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University of Exeter Business School BSc Business
University of Exeter Business School

BSc Business

Exeter, United Kingdom

3 Years


Full time

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GBP 9,250 / per year *


* 2020 fees for UK and EU students: £9,250. 2020 fees for International students: £18,200


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BSc Business is a career-focused business and management programme, with an ethos of ethics and sustainability, incorporating extensive work placements with an exclusive opportunity to customise your degree by choosing modules designed to inspire the next generation of business graduates.

Based at our Penryn Campus, Cornwall, the programme is designed to address the challenges in growing businesses in the current climate changing era. We will help you develop a set of graduate skills which are hugely relevant to 21st-century businesses, from a local and global perspective.

Cornwall has created a strong, sustainable economy, with a diverse mix of industries and internationally renowned strengths in the environmental, marine, aerospace, ICT, creative and food and drink sectors. It is the perfect place to experience the world of work and to develop your personal and employability skills whilst gaining credits towards your degree.

Throughout your study at Penryn, you will complete project work in business, including work placements with local and regional companies. In your final year, you will be given a consultancy project with one of those companies, responding to a real-world problem that they need your help to resolve.

BSc Business will prepare you for a professional career in a wide range of sectors including e-commerce, marketing, manufacturing and/or wholesale, management relations, environmental consultancy or social enterprise.

Our curriculum is made up of core modules and specialist options, allowing you to select those that are most relevant to you.

Programme structure

The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

The Programme Teaching team comprises of dynamic researchers, management educationalists and business practitioners with expertise in a diverse range of business and management topics including those with direct impact on the local and global economy such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, supply management, innovation, social sciences, the service industries including public sector and tourism.

Learning and teaching

Although lectures are one of the main forms of teaching, you will also learn through participation in workshops, tutorials and seminars. As well as tackling case studies, discussing current issues in business and debating key theories, you will also develop presentation, team working, communication and problem-solving skills. You’ll have a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies.


Modules are normally assessed either by exam alone or by a mix of assessed work and written exams. Assessed work includes essays, case studies, projects, group work and presentations. You will have to pass the assessments in your first year to proceed to the second year but they do not count towards your final degree classification.

Module choice

Option modules can extend beyond Business if you are studying a Single Honours degree: dependent on timetable constraints, pre-requisites and programme structure, it may be possible to study option modules outside your subject area.

Study hours

Timetabled contact hours, made up of lectures, seminars and tutorials, vary over the duration of programmes and between programmes and are on average between 11 and 14 hours. In addition, you will be expected to complete an average of 20-25 hours of independent or group study per week.

Entry requirements 2020

Typical offer


Required subjects

GCSE Maths grade B or 5 or GCE AL/AS Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths; GCSE English Language minimum grade B or 5.

Additional selection criteria

We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.

In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.

*Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

International students

International students should check the details of our English language requirements.

If your academic qualifications or English language skills do not meet our entry requirements our INTO University of Exeter centre offers a range of courses to help you reach the required language and academic standards.


The BSc Business programme will prepare you for a professional career in a wide range of sectors including e-commerce, marketing, manufacturing and/or wholesale, management relations, environmental consultancy or social enterprise.

A degree in a business-related subject will also help you develop a wide range of employable skills such as analytical problem solving, teamwork, research, and organising and communicating information.

Work placement

Throughout your study, you will complete compulsory short-term work placements in your first and second year and a consultancy project in your final year. These work placements will give you valuable experience in a variety of industries and are complemented by a core ‘Employability’ module in each year of study.

With Industrial Experience

In addition to this, our optional ‘with Industrial Experience’ programme gives you the opportunity to put into further practice some of the experience and knowledge you’ve gained in your first two years. This means that you’ll come back to us for your fourth and final year well-equipped with practical experience in your chosen area of study. What’s more, your short and long-term placements will give you a proven employment track record and extra confidence when you set out to find your first graduate job.

We encourage all of our students to consider spending their third year of study “out in the field” – either abroad on one of our with European or with International programmes or in the UK on our with Industrial Experience programme.

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