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Bachelor of Arts in Business Management (Top-Up)
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Awarding Body  University of Derby Course Title  BA(Hons) Business Management (Top-Up)
Award  Bachelor of Arts  Award Level  6
UCAS Code NN12 Study Mode  Full-Time
Start Dates January 2019 and September 2019 Duration 1 year
  1. About this course
  2. What you will cover
  3. Entry Requirements
  4. How to apply
  5. Fees and Finance
  6. Careers and employability

About this course

You will build on and develop the knowledge you've already gained on your HND or foundation degree in business with a further stage of study which results in a full honours degree - BA (Hons) Business Management.

Covering global and strategic management issues, you'll study the specialist areas of management and leadership. The module Issues in Global Business and Strategic Concepts is a case study of current business issues. It takes a discussion approach and is very practical. You'll be looking at where things are going wrong, what could be done, what would you do?

Throughout the course you'll be using current case studies and examples, and will also benefit from guest lectures from industry speakers and professional bodies. We'll prepare you for the workplace as you develop the skills employers are looking for in their graduate employees, from report writing and analysis through to presentation skills.

Why choose this course?

  • Top up your HND or foundation degree in business to a full honours degree.
  • You will be prepared for a career in an international and dynamic business management environment.
  • Not only will you learn about business, we will prepare you for the workplace through developing your teamwork skills, presentation and report writing skills, and CV preparation and interview techniques.
  • Our lecturers and tutors are always available to help and support you throughout your studies.


You will benefit from an innovative variety of assessment modes. Assessment is mainly via coursework which can take forms such as traditional essays and reports, group project work, research and consultancy projects, presentations, posters, and design of digital materials. There are also in-class tests and computer-based assessments.

Teaching & Learning                                                      

We take a ‘scaffolded’ approach to learning, so you will have full support in the early stages of your course and can gradually move towards stronger understanding and greater independence. It is a smooth transition to ease your way into both HE-level study and business management practice.

Through your contact with tutors – as well as your participation in College events – you will become more attuned to professional behaviour and will build your skills in critical thinking, creativity and self-reliance before immersing yourself in the wider business community.

The course incorporates formal lectures, sometimes involving guest speakers; tutor-led and student-led seminars; one-to-one and small group tutorials; work experience projects; work-related learning and self-directed study.  By stage three, you are expected to be more in charge of your own learning, with module tutors advising and directing your studies.

As a partner student you will be granted access to the University’s online learning environment ‘University of Derby Online (UDo)’. From within UDo you will be able to access the University’s Library (including an extensive range of eBooks, eJournals, audio and video resources), course resources related to your programme and your grades.

    Course Entry Requirements

    • Higher National Diploma in Business Management or business related major
    • Foundation Degree in Business Management or business related major

    Note: All applications are subject to approval by the University of Derby

Careers and employability

  • This degree gives you an excellent grounding in business, and you'll be ready for a career in a variety of areas. You could be an operations manager, business analyst, business development manager, HR officer.
  • Past students now work for a wide range of companies from multinationals like Barclays and Shell, to small independent businesses. Some have even set up their own company on graduation.
  • On completion you could choose to progress straight on to a masters degree which is just one more year of full time study, and you'll be eligible for a 10% fee discount as a Derby graduate.

What you will cover

     You will study these modules:


Year 1
6GN 501Enterprise Strategy and Concepts620
6HR 500Developing and Managing Performance620
6HR 503Principles and Practice of Leadership and Management620
6IM 501Issues in Global Business and Strategic Concepts (Double)640
6LO 500Improving Business Performance 620

Online Application & Eligibility Assessment

Note: Please scan your supporting documents, such as a photo, passport, visa, qualifications, references etc before starting the application form. You will also need access to your e-mail.

Apply through UCAS [Prefered]

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Fees and Finance

Tuition Fees for Academic Programmes

Tuition fees for Full-Time Programmes - 2018/2019

Study Programme Yearly Fees
UK/EU Students
Higher National Certificate £6,165.00   1 year
Higher National Diploma
£6,165.00   2 years
Foundation Degree FdA £6,165.00   2 years
BA/BSc (Hons) £6,165.00   3 years
BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up
£6,165.00   1 year

Tuition fees for Part-Time Programmes - 2018/2019

Study Programme Yearly Fees
UK/EU Students
Higher National Certificate
£4,500.00   2 years

Higher National Diploma

£4,500.00   3 years
Foundation Degree FdA £4,500.00   4 years
BA/BSc (Hons) £4,500.00   5 years
BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up

£4,500.00   2 years


Undergraduate funding (2018/19)

Student Finance England

Full-time study
The majority of undergraduate funding comes from the Student Loans Company and is assessed by your funding authority. Please visit Student Finance England (SFE) website pages for detailed information.



Eligible Undergraduate students can apply for a tuition fee loan of up to £6,165 to cover the full cost of their annual tuition fees. A maintenance loan (for living costs) of up to £11,354 is also available. This can be used to pay for general living costs, accommodation, travel and other course related costs.

The simple online calculator (https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator) will give you an accurate idea of what level of student funding you may be eligible for.

Part-time study
If you are a part-time student on a degree course you can apply for a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan. The maximum tuition fee loan you can get if you are a part-time student is £4,625 per year. The amount you get depends on the cost of your tuition fees. Your maintenance loan will be paid at pro-rata of full time study. The amount you get depends on your household income.

The tuition fee loan is paid directly to your university or college.

For more information and downloadable guides, visit the Direct Gov website

Repaying loans
You will not start repaying your student loans for fees and living costs until you have finished studying and you are earning over £25,000 a year. For more information visit the Direct Gov website https:// www.gov.uk/repaying-your-student-loan

Other Sources of Funding
You do not have to apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company to fund your studies. Some students use private funding or employer sponsorship to pay for their course.


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Enterprise Strategy and Concepts [6GN 501]

Unit type:Core

    The module explores the need to encourage and embed an 'enterprise culture' within an overall strategic framework internal and external to the organisation. It critically evaluates through practical examples drawn from research a willingness to learn and develop from experience. It considers organisational structures which encourage corporate entrepreneurship and explores how other 'enterprise and entrepreneurial attributes' can be encouraged in the business environment.

Developing and Managing Performance [6HR 500]

Unit type:Core

    People have been described as an organisations most valuable asset.  However if these ‘human resources’ are to add value to an organisation they must be carefully developed and managed to enable them to contribute effectively to its strategic aims and objectives.  To contribute positively to organisational performance employees require both the ability and motivation to do their jobs and must be placed in job roles which provide them with the opportunity to use their skills and knowledge effectively.

    This module explores how organisations use performance management, reward and development policies and practices to maximise the performance of employees and the organisations they work within. It critically analyses the role of performance review and feedback in the broader process of identifying development needs and allocating rewards and the difficulties of conducting these effectively. Students will explore the challenges of developing effective reward and employee development strategies.  From the development perspective this will include taking part in the design and delivery of an employee development event to experience the difficulties faced by organisations in developing the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for sustainable competitive advantage.  This will help students to assess the strengths and limitations of a range of development tools and techniques. Students will also examine the process of succession planning to ensure the effective deployment of talent.

Principles and Practice of Leadership and Management [6HR 503]

Unit type:Core

    As a result of the global shift in the world’s economies, cross border activities and economies are much more inter-dependent on each other. This has resulted in increasing internationalisation of accounting and finance, resulting in ever changing ethical, governance and corporate accountability issues.

    This module promises to be interesting to students of accounting and finance on many levels. It will encompass learning and mastering many of the skills required of accountants in various differing international environments and consider areas of ethics, both business, professional and personal. It will uncover just how important it is in the modern workplace to maintain clear and transparent work practices, through a comprehensive analysis of corporate governance and Corporate Social Responsibility. More interestingly it will allow students to comprehend the central working relationship that accountants and finance professionals have in the workplace, both in differing industrial or sector environments, between departments/divisions within organisations or even between organisations in differing countries.

    Using a consultative approach, students will be challenged to make decisions based on their own research into contexts, ultimately providing practical advice and solutions to real-life scenarios. It will reward enterprising accountants or finance professionals as they can adopt, challenge, create, research their own pathways for decisions made in their own professional career.

Issues in Global Business and Strategic Concepts (Double) [6IM 501]

Unit type:Core

    There has been a fundamental shift in the world’s economy where national economies were once self contained, now cross border business activities and economies are much more inter-dependent on each other.

    This module brings together elements of the global business environment with an understanding of the strategy making process. The ability to take an overview of business problem-solving and decision-making processes is necessary for a successful career in business management and administration. This module provides a broad representation of different, and often conflicting, perspectives and theories that reflect the richness of current debate among academics and practitioners in the field.

    Initially the module focuses on enabling students to develop skills in the analysis of the strategic environment, development, evaluation and implementation of strategic concepts. These early stages of the module are designed to develop students’ analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills.

    The module continues with a study of the global business environment and critical evaluation through the use of case studies to develop the student’s awareness and explore good and bad practices within the business process, content and context.

    Using a consultative approach the module concludes by addressing contemporary global issues and the inter-dependence of national economies balanced with the strategic requirements of the global organisation.

Improving Business Performance [6LO 500]

Unit type:Specialist

    Operations Strategy lies at the heart of how organisations manage their strategic intent in practice, and is the context within which managers make strategic decisions. Operations strategy is central, ubiquitous and vital to any organisations sustained success.

    Improvements are core to the operations strategy of organisations, no matter how well they are managed. They drive initiatives to breach the gap between current and required performance of organisations to achieve and sustain a competitive advantage in the long-term.

    The key components of the improvement cycle of an organisation will include:

    • understanding how an organisation currently performs and what its overall strategy;
    • identification and prioritisation areas of improvement;
    • selection of the most appropriate improvement path, its planning and implementation;
    • selection of the appropriate tools and techniques to facilitate improvement;
    • reviewing the outcomes of improvement and  evaluation of the progress made;
    • formalisation of improvement initiatives in organisational practices, processes and systems.

    Business improvement methodologies require development and understanding of the ways in which resources and business processes can be measured, before planning improvement projects through continuous improvement or radical change.

    This module will allow students to develop an appreciation for continuous improvements efforts required by managers to ensure the success of operational and organisational strategies. Students will be introduced to a number of theoretical, methodological and practical approaches and techniques to improvement facilitation and implementation. Students will be introduced to the "cutting edge" improvement philosophy - Systems Thinking - which often addresses problems of transformation, change and redesign in organisations. It provides important connections between systems thinking, the subject (organisation) and study of organisational change.


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