BA (Hons) Business Studies (Top-up)

Course overview

The BA (Hons) Business Studies (Top Up) offers wide and in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills of effectively running for profit and not for profit organisation in fast changing global business world. This course is designed to enable the student to develop a critical understanding of ethical principles and practice, and an awareness of effective management principles set in the many contexts in which businesses operate and also captures the essence of entrepreneurship.

The course encourages students to develop the skills and competences of future managers. To do this, students should be capable of making management decisions at both strategic and at tactical levels. It emphasises the complexity and dynamics of business and management and taking cognisance of the integrative nature of the various factors which impinge upon management decisions.

The course is designed for future employability or entrepreneurship. The qualified students will be able to enter the world of business with a breadth of knowledge that should provide them with greater confidence and understanding aptitude for business world.

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Key Information:

Course duration: 1 Year
Study Mode: Full-time
Study Location: Wembley Central campus
Intake: September 2020 Course Code: BABS01
Course Level: 6
Award: BA (Hons) Degree
Awarding Body: University of West London

*Course availability: Subject to final approval

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Modules Studied

  • Strategic Management
  • International Trade, Finance and Investment
  • Business Research Project (Yearlong)
  • International Business
  • Managing Small & Medium-Sized Enterprise



Starting Dates:

September 2020

"Subject to final approval"

Tuition Fees:

£6,000 per year

To gain entry to our top up courses, you must have any of the following qualifications:

  • A Higher National Diploma (HND) in a relevant subject with a PASS
  • Foundation Degree in a relevant subject
  • An equivalent Level 5 qualification in a relevant subject
  • A recognised UK or overseas equivalent

Applicants will also be required to complete the following:

  • Provide a CV and Personal Statement
  • Provide original Level 5 qualification (or equivalent)
  • Applicants will also be invited to attend an interview

You must meet one of the following English language requirements:

  • An IELTS equivalent of 6.0
  • A GCSE in English (grade 9 - 4 / A* - C) or Level 2 equivalent
  • If you have recently completed a HND in a UK institution, this would be accepted following an academic interview.

You will be assessed through written assignments, presentations and closed book written exams.

The assignment criteria are provided by the awarding body.

A – Knowledge and understanding

At the end of the course students will be able to:

A1. Demonstrate a systematic, comparative knowledge and in-depth understanding of key aspects of future of organisations (internal aspects, organisational functions and processes, purposes, structures, governance, operations and management, individual & corporate behaviours and cultures which exist within and between different organisations and their influence upon the external environment)

A2. Demonstrate a wide and systematic knowledge, understanding, application and critical analysis of the broad range of functions of business and management using theories, models (including but not limited to at least 3 of the following: international business, customer behaviour, financial management, HRM Issues, Project leadership & stakeholder interests, business innovation & enterprise, business research, and business strategy) and their integrated application, interrelationship, analysis and evaluation for decision-making

A3. Demonstrate a systematic, extensive, knowledge and in-depth understanding of impacts of key external aspects of organisations, their global business environment (including economic, environmental, cultural, ethical, legal and regulatory, political, sociological, digital & technological, social responsibility, diversity, together with their effects at local, national and global levels upon the strategy, behaviour, management and sustainability) and their management

A4. Develop the knowledge and understanding including acquisition of coherent and detailed, complex body of knowledge, at least some of which is at, or informed by, current boundaries, the forefront of defined aspects of business discipline (International business, work based practices, Marketing, Finance, HRM, entrepreneurship)

A5. Demonstrate conceptual understanding:
- To devise and sustain arguments, and/or to solve business management problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of the business & management discipline
- To analyse and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in the business & management discipline

A6. Develop the ability to manage their own learning, using scholarly reviews of primary sources, critical reflection and an appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge in business & management discipline.

B – Intellectual skills

At the end of the course students will be able to:

B1. Employ the cognitive skills of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis including the capability to identify assumptions, evaluate statements in terms of evidence, to identify implicit values, to define terms adequately and to generalise appropriately

B2. Create, evaluate and assess a range of options together with the capacity to apply ideas and knowledge to a given task

B3. Evidence self-reflection and criticality including evidence self-reflection and criticality including awareness, openness and sensitivity to diversity in terms of people, cultures, business and management issues

B4. In-depth research, critically analysis, synthesis and evaluate sources of information relevant to professional decision making for programmed and non-programmed scenarios

B5. Demonstrate capacity to critically self-reflect and analyse and evaluate weakness and strengths in self and others and develop a range of methods of further improvement.

C – Subject practical skills

At the end of the course students will be able to:

C1. Able to research, analyse and evaluate a range of business data, evidences from a range of sources of information using appropriate methodologies (including digital literacy) arguments and assumptions, to reach sound judgements and to communicate them effectively to both specialist and non-specialist audiences

C2. Apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, of business & management and to initiate and carry out projects

C3. Able to apply range of skills: - People management: to include communications, networking, team building, leadership and motivating others - Commercial acumen: key drivers for business success, causes of failure and the importance of providing customer

C4. Demonstrate use of a range of qualitative and the quantitative skills to manipulate data, evaluate, estimate and model business problems, functions and phenomena

C5. Critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to a business management problem

C6. The ability to act entrepreneurially to generate, develop and communicate ideas, manage and exploit intellectual property, gain support, and deliver successful outcomes.

D – Key / Transferable skills

At the end of the course students will be able to:

D1. Develop qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment for career in business and management, but not restricted to this and equip students to become effective and responsible global citizens with ability to effectively work with people from a range of cultures

D2. Present a view of business and management which is influenced by a variety of learning sources including guided learning, team work and independent study

D3. Develop the exercise of self-management, self-analysis, reflection, initiative and a readiness to accept personal responsibility and flexibility, to be resilient, self-starting and appropriately assertive, to plan, organise and manage themselves and time. This includes a continuing appetite for lifelong learning and development

D4. Demonstrate improved self-awareness and personal development appropriate to graduate careers in business with the potential for management positions and to employability in general

D5. Develop skills of Decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts using conceptual and critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation and emotional intelligence and empathy

D6. Develop encouragement of positive and critical attitudes towards change and enterprise, so as to reflect the dynamism and vibrancy of the business environment.

BA (Hons) opens the door to a range of business-related positions across a broad range of industry sectors, whether in City firms, multinational companies, specialist consultancies or small and medium sized enterprises. Additionally students may wish to pursue a further academic qualification and continue to masters degree at LSST, or other Masters Degree programme at a another institution.

Progression to Level 7 education: MBA, MA/MSc with pathways:

International Marketing, International Business, Enterprising, Human Resource Management, Marketing, and Accounting and Finance etc.

Skills profile on completion of your degree:

Through the suite of modules on the course the students would develop the following course level skills:

• The exercise of initiative, sound judgement and personal responsibility

• Working effectively with others

• Ability to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations

• Independent learning ability aligned to continuing professional development

• Originality in tackling and solving problems

• Ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively

• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing

• Critical thinking

• Ability to conduct research and consultancy tasks

• Effective use of information

• Competency in use of IT

• Personal effectiveness (self-management, time management, sensitivity to others, etc)

• People management and leadership skills

• Take responsibility for continuing to develop their own knowledge and skills

By the end of the degree course the students will have developed cognitive skills at Level 6 involving conceptualisation and critical thinking, problem solving, research and enquiry, synthesis and creativity and finally analysis and evaluation.