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Course Essentials

If you’ve previously completed a HND in Business or an equivalent qualification, this BA (Hons) Business Top-up Degree from Arden University will help you transform that qualification into a full Undergraduate Business Degree in as little as a year.

Our Business Top-up Degree will enhance your knowledge of business practices and could help you secure your seat at the boardroom table or even getting to grips with running your own business.

Part of Arden's School of Business and Management, this course is delivered via our Blended Learning programme, you'll learn primarily online, but will also have the advantage of regular face-to-face lectures with your Arden course tutor at one of our UK study centres in either LondonManchester or Birmingham.

This fast-track route is the equivalent of the final year of Undergraduate study and can be a smart way to open up new career opportunities for you.

 

 

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Boost your CV with FREE industry-certified courses

In addition to this course, you’ll also have the chance to become certified on Salesforce Technology - the World's #1 CRM system - and access to the industry-renowned Cisco Networking Academy.

These FREE business and technology courses complement our degree modules, are valued by employers and will further enhance your CV, helping you stand out in the sector. See the 'Industry Skills' tab below for more information.

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Key Information

Award:
Degree
Credits:
120
UCAS Course Code:
N101
Course Title:
BA (Hons) Business (Top-Up)
Duration:
1-2 years
Intake Status:
Accepting applications
Study Mode:
Blended learning
Course Fees:
See Course Fees and Funding tab
Study Centre:
LON, BIR & MANC Based
Next Open Day:
Weds 15th Jan
  • Course Details & Modules
  • Entry Requirements
  • Course Fees & Funding
  • Career Prospects
  • Study Centres
  • Industry Skills

Arden's Business Top-up Degree 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 our Blended Learning Business top-up, you’ll attend classes at one of our study centres just 2 days a week, and could complete the course in under a year.

Modules

  • 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.

Study skills

During the first 6 weeks (Block 1) you will also attend 4 study skills workshops, providing advice and guidance to help you achieve university success. Sessions may include Reading & Note-Taking, iLearn Online Library, Referencing & Plagiarism and Approaching Assignments. This will bring your weekly class time up to 9.5 house a week for Block 1. The following study blocks will be the usual 8 hours classroom time (+online tuition and self-guided study time).

Assessments

Arden University 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.

You can get more detailed course information by viewing the relevant Programme Specification, which you can download from our Policies, Standards and Procedures Page, or you can apply for this course online here.

This BA (Hons) Business (Top-up) course has standard entry requirements. To be eligible for this course at Arden University you must have:

  • An 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

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

How much is my course?

2

Funding

Undergraduate courses

You can support your study in a variety of ways.

If you are a UK student, the most common funding of undergraduate degrees is a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government. The key information about these loans is:

  • You must be a UK resident
  • 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 £25,725 a year.
  • Your tuition fees are paid directly to the University by the loan company.

Postgraduate courses

Postgraduate Student Loans for UK & EU Students

As a Postgraduate student, you can now apply for a student loan of up to £10,000, for taught and research Masters courses, including MBAs. Find out more at www.gov.uk/masters-loan

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary

Looking for additional funding as a Postgraduate? Postgrad Solutions now offer 15 bursaries across a number of subject areas. Click here to apply

Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds or, because your studies will develop you as a professional, your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship. Find out more about fees and funding and employer sponsorship on our dedicated information pages.

Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds or, because your studies will develop you as a professional, your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship. Find out more about fees and funding and employer sponsorship on our dedicated information pages.

What can a Business Degree Top-up do for me?

When you complete Arden's Business Top-up course, you’ll have a fully-fledged Undergraduate Degree. This means that you’ll be no different to those who graduated with a Business Degree after a full 3 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 skills 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 Arden University?

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

What study centres are available at Arden University? 

Blended Learning courses are available at the following study centres in the UK:

Or you can discover all Arden study centres

Studying via Blended Learning with Arden

When you sign up for one of our Blended Learning Degrees and become a student at an Arden University study centre, you get the best of both worlds. All the structure and tuition of a full-time course, coupled with the rich online resources and materials that our online students benefit from. This option is ideal for students who want the routine of full-time lectures, without the full-time commitment.

What can I expect from this Blended Learning course?

  • You will spend 2 days a week at your chosen study centre
  • These classes will be led by your module tutor
  • During these sessions you will be encouraged to debate, discuss and ask questions to develop your understanding and acquire key skills
  • Because it combines online learning you can access materials and resources online 24/7
  • The online content includes tutorials, lessons, exercises, study support and chat forums
  • All your coursework and assignments are uploaded to a secure online zone for marking
  • You can contact your tutor via email or the support team via email, Livechat or phone

Arden's Blending Learning model is a modern, engaging way to learn that lets you balance your studies with the other priorities in your life.

What facilities are available at Arden study centres?

Giving you access to the technology and services you need to support your studies, our modern study centres are buzzing with students, tutors and staff. Our great city-centre locations mean plenty of local restaurants, leisure facilities and culture around you as you study.

Outside of your classes, you can expect access to things like:

  • Computers and IT equipment
  • Internet access
  • Printing facilities
  • Individual and group Study space

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Enhance your career prospects with Salesforce and Cisco Networking Academy

Arden are pleased to offer students studying this degree course the opportunity to develop additional skills. You have the chance to develop your own learning journey towards Salesforce accreditation via the 'Salesforce Trailhead' programme. Salesforce have been an industry leader in customer relationship management (CRM) for more than 20 years, so this gives you the opportunity to gain an extra self-managed certification while studying your Arden degree.

Similarly, Cisco Networking Academy is a platform providing Business and IT professionals with a space to develop their careers in the industry, with study-at-home courses helping them acquire new skills at a pace that suits them. With Arden you have the opportunity to study these courses alongside your degree.

About Salesforce certification

By studying a Salesforce-certified course, you’ll have access to professional-level materials, ensuring your industry knowledge remains current.

There are 140 Trails and 520 badges to choose from, covering many aspects of business, computing and using Salesforce as a management tool.

About Cisco Networking Academy

Take a look at the video below to learn all about Cisco Networking Academy, how it works and how it can benefit you.

 

 

Key Benefits

Gain industry-relevant skills:
Develop additional skills relevant to roles in marketing, business, sales and technology, allowing you to stand out in crowded jobs markets.

Add value to your CV 
Gain a competitive advantage in the jobs market, as well as proving your enthusiasm for your industry, dedication to self-development and eagerness to learn to potential employees.

Access professional-level content and a student community (Salesforce only)
Access materials used by industry professionals, and join the Salesforce student community, interacting with others and sharing your experiences

Get your LinkedIn badge (Cisco only)
For each course you complete, you can acquire a badge for your LinkedIn profile, highlighting your skills to potential employers, and proving that you’re highly engaged and proactive in enhancing your self-development.


How does it work?

Once you enrol with Arden, you will receive access to both Salesforce and Cisco’s online, self-paced courses through your learning platform, iLearn. Here, you’ll be able to pick and choose which courses you’d like to study.

You’ll study the course content as and when it suits you. The hours required to complete a course vary; the amount of time needed to complete a Salesforce course ranges from 35 minutes to 21 hours, while the majority of Cisco courses take between 30 and 70 hours.

These courses are an added extra – it’s entirely up to you whether you complete one, 10 or none at all! Your participation (or decision not to study these additional extras) won’t have any effect on your degree or the grades you receive.

Fees

The Salesforce Trailhead and Cisco courses are completely free to study, but there is a fee of £150-£200 per badge for LinkedIn badge certifications from Cisco.

Course Details & Modules

Arden's Business Top-up Degree 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 our Blended Learning Business top-up, you’ll attend classes at one of our study centres just 2 days a week, and could complete the course in under a year.

Modules

  • 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.

Study skills

During the first 6 weeks (Block 1) you will also attend 4 study skills workshops, providing advice and guidance to help you achieve university success. Sessions may include Reading & Note-Taking, iLearn Online Library, Referencing & Plagiarism and Approaching Assignments. This will bring your weekly class time up to 9.5 house a week for Block 1. The following study blocks will be the usual 8 hours classroom time (+online tuition and self-guided study time).

Assessments

Arden University 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.

You can get more detailed course information by viewing the relevant Programme Specification, which you can download from our Policies, Standards and Procedures Page, or you can apply for this course online here.

Entry Requirements

This BA (Hons) Business (Top-up) course has standard entry requirements. To be eligible for this course at Arden University you must have:

  • An 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

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

Course Fees & Funding

How much is my course?

2

Funding

Undergraduate courses

You can support your study in a variety of ways.

If you are a UK student, the most common funding of undergraduate degrees is a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government. The key information about these loans is:

  • You must be a UK resident
  • 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 £25,725 a year.
  • Your tuition fees are paid directly to the University by the loan company.

Postgraduate courses

Postgraduate Student Loans for UK & EU Students

As a Postgraduate student, you can now apply for a student loan of up to £10,000, for taught and research Masters courses, including MBAs. Find out more at www.gov.uk/masters-loan

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary

Looking for additional funding as a Postgraduate? Postgrad Solutions now offer 15 bursaries across a number of subject areas. Click here to apply

Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds or, because your studies will develop you as a professional, your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship. Find out more about fees and funding and employer sponsorship on our dedicated information pages.

Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds or, because your studies will develop you as a professional, your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship. Find out more about fees and funding and employer sponsorship on our dedicated information pages.

Career Prospects

What can a Business Degree Top-up do for me?

When you complete Arden's Business Top-up course, you’ll have a fully-fledged Undergraduate Degree. This means that you’ll be no different to those who graduated with a Business Degree after a full 3 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 skills 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 Arden University?

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
Study Centres

What study centres are available at Arden University? 

Blended Learning courses are available at the following study centres in the UK:

Or you can discover all Arden study centres

Studying via Blended Learning with Arden

When you sign up for one of our Blended Learning Degrees and become a student at an Arden University study centre, you get the best of both worlds. All the structure and tuition of a full-time course, coupled with the rich online resources and materials that our online students benefit from. This option is ideal for students who want the routine of full-time lectures, without the full-time commitment.

What can I expect from this Blended Learning course?

  • You will spend 2 days a week at your chosen study centre
  • These classes will be led by your module tutor
  • During these sessions you will be encouraged to debate, discuss and ask questions to develop your understanding and acquire key skills
  • Because it combines online learning you can access materials and resources online 24/7
  • The online content includes tutorials, lessons, exercises, study support and chat forums
  • All your coursework and assignments are uploaded to a secure online zone for marking
  • You can contact your tutor via email or the support team via email, Livechat or phone

Arden's Blending Learning model is a modern, engaging way to learn that lets you balance your studies with the other priorities in your life.

What facilities are available at Arden study centres?

Giving you access to the technology and services you need to support your studies, our modern study centres are buzzing with students, tutors and staff. Our great city-centre locations mean plenty of local restaurants, leisure facilities and culture around you as you study.

Outside of your classes, you can expect access to things like:

  • Computers and IT equipment
  • Internet access
  • Printing facilities
  • Individual and group Study space

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Industry Skills

Enhance your career prospects with Salesforce and Cisco Networking Academy

Arden are pleased to offer students studying this degree course the opportunity to develop additional skills. You have the chance to develop your own learning journey towards Salesforce accreditation via the 'Salesforce Trailhead' programme. Salesforce have been an industry leader in customer relationship management (CRM) for more than 20 years, so this gives you the opportunity to gain an extra self-managed certification while studying your Arden degree.

Similarly, Cisco Networking Academy is a platform providing Business and IT professionals with a space to develop their careers in the industry, with study-at-home courses helping them acquire new skills at a pace that suits them. With Arden you have the opportunity to study these courses alongside your degree.

About Salesforce certification

By studying a Salesforce-certified course, you’ll have access to professional-level materials, ensuring your industry knowledge remains current.

There are 140 Trails and 520 badges to choose from, covering many aspects of business, computing and using Salesforce as a management tool.

About Cisco Networking Academy

Take a look at the video below to learn all about Cisco Networking Academy, how it works and how it can benefit you.

 

 

Key Benefits

Gain industry-relevant skills:
Develop additional skills relevant to roles in marketing, business, sales and technology, allowing you to stand out in crowded jobs markets.

Add value to your CV 
Gain a competitive advantage in the jobs market, as well as proving your enthusiasm for your industry, dedication to self-development and eagerness to learn to potential employees.

Access professional-level content and a student community (Salesforce only)
Access materials used by industry professionals, and join the Salesforce student community, interacting with others and sharing your experiences

Get your LinkedIn badge (Cisco only)
For each course you complete, you can acquire a badge for your LinkedIn profile, highlighting your skills to potential employers, and proving that you’re highly engaged and proactive in enhancing your self-development.


How does it work?

Once you enrol with Arden, you will receive access to both Salesforce and Cisco’s online, self-paced courses through your learning platform, iLearn. Here, you’ll be able to pick and choose which courses you’d like to study.

You’ll study the course content as and when it suits you. The hours required to complete a course vary; the amount of time needed to complete a Salesforce course ranges from 35 minutes to 21 hours, while the majority of Cisco courses take between 30 and 70 hours.

These courses are an added extra – it’s entirely up to you whether you complete one, 10 or none at all! Your participation (or decision not to study these additional extras) won’t have any effect on your degree or the grades you receive.

Fees

The Salesforce Trailhead and Cisco courses are completely free to study, but there is a fee of £150-£200 per badge for LinkedIn badge certifications from Cisco.

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