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Bachelor of Arts in Business Management (Top-Up)
Department of Business & Management

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Awarding Body  University of Derby Course Title  BA(Hons) Business Management (Top-Up)
Award  Bachelor of Arts  Award Level  6
UCAS Code NN12 Study Mode  Part-Time
Start Dates February 2019 and September 2019 Duration 2 years
  1. About this course
  2. What you will cover
  3. Entry Requirements
  4. How to apply
  5. Fees and Finance
  6. Careers and employability

About this course

You will build on and develop the knowledge you've already gained on your HND or foundation degree in business with a further stage of study which results in a full honours degree - BA (Hons) Business Management.

Covering global and strategic management issues, you'll study the specialist areas of management and leadership. The module Issues in Global Business and Strategic Concepts is a case study of current business issues. It takes a discussion approach and is very practical. You'll be looking at where things are going wrong, what could be done, what would you do?

Throughout the course you'll be using current case studies and examples, and will also benefit from guest lectures from industry speakers and professional bodies. We'll prepare you for the workplace as you develop the skills employers are looking for in their graduate employees, from report writing and analysis through to presentation skills.

Why choose this course?

  • Top up your HND or foundation degree in business to a full honours degree.
  • You will be prepared for a career in an international and dynamic business management environment.
  • Not only will you learn about business, we will prepare you for the workplace through developing your teamwork skills, presentation and report writing skills, and CV preparation and interview techniques.
  • Our lecturers and tutors are always available to help and support you throughout your studies.

Assessment                                                                       

You will benefit from an innovative variety of assessment modes. Assessment is mainly via coursework which can take forms such as traditional essays and reports, group project work, research and consultancy projects, presentations, posters, and design of digital materials. There are also in-class tests and computer-based assessments.

Teaching & Learning                                                      

We take a ‘scaffolded’ approach to learning, so you will have full support in the early stages of your course and can gradually move towards stronger understanding and greater independence. It is a smooth transition to ease your way into both HE-level study and business management practice.

Through your contact with tutors – as well as your participation in College events – you will become more attuned to professional behaviour and will build your skills in critical thinking, creativity and self-reliance before immersing yourself in the wider business community.

The course incorporates formal lectures, sometimes involving guest speakers; tutor-led and student-led seminars; one-to-one and small group tutorials; work experience projects; work-related learning and self-directed study.  By stage three, you are expected to be more in charge of your own learning, with module tutors advising and directing your studies.

As a partner student you will be granted access to the University’s online learning environment ‘University of Derby Online (UDo)’. From within UDo you will be able to access the University’s Library (including an extensive range of eBooks, eJournals, audio and video resources), course resources related to your programme and your grades.


    Course Entry Requirements

    • Higher National Diploma in Business Management or business related major
    • Foundation Degree in Business Management or business related major

    Note: All applications are subject to approval by the University of Derby

Careers and employability

  • This degree gives you an excellent grounding in business, and you'll be ready for a career in a variety of areas. You could be an operations manager, business analyst, business development manager, HR officer.
  • Past students now work for a wide range of companies from multinationals like Barclays and Shell, to small independent businesses. Some have even set up their own company on graduation.
  • On completion you could choose to progress straight on to a masters degree which is just one more year of full time study, and you'll be eligible for a 10% fee discount as a Derby graduate.

What you will cover

    You will study these modules:


Year 3
UNIT CODEUNIT NAMEUNIT LEVELUNIT CREDIT
6AG 502Financial Statement Analysis 620
6EC 513Global Business and Strategy 620
6GN 501Enterprise Strategy and Concepts620
6HR 510Developing Leadership and Management620
6IM 511Business Consultancy Project640

Online Application & Eligibility Assessment

Note: Please scan your supporting documents, such as a photo, passport, visa, qualifications, references etc before starting the application form. You will also need access to your e-mail.

Apply through UCAS [Prefered]

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Fees and Finance

Tuition Fees for Academic Programmes

Tuition fees for Full-Time Programmes - 2018/2019

Study Programme Yearly Fees
UK/EU Students
  Duration
Higher National Certificate £6,165.00   1 year
Higher National Diploma
£6,165.00   2 years
Foundation Degree FdA £6,165.00   2 years
BA/BSc (Hons) £6,165.00   3 years
BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up
£6,165.00   1 year

Tuition fees for Part-Time Programmes - 2018/2019

Study Programme Yearly Fees
UK/EU Students
  Duration
Higher National Certificate
£4,500.00   2 years

Higher National Diploma

£4,500.00   3 years
Foundation Degree FdA £4,500.00   4 years
BA/BSc (Hons) £4,500.00   5 years
BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up

£4,500.00   2 years

 

Undergraduate funding (2018/19)

Student Finance England

Full-time study
The majority of undergraduate funding comes from the Student Loans Company and is assessed by your funding authority. Please visit Student Finance England (SFE) website pages for detailed information.

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

https://studentfinance.campaign.gov.uk/

Eligible Undergraduate students can apply for a tuition fee loan of up to £6,165 to cover the full cost of their annual tuition fees. A maintenance loan (for living costs) of up to £11,354 is also available. This can be used to pay for general living costs, accommodation, travel and other course related costs.

The simple online calculator (https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator) will give you an accurate idea of what level of student funding you may be eligible for.

Part-time study
If you are a part-time student on a degree course you can apply for a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan. The maximum tuition fee loan you can get if you are a part-time student is £4,625 per year. The amount you get depends on the cost of your tuition fees. Your maintenance loan will be paid at pro-rata of full time study. The amount you get depends on your household income.

The tuition fee loan is paid directly to your university or college.

For more information and downloadable guides, visit the Direct Gov website
https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

Repaying loans
You will not start repaying your student loans for fees and living costs until you have finished studying and you are earning over £25,000 a year. For more information visit the Direct Gov website https:// www.gov.uk/repaying-your-student-loan

Other Sources of Funding
You do not have to apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company to fund your studies. Some students use private funding or employer sponsorship to pay for their course.

 

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Financial Statement Analysis [6AG 502]

Unit type:Core

    The analysis of financial statements can tell us a great deal about the health of a company and its ability to deal with future challenges. This module concentrates on using the financial information available to assess the relative strengths of companies and to assess the impact of outside forces on their viability. Analytical and forecasting skills will be used to aid decision making.


Global Business and Strategy [6EC 513]

Unit type:Core

    This module studies the global business using a combined strategic and economic approach. As part of this module, you will explore the recent major global economic shifts and analyse current international business events. You will study the key theoretical underpinnings, trends and challenges of international trade and foreign direct investment. You will analyse the importance of government and institutions in controlling/regulating international business behaviour. This will allow you to consider the long-term sustainability of businesses in the ever-changing, and often hostile, global business environment and help you understand the critical role played by strategic management.  You will learn how to weigh up a range of complex issues like culture, leadership, corporate governance and others when developing a strategy for an international business.

    Throughout this module, you will develop critical practical skills valued by employers and professional accreditation bodies. These include selecting and interpreting data, problem-solving and decision-making, positioning analysis, and developing and evaluating strategic options. Such skills are vital for successful careers in a variety of international and domestic organisations.


Enterprise Strategy and Concepts [6GN 501]

Unit type:Core

    The module explores the need to encourage and embed an 'enterprise culture' within an overall strategic framework internal and external to the organisation. It critically evaluates through practical examples drawn from research a willingness to learn and develop from experience. It considers organisational structures which encourage corporate entrepreneurship and explores how other 'enterprise and entrepreneurial attributes' can be encouraged in the business environment.


Developing Leadership and Management [6HR 510]

Unit type:Core

    This module is about the concepts of Leadership and Management. It explores the similarities and differences in the roles and responsibilities of leaders and managers in the workplace and the development of leadership theoretical approaches as well as the practical application of these within organisations. Students will analyse the skills and competencies of effective organisational leaders and examine alternative methods of leadership development to enhance these.


Business Consultancy Project [6IM 511]

Unit type:Core

    Improvements to processes, services, products, people, and systems are core to the strategy of organisations. Improvements bridge the gap between current and required performance to add value and achieve and sustain a competitive advantage in the long-term.

    Effective consultation and project management using appropriate business improvement and research methodologies is key to the successful implementation of change.  In this module students will explore how to plan, organise, motivate, and control resources to achieve defined goals, on time and to agreed cost and quality criteria.

    Using a consultative approach, students will be challenged to make decisions based on their own research to provide practical advice and solutions to real-life scenarios taking into consideration the organisations constraints.  They will liaise with employers, establish agreed objectives and present their findings in a clear, business focused report and presentation.


 

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