Business Studies BA (Hons) Top up (University of South Wales)

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Course Information


Our BA (Hons) Business Studies (Top Up) is approved by the University of South Wales and enables students who have achieved a Higher National Diploma (HND) from Edexcel in Business with a merit to Top Up their HND to Honours level by studying an additional year, full-time. You can also Top Up a Foundation Degree in Business to Honours level, subject to your Foundation Degree meeting the subject requirements of the Business course. The programme has also been developed to enable students who have studied the HND in Business (International) to graduate with an Honours degree.

The Honours level Top Up programme will enhance your career prospects and can lead to entry onto Graduation Training programmes, Masters level study or direct entry onto a range of higher level graduate jobs.

What will I study?

In order to complete the programme successfully you will complete 6 compulsory modules over the course of a year. The programme has been developed to enable you to specialise in a range of Business subjects without overly focussing on the Accounting and Finance aspects of traditional Business Studies Honours Top Up degrees. Instead, there is an emphasis on contemporary business topics such as Global Business and Business Communication. Instead of Accounting and Finance the programme will allow you to focus on key business areas including Human Resources (through the Employee Development module), Marketing (through the Emerging Themes in Marketing module) and overall Business strategy modules.

This higher level programme has been designed to ensure that key themes run throughout the programme – as such modules will develop your research skills, written English, oral and presentation skills, academic practice and using English in Business scenarios. These are all key transferable skills that employers seek out when recruiting graduate talent. This will help your employability in the competitive graduate job market.

You will conduct a research project during the Business Research module in which you will be able to specialise in a particular area of interest through consultation with your module supervisor. This flexible approach allows you to build on modules you have already studied and allows you to focus on a particular area of Business or even industry that you may wish to work in upon successful completion of the course.

Modules include:

  • Emerging Themes in Marketing
  • Employee Development
  • Global Business
  • Business Communication
  • Business Strategy
  • Business Research
Entry Requirements

In order to join the programme you will need to have successfully completed a HND in Business from Edexcel with a merit profile. This does not necessarily have to have been studied at University Centre at Blackburn College. You can also progress onto the programme if you have successfully completed a Foundation Degree in Business or related Business subject, again, this does not necessarily have to have been studied at University Centre at Blackburn College.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a variety of methods with have been specifically chosen to enhance your employability by developing the skills that employers look for. These include: assignments, report writing, essays, presentations (including group presentations), an oral assessment, examinations, case study analysis and the creation of a portfolio of evidence.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to apply for graduate level positions in a range of disciples. These are likely to include Human Resources, Marketing and junior manager roles from a range of business areas. You may also choose to apply to graduate management schemes. Past graduates from University Centre at Blackburn College have progressed onto a range of these schemes including: ScrewFix and Enterprise Rent-a-Car.  You may also choose to progress onto Masters level studies or undertake a professional qualification such as those from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) or the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

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