Level of study: Undergraduate (Top Up) degrees
Fee: £9,000 (UK/EU) £12,000 (International)
Entry requirements: HND/Foundation Degree or BTEC/HND in a business related subject with average merits/commendations in final year
English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (or above) with no single element below 5.5 or equivalent
Mode of study: Full-time classroom
Duration: 1 year
Assessment methods: Coursework and exams
Scholarship or bursaries: Available
Student finance: Available
Payment plan: Available
Starts: January, May, September
If you are interested in the world of business and its many applications, this course allows you to further your achievements gained from either a HND (Higher National Diploma) in Business, a Foundation Degree, SQA HND, or equivalent qualification. This Top-Up programme gives you the opportunity to continue studying business at degree level, achieving a bachelors within one year of study.
- Top-Up your Level 5 qualification to an undergraduate business degree in 1 year
- Develop key skills that employers expect from top-calibre graduate recruits
- Continue your studies with our ‘MSc Business with’ Masters programmes when you pass with a 2:2 or above and specialise in either International Management, Financial Management or Marketing Management
- Upon graduating, opt to join one of our Professional Pathways programmes, to further build your skills and employability with one of the UK’s leading IT and project management training providers, QA.
About this course
What will I study?
Throughout the course, you will study a variety of different topics, each designed to develop your understanding of business and build the key skills that today’s employers expect from top-calibre graduate recruits.
You can expect to study modules covering business ethics, supply chain management and strategic management and leadership to support your future aspirations.
How will I be taught and assessed?
The course will be taught using a variety of teaching and learning strategies to encourage and develop your independent learning skills. You will be assessed based on a combination of examinations, coursework and a project.
The project is supported by taught sessions on research methods. It allows you to select a topic of interest to you and engage in academic research to deepen and apply the theoretical knowledge you have gained throughout the course.
Careers and further study
A degree in business can lead to a career in business leadership and management as well as the opportunity to further develop your business knowledge through postgraduate study. Upon graduation you could enter a career in consultancy, marketing, health management, human resource management or operations management, as well as having the skills to set up your own business.
If you pass with a minimum of a 2:2 and would like to continue your studies, you may be eligible to progress on to one of our postgraduate business degrees at the London Campus. These programmes include the opportunity for you to specialise in either International Management, Financial Management or Marketing Management as part of your Business Masters. For those wanting to experience study in a different city, you may also be eligible to progress on to one of our Masters programmes at our main campus in Newcastle.
Upon successfully completing your course, you will be eligible to join one of our Professional Pathway programmes to continue your professional development and training. Each Pathway is worth a minimum of £3,000 and offered to our graduates for free, from our partner, QA
Applicants should have the following:
- A HND/Foundation Degree or BTEC/HND in a business related subject with average merits/commendations in final year, or study equivalent to 120 Level 4 and 120 Level 5 CATS points
Students seeking to join the course as either direct or alternative applicants should seek approval of their HND or Foundation Degree prior to applying on UCAS. A list of modules is required as part of this approval process.
If you don’t meet the academic requirements
If you hold a pass in an approved BTEC/HND in a related discipline, or a pass in an approved Foundation Degree, you may be eligible to join a 4 or 6 week Bridging Course run by QA Higher Education at our London Campus. Upon successfully passing the Bridging Course with a pass mark of 50% together with a short suitability interview, you will be offered a place on the Top-Up programme.
Bridging courses are timed to allow students to commence the degree at the same time as those applicants achieving direct entry.
English language requirements
Students require IELTS 6.5 (or above) with no single element below 5.5 or equivalent.
Did you know that if your IELTS is within 1.0 of the required score for your programme, then taking Pre-Sessional English is an option for you.
All modules on this course are core.
The course will be taught using a variety of teaching and learning strategies to encourage and develop your independent learning skills.
LD0329 – Supporting Study in the UK (0 credits)
LD0388 – Academic and Career Development (20 credits)
LD0372 – Culture and Organisations (20 credits)
LD0358 – Strategic Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
LD0328 – Contemporary Issues in Business (20 credits)
LD0382 – Strategic Management and Corporate Responsibility (20 credits)
LD0389 – Global Marketing and Communication (20 credits)
Fees and finance
- UK/EU students: £9,000
- International students: £12,000
Scholarships and bursaries for international students
Depending on the country you are from, you may be eligible for a country bursary and/or scholarship when studying this Top-Up programme.
All of our scholarships and bursaries are automatically applied when we process your application and one of our team will be able to confirm your eligibility.
Payment plans for self-funded students
If you need support to spread the cost of your tuition, you may be eligible for our payment plan.
How to apply or find out more
How to find out more
Enquire now to find out more information about the course, studying with us, the application process, and to ask any other questions you may have.
How to apply
Once you’re ready to apply, if you are a UK or EU student, you will need to apply via UCAS. If you are an international student, you can apply to us directly following the below instructions.
UCAS applications – UK/EU students
Direct applications – international students
We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study in the UK. After receiving an offer it can take time to arrange your finances and apply for your visa and it is important that you arrive in good time to enrol onto your course. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.
You can apply online to study the BA (Hons) Business (Top-Up). This method allows you to upload your supporting documents at the time of application and automatically receive your student application number.
If you are unable to apply online, then you can download a PDF application form and email it to admin.
For us to assess your application in a timely manner, it is important that you provide us with the following documents:
- Fully completed application form
- Personal email address must be included on the application form
- Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not in English)
- Passport – copy of personal details page
- Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
- Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable
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