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Business Studies BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree

Busness Comp

Course outline

The course is ideal if you already have a knowledge of business and are looking for a career at management level.

You’ll build on your employability and business skills and have plenty of opportunity to see the principles of business management in practice.

This course seeks to develop your existing knowledge, skills and experience and enhance your understanding of the business environment. You will need to have prior knowledge of business topics.

You may choose, to some degree, to specialise in your area of interest through research and assessments within certain modules.

The course is vocational and rooted in an awareness of the practice of business management. This is underpinned by an understanding of the central and contemporary business theories that will inform our understanding of the business world and your role in it. 

You will study the following subjects:

  • academic research skills
  • business enterprise management
  • business ethics
  • strategic business decision-making
  • dissertation
  • business in the economic environment
  • global marketing

The modules listed above may be subject to change.

The course places a strong emphasis on getting you ready for the workplace and your career ahead. You’ll develop the skills that employers are looking for in business graduates ranging from presentation skills, report writing, problem solving to analytical skills.

On leaving the course you’ll be ready to embark on your business career or move it to the next level.

Next steps

Applications for this course open in September 2017.

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Location Date(s) Course code Fees / reductions


City (Adams)
Adams Building The Lace Market Nottingham NG1 1NG


03 September 2018 - 26 June 2020

Course code:

Part-time: ncn004

Fees / reductions:

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.


City (Adams)
Adams Building The Lace Market Nottingham NG1 1NG


03 September 2018 - 28 June 2019

Course code:

Full-time: ncn003

Fees / reductions:

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.


Business Studies BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree


1 year full-time

2 years part-time

Level Level 6
Entry requirements

You will need (or expect to achieve) one of the following:

  • Foundation Degree (FdA)
  • Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)

We would expect students to be working at Level 2 or above in English Language and Maths.

Mature students with relevant experience and/or qualifications in a relevant area are welcome to apply and will be invited to an interview.

References may be requested.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is via a range of methods including portfolio building,  presentation, examinations, assignments and case studies.


Graduates of this programme have obtained careers in a range of management positions in large or small organisations in a variety of business sectors, and have joined a number of graduate training schemes. 

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in a wide variety of sectors with employers from KPMG to The Aspinal Foundation, and Nottinghamshire Police to Paul Smith.

Alternatively, you could progress to postgraduate study in a range of subjects.

Additional information

This course is validated by Nottingham Trent University.

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