BSc (Hons) Business Management (top-up)

If you’ve already completed a related Foundation Degree or HND, our BSc (Hons) Business Management (Top-up) course offers you Honours-level skills and the opportunity to choose advanced studies from law, enterprise, finance, supply chain management, people management, marketing and retail. Graduates also receive a CMI Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management – this impressive dual-award offers access to global career opportunities.

BSc (Hons) Business Management (top-up)

Course details

Business management qualifications open doors and are considered essential whether you are looking to pursue a career in business, or achieve higher levels of responsibility in your current work. We’ll support you to enhance your existing Foundation Degree or HND-level knowledge and skills, ready to achieve the status of BSc (Hons) Business Management (Top-up) graduate. You can study advanced aspects of business and management, enhance your professional skills, and boost your employability.

Building on your prior studies, we’ll guide you as you gain knowledge of strategic management, and develop critical inquiry and research skills that support your work and enhance its quality. This flexible Honours-level programme offers a wide choice of modules drawn from our Law, Enterprise, Finance, Supply Chain Management, People Management, Marketing or Retail specialisms, so you’ll have the opportunity to ‘zoom in’ on aspects of the subject you have personal interest and strengths in, or that support your career or further study goals. As a graduate, you’ll also receive the CMI Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management, and some of the modules you choose may offer exemptions from further professional qualifications from institutes such as ACCA and CIM.

Developing your employability is a key focus of this dynamic and flexible programme. Real-life case studies, guest speakers and industry visits are designed to help you to understand the business environment and the needs of employers in local, national and international contexts.

We also aim to help you develop lifelong learning skills so that you can take ownership of your professional development for the future, maximising your potential for success.

  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: N375
  • Duration: 1 year

Course highlights:

  • The Institute of Management Greater Manchester – and the wider University – provides a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes, purpose-built teaching facilities, and excellent student support and library services.
  • On successful completion of this dual award course you’ll receive both an academic degree and a professionally-recognised management qualification – the CMI Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management. You don’t need to take extra exams or coursework to achieve the Award – we combine our degree module and CMI assessments streamlining your route to both qualifications.
  • We’ll introduce you to your course and new study environment through a bespoke induction programme focused on helping you transition smoothly and effectively to Honours-level study.
  • Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support is offered by our team of highly experienced and enthusiastic lecturers who have worked in a wide range of businesses ranging from multinational organisation to SMEs.
  • The University offers excellent 24/7 library and IT facilities, WiFi, and well-appointed learning areas.

Key features:

  • This course is offered within our vibrant Institute of Management environment in Bolton town centre.
  • We use small group and tutorial teaching, so you have the opportunity to benefit from the excellent support offered by our teaching staff.
  • We regularly invite guest speakers who hold senior positions in industry and practice, enabling you to benefit from their knowledge and advice.
  • Course materials are available online, allowing you to prepare work at home and make the most of the highly interactive in-class tuition.
  • Contemporary research findings are woven into our teaching. We offer a robust academic underpinning to your studies of business management.
  • Our dedicated team will support you as you develop critical thinking and research skills and apply these during your final year dissertation or work-based project (if you’re in suitable employment).

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: N375
  • Duration: 1 year

You’ll have successfully completed a Foundation Degree in Business Management, or another relevant qualification comprising at least 120 credits at HE4 and 120 credits at HE5, such as a Higher National Diploma (HND) or Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE).

We’ll also be happy to consider a professional qualification at an equivalent level.

You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

Career opportunities

Our dual award BSc (Hons) Business Management (Top-up) course is designed to consolidate and extend your understanding of business functions within the business and commercial world to Honours-level, and offers opportunities to pursue knowledge of specific areas of business.

The course offers you a route into general management as well as specialist areas, such as business accounting and finance, enterprise, human resource management, business law, marketing, retail or supply chain management, by allowing you to tailor your skills and knowledge to pursue your chosen career. The dual qualification gained on successful completion of this course is designed to enhance your employability in your preferred field of management.

In addition to nurturing academic and sector specific knowledge, the course aims to support your development of key employability skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving and data analysis. Overall, the course aims to give you an essential appreciation of the skills needed to thrive and adapt in the changing world of work.

Completing your Honours-level studies should prove valuable in helping you achieve your career goals.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduates with specialist knowledge underpinned by a broader understanding of how businesses and managers operate have a competitive advantage when entering employment or self-employment. Graduates from this course will be equipped to enter a wide range of business and management roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Some typical employment opportunities could include retail management, human resources, marketing, customer service management, advertising, merchandising, logistics and supply chain management, accountancy and law.

Some graduates may choose to undertake further study in subjects such as marketing, finance, human resources, computing and international business management in order to develop their expertise in a particular area of business. Studying for an MBA is also another option.

Alternative career options

  • Hotel and leisure management
  • Public relations
  • Financial management
  • Information systems
  • Market research analysis
  • Product management
  • Health policy and information
  • Purchasing
  • Teaching and education
  • Media (TV, film, online, newspaper, magazine)
  • Self-employment
  • Banking
  • Auditing and quality assurance
  • Project management
  • Risk and insurance

Professional recognition

Graduates of our BSc (Hons) Business Management (Top-up) course will receive a Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management from the CMI (Chartered Management Institute).

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/21
2019/20 £9,250-£9,250
2020/21 -nullnull

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/21
2019/20 £12,450-£12,450
2020/21 -nullnull

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply

Home/EU

International

Teaching & assessment

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Business Project
  • Dissertation
  • Strategic Management
  • International HRM
  • Learning and Development
  • Work and the Employment Relationship
  • E Commerce and Contemporary Marketing Practice
  • Global Consumer Behaviour
  • Integrated Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Retail Management
  • Strategic Information Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Logistics and Operations Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Advanced Company Law
  • Financial Reporting for Management
  • Professionals in Practice
  • Financial Accounting and the Regulatory Framework

Teaching, learning and assessment

Lectures will be used to introduce the core course content, while seminars will allow you to explore subjects in greater detail. Tutorials offer space for you to ask any questions you have, ensuring you understand the topics covered in the lectures and seminars. We use case studies and practical scenarios as a means to help you learn to apply academic theory to real-life practical scenarios, allowing you to gain insights into contemporary practice in a working business environment.

You’ll also be expected to undertake considerable guided independent study; for instance, library research and background reading, preparing for seminar and tutorial activities, and working on assignments.

Guest lectures and presentations by a variety of visiting speakers from relevant employment areas will offer you the chance to further develop your knowledge and understanding.

In terms of assessment, you can expect time constrained exams, essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, and others. These contribute to your final module mark and allow you to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes. We also use other forms of assessment to help you learn, provide you with feedback, and inform your development. These do not, however, count towards your final module mark.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (66%), Practical exams (15%), Written exams (19%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (77%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (23%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
    N375
  • Course type:
    Full-time
  • Start date:
    23/09/2019
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BSc (Hons)
  • Duration:
    1 year

Contact us

Mildred Brown-Houston
Programme Leader
Email: M.E.Brown@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903617

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903