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Undergraduate study

Course overview

The BA (Hons) Business and Enterprise (Top-up) emphasises enterprising and entrepreneurial approaches and provides a university-based business and management education to those entering through non-traditional, workplace-based routes.

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The course offers a part-time flexible mode of delivery which allows you to move seamlessly from the completion of previous study such as ILM5 or CMI qualifications into degree-level study.

The underpinning philosophy is centred around developing an entrepreneurial eco-system, which encompasses creativity, innovation, planning, implementing and managing processes within organisations in an enterprising way. This combination of knowledge and learning enables you to develop your own management horizons and apply your experience in a practical way through flexible assessments.

The course provides a combination of business knowledge and theoretical application in the workplace, enabling you to evaluate the effectiveness of your activities across a range of business-based learning outcomes.


Course details

Each module is delivered throughout one trimester, with the exception of the work-based learning module, which is delivered across three trimesters. Support sessions are in place for each module and are facilitated by the module tutor.

Course structure

Core modules

Business Growth

This module introduces the importance of business growth, including the planning, resourcing and implementation approaches that co-exist to enable a successful growth strategy. You learn through interaction and engagement with peers, case studies and reflection.

Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise

This module investigates the entrepreneurial function, appraising the entrepreneurial journey from beginning to completion. You develop skills in entrepreneurial thinking and innovative problem-solving approaches whilst considering risk, uncertainty and new product development.

Productivity through People

This module considers the effect of human resource management on the productivity and efficiency of employees. You develop knowledge in the recruitment and retention of employees, the impact of communication and how to best manage complex supply chains.

Professional Project

Through negotiation between the University, workplace and learner, you design and carry out an inquiry-led activity (project) demonstrating research and development approaches to your own professional development and the development of your organisation. You manage a work-based project to initiate and lead change. The content and context of your project is unique to you or your group.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

The learning and teaching strategy of the course ensures we develop confident individuals with high-quality skills and attributes that are recognised and valued by you, employers and the wider community. This is achieved through:

- utilising formative and summative assessments
- actively involving you in collaborative learning processes
- developing employability skills
- placing learning and subject content within an international context where appropriate
- making use of relevant learning technology.

Some of the study hours for each module are spent attending lectures. All learning materials are available on the University’s Virtual Learning Platform - Blackboard. When you are not attending classes you have time for individual study, including researching, reading, preparing material for tutorials, referring to texts and articles, preparing coursework assignments and revising for examinations. During your induction you are given information about the resources available through the library and these are invaluable to your studies, particularly as you are not campus-based.

How you are assessed

You experience a variety of assessments. These help both you and your module leaders gauge how you are getting on with the modules in your course. The assessments may take a range of forms; they may be formative (to allow you to test your understanding and get feedback to support your further development and understanding of the subject matter) or may be summative (where the assessment will count towards the final mark for the module).

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

BA (Hons) Business and Enterprise students must be in employment, and in possession of the following minimum qualifications:

• Foundation degree, higher national diploma, or equivalent qualification.
• Professionally qualified students will be considered on a non-standard basis and their experience, qualifications, and training will be considered alongside the entry-level requirements. These students will also be interviewed to check eligibility.

International students should also consider criteria for admission and direct entry.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
Find out more about RPL



Career opportunities

This course is an ideal route to enhance knowledge and experience to enable future career development and progression.



  • Not available full-time


2021/22 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£4,500 (120 credits)

£750 for each 20 credits

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