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BA (Hons) Business Administration (Top up)

Course Overview

This is a one-year BA (Hons) Business Administration top-up course for students who have a Foundation degree or HND equivalent (Level 5) study.

This final year course provides students who want to develop their management and business-planning knowledge and skills with an advanced, practical business education. This course aims to provide you with state of the art analysis and business research skills with options to develop your expertise in Finance, Marketing or Project Management and Operations techniques. It will provide both subject specific and transferable skills that will equip the graduate for a successful career in a wide range of roles in business.

Key information

    Course name

    BA (Hons) Business Administration (Top up)

    Total academic credits

    120 credits

    Qualification awarded

    BBA with Honours

    Awarding body

    University of Bedfordshire

    Professional recognition


    Academic level

    Undergraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom


    1 year

    Tuition fees



    September and February

    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

This is a level 6 top-up programme designed for students coming directly in to the final year of a degree programme. Students will be expected to have completed some business-related course at Level 5.

The course title reflects the fact that Business Administration is more widely known and accepted outside the UK but the award is also designed to have more flexibility so that a combination of units can be tailored to your previous experience.

This award is also being used for students coming from some Level 5 degrees, where the likely onward career is to be involved in setting up a small business or working in management alongside practice. An example of this is the successful students from the FD in Beauty Therapy & Spa Management.

English entry requirements

IELTS score of 5.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent. Students with lower IELTS grade may be eligible for pre-sessional English course before the main course.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods is used throughout the course. You are required to undertake a variety of individual based assessments throughout the course. These assessments include individual essays, reports, presentations, and examinations.

The assessments are designed to test subject knowledge and understanding of the appropriate subject matter, but also to demonstrate the range of intellectual and subject specific skills identified elsewhere in this document.

Providing a wide variety of types of assessment maximises your opportunities to develop a wide variety of transferrable skills such as presentation, and report writing and gives you the chance to play to your strengths.

At level 6 you are treated as an independent learner, and both the project unit (New Advances in Business) and the Strategic Management unit provide opportunities for you to draw together your business knowledge in an individual and more independent way.

The Management and Administration of Projects unit invites you to practice Project Management skills through the organisation of an activity. Industry views this as a highly valued and transferrable skill.

In all units you will find assessment support in terms of careful briefing, and the completion of formative stages with detailed feedback designed not only to benchmark your performance but also to give you insights into how you can improve your work.

Progression route

Post-graduate study, for example Taught Masters courses in Business Administration, Business and management, Human Resource Management, Project Management, MBA.

Career opportunities

You will be well prepared to enter the world of business including finance, marketing and Operations and Project Management. Many students work for large multinational organisations but increasingly they go to smaller organisations where there are opportunities to work across a number of functional areas. Some graduates work in charities and others pursue careers in teaching in a wide variety of roles and industries.


  • New Advances in Business – 30 credits
  • Strategic Management – 30 credits
  • Management and Administration of Operations(directed option) – 15 credits
  • Management & Administration of Projects (directed option) – 15 credits
  • Marketing in a Global Context (option) – 30 credits
  • Corporate Finance (option) – 30 credits


Main learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:-

Subject Knowledge and Understanding

  • Review, consolidate and extend a detailed knowledge and understanding of the subject disciplines, concepts and main functional specialisms relevant to the study of business activity
  • Understand the interrelatedness of the functional disciplines and understand the way in which business decisions in one area affect other areas of the business.

Intellectual skill

  • Exercise judgement across a broad range of functions so as to access, evaluate and utilise relevant data from a wide range of sources to assess options and make recommendations.

Subject Specific skill

  • In a diverse range of professional contexts, select and employ an appropriate approach to communicate with influence and impact
  • Apply a range of creativity tools to tackle problems and propose novel, effective solutions
  • Demonstrate a rigorous understanding of management and the inter-relationships between different elements of the discipline.

Transferrable skill

  • Apply skills of rational argument, objective interpretation of evidence, judgement, decision-making and planning, to the analysis and solution of complex business problems
  • Display qualities of enquiry, reflection, imagination, creative thinking and innovation in the approach to the management of business enterprises.

Graduate impact statements

The course has been designed to develop graduates who are able to:

  • Gather relevant information from a wide variety of sources, critically evaluate and analyse this with a view to proposing clear and effective business solutions supported by appropriate, analysis documentation and presentation
  • Apply an understanding of the business environment to be able to engage effectively and appropriately, both orally and in writing, with a variety of audiences to analyse a situation, appreciate and evaluate different understandings and solutions
  • Work independently on defined business problems, suggest appropriate courses of action and evaluate contingent outcomes
  • Participate in major projects as an effective team member applying specific business skills and techniques creatively

Choose Business Administration BA (Hons) Top up degree at Bedfordshire and:

  • Learn in a supportive, multi-cultural environment, on a course designed to help you become familiar with UK-style higher education, especially if you come from another country
  • Study advanced topics in business, including research methods, strategic management and applied e-Business, with additional study options in marketing and financial management or English language
  • Develop your knowledge of management and business concepts, skills and practice
  • Gain access to Masters courses in Finance, HRM and Marketing, and/or professional qualifications, eg Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Chartered Management Institute (CMI), CIPD, ACCA, CIMA
  • Benefit from support from the Business School and the careers department, with opportunities to attend careers conferences and meet local and national employers