Business (Finance) (Top-Up)

BA (Hons)

Study level
1-3 years
Study location
BA (Hons) Business (Finance) (Top-Up)

Course Overview

Looking to enhance your existing qualification? Shape and accelerate your career with our business (finance) top-up degree. Suited to anyone who wants to maximise their opportunities in the world of business and finance, this specialist course will get you exactly where you need to be for a successful future in an industry you love.  

Good financial management is key to achieving strategic business goals. If you have previously completed a HND in Business (or equivalent) and you want to develop your skills further, then this is the next step for you. On this course, you’ll gain a wider understanding of business environments, financial decision making and strategic management – with just one more year of study. 

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Arden courses are designed so that you can study additional programmes alongside them. Find out more about how you can study an additional industry certified course alongside your studies.

By teaching you the fundamentals of business and finance, this course will help you dive deeper into the possibilities of improving the performance of a business through sound financial decisions. Mastering skills like this will prepare you to take the bold step from confident graduate to professional expert. 


  • Contemporary Management Issues
  • Strategic Management
  • Managing Self and Others
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students gives you regular opportunities to demonstrate your strengths and knowledge in a variety of ways. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to measure and track your progress. These methods include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case Studies
  • Portfolios of work

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.

That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively.


To be eligible for this BA (Hons) Business (Finance) top-up degree, we need to see that you have:

  • A HND in Business or equivalent, provided that your prior learning is consistent with Level 5 of the functional areas of Business (Finance, Marketing, HRM and Operations Management)

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent

We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study this business and finance course. 

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experience.

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Before you decide to enrol on a degree programme, it’s always nice to know exactly who you’ll be learning from. The School of Business and Management is formed of a group of experienced, qualified and enthusiastic tutors who design the courses alongside leaders from the business community. 

After graduating, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running across a wide range of sectors such as retail, manufacturing, banking, accounting or finance. A solid grounding and understanding of business and financial management puts you at a real advantage when it comes to the competitive job market.

What can a Business (Finance) top-up degree do for me?

By getting to grips with the diverse transferable skills that this degree teaches you, you’ll be geared up to start your career in a variety of exciting industries. Some of these skills include: 

  • Numerical skills
  • The ability to research, interpret and analyse business and financial data
  • The ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
  • Effective problem-solving
  • Analytical and creative thinking skills
  • The ability to engage in professional debate
  • The ability to self-manage and work independently and productively
  • Time-management and organisational skills
  • Presenting information clearly in a variety of formats
  • Confident understanding of problem-solving skills

What can I do after Arden University?

By completing a finance and business top up degree, your CV is guaranteed to stand out from the rest. Not only will you have a wide range of skills to showcase, but you’ll also have the knowledge and experience to thrive in any career path of your choice. Some job roles you might consider are:

  • Business Analyst
  • Business Development Executive
  • Buying Assistant
  • Accounting Technician
  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Company Secretary
  • Stockbroker

Your next step into the professional world

Studying with Arden is all about getting career-ready. Alongside your business (finance) top-up degree, you’ll also have access to several extra online resources for professional development. You can use these to explore a specialist area of interest and to enhance your CV even further.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to student support advisors who are here for you. They’ll help you enhance your academic skills, guide you with your orientation and offer tailored career support. This means you’ll receive direction at every stage of your degree from our extensive community of students and fellow alumni, who can offer 1-2-1 advice for your future beyond Arden University.

Outside of this, you’ll also have unlimited access to our online platform, iLearn – providing you with all the learning resources and tools needed to excel in your studies. 

At Arden University, we make it easy to achieve your degree, regardless of any other commitments you may have. Our online learning model is designed to fit around your lifestyle, so you can study at a time and pace that works best for you.


"I was already in the working world and running two businesses. Not to mention I also have a young family, so the freedom online learning offered, and the cost effectiveness of the course, was a big draw for me."

Adrian Williams
Adrian Williams
BA Business (Human Resource Management)
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Online Learning

How does it work?

With online learning, you decide when and where you work through your self-guided learning materials, without being held to a set lecture timetable. If you’re interrupted during a lesson, simply pause the materials and continue later. You can also communicate and collaborate with your tutor and classmates through live online forums and email. 

Find out more about how Online Learning works.