BA (Hons) Business Studies (Top Up)


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Entry Requirements

HND or equivalent qualification (i.e. Foundation Degree) with a merit profile (overall mark of 60% or above).

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When you get your HND qualification, you have the chance to progress and ‘top up’ to an honours degree qualification in Business Studies.

About BA (Hons) Business Studies (Top Up)

Essential Information

Specifically designed for students who may have already obtained a HND or equivalent qualification, a top up degree allows you to gain a full bachelor degree in less than year.

On the BA (Hons) Business Studies degree you will examine business strategy and organisational learning and development. You can then tailor your studies to meet your career goals by completing a research project and choosing from a selection of optional modules, which will include the specialist areas from your HND.

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This undergraduate business leaflet provides an overview of information that applicants will find useful when making the decision to apply.

Undergraduate Business Leaflet (PDF, 116KB)

Please note: If you are interested in applying for this ‘top up’ degree course, you can apply direct to the University by completing our online application

What you will study

During this one year ‘top up’ course you will examine core aspects of business such as business strategy and communication, whilst also getting the chance to conduct a real investigation into a business problem that allows you to apply your business acumen to a real life scenario.

You will also get the chance to tailor your studies through a choice of two further option modules. These additional options, selected from five recommended choices, will allow you to focus and specialise on a particular interest that support your career ambitions.

Core business modules:

  • Global Business
  • Business Strategy
  • Business Communication
  • Business Research

Optional modules:

You will study modules from the list of options.

  • International Culture and Communications
  • Emerging Themes in Marketing
  • Starting and Developing a New Venture
  • International Issues in Accounting and Audit
  • Employee Development

Learning, Teaching and Assessment for BA (Hons) Business Studies (Top Up)

Learning and Teaching methods

There are some traditional lectures, but the majority of your learning will rely on interactive seminars, supported by online study materials. We also arrange an induction programme, so you can get to know your tutors and other students before you start studying and hit the ground running on the first day of term.

You will use the latest real-life data and case studies to help you learn, making your studies as relevant as possible to what you will experience in the workplace.

Assessment methods

You will usually have to complete coursework as you progress, and normally sit exams at the end of each academic year.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects for BA (Hons) Business Studies (Top Up)


This business studies ‘top up’ is designed to further enhance your employability by adding to your existing portfolio of qualifications and skills.

Topping up a HND qualification (or equivalent) provides you with a great base to pursue a career in business whilst also having the opportunity to gain access to various professional bodies in business.

Recognising the need for our graduates to be able to stand out in a competitive jobs market, the University of South Wales has developed a series of employability initiatives that exist within each academic Faculty.

Due to the very nature of business, knowledge and skills gained by studying the subject can be applied to any sector or industry that interests you, providing you with a wide and varied choice of career options.

Additional Information for BA (Hons) Business Studies (Top Up)


The University of South Wales is committed to providing an excellent student experience that provides a supportive environment in which students can flourish.

From a fully equipped learning resource centre and students’ union to interactive teaching spaces and computer laboratories, the university’s main campus boasts a rich collection of academic facilities available to students.

Did you know this course is also available at our London Centre?