BSc Business

UCAS code N110
N113 (With Industrial Experience)
N114 (With Year Abroad)
Duration 3 years, 4 years with placement or year abroad
Typical offer AAB–ABB | IB: 34–32 | BTEC DDD–DDM
Discipline Business and Management
Location Cornwall (Penryn Campus)


Drawing from the Business School’s environmental credentials, the BSc Business programme is for anyone determined to influence responsible business action and shape the new sustainable economic opportunities of the future.

Based on our Penryn Campus, Cornwall, the BSc Business programme will develop your sustainable, future focused business acumen, equipping you with the knowledge and experiences to stand out in today’s competitive international graduate job market. Underpinned by an ethos of ethics and sustainability, and incorporating extensive work placements, the programme addresses the challenges of growing business in an interconnected, climate changing world.

You will develop a portfolio of knowledge allowing you to pursue careers in a wide range of sectors including marketing, management, consultancy and social enterprise. Innovative optional modules in your second and final years allow you to further broaden your knowledge, or specialise in areas you are passionate about, meaning you can develop a unique degree.

Take advantage of the opportunity to extend your degree by one year by undertaking a year in industry or a year abroad in your third year, before returning to the business school to complete your final year of study.

"We are tremendously excited by the BSc Business degree and its role in developing global business leaders of tomorrow. You will benefit from exciting and relevant embedded work placements in each year which accelerate your business knowledge, and you will gain insights into sustainable, ethical and innovation-driven business. We truly believe this degree is paving the way for the future of business."

Dr. Constantine Manolchev - BSc Business Programme Director.

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Programme structure

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 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.

Year 1

Year 2

Placement year (if taken)

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, or you can apply to the standard 3 year course and transfer onto one of these options at the end of your first year.

Final year

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. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.

International students

International students should check 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.

International Foundation programmes

Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

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.


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.

Find out more on the Undergraduate Careers pages.

Contact us



Phone: +44 (0)1326 371801
Web: Enquire online

Programme director

Stephen Hickman
Phone: +44 (0)1326 259280

Programme Coordinator

Ali Bearhop
Phone: +44 (0)1326 259259

Website: Visit the Business School undergraduate web pages

Why study in Cornwall?

As soon as I visited Penryn Campus on the Open Day I knew it was the perfect place for me to study. The buildings are set in beautiful grounds, the accommodation is spacious and good value, and everything you need is right on your doorstep.

The campus is really relaxed and laid back and there is a real sense of pride and ownership about how unique this campus is: there really is nowhere else that offers so many fantastic opportunities in such an amazing location.

Charlotte, BSc Business.

Our Penryn Campus

Find out more about studying the BSc Business at our Penryn Campus in Cornwall

The University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus offers the very latest academic, research and residential facilities and is made up of around 4,000 students providing a friendly and energetic atmosphere.

Cornwall has created a strong, sustainable economy, with a diverse mix of industries and internationally renowned strengths in the environmental, marine, aerospace, Information Communications Technology (ICT), creative and food and drink sectors.

A new £5.5 million building is under construction on the Campus which will feature a specially designed area for business engagement called ‘The Collaboratory’ from which dedicated staff, along with the University’s Knowledge Exchange team, will lead a number of long-term research and business support projects with selected local business partners.

The Penryn Campus rates consistently in the Top 10 for student satisfaction.

Campus tours

Campus tours enable you to see the campus facilities and view the halls of residence; they run every Wednesday and Friday afternoon at 13:30 and last for an hour and a half.

Sometimes it is possible to arrange meetings with academic staff either before or after your campus tour, subject to their availability. If you would like to book an appointment with a member of staff, please contact the department directly by emailing Ali Bearhop or Stephen Hickman.

If you would like to visit the Penryn Campus to find out more about what we have to offer, please see our Penryn Campus tours page.

If you have any queries about visiting our Penryn Campus, please contact us on:

Telephone: 01326 371801


With Year Abroad

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. 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.

With Industrial Experience

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 is 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.