About the Course

Continue your studies in the dynamic field of business with our BA (Hons) in Business Management Top-up degree. This one-year course is suitable for students with a foundation degree or HND in a relevant subject who would like to gain a full honours degree. This course starts each January and is awarded by the University of Surrey. 

This course: 

  • Taught at University Centre Farnborough, with modern facilities and access to online learning 
  • Available to those already working in the sector looking for career progression or for those continuing from college or university 
  • The programme is studied over one academic year and is taught full-time 
  • Can top-up your current qualification to a full honours degree  
  • Successful graduates can go onto study a nationally recognized postgraduate course 
  • Jobs directly related to this degree include a management consultant or project manager 
  • Can provide a route into careers related to business such as marketing or human resources 
  • Want to study from home? This course is also available via Online Attendance

Why study with us?

The world of business can be both fast-passed and varied, with high levels of responsibility and opportunities for rapid career progression. By studying this top-up degree, you will be equipped with a combination of practical and applied skills alongside industry know-how, so you can graduate with the ability and confidence to progress in the business sector.   

Several lecturers for this course have been involved in research, lecturing and consultancy work in the UK and overseas in South-East Asia, Western and Eastern Europe. We also have strong links with industry, commerce and professional bodies such as CIM, CIMA and CIPD and this is reflected in the course content. 

This course will give you the skills needed to evaluate a business situation, identify problems, and recommend solutions, with the ability to provide insightful, reflective and analytical content. This, combined with your previous knowledge and experience, will enhance your employability in a variety of business-related work environments. 


This course has been designed for students who want to turn their Foundation Degree or equivalent HE Level 5 in a relevant subject into a full honours degree. It is also suitable for those who have taken time out of education and are looking to return to their academic studies. 

It may also be possible for you to join this course following relevant professional qualifications and/or experience in the workplace. 


Fee Per Year £9000

Paying for this Course

There are no up-front tuition fees for this course when taking out a student loan. Read more and find out if you are eligible.

Please note that while we make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to education, additional fees may be payable where this is not possible. For example, to provide additional support due to a disability. Please contact us if you believe you have any additional needs so that we can discuss your options before enrolling on a course.

Your Course

How will I be taught?

To prepare you for working in the business sector, modules will be taught in a variety of ways. This includes lecture-based presentations and workshops, alongside creating Individual and group project work. The programme is studied over one academic year and is full-time.  

What modules are covered?

Sustainability in Business

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the need for sustainable development within business operations and explores the impact of global changes in organisational policy making. Students will be able to investigate the application of sustainable development in specific organisational contexts. It aims to equip students with knowledge of global sustainability trends and effective business responses.

Digital Media in Business

This module will enable students to recognise the impact of digital technologies on business. It aims to develop an understanding of digital channels and digital communication and their links to achieving business objectives. The module will enable students to gain practical skills and knowledge to work in the growing digital sector by allowing them to research digital marketing practices and use digital skills in a business context.

International Business

This module focuses on developing increased awareness of international business management in a global market place. The module will provide students with an understanding of theories and trends that shape the international business environment. It aims to explore the existing political, cultural and legal differences among countries leading to the analysis of the operational/entry strategies of international business corporations with special reference to emerging markets. 

Project Management

This module introduces students to the main concepts of project management including general project management principles, methodologies and the tools and techniques. This module will allow students to examine project management as a management tool and its use in industry. Students will be able to get an understanding of theory and practice of project management using PRINCE2 methodology as a framework of study.

International Human Resource Management

The module aims to provide a sound knowledge of policies, practice and issues in international human resource management. This module will help students to critically analyse the principles and practice which influence the development and implementation of International Human Resource Management including cross-cultural issues. The students will be encouraged to research the internationalisation of organisations and explore the subsequent implications for the management of HR.

Final Year Project

The Final year project is the most significant step in personal development that the student will undertake during the course. It demonstrates independent research, intellectual application and time management.  It gives the student an opportunity to study in an area of potential relevance to prospective employers and is considered by many to be the ultimate standard of an honours degree.

How will I be assessed?

A wide range of assessment methods are used in this programme, which have been chosen to suit the subject material being taught. The range of assessment methods you will experience will give you the confidence and capability to complete an Honours degree and progress further in your career. Your Tutor will be on hand to provide support during the assessment process and discuss any queries you may have. The range of assessment methods used in this programme includes:

  • In-class tests
  • Assessed practical work
  • Assessed coursework / assignments
  • Formative assessment through assignment work feedback
  • Formal examination
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Project report
  • Project presentation
Programme Structure

The structure of our programmes follows educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the Programme Specification documents found under our Quality Assurance page, including further details such as the learning outcomes.

Your Future

What Next?

On successful completion of this course, you may progress onto a Masters’ qualification or onto professional business programmes such as CIPD, CIM, CIMA. 

There are a wide number of careers where your new degree will be relevant. Some of the examples below may require extra training and experience first. Please speak to our careers advisors to discover which career routes are best for you. 

Jobs directly related to a business degree include: 

  • Business adviser 
  • Business analyst 
  • Business development manager 
  • Chartered management accountant 
  • Data analyst 
  • Management consultant 
  • Project manager 
  • Risk manager 

Jobs where your business degree would be useful include: 

  • External auditor 
  • Human resources officer 
  • Logistics and distribution manager 
  • Marketing executive 
  • Retail manager 
  • Sales executive 
  • Systems analyst 

Transferable skills:  

This course will provide you with a combination of vocational and applied skills alongside academic knowledge, so you will be suited to a range of roles and working environments when you graduate. These can include: 

  • Interpersonal skills, such as time management, self-awareness and self-reflection  
  • Acquisition of research skills, independent work and self-reliance  
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of a range of disciplines within the subject area of Business Management 
  • Be able to explore ideas and concepts by reflecting on current industry practices  
  • Understanding what it takes to provide a supportive, professional and dynamic learning environment 

Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

You can apply for this higher education course in the following ways: 

  • Via the UCAS website. Visit and browse the courses available under 'University Centre Farnborough'.  
  • Directly to University Centre Farnborough via the button on this webpage. Applications take around 15 minutes and are free of charge. You can apply to us direct at any time in the year (including after the UCAS deadline). Applications of this type are separate to the UCAS system, which means you could also apply for more than the five universities that UCAS allows. 
What previous qualifications and experience will I need?
  • Foundation Degree or equivalent HE Level 5 in a relevant subject.  Pass 50% average where classified. 
  • Students will be accepted onto Level 6 of the programme to undertake BA (Hons.) in Business Management (Top-up) subject to their holding an appropriate 240 credit HE Level 5 qualification at an appropriate grade.

Applications are considered on an individual basis, and we recommend that you apply even if you are not sure that you meet the criteria above.  

If English is not your first language, evidence of your ability will need to be supplied with our applications. IELTS 6.5 is required to be accepted onto this course. 

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Our class sizes are similar to college, which means you won’t get lost in the crowd or feel like just a number with us.
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Studying a degree at a small institution means your lecturers will know all your strengths and weaknesses, and give you valuable feedback and support to help you go further.
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