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BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-up)

Subject Area
Business & Professional Studies
Start Date
September 2022
Study Mode
1 Year full-time
£7,200 full-time/£3,600 part-time
Entry Requirements
Level 5 qualification in a relevant subject
Validating partner
The Open University *subject to validation

This degree will give you the knowledge, skills and attitudes that you will need if you want to progress in business and to take the next step to build your career in a range of sectors and industries. The programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop your employability skills and expand your knowledge of contemporary business issues further, converting your existing Level 5 qualification into a full honours degree.

You will learn to think strategically and will have an opportunity to develop an entrepreneurial mindset with a global outlook.

The BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-up) course embraces contemporary approaches to teaching and learning to deliver a flexible programme that can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis. The course delivery supports a range of learning styles and allows you to study in a way that is suitable for you. Embedded Continuing Professional Development (CPD) supports you with understanding of your personal career aspirations and recognition of achievement.

Full-time and part-time available - 1 years full-time/2 years part-time.

Knowledge and understanding of business issues and management is consolidated through a much greater degree of personal study and research. Modules will encourage you to use your independent research skills to delve into contemporary issues, to allow you to pursue areas of study that interest you and benefit your future career plans. Upon successful completion of your top-up qualification, you will have developed a deep understanding and knowledge of organisations, the external environment in which they operate and how they are managed, with an emphasis on contemporary, ethical and global issues relating to business management.

UCAS Code: B5M7

UCAS Institution Code: Y70

Level 6
Leading Change and Innovation
Strategic Management
Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
Contemporary Business Issues

Entry requirements

Level 5 qualification in a relevant subject, such as a Higher National Diploma (HND) or Foundation Degree or equivalent.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for each module takes place using a mix of methods including; essays, reports, presentations, exams and research projects. There will be up to two assignments in each module and assessments will be spread over the year.

Skills you will learn

By completing the course you will gain high level academic skills such as critical thinking and writing. You will work as part of a team to complete certain assignments and will be expected to develop arguments and present your ideas. You will gain critical business skills that will allow you to start your own business and will be in a position to look at specific contemporary business case studies to offer advice on how they can best develop.

Method of delivery

Group and individual tasks, seminars, lectures and workshops will develop your understanding of academic writing and reflective practice at Level 6. This course will be taught face-to-face.

Additional costs

No additional costs are expected for this course, although students should have access to an internet enabled laptop or PC.

Your next steps

The progression opportunities are varied from the BA (Hons) course. Further study is possible at master’s level in similar areas. A common progression route is via the York College PGCE programme for prospective teachers.

Course leaders and tutors:
Chris Burley

Chris has been a business lecturer for 10 years and has over 25 years of teaching experience in a variety of organisations, including secondary schools and sixth form colleges. He previously worked in shipping, accounting at a pharmaceutical’s distribution company and in the fraud department of a major high street bank. His main academic interests are microeconomics, ethics and customer experience management. Chris also currently works as the Treasurer of a local co-operative public house in York and is a member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Linda Laverick

MA in Professional Development, CIPD Post-Graduate Diploma in HRM, Cert Ed, has been a Business and Management lecturer for 30+ years. She has significant experience designing, implementing and delivering a wide range of HE programmes across a range of curriculum. Her experience in industry includes Employment Consultancy and Employment and Redundancy Liaison, involvement in local/regional partnership committees at strategic level, dealing with redundancy, employment issues and legislation in organisations across the region. Her main academic interests are Strategic Human Resource Management, Employment Legislation and Equality and Diversity.

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