BA (Hons) Business


Businesses need graduates who are adaptable, with the skills and ability to put their knowledge into practice. That’s why our business degree focuses on your personal and professional development, which is essential in modern business.

Designed specifically for part-time students, you can apply your knowledge from this business course in your workplace. You may even be exempt from some modules based on 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.

This part-time business degree is delivered 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.

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2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

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.

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 can complete your part-time business degree in four years and gain a realistic view of business. You’ll 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.

Year One: Business Degree

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

Year Two: Business Degree

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

Year Three: Business Degree

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

Year Four: Business Degree

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


Subject to revalidation from 2021
This course is subject to revalidation, this means it is under review as part of the University’s standard quality assurance and enhancement processes. Course and module content is indicative and may change through the revalidation process. As soon as the course is revalidated, the details will be confirmed and published on the University website.
In the unlikely event the course does not go ahead as planned, or is significantly amended, we will write to inform you. If this happens, we’ll help you to find a suitable alternative course either at USW or at another provider.


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 two modules in each term and have three 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.


Your studies will be underpinned by the latest research undertaken by the South Wales Business School Research Group. This means you will be taught by academics who are at the forefront of their specialist field.



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 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.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2022 - July 2023 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 Business degree is structured to develop knowledge across a range of business areas, enabling graduates to develop and progress within their chosen career. Graduates are able to develop and progress within their chosen career, or progress to study at postgraduate and professional levels such as our Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) courses, or our MBA.

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.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW business 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.