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BA International Top-Up Degrees

These specially designed one-year full time programmes of study provide international students who hold HND or associate overseas degrees with the opportunity to complete their studies by gaining a full BA (Hons) degree in an area of Business Studies.

The programmes also enable students to adjust to studying in the UK and gain the skills and knowledge required for further postgraduate study. On successful completion, students will be awarded a BA (Hons) (International) in one of the following subjects:

The degrees can be used to apply to UK universities for a business postgraduate degree. Students achieving a 2nd class honours (2:2) will be guaranteed entry to the University of Chichester MSc International Business programmes.

What will I study on the International Top-up Degree?

The programmes provide an excellent learning experience customised to facilitate learning and personal development for international students wishing to continue their studies at final year honours level in the UK in parallel with further development of their academic English skills. 

The programmes therefore focus on developing academic and communication skills that are required to perform successfully at  postgraduate level.  

At the same time you will also develop your business knowledge, cultural awareness, language ability, and ability to conduct independent research projects.

What are the entry requirements?

  • Applicants should have a first or main working language which is not English. 
  • Applicants should normally have an associate degree (or other Level 5 equivalent) from a recognised institution.
  • Applicants should have a minimum certified IELTS score of 5.5 with no component below 5.5.*

Please note that there are additional entry criteria for each of the programmes in terms of prior learning. Please see each Programme page for details.

*Applicants with lower levels of language proficiency should see our Pre-Sessional pages as it is possible to undertake our Presessional Programme in preparation for entry to a top-up degree programme.

Special features

The BA International Top-up Degrees have the following features:

  • Extensive language development and language support, to help you achieve the required English level for postgraduate studies or future employment in the UK
  • Business-based modules in preparation for masters level study in business fields
  • Friendly and supportive learning environment, with your own personal tutor to guide you through your studies
  • High quality teaching by skilled academics who are experts in their field, with real industry experience
  • Small class sizes, with workshop-based interactive activities to help develop your understanding and improve your English language
  • State-of-the-art learning facilities within a comfortable and attractive environment
  • Guaranteed admission to our postgraduate programmes for students achieving 2:2 or above

What extra support do international students get at Chichester?

We specialise in offering individual and tailored support to international students.

In addition to International English classes which form part of your Programme you also receive:

  • Individual tutorial support (3 hours per semester), to help you plan, carry out and check your coursework in your combining subject;
  • A special 2-day international orientation programme to welcome you to University;
  • Dedicated international advisers to help you with issues such as visas, opening a bank account and generally settling in to life in the UK;
  • Social events to help you integrate into the University community and University life.