Commerce and International Business (Top-Up) BA (Hons)

Key Facts

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  • Level:


  • Duration:

    Full Time: 1 Year

  • Starting:


  • UK Fees 23/24:

    Full Time: £9,250

  • International Fees 23/24:

    Full Time: £15,500

  • Location:


Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 893981


The Commerce and International Business Top-up gives you the opportunity to further your studies in business and management and provides tools to enable you to start your own business. You will be ready for a wide range of career opportunities across an array of sectors, for instance, from trading organisations engaged in import/export, licensing and franchising through to financial services, information technology, pharma and retail.

Please be aware that the September 2022 intake for this course will be taught fully online, subject to validation.

Updated 14/11/2022


  • Study International Business with the key theoretical and practical issues involved in understanding how the international trade and commerce works
  • Opportunity to visit multinational corporations in action and to listen to industry experts through guest lectures
  • Extended support to help with your studies.

Course Content

  • Four compulsory modules provide the core knowledge and skills for the programme: International Trade and Commerce will explore the tools and key concepts required to understand the forces that shape trade and help determine trade policies. In Academic Conventions and International Business, you will develop a good use of academic conventions within the discipline of Commerce & International Business, with a focus on academic language use. In Strategic Management Across Cultures, you will be equipped with the tools and techniques to manage business strategies that differ and may be divergent across cultures. The Research Project allows you to show a comprehensive and critical understanding of your chosen topic focused on current International business themes.

    The course focuses on creating a comprehensive awareness/understanding of Commerce and International Business.

    List of modules

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.

      • Module code: BUS3019
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to familiarise students with the tools and core concepts required to understand the forces that shape international trade and help determine trade policies, set within the context of theories and models in today?s international business environment.
      • Module code: BUS3020
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to equip students with the tools and techniques to manage business strategies that differ and may be divergent across cultures. Management practices and processes frequently differ across national and regional boundaries. As managers find themselves working across cultures, the need to understand and effectively navigate these differences has become increasingly important. This module examines why these differences exist and how as `global? managers students can develop multicultural competencies to deal with them effectively.
      • Module code: BUS4005
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop the students? research and business skills and their ability to present, analyse and evaluate information in a reflective and critical manner, addressing either a commerce or international business issue.
      • Module code: EDU3066
        Status: Compulsory
        This module develops students? ability to effectively apply academic conventions in the subject area, focusing on subject-specific and academic language development for a variety of written and spoken contexts. Students acquire reading strategies to engage effectively with academic literature and develop communication skills to enable active contribution to collaborative tasks.
      • Module code: EDU3067
        Status: Compulsory
        This module develops language and thinking skills for critical analysis and evaluation in academic and subject-specific contexts. Students analyse and critique academically challenging texts to support academic arguments, making effective use of information from a range of sources and adapting use of language to the purpose and context.
  • Applications are welcomed from students with a HND (Edexcel, ABE, NCC) or Foundation Degree in Business (or overseas equivalent).

    English Language Requirements

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

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands.

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

  • 23/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Full Time: £9,250
    • International Full Time: £15,500

    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 2023. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    22/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Full Time: £9,250
    • International Full Time: £14,500
  • How will I learn?

    On this course you can expect taught study to be a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, industry visits and guest lectures.

    How will I be assessed?

    The assessments for all modules are given to students at the start of the course and are made up of presentations, essays, reports and reflective portfolios.

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Careers and Employability

Graduates from this programme will be well placed to start their own business or take up roles world-wide in import/export, licensing, financial services, IT, pharma, retail and many other fields.

Alternatively, you may choose to progress to a Master’s programme in a specialist or general management field.

Postgraduate Opportunities

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.


The University of Northampton has many on-campus facilities and services that you will have access to as a UON student. Below are just some of the facilities available to you if you study a BA Commerce and International Business (Top-Up) (Hons) degree.

Senate Building

The main reception for the University and additional teaching spaces.


Learning Hub

The Learning Hub is at the heart of the campus and home to the student information desk.