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Business and Management (Top-Up) BA (Hons)

Key Facts

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  • Duration:

    Distance Learning: 1-2 years

  • Starting:

    September and January

  • Fees UK:

    Distance Learning: £5,160

  • Fees International:

    Distance Learning: £5,160

  • Location:

    Distance Learning

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 894503

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This programme covers key aspects of business and management practice and theory with particular emphasis on the development of individual and group skills. You can select your modules to meet your individual interests and career aspirations, such as marketing, finance, human resources and topical business modules. Business and Management covers the key aspects of practice and theory in this sector, which aims to produce graduates with enquiring minds.

Updated 12/07/2021


  • Top up to a full UK Honours degree in 1 year full-time
  • Pre-sessional English courses are available to develop your English
  • Start dates in September and January
  • Flexible online learning to fit around your schedule.

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Course Content

  • You can choose from a range of pathways to match your previous course, interests and career aspirations. The course aims to build upon prior academic work in marketing, finance, human resources or business in general, enabling HND students to top up to a UK honours degree in a further year of study. Our Business and Management Top-up offers a modular curriculum which enables you to experience a wide range of learning and teaching.

    If your English is below IELTS 6.0 our Pre-sessional English courses will help you bridge the gap in readiness for your Top-Up programme.

    The course attracts students from a range of countries, enabling you to engage in well-grounded discussions about global business strategies. Student feedback is very positive about the caring and supportive approach to diverse student groups. Teamwork and sharing of good practice are strong aspects of this course.

    Graduates find that they have the knowledge and skills required for starting careers in business/management or going on to postgraduate study.

    You will study a module on strategic management and complete a business dissertation or a project based upon independent research in a topic of your choice. This independent study is conducted throughout stage three of the course where optional modules must also be studied. You can choose modules from the fields of business and economics, accounting and finance, human resource management and organisational behaviour, marketing and entrepreneurship and information systems.

    January start: If you start this course in January you will study all compulsory modules. This intensive course allows you to gain a BA (Hons) in nine months and allows you to progress onto a MA/MSc in the same year.
    September start: If you start this course in September you will progress with the compulsory modules and choose from optional modules that allow you to pursue your academic interests.


    Information about the Distance Learning compulsory modules for this course can be found on the award map:

    BA Business and Management modules

      • Module code: ACC3007
        Status: Designate
        This module appraises the increasingly important aspect of multinational financial management in dynamic international business. It critically analyses the attractions and limitations of doing business in a global market identifying the additional inherent risks that global market exposure produces and strategies in managing the global firm.
      • Module code: ACC3015
        Status: Designate
        This module is a study of core aspects of accounting and finance which are a vital part of the required knowledge and skills for prospective managers or those considering working within business and management disciplines. It enhances knowledge on the core aspects of accounting and finance namely financial reporting management accounting and financial management.
      • Module code: BSO3008
        Status: Designate
        This module develops students' understanding of efficient and effective delivery of goods and services in a global economy. Furthermore it focuses on the processes and systems found within a supply chain and explores the role of cross functional business units in planning and managing such a complex global setting.
      • Module code: BSO3017
        Status: Designate
        The module enables learners to gain an understanding of the role of digital technologies in the modern competitive business and organisational environments. Students will analyse the requirements challenges and opportunities for organisations as they develop digital strategies. Furthermore the underlying principles and concepts related to strategy development for digital organisations will be discussed.
      • Module code: BUS3001
        Status: Designate
        This module considers a broad spectrum of issues relating to the social responsibility of business which are increasingly being seen as important aspects of corporate behaviour with a consequential impact on firm performance and with considerable and growing public and media interest.
      • Module code: BUS3003
        Status: Designate
        The module is designed to enable students to understand analyse and debate the increasingly interlinked and global nature of business through the movement of multinationals using different strategies. To develop an understanding of how businesses are operated across national and global borders as national and cultural boundaries are being eroded.
      • Module code: BUS3005
        Status: Compulsory
        This module forms an introduction to the subject strategic management. Assuming no prior knowledge students will follow the Strategy Process Model to learn how organisations evaluate and plan business strategy measure their successes and compete effectively in their markets. Using a range of appropriate theory and applied knowledge from practice students will build skills in both strategic evaluation and strategic planning.
      • Module code: BUS3011
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to understand the reasons for which organisations increasingly operate across cultural boundaries. This module has both a theoretical and practical focus. The module discusses different business cultures across the world and considers their impact on individuals when working/operating in home transitory virtual and culturally distant environments. The module has a strong emphasis on developing personal adaptability in cross cultural (work) environments. The definition of culture is covered widely.
      • Module code: BUS4002
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop student research independent learning and investigative skills and also requires the student to demonstrate an ability to present analyse and evaluate information in a reflective and critical manner.
      • Module code: ECN3019
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore and understand recent developments in China with particular reference to the changes in economics business and the wider society.
      • Module code: HRM3007
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to understand the contribution of HRM strategies policies and practices in securing competitive advantage and service quality in contemporary organisations. This module aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the multitude of different HRM approaches that may be utilised in domestic and international organisations.
      • Module code: HRM3008
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to enable learners to consider factors affecting change in organisational contexts. The module will examine the impact of change in a variety of different international organisational contexts. A particular focus of this module is that it considers change through managing people.
      • Module code: MKT3017
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore the tools concepts & models that are essential to inform marketing strategy. This module will examine the macro and micro environments and evaluate the strategic fit between company strengths and market opportunities.
  • Applications are welcomed from students with a HND (Edexcel, ABE, NCC) or a 2-year university Foundation Degree (FdA) in Business or overseas equivalent.

    If you have completed the ATHE Extended Diploma you will be able to progress onto the BA Business and Management (Top-up). If you have completed the ATHE Level 5 Diploma in Management you may be eligible if you can demonstrate that you have appropriate work experience and/or prior study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Full Time: £9,250
    • UK Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • International Full Time: £13,900
    • Distance Learning £5,160

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK/EU Full Time: £9,250
    • UK/EU Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • International Full Time: £13,750
    • Distance Learning £5,100
    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.


    International Marketing Strategy MSc

    International Business Management MSc 

    Human Resource Management MA 

    Project Management MSc

    Business Analytics MSc

  • How will I learn?
    • Full-time –  For this course you can expect taught study to be a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops and usually 20 hours per week. We recommend that you spend ten hours per week in self-directed study time.
    • Part-time –  If you are studying this course as a part-time option taught study will be a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops and usually ten hours per week. We recommend that you spend five hours per week in self-directed study time.
    • Distance Learning  – You can also study this course via distance learning, you can study one module per semester over 24 months, or two modules per semester over 12 months.
    How will I be assessed?

    Assessments for the Business and Management Top-up involve a variety of individual and group-based assessments, presentations, examinations and extended independent work. We place particular emphasis upon developing your skills in independent study.

    Are there any special features on this course?
    • This course enables students with HND (or equivalent qualifications) to top up to an honours degree in one year
    • The full-time route offers a wide range of choices in vocational areas such as marketing, human resources management and accounting

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Careers and Employability

Many graduates from the Business and Management Top-up go into managerial and administrative roles in both the public and private sector, depending on their chosen specialisms. Studying this course provides a solid grounding for students to then progress into postgraduate study.

Students graduating from this course can choose to progress onto a postgraduate programme. This will enable you to focus your studies in a specialist area or gain a general management qualification such as the MBA.

Student Story

Jinhua Luo

My teacher is great and helps international students. Studying a Top-Up degree means it will be easier to apply for a Masters in the U.K. Studying and living in Northampton gave me a chance to adapt to UK study and life.