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BA (Hons) Business Management Level 6 Top-Up

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

1 Year, Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

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


2021 UK fee: TBC

2021 International fee: TBC

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Luke Seward
BA (Hons) Business Management
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


25th out of 123 UK institutions for Business, Management and Marketing courses (The Guardian League Tables 2021)

Course Overview

You will already have a good foundation of business and management from your Higher National Diploma (HND), or equivalent qualification and be interested in extending your studies to obtain a full degree.   In this one-year programme, you will be offered the same opportunities as our current Business Management students and have the opportunity to specialise in areas of interest for your career pathway.  You will study core modules of management project (10,500-word research dissertation) and business strategy, with two optional modules from corporate finance, global branding or strategic human resources.  There is also the potential to undertake a 10-13 week work placement or alternatively undertake further option modules (as explained in the optional route information below).  Most modules are 15 credits, except for the management project which is 45 credits and the work placement being 30 credits.  

The two distinct optional routes are, either:

Route 1: The majority of our business and management programmes offer you the opportunity to undertake a short 10-13 week full-time work placement in the final semester where you will work as a consultant on a specific project within the organisation.   The placement enables you to apply your knowledge in the workplace and gain valuable work experience which helps you stand out from the crowd in the graduate employment market.  Many placement students are offered full time jobs as a result of being on placement and students believe the placement is “extremely beneficial to finding employment opportunities straight after completion of the course”.  Whilst on placement, your research dissertation will focus on a specific area within that organisation as agreed by the employer. 

Route 2: Two optional modules from, for example business ethics and social responsibility, entrepreneurship, or global business today.

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

Here are two examples of online seminars on Global Business, taught by Senior Lecturer, Tara Lovejoy:

Session 1

Session 2

Why this degree?

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. 

Find out more

Are you interested in this course and want to find more? Come along to an Open Day. This will give you the chance to meet our Business School team, ask them questions and explore the campus. 

Alternatively, we are open all year round for campus tours, so why not book on and come and visit Chichester. 

Our facilities

From September 2021, this course will be taught on the Bishop Otter campus in Chichester. This is so we can balance teaching space across both campuses and ensure our students have the best experience.

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts:

  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors 
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access PC and Mac stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • Substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research
  • Online library resources you can access from anywhere at any time
  • Costa Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone (SIZ) to help with any enquiries while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's main Campus including Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

Visit us

Book an Open Day or Campus Tour to discover the campus and the facilities it has to offer. 

Where this can take you


Jobs related to this degree include:

  • Business Adviser
  • Business Development Manager
  • Chartered Management Aaccountant
  • Corporate Investment Banker
  • Data Analyst
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Management Consultant
  • Project Manager
  • Risk Manager
  • Stockbroker
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Teacher

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

Postgraduate Pathway

The Business School has a diverse and exciting range of full and part time postgraduate programmes including:

*Alumni receive 15% discount on postgraduate fees

Work placements

Our Business and Management degrees have a strong vocational focus and are enhanced by our optional work placement programmes.  Work placements and internships give you the opportunity to implement skills and knowledge gained during your time on campus in a real-world setting and allows them to develop you employability skills.

Placement Office

The Business School has a dedicated placement office which works with you and businesses to help you find your perfect match whilst ensuring that all placements are of the appropriate level and suitability for your degree routes. You are ultimately responsible for finding your own placement, however the placement office has built up many contacts and advertises opportunities from organisations many who come back to us each year looking for new students. 

While a large proportion of students secure placements in London and the South East we have students who have travelled overseas for their placements for example, Bahrain, India, Singapore and Australia.

Types of placement:

  • Professional Placement – 1 Year Internship

All students are able to take a 'Professional Placement' during their third year which is a one year paid internship. Great significance is placed on providing a learning experience that assists with the students understanding of business practice and the context in which it takes place.  The University is committed to working closely with business and the community, offering support, opportunities and facilities to both organisations and individuals in the local community, business and public services.

  • 10 Week Work Placement

The majority of our business and management programmes offer you the opportunity to undertake a 10-week full-time work placement as they begin the final semester of their degree. Placements begin mid-January each year and run until the end of March.  Whilst on placement you will focus on a management project which is normally concerned with investigating management issues within the organisation.  Many placement students are offered full time jobs even before their results are published and they believe that the placement was “Extremely beneficial to finding employment opportunities straight after completion of the course”.

Placement Providers

Students find placements in all types of business, some recent examples:

Nissan Motorcars, Gatwick Diamond Initiative, Huhtamaki, NHS, GuildCare, Virgin Active, Goodwood, Citibank, Natures Way, PWC

For further details please contact the Business School Placement Office.

What our students think...

"I feel that the work placement was an extremely valuable experience to me and would thoroughly recommend it to any student going into their third year. I think in order to do the placement you do need to be self-motivated, however the benefits are endless. The support from the University was good - it is always good to know people are there, the Placement coordinator has been a great support."

"If I hadn't done the work placement I wouldn't have had the confidence that I now have. It prepared me for the working world and I would advise anyone who has the opportunity to do one to take the opportunity. I recently accepted an offer for a job with another company but I think that one of the reasons that I got the job was because I was able to talk about my experience on placement."

Indicative modules

Indicative modules:

Management Project (research dissertation)

The module provides the opportunity for you to research an area of particular interest within an appropriate business, public sector or third sector context and create a 10,500-word dissertation.  The module is designed to make a major contribution to your professional and intellectual development. The research issue is chosen, investigated and published by you, with the support of a research tutor and enables you to demonstrate your capacity for independent thought, learning and critical reflection in a major piece of work.  The subject chosen will normally be concerned with the investigation of one or more management issues within the context of an organisation. Alternatively, the focus can involve research across a range of organisations, or of a specific group of people, in relation to a management issue. Whilst the topic might well be one that is of interest, the end product must have findings that are generalisable and capable of broad application.

Global Branding

This module will extend your knowledge of marketing and branding by applying it to an international context.  Here you will examine the role of culture in shaping demand for products and consumer motivation to purchase products. You will critically appraise global marketing opportunities in gaining competitive advantage to make decisions relating to an organisation’s ability to successfully enter and compete in international markets. The module will explore key aspect of globalisation, regional trading blocks, organisations involve in promoting trade that affect global marketing operations, developing the learner’s problem solving, decision-making and critical evaluative skills associated with global marketing.

Business Strategy

​The module encourages you to think critically about business strategy and is designed for those who may have little or no personal experience of strategic management and aims to deliver strategic management for non-strategic managers. Learning and teaching takes a student-centric orientation, to pull together core themes from business and management disciplines covered in previous modules. You will design business strategies based on tools and models to analyse the strategic context of organisations.  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.

And one of the following modules:

Corporate Finance

This module aims to give you 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 financial 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 you to examine ’corporate finance in action’, essentially linking theory and practice.  With the nature of the module your work is likely to be influenced by current developments and occurrences in the corporate world.

Strategic Human Resource Management

This module considers the macro perspective of human resource management and the external and internal factors an organisation needs to consider when planning their resource requirements.  

The focus is also on the operational consequences that follow from these HR strategic issues and goals.  A series of workshops will provide the environment in which practical and conceptual frameworks will be considered. These sessions are designed to be participative and will use a range of learning methods, including case studies, guest speakers and workshop exercises to provide opportunities to assess typical HR scenarios where you analyse, problem solve and generate appropriate solutions to a range of current HR challenges.

Plus, either the Work Placement, or two optional modules.

10 Week Work Placement

This double weighted option module aims to provide an opportunity for you to gain valuable experience of working in an organisation for a minimum of 10 weeks in semester 2.  You will typically be conducting your Management Project (research dissertation) for this organisation whilst on work placement, although a minority of students (typically those studying part-time), the module can be undertaken as a stand-alone module.  The primary aim of the module is to enable you to gain valuable work experience and use your knowledge gained in a practical environment which will enhance your graduate employability skills.

Plus, either the Work Placement, or two optional modules.

  • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

This module raises awareness of ethical considerations relevant to many business practices and issues today. There is increasing focus on organisational corporate social responsibility which is explored in the module alongside ethical viewpoints of businesses and consumers.  Whilst on the module, you will be introduced to the concepts, theories and techniques used in addressing ethical considerations which will help develop your skills in critical analysis and argument, in particular ethical reasoning.   There will be opportunities for you to critically discuss current business and government policies relating to corporate social responsibility; and reflect on your own moral values, attitudes and behaviour.

  • Entrepreneurship

The module aims to focus on the environmental factors that are directly relevant to a small business context and develop a critical understanding of the entrepreneurial process in planning to start up a business. The module has a very practical emphasis that draws upon your learning across business and management with a view to developing a feasible business idea and writing a one-year plan for potentially starting up that business. Whilst relevant to business management students, it is also particularly useful if you are interested in setting up your own business, going freelance and being self-employed, or if you have a business idea that you would like to explore in more depth

  • Global Business Today

This module introduces you to a range of current global issues that organisations 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 and consumers 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 which explored in‐class.

(N.B. For optional modules, students will be required to check with the Module Co-ordinator to ensure that they have sufficient underpinning knowledge from their previous module studies to attend their preferred option module.)

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching and Learning Methods

A series of workshops will provide the environment in which practical and conceptual frameworks will be considered. These sessions are designed to be participative and will use a range of learning methods, including:

  • Case studies
  • Directed reading/research with subsequent presentations or feedback
  • Self-reflection and research
  • Visits and speakers from external organisations
  • Workshop exercises and mini-discussion groups
  • Simulations and activities to reflect typical scenarios where you analyse
  • Problem solve and generate a solution with full justification
    • As part of a module, some of our students helped to create a business plan for La Saucy Salsa, a local business. As part of the product development plan, a group of students put together an eBook for the company. Here is their submitted presentation:

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.

Additional Costs

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