BA (Hons) Business Management (One Year Top-up)

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Duration: One year full-time
Average Contact Hours: 12 per week
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The Course

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If you hold a HND (Higher National Diploma) and you’d like to achieve a full honours degree in just a year, we’ve designed our one year top-up for you. Our course comprises of two 30 credit modules, enabling you to concentrate on fewer modules at one time.

You will learn the concepts and practice of global business management, alongside learning how to meet your own objectives, such as starting a business. We’ll help you achieve this by teaching real-life business situations and case study analysis, as well as hosting discussions with guest speakers. Other modules include digital marketing, corporate risk management and sustainability in business.

Teaching and Learning

Throughout your studies you’ll be taught via three methods: lectures, workshops and seminars. The exact format will depend on the modules studied, but you can expect a variety of all three.

Assessments come in a mix of formats, also depending on your chosen options. These include essays, portfolios, exams, reports, group presentation and case studies.

Assessments play a big part in your degree – they are key indicators in measuring your own success, as well as showing your progress to your tutors. If your grades are not as expected, we’ll offer the correct support to ensure improvement.

We constantly monitor assessment results and feedback to make sure our teaching is effective. We adapt our teaching and learning methods to suit our students, offering you a high quality and stimulating educational experience.


Pearson or SQA HND in Business. An equivalent Level 5 qualification awarded by bodies such as ABE, CIM, NCC, ATHE may also be accepted.

We also accept comparable overseas qualifications, such as the Chinese Dazhuan Diploma.

Applicants who have successfully completed the first two years of a three-year degree, or three years of a four-year degree may be eligible.

If your first language is not English, you will require Academic IELTS at 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each category).

You will also need to attend and pass an interview.


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Level/Year Semester 1 Semester 2
Level 6 – Year 1 Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation (30 credits) Critical Issues in Business Management (30 credits) Business Research Project (30 credits) Option (30 credits)

Level 6 Options

Students will choose one 30-credit module from:

  • Corporate Risk Management (subject to demand)
  • Small Business Management (subject to demand)
  • Cross Cultural Management
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Business Internship (more information below)

Business Internship

You will have the opportunity to take a 30-credit Business Internship module as a Level 6 option. We’ll help you with CV preparation and application writing as well as guidance on how to search for employment opportunities. You’ll need to complete around six weeks of full-time work experience that’s relevant to your degree, or the equivalent part time.

This is a great opportunity for you to develop the employability skills valued by all types of employers such as commercial awareness, teamworking and communication skills. You’ll also have to write a report on the company you do your Business Internship with, adding to the value you get from the experience.

Business Research Project

Students will also complete an research project across the year.

Featured Modules

Cross Cultural Management is an optional module available at Level 6 that delves into the global nature of modern organisations. It explores the requirement for successful managers to both understand the various cultural differences across markets and spheres of activity and to adopt flexible methods of thinking and behaviour when managing staff and other stakeholders. This module aims to explore the theory base surrounding cross-cultural management and to critically examine the various management frameworks available to management.

Consumer Behaviour is an optional module available at Level 6. Consumer buying behaviour is a complex activity, which is influenced by many environmental factors, and which places the consumer at the centre of the marketing mix. As a result, it is not entirely a rational decision making process, as it is further complicated by the growing levels of interaction and interlinkages of attitudes, perceptions, behaviours and cultures of conflicting consumer segments. This module examines the process of consumer buying behaviour as it becomes increasingly complex and explores the necessity for marketers to become more proactive in dealing with this complex behaviour.

Accreditations and Employability

All students will have the chance to become a member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). You can get access to hundreds of CMI learning materials to support your studies and career aspirations.

When you graduate, you will have the knowledge and experience to work in a range of industries and roles. Our alumni have become human resource managers, operations managers, brand managers and business development managers. Many also choose to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities, setting up their own businesses such as GoLocate – an asset tracking technology funded by our incubator programme.