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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.



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
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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, more information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Other information

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

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Course content

Course content

Year 1


  • Rethinking Organisational Value
  • International Business Strategy


  • Digital and Social Media Marketing
  • Spin Doctors and Other Persuaders
  • Advertising & Digital Communications
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • International Banking and Finance
  • Taxation
  • Applied Economics
  • Strategic Challenges for HRM
  • Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Brand Management
  • International Marketing
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Digital Business
  • The Next Big Thing
  • Business Intelligence and Analysis
  • Employment Law
  • Intercultural Business Perspectives
Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment

You will learn how to explore the real-life application of learning via tutors with business experience 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.


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.




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:

  • 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
  • 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
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Careers and Employability

Our Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors.

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Fees and funding

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 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 enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the academic year 2024/25 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 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 an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Chestnut Halls' at £131 per week to 'Oak Halls' at £221 per week (2024/25 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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