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BA (Hons) Business Management Level 6 Top-Up

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Course Length:

1 Year, Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020 UK fee: TBC

2020 International fee: TBC

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Minimum of an HND overall Merit Profile (or equivalent).

Student view

Luke Seward
BA (Hons) Business Studies
I chose to study a business degree at Chichester because the lectures are run in small workshop style sessions with more “facetime” with the lecturers, and I felt that I would learn more in this environment.

Course content

You will already have a good foundation of business and management from your Higher National Diploma (HND), or equivalent qualification.  For the Business Management top-up degree, you will be offered the same opportunities as our current students where you select a variety of practice-based topics to explore.

All Level 6 students undertake the Management Project module, which is a 45 credit module where you write a 10,500 word research dissertation on a business management topic of interest.  You also have a range of other modules to select and one important consideration is whether you would like to take a 10-week work placement to develop your employment skills, or take a range of different modules instead. 

In summary, the modules for level 6 are:

Core modules

  • Business Strategy (15 credits)
  • Management Project (45 credits)
  • Marketing Communications, Strategic HRM or Corporate Finance (15 credits)

Optional modules

  • 10 Week Work Placement (30 credits)

Or, two from the following modules

  • Small Business Enterprise (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Global Business (15 credits)
  • Business Ethics (15 credits)

More information about these modules are provided in ‘Indicative Modules’.

Our programmes aim to develop your confidence, resilience, critical thinking as well as helping you master a range of soft skills valued by graduate employers, such as teamwork, communication and time management.

Our facilities

Teaching at the Business School takes place at the Bognor Regis campus. This includes being taught in buildings such as The Dome and our brand-new Tech Park.


Outside of the University of Chichester's Tech Park

The University of Chichester’s cutting-edge Tech Park aims to produce graduates that have enterprise skills, creativity, technical knowledge and are equipped to enter the graduate workforce. Our Engineering & Design and Creative & Digital Technologies departments are also based in this building and have access to brand new equipment, machines and studios.


Outside of The Dome at the University of Chichester's Bognor Regis Campus

The Dome is a historic Georgian building with a modern interior and facilities.  Much of our teaching is seminar style, so you’ll be learning in relatively small groups. On occasion we have some larger rooms, including a lecture theatre, to deliver bigger sessions. Because of this, you’ll benefit from a personalised experience where your lecturers will get to know you by name.


The University of Chichester's LRC at the Bognor Regis Campus

Our Learning Resource Centre (LRC) at Bognor Regis is based at the heart of the campus. Here, you’ll find our Support and Information Zone (SIZ) desk where friendly and supportive staff will be able to assist with many aspects of University life including: general IT and library support; booking laptops and computers; queries relating to academic Registry or Finance; and arranging appointments to see a full range of dedicated student support services such as careers, academic skills service, Disability and Dyslexia, and more.

Our LRC provides ample space to collaborate and complete group work as well as somewhere for you to finish assignments and study quietly. You will have access to bookable PCs, laptops and Macs as well as the latest journals, books and online resources. We also have Moodle pages, were lecturers provide a wealth of information about the topics you will be studying to support your independent learning. When you need to take a break, Costa Coffee on the ground floor provides the perfect space to relax.


Bognor Regis Beach

We have a relaxed, friendly, yet professional working environment all on a beautiful green campus but it doesn't stop there. Across the road is Hotham Park, a charming space to walk, relax and take part in seasonal events. We are also based a five-minute walk away from the beach, popular for swimming and watersports. Visit Love Bognor to discover more about Bognor Regis. 

Where this can take you

The Business School has excellent professional level graduate employment results, award winning modules and high student satisfaction.  Our practical approach to assessment, interactive teaching style with small group sizes means that our graduates develop strong employability and enterprise skills, so are well equipped to thrive in today’s global economy.

A key advantage of studying our Business Management top-up degree is that it does not confine you to a specific job, or business sector.  Employers will value the breadth of your experience and the employability skills you have developed, such as effective communication, team working, leadership, problem solving and creative thinking. 

Following your degree, you also have the opportunity to continue higher education by taking one of our master’s degrees:

  • MA Leadership and Management
  • MSc Digital Marketing
  • MSc International Business
  • Master of Business Administration

Work placements

Our Business Management degrees have a strong vocational focus which is enhanced further in our optional 10-week full time work placement module in the final semester of your degree, from January to March.  The placement provides you with the opportunity to implement skills and knowledge gained during studies into a real-world setting, allowing you to further develop your employability skills.

Whilst on placement you will also work on the 45 credit Management Project module, which focusses on investigating management issues within the organisation.  Many placement students are offered full time jobs even before their results are published and students often comment that the placement was “extremely beneficial to finding employment opportunities straight after completion of the course”.

A large proportion of placements are in London and the South East, however some students have travelled overseas for their placements including Bahrain, India, Singapore and Australia.


Unique from most other universities, the Business School has a dedicated Placement Office to support students and businesses seeking placements. They ensure placements are at the appropriate level and suitable for your degree routes.  Whilst you are ultimately responsible for finding your own placement, the Placement Office has many business contacts and repeat organisations seeking placement students. 


There are a wide range of organisations that students can find placement opportunities and some recent examples include the following:

  • Accounting and Finance: Rolls Royce Motorcars and Cap Gemini
  • Business Management: Nissan Motorcars and Gatwick Diamond Initiative
  • Business and Marketing: Rolls Royce Motorcars, Bentley Motorcars and The Dreyfuss Group
  • Events Management: Shangri-la Hotel, The Shard and Rugby Players Association
  • Human Resource Management: Condair and Hays Recruitment
  • Marketing:  Brandwatch, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota Motorcars and TUI
  • IT Management for Business: Cap Gemini, Debenhams, Accenture and Eaton

For further details please contact Ricky Jayes, Student Employability Adviser for the Business School. 

Indicative modules

Management Project

The module has a crucial role within the programme of study in that it provides the opportunity for students to research an area of particular interest within an appropriate business, public sector or third sector context. The module is designed to make a major contribution to the professional and intellectual development of students. Many students will choose to undertake a project for a client organisation and will be working within that organisation for a ten week period over the course of their final semester.

Business Strategy

The module encourages learners to think critically about business strategy. It is designed for students that may have little or no personal experience of strategic management, whom may not go directly into roles that require strategic management skills. The Business Strategy module aims to deliver strategic management for non-strategic managers. Learning and teaching take a student-centric orientation, to pull together core themes from business and management disciplines covered in previous modules. Learners will design business strategies, based upon tools and models, to analyse the strategic context. Consideration is given to the effectiveness of corporate vision, the application of strategic tools, models and concepts (such as value chains and approaches to segmentation), the processes of strategy, and critical success factors in the delivery of competitive advantage and customer value.

  • ​Two from the following three modules;
    • 10 Week Work Placement

      This is a double weighted module aims to provide an opportunity for students to gain valuable experience of working in an organisation for 10 weeks in Semester 2 of their final year. Students will typically be conducting their Management/ Consultancy Project in parallel with this module whilst on work placement. The primary aim of the module is to enable students, within the context of their working environment, to focus on areas of personal development with a view to enhancing their employability skills.

    • Strategic HRM

      This module builds upon the second year module, Human Resource Management.  The module starts from a “macro” perspective where particular strategic business and the associated HRM issues are identified.  The focus is then on the operational consequences that follow from these strategic issues and goals.  Towards the latter part of the module the focus is on the micro issues of strategic HRM.  The module focuses on the integrative nature of Strategic Human Resource Management and how it can be put into operation with a range of management tools and techniques.  The importance of the subject area is maintained through the identification of current HRM issues and themes, and the practical application and consequences of such developments. In addition the spotlight is placed on the role of the HR specialist and the skills and abilities required for such a role.
    • Corporate Finance

      This module aims to give students an insight into the practical implications of key areas of corporate finance. The module will commence with an overview of the core concepts of corporate finance and progress to focusing on specific areas related to e.g. corporate valuation and merger and acquisition activity. More complex aspects of finance theory will also be introduced including Portfolio Theory, the Capital Asset Pricing Model and Capital Structure Theory. A key aim of the module is to encourage students to examine “corporate finance in action” essentially linking theory and practice. With the nature of the module students work is likely to be influenced by current developments and occurrences in the corporate world.
  • OR Two from the following;
    • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

      The module aims to raise awareness of ethical considerations relevant to many business practices and issues, and corporate social responsibility. Students will be introduced to the concepts, theories and techniques used in addressing such ethical considerations. This will develop students’ skills in critical analysis and argument, in particular ethical reasoning, particularly through critical discussions of current business and government policies relating to corporate social responsibility; and reflect on their own moral values, their attitudes and behaviour.
    • Contemporary Issues in Global Business

      This module introduces you to a range of current global issues that businesses need to be aware of to successfully compete and grow in an increasingly competitive international business environment.  The module focuses on specific business issues that will broaden your understanding of the challenges and opportunities that organisations face when working with overseas clients, operating global supply chains and working with people of different nationalities and cultures.  The module aims to enhance your existing business knowledge and build on it further by exploring a range of global issues you may not have had the opportunity to fully evaluate until now.  There are many global business and economic issues that businesses face in today’s rapidly changing political and economic environment, with some of the main ones explored in-class and through guided learning.
    • Small Business Enterprise

      Ever wondered what it’s like to run your own business and unsure of how you would go about it?  This module adopts a practical approach to investigating the small business sector and developing business ideas.  The module concentrates on the planning involved when setting-up a new business venture.  The main output of the module is the creation of an early-stage business plan that could be used to either set-up a new, or develop an existing business.  Even if you decide that running your own business is not for you, going through the experience of developing and writing a business plan, will provide insight into both strategic and operational small business decision making; and increased employability skills that will prove valuable to a future employer.

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Teaching and assessment

Our approach to supporting your learning, and how your learning is assessed, is designed to enable you to become a confident and enterprising graduate.  It is focused on seeking to support your ambitions, in parallel with ensuring that the needs of employers are met.  With this in mind, key features of our approach to learning and assessment include the following:

  • In place of the more traditional large group lecture method to teaching undergraduate students adopted by most University Business Schools, our approach involves tutors working with relatively small numbers of students at a time.  As well as providing an excellent environment for supporting you in the development of your subject expertise, it also helps you to develop a wide range of soft skills, such as teamwork, communication and time management. These attributes are highly valued by graduate employers. 
  • Opportunities to work with organisations on current commercial/business problems and projects.  These experiences are used to provide the basis for assessments that enable you to apply your learning within authentic commercial situations.

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