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.
- 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.
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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.
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 askBU Enquiry Service.
Full entry requirements
This course requires: successful completion of Foundation degree or HND in Business Studies with 55%.
GCSEs: 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.
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 askBU Enquiry Service 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, 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
- HR assistant
- Team leader.
Industries worked in
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 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.