BA (Hons) Business
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.
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.
Year One: Business Degree
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.
- Skill Development – Academic, Business and Reflection
- Business Context
- Business Psychology
- Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
- Reflection on Learning in the Workplace (1)
Year Two: Business Degree
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.
- The Digital Workplace
- Legal Context
- HR and Change Management
- Principles of Supply Chain Management
- Reflection on Learning in the Workplace (2)
Year Three: Business Degree
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.
- Customer Service Excellence
- Project Management
- Coaching and Mentoring
- International Business Management
- Critical Reflection on Learning in the Workplace (1)
Year Four: Business Degree
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.
- Strategic Management
- Leadership and Management
- Business Ethics and Sustainability
- Contemporary Business Research
- Critical Reflection on Learning in the Workplace (2)
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.
We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement
At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.
If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.
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
August 2023 - July 2024 Fees
Part-time UK: TBC
August 2024 - July 2025 Fees
Part-time UK: TBC
At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.
Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.
As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.
Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs
Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).
To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.
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.