BA (Hons) Top-up

Accredited by the University of Warwick


BA (Hons)


1 year FT




September, February


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Our course is dual-accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Standing out in today’s competitive business world demands that creative spark. Firms need individuals with not only the core industry knowledge and skills, but also the entrepreneurial spirit and ability to innovate – qualities that are all the more vital for anyone who dreams of setting up their own business.

Whether you want to advance in management positions or start your own company, our Business Enterprise top-up degree will expand upon your existing skill set to help you excel. Designed for anyone who has previously studied a relevant subject (up to Level 5), this final year top-up course gives you the chance to show your entrepreneurial edge by creating your own business plan, as well as allowing you to tailor your research towards a sector of the market that matches your career aims.

Our business top-up degree is dual accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), a recognised professional management body. This means when you complete the course, you will also receive an industry-recognised Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management from the CMI (subject to payment of an additional fee), boosting your attractiveness to potential employers.

Why should I choose this course?

  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – Complete our CMI-accredited business top-up course and receive a Level 5 award in Leadership, with CMI membership and access to learning resources throughout your studies
  • SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – From Brand Management to Social Entrepreneurship, tailor your course to match your career aims through our optional modules
  • BUSINESS SUPPORT – Want to set up your own business? Get expert guidance and input from our Enterprise Hive team to make your start-up idea a reality
  • ENRICHMENT – Gain additional practical skills with opportunities to study in our Financial Trading Suite and Digital Creative Studio
  • AWARD-WINNING UNIVERSITY – Study at the highest-ranking university in the region according to student choice (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023)

Our facilities

University College Birmingham provides a range of support services for budding young entrepreneurs through our dedicated Enterprise Hive, while students on our business courses have the opportunity to study in our cutting-edge Financial Trading Suite. Our Digital Creative Studio also enables you to learn an array of skills for producing digital content including video and audio.

Course breakdown

  • Modules

Core Modules

Enterprise Risk Management

Risk is becoming an important function for business managers and owners. You will learn about enterprise risk management techniques and strategies employed by businesses operating within increasingly complex and dynamic environments. Key risk areas include human resources, finance, IT, marketing, health and safety, innovation and product development, leadership and corporate governance and business continuity.

Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

You will develop an awareness and understanding of innovation and creativity within the business enterprise sector. The focus will be on the small and medium-sized enterprise sector (SMEs) and the significant role entrepreneurship plays in its growth and development. You will consider the development, survival and growth of enterprises through an application of concepts of entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity.

Leadership and Change Management

Change is inevitable in an increasingly competitive global environment. You will develop the skills needed to design, implement and evaluate effective change within organisations operating in a variety of environments as if you were an employee, manager, or external consultant designing strategic change management programmes for clients.


Financial Strategy

An opportunity to consolidate your financial planning knowledge, you will learn how to synthesise and evaluate business performance and strategy. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of financial concepts and how companies portray themselves through their annual reports.

Brand Management

The most valuable assets that a company has are the brands that it has invested in and developed over time. You will be given the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to succeed in the management of complex brands and look at how brands are viewed, built, managed and measured to ensure superiority and sustainability.

Strategic Human Resources Management

In order to offer meaningful career pathways, what sort of strategies should a business consider? How can it meet the challenges it faces while creating an environment that retains talented employees? You will be exploring contemporary strategies in HR that shape benchmark employers in the industry.

Advertising and Media Management

You will be taken deeper into the management processes relating to advertising, focusing on the skills involved in matching business objectives and brand communication to target markets. You will be given a greater insight into detailed analysis of what makes advertising communications effective.

International Marketing

We live in an interconnected world, so it's important to examine how organisations explore new market opportunities beyond national boundaries. As a result, you will become more aware of the technological, communication and transportation challenges businesses face and the options they consider when seeking a foothold in a new country.

Digital and Social Media Marketing

Digital marketing channels are revolutionising the manner in which all businesses operate and market their business activities. Everyone is looking for opportunities to enhance and support their core marketing communications objectives in this customer-centric multi-channel environment. You will be learning digital marketing principles, the role of social media and how to apply them to create a successful strategy.

Social Entrepreneurship

The role of the not-for-profit sector is becoming increasingly significant on both a national and global scale. You will be analysing the business and marketing principles of the not-for-profit sector, and how they contribute to running an efficient organisation in a complex and dynamic environment. You will be able to look at business examples from a variety of sectors, including education, social services, charities and voluntary organisations.

Research option:

Research Project

You will have the opportunity to engage in an independent research project of your choice. You will have support with preparing your proposal and understanding the competent characteristics of good research. An appointed tutor will help guide you through this important and rewarding process.

Entrepreneurial Project

This entrepreneurial project module is a key mechanism through which you can develop the skills of independent learning, creative thinking, conceptualisation, innovation, problem solving and value creation. The project affords you the opportunity to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and competencies applicable to your future career aspirations as an entrepreneur or intrapreneur.

The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Academic: A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Marketing Management, Business Management, Finance and Business, with 240 credits.

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable, please contact us before completing an application. You can call us on 0121 604 1040 or complete our enquiry form here.

International students

Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered. Applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer).

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable, please contact us before completing an application. You can call us on 0121 604 1040 or complete our enquiry form:

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Key information

Teaching and assessment

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. 


Example of a typical teaching week (up to 14 contact hours): 

  • Large group teaching – 5 hours 
  • Smaller group teaching – 7 hours 
  • Tutorials – 2 hours 

You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time. 


Estimated breakdown of assessment for this top-up course:

  • Coursework – 70%
  • Practical assessment – 22%
  • Written examinations – 8%

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Additional qualifications and training

This course is accredited by the CMI, granting you a Level 5 CMI Award in Leadership when you graduate. (This is subject to payment of an additional fee.)

Tuition fees

UK students

If you are a UK student enrolling on a standard-length Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half-year tuition fee is £4,625. There will be no change to this tuition fee for the forthcoming two academic years (2023/24 and 2024/25).

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International students

If you are an international student enrolling on a full-time foundation degree or a BA/BSc in 2023/24, your fee for this academic year will be £13,500 per year. The course fee for academic year 2024/2025 is £14,000 per year.

If you complete a placement year, there will be an administration fee of £500 for a full year or £250 for a half-year placement.

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Kick-Start Scheme

As a new student studying this course full-time, you will receive £300 per year through our Kick-Start Scheme (UK students only, eligibility criteria applies). This scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You may also qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Find out more about the Kick-Start Scheme here.

Unibuddy Community - meet other students on your course

Starting university is an exciting time, but we understand that it can sometimes feel a little daunting. To support you, you will be invited to join our Unibuddy Community, where you can meet other students who have applied for the same course at University College Birmingham, before you start studying here.

As soon as you have been made an offer, you will be sent an invitation email to complete your registration and join the Unibuddy Community. For more information, check out our Unibuddy Community page.


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Work experience

Work experience is vital for learning how to apply your training in the real world and for building your confidence and skills before you finish your course – and it may even lead to a job when you graduate. Our Hired team can help you find suitable work experience.

We encourage students on our BA Business Enterprise top-up course to gain work experience throughout your studies.

Work alongside experts in your sector

A snapshot of some of the employers we have worked with:

  • BMW (Germany)
  • Grant Thornton (Cambridge)
  • Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa (USA)
  • Bella Italia (Birmingham)
  • Top Cashback (Stafford)

My favourite module was Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. This allowed me to use my creativity to find solutions for real business problems. We also had the opportunity to go on a trip to the Czech Republic to visit the companies we had been consulting for on the live case assignment.

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Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Business development manager

Average Salary: £42,500

Business owner


Product manager (postgraduate)

Average Salary: £47,500

Management consultant

Average Salary: £50,000

Business adviser

Average Salary: £32,500

Sales executive

Average Salary: £34,000

Want to take your studies to the next level? Completing the BA (Hons) degree will enable you to move onto our postgraduate courses such as Enterprise Management MSc/PGDip or Finance and Accounting MSc/PGDip


We are here to support your career goals every step of the way. 


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