BA(Hons) Business and Management (Top Up)
This course is open for applications for January 2024 entry
Please note this course is closed to new applications for September 2023 entry.
Page last updated 25 September 2023
Top up your existing qualifications to an honours degree. This top-up degree is equivalent to the final year of undergraduate study, and is aimed at students who have previously completed a relevant qualification, such as a Higher National Diploma or equivalent.
Why study business and management?
Businesses have to constantly challenge and re-invent themselves to compete in the increasingly competitive global market.
As such, employers need graduates who can go beyond business theory with practical skills and real-world experience of how the business world works.
Why UWE Bristol?
Our BA(Hons) Business and Management top-up course is driven by the needs of organisations, with an emphasis on skills development. It equips you with the knowledge and experience you need to succeed in your business career. On successful completion you will be awarded a full BA(Hons) degree.
This one-year course is for those who want a business career but aren't ready to specialise yet. It's flexible and practical, giving you lots of choice and the chance to hone interests through specialist modules
Enterprise is at the heart of everything we do at Bristol Business School. We help our students to get their start-up ideas up and running with funding, support, desk space and our own in-house crowdfunding platform. You'll get access to guest speakers, case studies, competitions and online simulations, ensuring you graduate ready for work.
Where can it take me?
Business and Management at UWE Bristol is a broad, practical degree with many potential specialisms and a range of career pathways. Our graduates hold management roles in retail, marketing, HR and recruitment.
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
You will study:
- Enterprise Project or Business Project and Business Project in Theory
- Business Strategy
- Managing Organisational Change
- Integrated Business Management Simulation
- Academic and Professional Development.
Plus, two optional modules from:
- Brand Management
- Business Innovation and Growth
- Competing Through Quality
- Digital Marketing Communication
- Doing Business in Asia
- Events and Festivals Management
- International Business in Emerging Markets
- International Financial Management
- International Human Resource Management
- International Marketing Communications
- Investment Management
- Project Management
- Retail Marketing and Management
- Sustainable Business
- The Economics of Developing Countries
- Virtual Business.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.
Learning and Teaching
You'll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, case studies, online exercises and simulation activities. You'll be expected to read independently to broaden and strengthen your learning.
You'll develop your communication and presentation skills, IT and numeracy skills, and project and time management skills throughout.
Your improved problem solving, critical thinking, analysis, evaluation and innovation skills will help you stand out as a graduate.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
You'll be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations to assess what you know and can do, and help you develop the confidence and skills that employers value.
You'll complete essays and reports, business plans and applied research projects, portfolios and weekly notes, and assessed group and individual presentations and posters.
You'll also reflect and comment on your own learning and personal development.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
In our new £55m Bristol Business School, you'll have access to cutting-edge learning spaces like the Bloomberg financial trading room. Training in this state-of-the-art financial platform will give you a commanding view of global finance.
Our University Enterprise Zone, Future Space at our Frenchay campus incubates, hatches and provides growth space for robotics, biosciences and biomedicine startups.
Designed with student input, the Business School building offers learning spaces for individual and group study plus conference rooms you can book. It's a space for students and businesses to come together, collaborate and form new partnerships.
The library and Business School both offer spaces for silent and group study and rooms you can book. You'll have access to recommended books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases on and off campus.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
Get a feel for the Business Management facilities we have on offer here from wherever you are.
Careers / Further study
This course opens up a diverse range of career pathways. These include management roles in retail, marketing, HR and recruitment.
Bristol has a strong labour market and employers highly value our course and students.
We have good links with organisations and past graduates have secured roles with multinationals, small to medium enterprises and the public sector.
Many students take up graduate management schemes, go onto further study or progress to teaching and research careers.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our employability pages to find out about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
Full time course
Indicative Additional Costs
Supplementary fee information
Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.
- GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
- English Language Requirement:
If English is not your first language, you will need to meet the UK Border Agency's and the University's minimum English language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.
You should normally hold an HND or Foundation Degree (or equivalent), or have successfully completed the equivalent of 240 UK credit points (120 ECTS credits) in a related subject discipline.
For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Informationpages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.
If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.