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BA (Hons) Business & Management - Top-up

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This dynamic and challenging course aims to offer students from a HND or Foundation degree background the opportunity to successfully achieve an Honours degree in Business & Management. It forms a solid basis for successful career planning and can also provide a stepping stone to future postgraduate studies.

The Business and Management programme is an ideal choice if you are looking for a degree that builds on your previous study and offers completion of an Honours degree. It offers you the advantage of the opportunity to obtain Honours degree level proficiency in just one year of study.

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


1 year

Entry requirements:

Successful completion of Foundation degree or HND in Business Studies with 55%.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or above with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Year 1

Core units

  • Strategic Management: Develop intellectual and professional skills needed for performing strategic analysis, choosing strategies and executing these strategies with desired results.
  • International Marketing Management: This unit aims to offer a critical and systematic view of the major perspectives, theoretical approaches, principles and activities in international marketing management, review theoretical frameworks for analysing international marketing environments and developing marketing programmes in them, and to develop your analytical skills for exploring issues raised by international market situations so you can respond to them.
  • Organisational Leadership: You'll consider leadership, leadership versus management, power, politics and conflict and traditional and contemporary perspectives of leadership. Contextual issues are discussed, such as the impact of the global business context, gender, ethics, diversity and international and cross-cultural aspects of leadership.

Option units (choose three)

  • Strategic Marketing Management: You'll gain skills in managing key elements in marketing and the ability to think critically about marketing scenarios and use market and other information to make informed decisions.
  • Corporate Finance: This unit recognises the dynamic and changing environment the financial manager works in, and applies key principles to the areas of decision-making.
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Ventures: How individuals and teams can create new businesses and transform existing ones through innovative entrepreneurial activities. There's a focus on the needs of the small enterprise and the small business owner.
  • Strategic Human Resource Management: An evaluation of the strategic role of human resource management in organisations. You'll examine strategic HRM models, the relationship between HRM and organisational performance and consider a range of HRM practices.
  • International Management: Develop critical awareness of international management policy, practice and processes as used by multinational or transnational organisations in a dynamically globalised world. You'll increase your international awareness and competence.
  • Managing Innovation: An opportunity to develop skills in managing innovation in the organisational environment. Innovation comes in four major contexts: operational innovation, product innovation, strategy innovation and management innovation. Understanding how to manage these is an important step in becoming an effective manager or entrepreneur in today’s business world.
  • People Management & Development: Gain an understanding of the main issues and themes in people resourcing and development. You'll explore the relationship between resourcing and development and wider HR functions and the contribution this makes to organisation strategy and performance.
  • Research Study: Improve your independent learning, critical thinking and reflective skills. You'll have an opportunity to effectively lead a research project and gain specialist knowledge.

If English isn't your first language and you don't have IELTS 7.0 or above, you'll need to complete the unit below and one unit from the list of options above.

  • Advanced Academic English (AAE): Combine and refine your language and study skills. This includes accessing oral and written information, note-taking, participating in seminars, learning strategies for formal assessments and using reference materials.

Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course. As an indication, 77% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BA (Hons) Business & Management - Top-up.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Your application

Background and experience

For this course we are looking for applicants who are:

  • Aspiring to enhance their knowledge of business-related disciplines and develop critical appreciation of effective implementation strategies
  • Keen to develop their competencies in analysing and managing the contemporary business environment
  • Dedicated to their studies and can take responsibility for their personal and professional development
  • Self motivated and have the ability to manage their own time and learning environment effectively.

This intensive one year course offers Foundation degree and HND students the opportunity to build upon previous study and gain an Honours degree, further developing their business competencies.

We consider applicants with a variety of previous qualifications and relevant work experience. A successful candidate would demonstrate a passion for business and the enthusiasm to hone their transferrable personal and professional skills.

If there’s anything in here that isn’t clear, or we don’t answer your questions, get in touch with the Future Students Enquiry Team.

Unconditional offer scheme

Applicants who are predicted to achieve strong academic results will be eligible for BU’s Unconditional Offer Scheme in recognition of their academic performance and potential to succeed at university. If you are selected for the scheme and commit to us as your firm choice of university, then we will match this commitment by making your offer unconditional, which will guarantee your place at BU.

You will receive a standard conditional offer based on the entry requirements for your course via UCAS Track and your offer letter – it will advise that you are eligible for the unconditional offer scheme. We will then update your offer to unconditional should you choose BU as your firm choice on UCAS Track. We believe that unconditional offers reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible, and we will reward you with an Academic Excellence scholarship of £1,000 in your first year if you achieve AAA or above at A-level or equivalent.

Full entry requirements

This course requires: successful completion of Foundation degree or HND in Business Studies with 55%.

GCSEs: This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.

Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes GCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application, please contact the Future Students Enquiry Team to find out more.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.

Academic entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students' page.


This course will give you the chance to hone your business management skills after completing a Foundation degree or HND and will prepare you for work in a variety of corporate environments.

Our Business and Management graduates perform well once they enter the world of work, thanks to the focus on practical skills as well as business theory. They work for a wide range of companies, including Bravissimo, Ceuta Healthcare, Enterprise, Lloyds Bank, Opus Recruitment, Pentalever, Savills and Tesco, among others.

You will be able to apply for a range of positions after graduating, including:

  • Account manager
  • Admin manager
  • Consultant
  • HR assistant
  • Team leader.

Industries worked in

  • Business
  • Corporate
  • Finance
  • Retail
  • Recruitment.

Further study

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Our lecturers

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the business sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below.

Dr Christos Apostolakis - Programme Coordinator for BA (Hons) Business and Management (top-up)

Dr Christos Apostolakis' research interests revolve around Strategy (with a focus on Resource-based View, Strategic Entrepreneurship and Networks), Social Entrepreneurship, Collaboration and Public Private Partnerships. Other personal research interests include New Public Management and Higher Education. Christos has a PhD in Strategic and Public Management.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork, and non-financial support whilst on placement
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Optional fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the student section of the website.

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies (with or without attendance), you may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit.

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Course changes

The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text

GCSE entry requirements have changed to: This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.

Full entry requirements

This course requires a minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.

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