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What Does The Top-Up Degree Involve?

The BA (Hons) Business Management Degree (Top-up) has been designed specifically to give you the knowledge and practical understanding employers look for in today’s ever-changing business climate. You will explore key topics including leadership, innovation, marketing and change – vital concepts in the rapidly transforming world of business in any industry.

Whether your ambition is to take on a senior leadership role in a large organisation or to drive forward the success of your own business, this course will build on your previous studies in business and take your insights and understanding to the next level. Through practical application and business-focused assessments, you will develop skills and knowledge you can apply immediately in the real world.

The BA (Hons) Business Management Degree (Top-up) is a progression route from a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business to gain a full degree awarded by Buckinghamshire New University, our validation partner.

Who Is The Top-Up Degree Course For?

This course is particularly aimed at those who already have a broad business-related HND, foundation degree or equivalent, who want to go on to build on their previous experience and skills, as well as develop critical, analytical, creative and reflective approaches to business. Offering flexible timetables, you can fit your studies around your life, with study options including evenings and weekends.

Progression Opportunities

You’ll be well placed to enter employment in management-related positions in both public and private sectors. Graduates have secured employment in local authorities, retail management, financial services, media services and other sectors. Other graduates have gone on to start their own businesses or progressed to further study at the post-graduate level.

Entry Requirements

  • Level 5 with a good level of business topics is required:
    • a pass in an HND
    • a foundation degree
    • a recognised UK degree or overseas equivalent
  • Evidence of English proficiency (Upper B2). If you have studied an English HND for two years, your completion of the HND meets this requirement.
  • You will also need to attend an academic interview at which you will need to show a good conceptual understanding of business and study expectations at Level 6.

Course Outline

Students study four modules which carry 30 credits each:

Strategic Marketing (MG624) – 30 credits

  • Theories and models of strategic marketing and how these have been developed in relation to external PESTEL elements
  • The role of technology in this process and in particular the use and development of digital technology in the strategic marketing process
  • How to carry out a marketing audit
  • How to critically assess the results of the audit both by data analysis and in terms of theories and models
  • The process of developing a marketing plan with particular reference to factors as setting ROI and KPI targets
  • How to implement and manage the plan both internally and externally
  • How to critically evaluate the plan against ROI and KPI targets
  • How to utilise this evaluation for future business planning

There will be two assignments. CW1 will be an individual report assessing a student’s ability to understand and critically assess strategic marketing theory. CW2 will a group project based around a case study which will enable the student to display both team and individual knowledge of how to carry out a marketing audit and to plan and implement a marketing plan. This will be in the form of a written report and a 10-minute video presentation.

Managing Innovation in Business (BM627) – 30 credits

  • Macro and microenvironment analysis and the key drivers of innovation
  • Secondary research skills using appropriate resources
  • Primary research skills for business analysis and auditing including internal consultancy skills
  • Approaches to innovation and the use of customer centred innovation mapping
  • The value chain and innovation
  • Innovation designs vs. economic realities and organisational culture issues
  • Implementing innovation factors for success and failure
  • Leadership styles and workgroup realities for successful innovation in businesses
  • Competence, behaviour and attitudes of learning
  • Leaders and Organisational Development including the effects of politics and power
  • The assessment strategy is based on two assessments where the students will submit individual written reports.

CW1: An individual 2,000 word written report. They will be required to identify an organisation of their own choosing, ideally based in the market sector or industry where they hope to start their professional careers. This will help develop their knowledge of the up-to-date challenges that it faces. The students will then conduct an innovation audit that examines the organisation’s past, present and future innovation activities and capabilities.

CW2: An individual 3000 word written report. From the students' findings in CW1, they will then develop an innovation road map that outlines the preparation for innovation success. This audit will factor in the wider operational environment of both up and downstream suppliers and service providers, whilst developing a fuller picture of the organisation’s full innovation capacity.

Leading and Managing Change (MG625) – 30 credits

What is Change Management and why is it so critical in organisations?

  • Managing change and the role of the leader
  • The context of organisational change
  • Critical theories and approaches to change management
  • Planned and unplanned change
  • Organisation Development approaches
  • Resistance to change
  • Globalisation and the challenge of change. The assessment strategy is based on two assessments where the students will submit individual written reports.

A group assignment will be used to assess the ability of students to develop options and evaluate them, making reference to prior analysis. The assessment method is used to develop and assess critical analysis to evaluate the options available to organisations. The assignment will also require the students to recommend and justify an appropriate strategy/course of action based on their analysis. Group report, 3,000 words

The examination (EX1) will assess student knowledge of theory and concepts and their critical analysis/reasoning ability. 2-hour exam.

Corporate Strategy and Governance (BM628) – 30 credits

  • How can your board prepare itself for the inevitable unexpected events and crises that it may face, such as activist takeovers, accounting fraud, and environmental disasters?
  • What steps should you take to ensure your company complies with relevant regulations and laws?
  • What are your board’s responsibility and role in relation to management?
  • How do organisations expand into different markets and the different modes of entries they could use
  • How organisations could gain competitive advantage through organisational capabilities
  • Understanding industry evolution and strategic change at board level.
  • What are the VUCA, {volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity}, factors influencing the business that the board could potentially face?
  • How to develop and evaluate corporate strategies?
  • How to search and evaluate academic information and critically review available literature A group assignment will be used to assess the ability of students to develop options and evaluate them, making reference to prior analysis.
  • How to research into complex organisational issues using different methods like interviews and questionnaires for primary data collection.
  • There will be one formative assessment and one summative assessment. The formative assessment will be as follows: A proposal comprising of 1,000 words to include a brief introduction of the issue or problem in corporate governance or strategy in a specific organisation to be researched
  • Feedback from the formative assignment will prepare students for the summative assessment. A full individual report of 6000 words will be required to include an action plan and recommendations to the management within the organisation of their choice as to the best way of solving such problems.

Course Specification

  • Course Duration: One year, Full time
  • Level: RQF Level 6
  • Awarding Body: Buckinghamshire New University
  • Assessment: Assessments are by coursework and examination with the majority of modules being assessed by coursework only.
  • Mode of Delivery: Full Time
  • Timetable options:
    • Two days per week
    • Two evenings with a Saturday
  • Campus: Masons House, Kingsbury
  • Intake dates: April, September
  • Fees: £7500

How to apply

Foundation year, degree & BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-up)

From choosing your desired course, writing your personal statement and submitting the application, you can count on our friendly Recruitment Team for help and guidance at every step of the way. Get in touch to make an initial appointment to discuss your situation.

Step 1: Initial consultation.

Step 2: Register. If you are a UK or EU applicant, you will need to apply through the UCAS website. You can register with UCAS directly or through your college. UCAS gives you the option of applying for up to five courses and charges you for each course you apply for. Completing the application is your chance to sell yourself. It is your moment to highlight the skills and knowledge you have learnt to date, any qualifications gained and why you want to study your chosen course. There is a step-by-step guide to help with applications on the UCAS website.

Step 3: Interview. After applying for a course with Regent College Higher Education, you will need to attend an admissions interview with our course team. Your recruitment advisor can book the interview for you and help you prepare for it.

Step 4: Submit your application. This is the time to submit your application. Check that you have completed every section before submission. Once you have applied, you will receive an acknowledgement that your application has been received. If any further information is needed, we will contact you. You can use the ‘Track’ section on the UCAS website to monitor the progress of your application.

Offer received

Once we have all the necessary information regarding your application, we will make a final decision. Our decision will be uploaded to the UCAS Track section and you will also receive a letter. If you are offered a place, the offer may be ‘conditional’ or ‘unconditional’. If you have been accepted onto the course, you will then receive your joining instructions and more information about starting your studies.

Stage 1: Offer selection

You can keep track of all your applications through the UCAS Track section, including all the final offers you receive. Once you have heard back from all the universities you applied to, you will need to choose which offer you want to accept, together with a back-up second choice.

Stage 2: Offer acceptance

The deadline for accepting an offer will be highlighted on UCAS Track, depending on your application submission date.

Top-up Degrees

The admissions process is handled by each of our partners slightly differently. We recommend you contact our recruitment team to discuss which pathway is most suitable for you and to help you prepare for the interview stage.

Step 1: Consultation appointment.

Step 2: Academic interview. All students applying for a top-up degree will need to attend an admissions interview. Your recruitment advisor can book your interview and help you prepare for it. But don’t worry. The interview is your chance to tell us why you want to study at Regent College. It’s not a test of your interview skills.

Step 3: Submitting your application. For the BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-up) awarded by Buckinghamshire New University, you will follow the same procedure as our degree and foundation years and apply via UCAS. For the BA (Hons) Business Entrepreneurship (Top-up) awarded by the University of Northampton, you will complete a paper-based application and submit it to our Admissions Team.

After submission

When you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email to acknowledge receipt. If we need any additional information, we will let you know. We will then liaise with our partner university to have your application reviewed and a decision made.

Offer acceptance

Once you have heard back from the university you have applied to, you will need to respond to their offer either by accepting via UCAS or completing and returning the offer letter you receive.

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