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Course Essentials

If you’ve previously completed an HND in Business or an equivalent qualification, this top-up will help you transform that qualification into a full undergraduate business degree in as little as eight months.

The business top-up will enhance your knowledge of business practices and help you secure your seat at the board room table or get to grips with run your own business.

This fast-track route is the equivalent of the final year of undergraduate study and can be a low-cost, time-efficient way to open new career opportunities.

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Key Information

UCAS Course Code:
Course Title:
BA (Hons) Business (Top-Up)
1-2 years
Intake Status:
Accepting applications
Study Mode:
Blended learning
Course Fees:
See Course Fees and Funding tab
Study Centre:
Next Open Day:
Tues 9th October

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Course details & modules

This course covers modules vital to success in business management, giving your previous qualification that extra boost and helping you go further in your career.

With the business top-up, you’ll attend classes at one of our study centres just two days a week, and could complete the course in under a year.


Contemporary Management Issues

Strategic Management

Managing Self and Others

International Management

Research Methods and Dissertation

Please note that the modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change.


We use a wide variety of assessment methods, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in more ways than one. These could include:

• Assignments

• Essays

• Presentations

• Case studies

• Portfolios of work

To support your development and ensure that you’re on the right track with your studies, you’ll receive tutor feedback for every assessment you submit.

If required, your tutor may be able to give you suggestions and tips for improvement and help you understand how to apply your newly acquired skills into real-life settings.

Entry Requirements

This course has standard entry requirements.

To be eligible for this course through the standard entry requirements you must have a HND in business or equivalent. Your prior learning must be consistent with Level 5 of the functional areas of business: finance, marketing, HRM and operations management.

Non-native English speaker?

If your prior learning was not taught in English we require IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (no less than 5.5 in any element). Get in touch with any questions.

Career impact

What can a business top-up do for me?

When you complete the business top-up, you’ll have an undergraduate degree. This means that you’ll be no different to those who graduated with a business degree after a full three years at university.

Once you complete this course, you will:

  • Have an in-depth understanding of all the vital business functions
  • Be able to use the problem-solving skill you acquire to find solutions for issues businesses may face
  • Have a clear idea of the career path you wish to pursue

What can I do after uni?

After graduating, you’ll be prepared to take on any one of a vast range of professional roles. These could include:

• Human Resources Manager

• Business Development Executive

• Business Performance & Transformation Consultant

• Marketing Executive

• Operations Manager

• Financial Controller

• Retail Manager

Fees & Funding


How much is my course?


UK Fees and Funding

The tuition fee for this course is £6,000 per level.

The most common funding for undergraduate UK students is a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government.

You can get a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees

You only start to pay it back when you are earning over £21,000 a year.

Your tuition fees are paid directly to the University by the loan company.

UK students who study our full-time blended learning courses may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan from the UK Government. This is to help with costs such as food, accommodation and travel. You can find further information here.

If you aren’t looking to fund your course via UK Government Funding you can explore other possible payment options here.

EU/International Fees and Funding

This course is available to people who are already eligible to work or study in the UK. If you are based outside the UK, this course is also available as a distance learning programme.

Study centres

If you study a blended learning programme, you’ll attend classes two or three days a week at your chosen study centre. You can find our study centres in:

  • Tower Hill, London
  • Ealing, London
  • Holborn, London
  • City Centre, Birmingham
  • City Centre, Manchester

Learn more about our study centres here.

If you’re not 100% comfortable with university level study choosing 4 year degree would be a smart choice. The first year is designed to give you the basics needed to successfully complete the rest of the degree as it focuses on essential study skills. You will build your confidence and become a capable, well equipped student who is able to complete the full degree.

The four year degree is perfect for you if:

  • It’s been a while since you studied
  • You don’t feel you did well in previous academic study
  • You want to improve your time management skills
  • You’re not confident in writing assignments and would like some support
  • You want to learn research skill that can support your studies and assignments
  • You want some extra knowledge of the degree subject before beginning the course.

This foundation year is part of the full degree. If you are funding your degree by Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government, your tuition fee for the foundation year will also be covered in this loan.

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6. Begin your course with an online induction

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