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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

2021 UK fee: TBC

2021 International fee: TBC

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

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

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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

Course Overview

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’.

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

If you are starting your degree in September 2020, your first year will be taught in our Tech Park on the Bognor Regis campus. 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.

Both campuses have modern lecture theatre spaces along with seminar rooms for smaller group work and discussions. Our Learning Resource Centres are at the heart of our campuses, providing students with PC and Mac access areas, journals, books and online resources. Your subject librarian is available to help you find the right resources, guide you through assessments and order in any materials you might need.

The Support and Information Zone (SIZ) 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
  • Arranging appointments to see a full range of dedicated student support services such as careers, academic skills service, disability and dyslexia, and more

Both our campuses have lots of options for drinks, snacks and meal including Otters Restaurants, Costa Coffee and the SU shop.

Take a look at our campus tour page for videos and a virtual tour of all our facilities.

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.

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 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 focuses 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

Business Strategy

​The module encourages you to think critically about business strategy. It is designed for those who 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.

Management Project

The module has a crucial role within the programme of study in that it provides the opportunity for you 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 your professional and intellectual development. You are prepared for the project through the Business Research module (BML201) in level 5 where you are introduced to different approaches to research. You will also be familiar with different types of research associated with disciplines studied previously in your chosen pathway.

The project provides a vehicle for you to demonstrate the extent to which you have managed the final transition from a tutor-led approach to student centred learning. The issue is chosen, investigated and published by yourself, with the support of a supervisor. It enables you to demonstrate your capacity for sustained 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 a public or private sector organisation. For those undertaking the 10 week work placement the project will usually be set in the context of the host organisation. For those remaining in the university it is expected that they will approach and identify a suitable organisation as a focus for their project. The university has a range of external contacts that may require specific projects but it is within the nature of the module, even in these cases, that you must approach the organisation and agree suitable terms of reference. Another context for the management project is to pursue research in a range of organisations or identify specific groups of people to study 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. A library based dissertation may also be acceptable, but it must consider the management implications of the study, and cannot be purely literature based.

Strategic Human Resource Management

Module information to come.

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, imulations and activities to reflect typical scenarios where you analyse, problem solve and generate a solution with full justification.

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 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 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.

10 Week Work Placement

This double module aims to provide an opportunity for you to gain valuable experience of working in an organisation for 10 weeks in Semester 2 of Level 6. You will typically be conducting your Management Project (BML301) in parallel with this module whilst on work placement, although for a minority of you (typically those that are studying part-time), the module can be undertaken as a stand-alone module. The primary aim of the module is to enable you, within the context of your work placement, to focus on areas of personal development with a view to enhancing your employability skills.

Or, two from the following modules

Small Business Enterprise

The module aims to focus on the environmental factors that are directly relevant to a small business context, and to allow you to develop a critical understanding of the entrepreneurial process. The module has a very practical emphasis that draws upon your earlier business related studies or discipline specific self-employment options. Whilst relevant to business studies students in general, it is designed to be of particular use to those who desire studying business as either a joint or minor element in combination with another degree programme.

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.

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

This module aims to raise awareness of ethical considerations relevant to many business practices and issues, and of corporate social responsibility. It introduces you to the concepts, theories and techniques used in addressing such ethical consideration, and develop your skills in critical analysis and argument, in particular ethical reasoning. You will also critically discuss  current business and government policies relating to corporate social responsibility, and also reflect on your own moral values, attitudes and behaviour.


International English Studies

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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.

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course, please contact us, we will be happy to help.