Business and Management (top-up)
The programme is specifically designed for holders of HND qualifications (or similar UK and international qualifications). The award allows such students to gain a full honours degree in one year.
The programme covers key aspects of business and management practice and theory and emphasises the development of individual and group skills. Students can follow a range of pathways to meet their individual interests and career aspirations including marketing, finance, human resources and general business.
Modes of study
One year full-time.
Applications are welcomed from students with an HND (Edexcel, ABE, NCC) or Foundation Degree in Business (or overseas equivalent).
If English is not your first language you must provide evidence that you will be able to study at degree level English. You will be required to show that your use of English is equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550/213.
UCAS code: N250
UCAS description: BA/BaM
The course provides coverage of the key aspects of business and management practice and theory and aims to produce graduates with enquiring minds. The programme emphasises the development of individual and group skills and graduates find that they have the knowledge and skills required for starting careers in business/management or going on to postgraduate study.
Students can follow a range of pathways in constructing their programme of study depending upon their previous course, individual interests and career aspirations. The course aims to build upon prior academic work in marketing, finance, human resources or business generally enabling HND students to top-up to an honours degree in a further year of study. It also offers a modular curriculum which enables the student to experience a wide range of learning and teaching strategies. Teaching takes place in state-of-the-art facilities and the course features students from a range of countries enabling student groups to engage in well grounded discussions about global business. Student feedback is very positive and complimentary about the caring and supportive approach to diverse student groups. Teamwork and sharing of good practice is strong in the business area.
Students on all routes must study a module on strategic management and complete a business dissertation based upon independent research. This independent study work is conducted throughout the year. Three optional modules must also be studied. Students may choose modules from the fields of business and economics, accounting and finance, human resource management and organisational behaviour, marketing and entrepreneurship and information systems.
Special course features
- Enables students with HND (or equivalent) to top-up to an honours degree in one year
- Full-time route offers a wide range of option choices in vocational areas studied previously such as marketing, human resources management and accounting
Click here for a detailed list of modules.
Typical modules include:
- Advanced Accounting and Finance
- Business dissertation
- Cross Cultural Management
- Global Business Development
- Information Systems
- Marketing Management
- Social Responsibility of Business
- Strategic Human Resources
- Strategic Management
90 per cent of students were in work or further study in the six months following the course.
Source: University of Northampton 2011-2012 Annual Programme Review.
Students will encounter examinations, individual and group written work, presentations and extended independent work. The emphasis of much of the work will be upon developing skills in independent study.
Many graduates go into managerial and administrative roles in both the public and private sector, depending on their chosen specialisations. Others, particularly those from overseas, use the course as a bridge into postgraduate study.
For undergraduate application information please see our how to apply page.
Fees quoted are for home and EU students commencing their course in the academic year 2013/14. Tuition fees are payable for each year of the course. The fees are subject to annual increases in subsequent academic years.
Full time fees
Continuing 2012/13 'home' and EU, full time, undergraduate students who commenced their current course prior to 1 September 2012
will pay a full time fee of £3465 in 2013/14 provided they:
- have not taken break in study (other than the normal vacation period)
- continue on the same mode of study
Transferring from another UK university or college? If you are currently studying at another UK university or college in 2012/13 you may be eligible to pay fees under pre-2012 regulations. You will be asked to provide a letter from your current UK university confirming your study details in 2012/13 to enable us to confirm your tuition fee for 2013/14. For more information, please call us on 01604 892782.
The University of Northampton Bursary
Students paying £3465 in 2013/14 may be eligible for the University of Northampton bursary of £500. Other criteria apply
Distance learning fees
Scholarships and bursaries
Full time students taking this course may be eligible for the University of Northampton Bursary 2013/14.
The following scholarships may be applicable:
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.
For further help for international students please see our international students pages.