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BA (Hons) Business (Top-Up)

Course Overview

If you are interested in the world of business and its many applications, this course allows you to further your achievements gained from either a HND (Higher National Diploma) in Business, a Foundation Degree, SQA HND, or equivalent qualification. This Top-Up programme gives you the opportunity to continue studying business at degree level, achieving a bachelors within one year of study.

Throughout the course, you will study a variety of different topics, each designed to develop your understanding of business and build the key skills that today’s employers expect from top-calibre graduate recruits.

You can expect to study modules covering business ethics, supply chain management and strategic management and leadership to support your future aspirations.

Key information

    Course name

    BA (Hons) Business (Top-Up)

    Total academic credits

    120 credits

    Qualification awarded

    Bachelor of Arts with honours

    Awarding body

    Northumbria University

    Professional recognition

    The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

    Academic level

    Undergraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6)

    Study mode

    Full time


    1 year

    Tuition fees



    September, January, May

    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

A HND/Foundation Degree or BTEC/HND in a business related subject with average merits/commendations in final year, or study equivalent to 120 Level 4 and 120 Level 5 CATS points.

If you hold a pass in an approved BTEC/HND in a related discipline, or a pass in an approved Foundation Degree, you may be eligible to join a 4 or 6 week Bridging Course run by QA Higher Education at our London Campus. Upon successfully passing the Bridging Course with a pass mark of 50% together with a short suitability interview, you will be offered a place on the Top-Up programme.
Bridging courses are timed to allow students to commence the degree at the same time as those applicants achieving direct entry.

English entry requirements

IELTS 6.5 (or above) with no single element below 5.5, or equivalent.

Progression route

If you pass with a minimum of a 2:2 and would like to continue your studies, you may be eligible to progress on to one of the postgraduate business degrees at the London Campus. These programmes include the opportunity for you to specialise in either International Management, Financial Management or Marketing Management as part of your Business Masters. For those wanting to experience study in a different city, you may also be eligible to progress on to one of the Masters programmes at the main campus in Newcastle.

Career opportunities

A degree in business can lead to a career in business leadership and management as well as the opportunity to further develop your business knowledge through postgraduate study. Upon graduation you could enter a career in consultancy, marketing, health management, human resource management or operations management, as well as having the skills to set up your own business.


All modules are core:

  • Supporting Study in the UK (0 credits)
  • Academic and Career Development (20 credits)
  • Culture and Organisations (20 credits)
  • Strategic Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Business (20 credits)
  • Strategic Management and Corporate Responsibility (20 credits)
  • Global Marketing and Communication (20 credits)

The course will be taught using a variety of teaching and learning strategies to encourage and develop your independent learning skills.


Teaching & assessment methods
This course is taught using a range of methods, including: lectures, seminars, and tutorials.
Each module of study is assessed by coursework assignments, end-of-module examinations, or both.