Hospitality Business Management BA (Hons) Top-Up

Overview (NV)

BA (Hons) Top-up

Course length
1 year full-time
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BA (Hons) Top-up

Course length
2 years part-time
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This top-up course will provide you with a wide range of opportunities to work at management level in world-class hotels, country clubs, theme parks, leisure centres, exhibition venues and catering services. If you’re good with people, business-minded and hard-working, a career in hospitality business management is for you. 

This strongly vocational course will give you the knowledge and skills necessary for a range of management careers within the international hospitality industry. Throughout the course we will encourage you to add to your skills by specialising in subjects such as Digital Marketing, Financial Strategy or Hospitality Retail. Specialist technical modules will enable you to take advantage of UCB’s unparalleled hospitality restaurant facilities.

Why should I choose this course?

  • By taking this top-up, you can continue to develop your academic and practical skills in preparation for a successful career within the industry.
  • You will be exposed to the wide scope of the hospitality sector and develop your knowledge of how to apply key business skills such as managing people, marketing and finance within an industry context.
  • You will be encouraged to develop an industry specialism such as human resources, digital marketing or small restaurant management.
  • This top-up course has an international focus, which means that you will be able to apply what you learn to overseas organisations as well.
  • You will get to choose an area of the industry that interests you as the focus of your research project, which will increase your independent learning skills and your future employability. 


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Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment

Full-time route

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and in a typical week you will have up to 18 contact hours of teaching made up as follows:-

  • Large group teaching - 6 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
  • Smaller group teaching - 7 hours of teaching in smaller groups discussing topics relevant to the modules. This will also include computer based activities.
  • Tutorials - 2 hours of tutorials (involving personal, group and academic sessions each week)
  • Subject advice sessions - 2 hours per week
  • Industrial placement tutorial - 1 hour

Individual Study

You will need to apportion approximately 20 hours per week of your own study time in preparation for lectures and preparing for and completing assessments. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material. 

Part-time route

You will attend one day per week. The timetable is made up of one module per semester with three semesters in total. The research module is started in semester one and completed in Semester three.

  • Smaller group teaching - students are timetabled for a 5 hour session per week
  • Tutorials - 1 hour is timetabled per week consisting of a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials.

Individual study

You will need to apportion approximately 10 hours per week outside of the timetabled hours. Some weeks the amount of time you need for personal study will increase, especially when completing assessments. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.


The following assessment criteria applies to both the full and part-time route and is designed to provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used.  There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course including live project work and industry based assignments.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

  • Coursework - 58%
  • Practical Assessment - 34%
  • Written Examination - 8%

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a relevant HND with a Merit profile or a foundation degree with 240 credits.

If you have any queries please contact Ben Furlong:

Modules (NV)


Plus two options from:
Cross-cultural and Global Management in Hospitality Digital and Social Media Marketing Financial Strategy Hospitality Retail Innovation and Creativity Management in Hospitality and Tourism International Marketing Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Personal Effectiveness and Behavioural Skills Small Restaurant Management Strategic Human Resources Management

Research option

Students will have the option of choosing one of the following research modules:

Placements (NV)

Work placement

UCB encourages you to seek industry experience throughout your studies and we work with industry providers to offer you a variety of opportunities (paid and voluntary). 

Over the years, we have developed close working relationships throughout the hospitality sector. Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding work that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.

Employability (NV)


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to move into a wide variety of areas within the hospitality industry, specialising in areas such as human resources, marketing, public relations, financial management and operations management. 

Graduating with this degree will enable you to pursue a career in:

  • Hotel management
  • Conference and exhibition management
  • Food services management
  • Resort and property management
  • Travel services


hired@UCB is our new student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills. 

Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, in newly refurbished facilities, the hired team comprises specialist staff with knowledge and experience of: 

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency 

Find out more about hired@UCB services.

Profiles (NV)

Student profiles

Read what our current students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their career in industry.

Duane Tomlinson

Duane Tomlinson

Hospitality Business Management

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Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

Hospitality Business Management

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