Business Studies BA (Hons) (Top Up)

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: N100
Code: BS3502A15
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Start Dates: september 2020
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Overview

Our BA (Hons) Business Studies (Top Up) course allows students who have previously studied on the FdA Business course to top up their Foundation Degree to Honours level by studying at University Centre at Blackburn College for an additional year full-time. The course will produce Honours level graduates with higher level skills and knowledge within a general business and management environment.

You will study 6 main modules in order to complete your Top Up year. All modules build on the skills that you have already acquired as part of the Foundation Degree. You’ll have to analyse problems, apply theory into practice and challenge theoretical models. Throughout all the stages of the course you’ll be encouraged to develop your own leadership and management style as well as the development of professional skills.

With an understanding of all the key business disciplines, you’ll put yourself in an advantageous position as you set out on your business career. The Top Up year will enable you to apply for roles as part of graduate management schemes and for Honours level jobs. Our business graduates have gone on to work in many areas, including sales, operations, HR, marketing and accounts. You may choose to progress onto a professional qualification to strengthen your knowledge and skills in a particular area such as accounting, marketing or human resources. The Honours level top up will also enable you to progress on to Masters level. Postgraduate study is encouraged.

What will I study?

You will study 6 main modules in order to complete your Top Up year. All modules build on the skills that you have already acquired as part of the Foundation Degree. You’ll have to analyse problems, apply theory into practice and challenge theoretical models. Throughout all the stages of the course you’ll be encouraged to develop your own leadership and management style as well as the development of professional skills.

You will also take part in a Business Project module. This larger project focuses on managing a work-based problem. You’ll have to identify the problem, conduct research and apply solutions to the problem. If you work for a business you may be able to use a real-life organisational problem as part of your coursework.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level.

Level 6 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Advanced Leadership & Management
  • Operations & Change Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Business Finance
  • Business Project
  • Business Statistics
Entry Requirements

In order to join the BA (Hons) Business (Top Up) programme you will need to have successfully completed the Foundation Degree. If you have received less than a Merit grade overall in your Foundation Degree you will be required to attend a guidance interview first to ensure you are fully prepared for the Top Up programme. Additional preparation for study at the Top Up programme may be required.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course a full range of assessment techniques will be used. You will be assessed by:

  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Case study reports
  • Reflective portfolios
  • Examinations
  • Assignments
  • Research projects

This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the formal submission of your work.

Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal 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. 

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities could 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.

You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.

In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.  

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Timetables

We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week. 

Overall Workload

You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.

Academic Support

We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English
  • Academic writing (including referencing)
  • Research skills
What can I do next?

With an understanding of all the key business disciplines, you’ll put yourself in an advantageous position as you set out on your business career. The Honours-level Top Up year will enable you to apply for roles as part of graduate management schemes and for Honours-level jobs. Our business graduates have gone on to work in many areas, including sales, operations, HR, marketing and accounts. You may choose to progress onto a professional qualification to strengthen your knowledge and skills in a particular area such as accounting, marketing or human resources. The Honours-level Top Up will also enable you to progress on to Masters level. Postgraduate study is encouraged.

Supplementary Information

Download the Programme Specification for Business BA (Hons) Top up. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

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