Our online Business and Management (Top-Up) BSc (Hons) equips you with the expertise needed to lead, change and understand business and management on both a national and global perspective. This programme is designed for and with both learners and employers in mind. It will benefit learners who wish to pursue an enterprising Business and Management course to gain employment, enhance their career or achieve a qualification that recognises their experience.
This CMI-accredited online Business and Management course combines the latest research and thinking, with the philosophy that future leaders of industry need a sound and broad-based business education. Structured to reflect today’s ever changing business environment, it embeds key themes such as globalisation, sustainability, social change and stakeholder needs, allowing you to fully understand the factors affecting businesses.
Using innovative technologies that give you the opportunity to collaborate, discuss and debate issues in Business, Management and related fields, this course is designed to give you more confidence in your ability to lead a team, deal with complex situations and communicate effectively via written reports and presentations. While being taught by academics who are industry leaders with direct influence and knowledge of the industry you are entering, you will network with mature and experienced peers who share real life and professional experiences with one another.
An accredited degree
This online Business and Management (Top-Up) BSc (Hons) degree is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
A CMI-accredited double qualification
You will also be awarded with the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership upon graduation, provided you successfully achieve CMI-mapped modules*:
- Applied Research Project
- Management and Leadership – Challenges and Practices
- Strategic Marketing Management (subject to CMI external moderation)
With a CMI professional qualification on top of a bachelor’s degree, you become more marketable. A dual qualification speaks volumes to prospective employers, giving you the advantage when looking for your next career move.
Obtaining this double qualification provides various advantages to your professional career, such as CMI membership, providing you access to professional development events, networks, mentoring support, structured continuing professional development (CPD) and a jobs board showcasing the very latest management vacancies. You will also be supported in pursuit of becoming a chartered manager, a status coveted and prized by most employers.
*Please note, only the modules studied on this course are counted towards the CMI accreditation. If you have been granted an exemption for any of the modules as part of RPL (recognition of prior learning) process/progression routes, you will not qualify for the CMI diploma. Depending on the exemption, you may qualify for the CMI Level 5 Certificate or CMI Level 5 Award.
Develop essential employability skills
The course has been designed with collaboration in mind and an underpinning aim to develop key attributes demanded by employers, including information and digital literacy skills, appreciation of equality, diversity and inclusive practices, and the ability to produce work ready solutions to complex problems. This is achieved through:
- Learning, team working and innovation skills - creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration
- Consciousness of multiple world views, cross-cultural awareness, global citizenship
- Life, career and inter-disciplinary professional skills, self-direction and adaptability to change
Cultivating your existing skills and competencies to become graduate-level attributes will place you at a competitive advantage when seeking career progression opportunities and considerably augments your employability.
Flexible and supported learning
Learning in an online environment will equip you with the skills to research and question, and will nurture your desire to leverage new business ideas so that you can respond creatively to whatever the future holds. The flexibility afforded by online learning means you can fit your studies around any existing work or personal commitments. You will also be assigned a dedicated online learner adviser who will assist with any non-academic queries throughout your degree, helping you to achieve a recognised university qualification and advance your career.
A talk from our Academic Lead
Our Academic Lead for Business and Management, Dr Valentina Gorchakova, talks about the online Business and Management (Top-Up) BSc (Hons) course in this video.
We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.
If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered. In addition, where demand is high, some modules may be subject to a cap.
To achieve the top-up degree you will need to compete a total of 120 credits made up from the core modules and optional 20-credit modules.
Please note: As part of the ongoing revision of the programme, the modules Strategic Management and Global Business Environment will be merged into a newly created module that will provide insights into the strategies that businesses can employ and the wider trends and events of the globalisation that need to be considered as part of the strategic decision-making. The modification is expected to be completed by July 2019 and will come into effect from September 2019.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
Pace of study
We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.
This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.
You will need to have a HND, foundation degree or equivalent qualification in a business-related field or 240 credits from a business-related qualification. Other professional business qualifications that equate to a HND level may be considered eg BTEC level 5, CMI level 5, Edexcel level 5, CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants).
English language qualifications
If English is not your first language you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6.0**
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 550 (paper based) 213 (computer based) or 80 (internet based)
- Pearson Test of Academic English: 51
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Pass
- London Tests of English: we accept level 4 for undergraduate courses
- International GCE O-level English Language: Grade C
- International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: Grade C*
* If you don't have GCSE Maths, you can study our Certificate of Credit in Introduction to Maths in Preparation for Higher Education, which is a 20-credit module designed to help you develop your mathematical skills in preparation for higher education.
**If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5, you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes, which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.
Documents to support your application
You'll need to provide:
- Photo ID – this could be your passport or driving licence
- Current CV
- Copies of certificates and transcripts or a letter of testimony for previous qualifications*
*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:
- Confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- The date of the translation
- The full name and signature of the translator, or an authorised official of the company
- The translator’s contact details
A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.
You can apply for exemptions on the basis of prior academic study, professional qualifications or professional experience. If you have already studied at another institution, completed a training course or have work experience which appears equivalent to one or more modules of this programme, you may be able to translate this prior learning into credits towards your course modules so that you do not have to study them again. This is called recognition of prior learning or RPL.
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† Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.
Flexible payment plans available
Choose from three options:
Pay monthly and only for the modules you are studying
Pay your full course fees upfront, receive 5% discount and avoid annual increases
Pay for all modules studied in the year and receive a 5% discount (September enrolment only)
Undergraduate funding options
Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for an undergraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to meet the cost of tuition fees.
If you already hold an honours degree, and you are looking to re-skill or up-skill, you may still be eligible for a loan to study this course.
Students should apply directly to the University.
After graduating from this online Business and Management degree, you will be well prepared for a career in Business and Management, with both theoretical and practical knowledge that can be applied in any industry worldwide.
Careers in management typically involve recruitment, training and organisation of staff, ensuring company standards are met, making strategic decisions that affect your department or the company as a whole, maintaining awareness of competitors and the macro environment, and communicating with business stakeholders such as customers, investors and staff.
You may also be required to manage and oversee projects within your career. This degree will provide you with a sound knowledge of business concepts, enabling you to:
- Make sure that deadlines are met
- Meet financial targets
- Promote the business
- Conduct research and interviews
- Compile and present information
- Analyse statistics
- Write detailed reports
- Develop new procedures or training
Upon completion of this programme, you will also have the opportunity to apply to progress on to higher level awards such as the MBA Global, MBA Global Finance or MSc Strategic Management, enabling you to develop a higher level of academic knowledge surrounding global business concepts, preparing you to move into senior and C-level (chief officer) roles within diverse multi-national organisations.
† Additional information about your studies
Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.
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