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What makes Business Management Top-up at Worcester special?

Our Business Management Top-up degree is designed for students who have a Higher National Diploma (HND), Foundation degree or equivalent qualification in a business-related subject. You will join the final year of the Business Management BA (Hons) degree and leave with the same award as those graduating from the full three years' full time undergraduate course.

The course will prepare you well for the widest possible range of careers in the private, public or voluntary sectors. It is particularly good preparation for early-career roles as a trainee manager, in areas such as sales, customer service or recruitment. Many graduates find fruitful opportunities working initially within specialist recruitment agencies or consultancies. It will also provide you with a route to postgraduate study.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • You can complete your business top-up in 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.
  • Builds on your existing business study from your HND or Foundation degree.
  • Wide range of optional modules available to appeal to your interests and evolving career aspirations.
  • Entry route to a very broad range of management careers.
  • Taught in a highly supportive and welcoming environment by tutors who have real business experience - many of our staff act as consultants to local businesses, multinational corporations, governments or have run their own business.
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

Students must have successfully completed the first two years of a degree, or have obtained an HND or Foundation degree in Business.

The IELTS score for international applicants is 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each component). Other English Language qualifications will be considered, for more information please click here.

Other information

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Year 1

Mandatory modules:

  • Enhancing Organisations & Employability
  • International Business Strategy
  • Business Options

Module options:

(subject to appropriate prior study, where required)

  • Audit, Ethics & Governance
  • Brand Management
  • International Marketing
  • Marketing in the Digital Age
  • Services Marketing
  • Advertising Campaign (double module)
  • Business Project (double module)
  • Collaborative Leadership (double module)
  • Contemporary Advertising (double module)
  • E-business (double module)
  • Economics for Business (double module)
  • External Legal Landscape (double module)
  • IFRS for SMEs (double module)
  • Intercultural Perspectives (double module)
  • International Banking & Finance (double module)
  • Innovation & Intrapreneurship (double module)
  • Managing Emerging Issues (double module)
  • Spin Doctors, Lobbyists & Other Hidden Persuaders (double module)
  • Strategic Accounting & Financial Management (double module)
  • Strategic Challenges of HRM (double module)
  • Strategic Marketing (double module)
  • Work-based Learning (double module)
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

Explore the real-life application of learning via tutors with business experience, via work placement, and via contact with local, national and international businesses - in the past these have included Shell, Barclays Bank and the BBC.

There will be opportunities to take part in projects for clients, visits to businesses, live and computerised simulations, case studies and exhibitions alongside the usual lectures, workshops and seminars. You will develop a range of skills, which you can evidence on your CV and talk about at job interviews.

Teaching approach

Worcester is a place where you will be supported to reach your full potential as a self-directed learner ready to make an immediate impact in the world of work. Tutors are friendly, approachable and accessible and virtual resources enable you to work flexibly to suit your own learning preferences and busy lifestyle.

You will progressively build your knowledge and expertise across levels of study through modules which are delivered in different ways, perhaps through traditional lectures and seminars as well as e-lectures, workshops and simulations. In a typical week, you will have 12 hours of scheduled contact time, which you will supplement with one-to-one tutorial meetings and around 20 hours of guided independent study.

Assessment

There are a variety of assessment types - reports, presentations, projects, examinations - and sometimes you will even be able to choose an assessment style to suit you.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employment

We recognise that optimising your future employment and earning potential are a key factor in selecting your degree. On our Business Management Top-up degree, you'll benefit from:

  • the option of a paid placement year which significantly increases your chance of getting a job when you graduate, possibly even with your placement company (except Information Technology for Education BSc (Hons)). We also advertise short-term vacancies on our VLE
  • the option to spend a semester abroad at one of our exchange universities in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia or New Zealand to help you develop the intercultural skills that are so highly sought after by today's employers
  • targeting selected Employability Standards in every module. These are designed by Worcester Business School in consultation with employers, so you will always be able to see the employability relevance of what you are studying
  • automatic access to our electronic CV Compiler Tool to create a live and evidence-based CV
  • being accredited by, recognised by or mapped to professional qualifications and/or associations as appropriate
  • access to our broad network of business managers and employers (including our own Business School Advisory Board) who work closely with us to design courses, offer scholarships and prizes, host student visits, support student competitions, provide work-related projects and contribute to teaching activities
  • employment preparation workshops which include CV preparation, mock interviews/assessment centres and meetings with employers
  • course content written and taught by business professionals and practitioners who are fully aware of what today's employers are looking for
  • work-based learning modules where you can learn via a live work-based project
  • adopting a real-world, applied approach to learning, teaching and assessment so that what you learn is relevant and useful to your future employer(s)
  • access to a host of CV-enhancing co-curriculum activities such as our start-up café, international study weeks, case study/business plan competitions, vacation research projects, mentoring activities, etc
  • our 'earn as you learn' part-time work opportunities which will significantly boost your employability after graduation

Further information about employability and placements on our business top-up degree is available.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £12,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2020/21 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Business Management BA (Hons) N20A

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS Code

N20A

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

John Gardener

Admissions Tutor

Doug Wotherspoon

Course Contact