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BSc Business (Cornwall) - 2024 entry

Please note: The below is for 2024 entries. Click here for 2025 entries.
UCAS code N110
Duration 3 years
Entry year 2024
Campus Penryn Campus
Discipline Business and Management

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Typical offer

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A-Level: AAB - ABB 
IB: 34/665 - 32/655

Contextual offers

A-Level: BBB - BBC
IB: 30/555 - 28/554


  • Our innovative BSc Business degree focuses on giving you the skills to become a business leader of tomorrow, able to disrupt local, national and international business norms and bring about sustainable, ethical change.
  • Designed for anyone interested in gaining a respected business degree and determined to influence responsible business action, you will graduate with the tools to shape the new sustainable economic opportunities of the future.
  • You will cover all core aspects of business, as well as the relationship between business and society, sustainable business practices and the role of technology in business.
  • This degree incorporates extensive work placements allowing you to build a portfolio of proven work experience and practical as well as transferrable skills, from project management through to business consultancy in both the private and third sectors.
  • You will be equipped with the knowledge and experiences to stand out in today’s competitive international graduate job market

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Business School of the Year

Times Higher Education Awards 2022

Top 10 in the UK for Business, Management and Marketing

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 and The Complete University Guide 2024

All Business School departments are top 10 for graduate prospects

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Triple accredited Business School


Studying at the University of Exeter in Cornwall was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The BSc Business degree was diverse, exciting and engaging and the university experience was unbeatable. 

My personal highlights of the course include the focused cohort, the real-world opportunities to apply learning and the passionate lecturers. If you commit to the programme you really reap the rewards in terms of employability, key networking skills and a wealth of industry contacts. 

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BSc Business 2018

Entry requirements (typical offer)

Qualification Typical offer Required subjects
A-Level AAB - ABB N/A
IB 34/665 - 32/655 N/A
GCSE C or 4
B or 5
Grade C or 4 in English Language, and
Grade B or 5 in Mathematics (or: GCE A-level/AS Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Core Mathematics)
Access to HE 30 L3 Credits at Distinction Grade and 15 L3 credits at Merit Grade - 24 L3 Credits at Distinction Grade and 21 L3 credits at Merit Grade. N/A
T-Level Distinction N/A
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB - BBC
IB: 30/555 - 28/554

Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.

Other accepted qualifications

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English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B1. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply

Course content

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. 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 modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. 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.

This degree offers you the opportunity to spend a year working in a related industry or studying abroad.

If you choose one of these options your placement year will take place in your third year, before returning to complete your degree at Exeter in your fourth and final year of study.

You can apply directly to one of these options via UCAS, or you can apply to the standard 3 year course and transfer onto one of these options during your first year.

Course variants

Why are integrated placements beneficial?

The BSc Business degree includes integrated work experience in each year of study, offering you the opportunity to gain a proven work history, put into practice your learning from each year, and experience the world of work first hand. The number and variety of placements also gives you an excellent opportunity to explore which roles and industries you may want to go into by giving you a taste of life in several different organisations and roles.

What are integrated placements?

The integrated work placements are credit bearing and count towards your degree through employer reports and student assessment. You will identify the organisation you wish to work with, and will spend 60-80 hours in placement between September and April, supported by our dedicated employability team.

Where can I work?

Employers who regularly engage with the Business School include:

  • Deloitte
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Eden Project
  • JP Morgan
  • EY
  • Mars
  • Goldman Sachs
  • PwC
  • GSK
  • Save the Children

Employers’ perspectives

“Aula has undoubtedly made a great contribution to Ultramed in the course of her placement. She has researched extremely useful information and produced helpful reports which compliment, add value and will be of ongoing benefit to Ultramed’s work with the Department of International Trade.”

Anne Davidson, Chief Operations Officer, Ultramed

UCAS code: N113

Why choose a year in industry?

  • Gain a proven work history that is excellent to discuss at job interviews and gives you a head start in the working world
  • Get paid! Typical salaries range from £19,000 to £23,000 but can extend from £15,000 to £52,000
  • Over 50% of students are offered graduate jobs from their placement employer
  • 97% of With Industrial Experience graduates were in graduate employment or postgraduate study within 6 months of graduating, compared to 93.5% of non-WIE graduates (DLHE 2017)
  • Increase your confidence and resilience, and make friends for life

What does a year in industry mean for me?

The ‘With Industrial Experience’ (WIE) pathway is a four-year version of your degree, in which your third year is spent in a professional placement before returning to university for your fourth and final year. The Business School Careers Team supports you every step of the way, helping you identify placement providers, create a strong application, practice interview techniques, and support you while you are in placement. The placement year assessment currently comprises of:

  • Progress reports provided by employers
  • A reflective essay
  • A business report

How do I secure a placement and where can I go?

You are responsible for sourcing and securing a work placement, but you will be supported throughout by the Business School Careers Team and assigned an academic tutor for the duration of your placement. Placements are available internationally. Previous placement providers include Adidas, Apple, ASOS, Bank of England, Deloitte, Disney, EY, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman Sachs, PwC

Does it count towards my degree?

The placement year is assessed and contributes 1/7th of your final degree classification when you graduate.

Does it affect my tuition fee?

During your placement year you will pay a reduced tuition fee of approximately 20% of the maximum fee for that year. Find out more on our tuition fee webpages.

How do I apply?

'With Industrial Experience’ is available on all our undergraduate programmes. You can apply through UCAS or ask to transfer onto WIE in the first term of your first year. Find out more on our careers pages.

Other work experience options

If you choose not to undertake the four-year WIE pathway, there are other ways to gain work experience, from the Business Internships and Placements Module, to summer internships. Find out more on our careers pages.

UCAS code: N114

Why choose a year abroad?

  • In a complex and hyper-connected world, it is more important than ever to demonstrate a global outlook to employers
  • A report by Universities UK International shows that graduates who are mobile during their degree are more likely to earn more than non-mobile peers
  • Broaden your perspective in a way that benefits you for life: accelerating your resilience and flexibility, developing your ability to communicate across cultures, and demonstrating that you take the initiative
  • We find students return from their year abroad with heightened self-confidence and an impressive work ethic.

What does a year abroad mean for me?

The ‘With Year Abroad’ (WYA) pathway is a four year version of your degree, in which your third year is spent studying at one of our 60 partner universities (spanning 26 countries), before returning to university for your fourth and final year. There is also the opportunity to combine study and work abroad, doing a semester of study at one of our partner universities followed by a semester of work in a placement that you secure anywhere in the world. The Business School Study Abroad Team supports you every step of the way, helping you to decide where to go, create a strong application, and supporting you while you are abroad.

Where can I go?

We have partners in: Canada, USA, Mexico, Peru, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Slovenia, Italy, Turkey, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand

Does it count towards my degree

The placement year is assessed and contributes 1/7th of your final degree classification when you graduate.

Does it affect my tuition fees?

If you spend a full academic year studying abroad you will pay a reduced fee of approximately 15% of the maximum fee for that year.

How do I apply?

Year abroad options are available on all our undergraduate programmes. You can apply for the four-year ‘With Year Abroad’ variant of your degree through UCAS or ask to transfer onto the WYA programme in your first year. Acceptance is dependent on satisfactory academic performance and the level of research you have undertaken into your chosen institution. Find out more on our study abroad webpages.

Other study abroad options

If you choose not to undertake the full year studying abroad, there are other ways to gain a taste of the study abroad experience. You can spend two to six weeks at one of our international partner universities. Find out more on our study abroad webpages.


Tuition fees for 2024 entry

UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £23,700 per year


The University of Exeter has many different scholarships available to support your education, including £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*. Financial support is also available for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.

* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.

Find out more about tuition fees and scholarships

Learning and teaching

How will I learn?

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.

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.

How will I be assessed?

Modules are assessed through a mixture of:

  • Group work
  • Coursework
  • Project work
  • Presentations
  • Examinations

The weighting of these components varies according the module. Coursework is typically between 2,500 and 6,000 words in length, and exams are usually held at the end of the module in January and May/June.

First year assessments

You 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.

Where will I study?

You will study on our beautiful Penryn Campus in Cornwall, the South of England.

Optional modules outside of this course

Each year, if you have optional modules available, you can take up to 30 credits in a subject outside of your course. This can increase your employability and widen your intellectual horizons.

Proficiency in a second subject

If you complete 60 credits of modules in one of the subjects below, you may have the words 'with proficiency in [e.g. Social Data Science]' added to your degree title when you graduate.

  • A Foreign Language
  • Data Science
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Law
  • Leadership
  • Social Data Science

Find out more about proficiency options

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Your future

The University of Exeter Business School provides a range of careers and employability support for Undergraduate students. Visit the Business School Career Zone web page for more information.

Global opportunities

The BSc Business degree adopts an international outlook meaning you will develop an understanding of the global business environment. Combined with the opportunity to study abroad or work a year in industry, you will be well placed to work for local or international companies.

Your degree demonstrates that you have the following professional skills

  • Understand organisations and the markets they operate within, with an appreciation for the interrelationship between business and the environment
  • Create, evaluate and assess business and management opportunities in the climate change era
  • Excellent communication skills including negotiation and persuasion as well as sensitivity to the diversity of people and cultures
  • Proven project management, leadership and consultancy skills applicable to a range of fields
  • Evidence of utilising an effective balance of creative and critical thinking to solve organisational challenges


BSc Business degree 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. You will also be well placed to consider setting up your own business venture.

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