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BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-up)

  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: January and September 2023

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Our BA (Hons) Business Management (top-up) degree programme allows you to top-up your current qualification, such as a foundation-level degree or HND, to a full degree. The course itself is the equivalent of the final year of an undergraduate degree.
This programme offers you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge, skills and understanding of business management, while also getting an internationally recognised qualification and utilising our industry connections.
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The practical application of the course material and the ability to apply it to my work experience is incredibly helpful. In addition to this, the ability to interact and discuss ideas with students from not only England but also other parts of the world make the course work both interesting and relevant in an era of globalisation.
Nasrin Findley
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We understand that when it comes to deciding to study for a professional qualification, there’s a lot to consider. Come along to our Professional Open Day to meet the course team and get all your questions answered.

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At BNU, we believe in putting our students first and will support you every step of the way. You can benefit from our state-of-the-art facilities, impressive industry links, and valuable networking opportunities, helping you to enhance your skills and bolster your career prospects.

Why study this subject?

The world needs good managers at every level, whether managing day-to-day business operations or in the headquarters of businesses, government or charities.

Whether you plan to start your own business or take the reins of an existing one, you’ll need to be well equipped with a number of skills. We make sure that you develop as a person, gaining new abilities in strategic thinking, problem solving and communication.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Our BA (Hons) Business Management (top-up) degree programme allows you to top up your current qualification, such as a foundation-level degree or HND, to a full degree. It is the equivalent of the final year of an undergraduate degree, and offers a chance to deepen your knowledge, skills and understanding of your subject, while also getting an internationally recognised qualification.

This Business Management course has been designed by our team of academics, who have experience of working as managers in a variety of industry sectors. This degree takes into account what employers and industry experts expect from new management recruits.

What will I study?

The course aims to develop an individual’s entrepreneurial capabilities. During the course you will have the opportunity to develop and launch business ideas, as well as the opportunity to undertake a work experience.

Students on this course are also able to engage in work related discussions through online forums. This provides the perfect environment to engage with and network with students from a broad range of business subjects. You’ll also have access to the full university facilities for work, study and socialising. This allows you to experience the professional structures you will be a part of in the workplace.

By the time you complete the course, you’ll have the knowledge and skills needed to be a successful manager, in private, public or charitable sectors throughout the world. You’ll improve your entrepreneurial skills and become more confident in making crucial decisions.

I would recommend my course which is Business Management because the lecturers are seasoned professionals in the field of business and management. The course has equipped me with a cluster of skills such as marketing skills, strategic thinking skills and operations skills which has helped me become more confident in making crucial decisions and improved my level of problem solving especially in times of pandemics such as Covid-19.
Samuel Damina
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How will I be taught and assessed?

This degree programme blends both academic study and skills development to give you the best start after graduation. The course builds on contemporary management skills and approaches, to help you secure your first management job.

Delivered through lectures and tutorials, each of the modules you study will focus on empowering you to think critically and learn how to analyse and evaluate solutions to complex, real-life problems.

You will also learn through:

  • lectures, seminars and workshops
  • independent learning through individual learning plans
  • case study
  • group-based work.
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I have gained a variety of skills that have helped me to continue studies alongside working full-time. I have been more confident in myself. I am much more organised when working on projects and my research skills. I am happy to give presentations and I can write in a more cohesive way too. I am now studying a master’s in football business which I hope will help me transfer from one industry into another. I can apply all the things I have learnt to a new and challenging area of expertise.
Katrina Kelly
Useful Information

BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-Up) Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants for Direct Entry to this top-up programme will be expected to have 240 credits or equivalent gained on a business-related programme such as Foundation Degree, HND or Advanced Diploma acceptable to the University.

Mature students without formal qualifications, but with appropriate experience, may be admitted to the course in-line with the University’s admission statement regarding mature students.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to show some evidence of appropriate English language proficiency

Mature students will also need to demonstrate how they will benefit from the programme through the submission of a personal statement.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Strategic Marketing

Managing Innovation in Business

Leading and Managing Change

Corporate Strategy and Governance

What are the tuition fees


Home and EU, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£3,300 per year

Home, Academic Year 2023 - 2024

£3,400 per year


International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£3,300 per year

Overseas/International, Academic Year 2023 - 2024

£3,400 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

On completion of the programme, you will be able to progress to a range of opportunities and careers in general management, or develop your own business. The programme provides a broad background in the area of business management, which offers the opportunity to focus on a particular area of interest for postgraduate study, either full-time or part-time whilst working such as our MA Human Resource Management or our IMBA.

Overall, this is a flexible business programme allowing you to prepare yourselves for a professional role that suits your skills and interests.

Did you know?

We are one of the top 10 UK universities mostly likely to produce graduates who go on to own or manage a business (Capital on Tap, 2021), find out more about this excellent news.

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