded within a range of modules and explicitly surfaced in the final year Business Ethics and Sustainability module.
The Skill Development – Academic, Business and Reflection module is strategically placed first in Year 1. This is in recognition of the fact that many of the cohort will be returning to studies after a significant period away and will need to build academic study skills to allow them to be successful in their future module studies, plus the ability to reflect on their work environments.
The remaining modules in Year 1 either ‘set the business scene’ (Business Context and Business Psychology) or introduce key managerial finance knowledge (Accounting for Non-Financial Managers). A focus begins on exploring the interrelationships between departments and functions of organisations.
The first Reflection on Learning in the Workplace module starts to introduce students to the process of reflecting on their work experiences, while also introducing key personal and professional development skills.
Year 2 explores key subject disciplines of business, namely The Digital Workplace, Legal Context (which examines business law), Human Resource and Change Management and Principles of Supply Chain Management. Reflection continues in the summer months with Reflection on Learning in the Workplace 2, where students also continue to build personal and professional development skills.
Year 3 continues to focus on fundamental areas of business in the Project Management and Customer Service Excellence modules. It also introduces modules that reflect the higher level managerial and strategic aspirations of students, namely Coaching & Mentoring and International Business Management. In the summer months, the first Critical Reflection module is introduced.
Year 4 taught modules continue the managerial and strategic theme, with Strategic Management, Leadership and Management and Business Ethics and Sustainability studied. The Strategic Management module is seen very much as a ‘capstone’ module. It requires students to consolidate their understanding, by drawing upon previous learning from across modules and applying this to case studies which require them to explore decision making in an organisational context. The module utilises a simulation exercise with students in cross disciplinary teams, analysing the environment, data and functional business areas to make decisions related to organisational development. This approach exposes students to risk and decision making in a safe and controlled setting and encourages critical reflection on the process.
Students also undertake the Contemporary Business Research module in Year 4, which provides students with the opportunity to critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise information relating to contemporary, topical business issues in research essays and thus draw together academic skills developed over the duration of the course.
The BA (Hons) Business degree is designed for students studying part-time around other work and family commitments.
Students will attend lectures and workshops one day per week on an afternoon/evening basis. Students study two modules per day in each of the Autumn and Spring Terms.
During the summer of each academic year, students complete a Reflection on Learning in the Workplace module. Students will be allocated a supervisor for these modules in addition to continuing to attend some taught sessions.
Students will generally need to match their contact hours with independent study hours each week.
Assessment methods vary from module to module, but they are all within the context of today’s challenging business environment, providing students with real-life experience to increase your employability.
For example, course work can be a report based on a case study, a reflective portfolio based on skill development or a literature review.
The course teaching team have significant experience of teaching part-time Business students and also provide outstanding pastoral care and support throughout your studies.
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.
Advanced Entry may be possible for applicants with a HNC/HND in Business. Ensure to upload a module transcript with your direct application.
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.
Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.
This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.
International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.
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.
The part-time BA Business degree is structured to develop knowledge across a range of business areas, enabling graduates to develop and progress within their chosen career. Graduates may also progress to study at postgraduate and professional levels at USW, for example studying our part-time MBA course, our MSc’s in Executive Coaching or Leadership & Management courses or our Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) course.
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).
At the end of your degree, you may wish to progress on to postgraduate research with a Masters by Research or PhD.