BA(Hons) Business Management and Economics (Top Up)
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Page last updated 4 July 2022
Top up your existing qualifications to an honours degree. This one year 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, in the subject area.
Why study business management and economics?
In an ever-changing global economy, combining business knowledge and skills with an understanding of economics is becoming increasingly significant.
Studying these two areas together will broaden your knowledge, open up career paths and provide context when applying theory and practice to real-world businesses.
Why UWE Bristol?
Our BA(Hons) Business Management and Economics top-up course teaches a balanced mix of economics alongside a vocational knowledge of business. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded a full BA(Hons) degree.
If you're interested in a future in business and intrigued by economics, this is the perfect next step for you.
The course will help you develop the practical skills you need for a future in the public or private sector. Learn excellent managerial and business strategy skills whilst developing your expertise in economic analysis and addressing the challenging issues of business sustainability. Choose options from a broad choice including leadership, global marketing, finance, international trade and behavioral economics, and study a topic of your choice in depth through an extended Business Project.
Regular guest speakers and applied case studies will provide relevant and challenging context to broaden your understanding of contemporary business trends and issues.
Where can it take me?
With our emphasis on employability, you'll graduate with the skills and experience that you need to succeed.
Our graduates go on to careers in business, finance and economic analysis, management, marketing and strategic business planning in both private and public sector organisations.
If you choose further study, you'll be ready for a Master's degree in areas such as financial management, economics, human resource management and marketing.
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
You will study:
- Business Strategy
- Managing Organisational Change
- Sustainable Business
- Applied Economics
- Business Project
- Business Project in Theory
- Academic and Professional Development.
Plus, one optional module from:
- Competing Through Quality
- Doing Business in Asia
- Economics of International Financial Markets
- Financial Technology
- Islamic Banking and Finance
- 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
Our approach to learning is student-focused, with emphasis on helping you find things out for yourself.
Lectures, workshops/seminars, tutorials and group work make up 12 hours of contact time each week and you'll spend at least as much time again studying independently.
This can involve preparing for classes, reviewing lectures, online working, reading, conducting research, preparing assessed work and revising for exams.
You'll develop your communication and presentation skills and IT and numeracy skills, with a strong focus on data interpretation and analysis. Your improved problem solving, critical thinking, analysis, evaluation and innovation skills will help you stand out as a graduate.
You'll be expected to apply theory to practice, so you can appreciate the relevance and application of the concepts you learn.
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 £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.
Designed with student input, the Business School 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.
In our specialist library, business librarians manage vast collections to support your research. You'll have access to industry databases on and off campus, including recommended books, trade press and academic journals.
You'll also use exclusive databases and specialist software used by your future employers.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
UWE Bristol Trading and Investment Society (UWETIS)
Founded in 2011, this society brings together students who want to share knowledge and interest in finance and investing.
Through the virtual money fund, members can apply financial theory and analysis in real-life settings. Members also attend lectures by industry experts, networking events and trading games.
The society has excellent connections with major banks and accountancy firms, and organises regular social events and trips.
UWE Bristol Economics Society
This society is open to students with an interest in economics. Members attend subsidised field trips, networking events and talks from guest speakers, as well as regular socials.
Careers / Further study
This degree is an ideal launch pad for a career in business analysis, management, marketing, personnel, strategic management and planning in either private or public sector organisations.
If you choose further study at UWE Bristol, you'll be ready for a Master's in areas like financial management, economics, human resource management and marketing.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements 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 learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
Supplementary fee information
This refers to 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 Statistics, 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.