Available for September start

Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 1-2 years

UK fee

£5,250 (2021/22)

International fee

£5,250 (2021/22)/EU

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start dates

January, September, May

Location

Online

Online course description

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).

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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*:

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.

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Apply for module exemptions from prior learning

If you have already completed a Level 6 diploma in one of the following courses, you may be eligible for exemptions for specific modules on the Business and Management (Top-up) BSc (Hons):

Further details can be found in our Exemptions section.

Have you already studied at another institution, completed a training course, or does your work experience appear equivalent to one or more modules of your chosen course? If so, you may able to translate this prior learning into credits towards your course modules, so you don’t have to study them again.

For undergraduate courses you can apply for credits up to 50% of each stage. Further information about applying for credits for prior learning can be found in our recognition of prior learning section.

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:

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.

Listen to the course academic talk about the online Business and Management BSc Top-Up course

View our online Business and Management (Top-Up) BSc course introduction video transcript

Gabrielle Davies at her graduation with her family

How Gabrielle's industry experience launched her onto degree path

If looking after two young children wasn’t enough, Gabrielle also currently works three jobs at once and is now studying her second course with us.

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Study Business and Management at Derby Online - Webinar

Discover more about studying Business and Management online at Derby. The webinar includes a 30 minute presentation from Dr Valentina Gorchakova, Academic Lead and Senior Lecturer in Business and Management.

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What you will study

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 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.

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Study Business and Management at Derby online - Live Q&A Webinar: September 2021

Wednesday, 1 September 2021 14.00 - 15.00

Join this live Q&A to discover more about studying our CMI accredited Business and Management Bachelors BSc or Business and Management Top-Up BSc online at Derby. During the Q&A you'll have an opportunity to ask Dr Valentina Gorchakova, Academic Lead for Business and Management, questions about the course, how you'll study, module information and any other questions you might have.

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How you will learn

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.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

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Graduate Tyra Johl talks about her time as a student with University of Derby Online Learning.

Tyra Johl talking about her online learning experience at the July 2019 graduation reception

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Who will teach you

Valentina sitting at a table next to a laptop.

Dr Valentina Gorchakova
Programme leader

Senior Lecturer in Business and Management, Dr Valentina Gorchakova, returned to academia after a number of years working in business, including running a start-up company in marketing and events, and for the UN Development Programme. Valentina joined the University of Derby Online Learning in 2017 and became a Programme Leader of the BSc (Hons) in Business and Management in 2018.

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How you will learn online

Our Business and Management (Top-Up) BSc (Hons) course taster will give you an idea of how online learning works. It includes a selection of content from a course module so you can see what some of our learning material looks like.

You will need to complete a short form to access the course taster.

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Entry requirements

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).

Exemptions

If you have already completed a relevant Level 6 ABE business and management diploma, an ATHE Level 6 diploma or extended management diploma or a Qualifi Level 6 Diploma in Business Administration you will be eligible for module exemption on this Business and Management (Top-up) BSc (Hons) course.

ABE qualification exemptions

QualificationModule Exemptions
ABE Level 6 Diploma in Business Management Strategy in the Global Marketplace (6BM505)
ABE Level 6 Diploma in Business Management and Marketing Strategy in the Global Marketplace (6BM505) and Strategic Marketing Management (6MK517)*
ABE Level 6 Diploma in Business Management and Human Resources Strategy in the Global Marketplace (6BM505) and Management and Leadership-Challenges and Practice (6BM502)*
To be eligible for exemption of this module (Management and Leadership-Challenges and Practice 6BM502) you will have completed the following two optional modules in the ABE Level 6 course: Strategic Human Resource Management and Organisational Design Development and Performance.

*Note: Students with this module exemption will not be eligible for the CMI Level 5 Diploma but will be eligible for the CMI Level 5 Certificate.

Qualifi qualification exemptions

QualificationModule Exemptions
Qualifi Level 6 Diploma in Business Administration Strategic Marketing Management (6MK517)*

*Students will not be eligible for the CMI Level 5 Diploma but for the CMI Level 5 Certificate

ATHE qualification exemptions

QualificationModule Exemptions
ATHE Level 6 Diploma in Management Management and Leadership-Challenges and Practice (6BM502)*
ATHE Level 6 Extended Diploma in Management Management and Leadership-Challenges and Practice (6BM502)* and Strategy in the Global Marketplace (6BM505).
To be eligible for exemption of this module (Global Marketplace 6BM505) you will have completed the following 3 optional modules on the ATHE course: Economics for Business, Factors Determining Marketing Strategies and Managing Change

*Note: Students with this module exemption will not be eligible for the CMI Level 5 Diploma but will be eligible for the CMI Level 5 Certificate.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

*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.

If you are unable to take an English Language Test locally, you may wish to consider our Derby English Language Test (DELT), which is an online test in two parts: reading and writing, and listening and speaking. Take a look at our Derby English Language test (DELT) page for full course details, online exam dates and how to book.

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £875 6 £5,250

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three payment plan options:

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.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Documents to support your application

When submitting your application, please ensure it is complete, with all the relevant documents requested in the application form. These are listed below:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.

Careers

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:

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 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.

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