University of Brighton

Business (top-up degree)

  • Course summary and entry requirements

    Course duration Help

    Full-time: 1 year

    Part-time: 2-3 years

    UCAS code N201

    About the course

    This course is designed for students who already hold a business-related foundation degree, HND or equivalent qualification. By completing this degree programme you will be able to top-up your existing qualification in just one year, giving you a degree-level qualification.

    Practical skills development is central to this course. You will gain expertise in project management, report writing, time management, presenting, strategic thinking, team working and leadership.

    Up-to-date case studies are used to illustrate the application of business theory to real-world scenarios.A choice of over 50 options gives you scope to tailor the course to your interests and career aspirations.

    Business (Top-up) BSc(Hons) prepares you for work in a wide variety of functional areas such as sales, marketing, human resource management, IT, purchasing, logistics, international business or general management.

    Typical entry requirements Help

    The entry requirements listed here are for students starting their course in 2014.

    Applicants whose predicted grades fall below these requirements, but who can demonstrate a high commitment to the subject discipline or have relevant work experience, are still encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.

    Not suitable.

    International Baccalaureate:
    Not suitable.

    Access to HE Diploma
    Not suitable.

    GCSE (minimum grade C) or Access Equivalent
    at least three subjects including English language and mathematics.

    Foundation degree/HND
    Foundation Degree/Higher National Diploma/Diploma of Higher Education in business or a related subject. Students normally require an average of 60 per ceny overall or equivalent.

    For non-native speakers of English:
    IELTS 6.0 overall, 6.0 in writing.

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  • Course content


    Core modules:
    - Developing Academic Knowledge and Skills
    - Strategic Management
    - Operations and Process Management
    - Managing Organisations
    - Dissertation/Project/Research option

    Plus two options, from a range of over 50 topics, such as:
    - Entrepreneurship: New Business Planning
    - Globalisation and International Markets
    - Labour Market Analysis
    - Current Issues in Finance
    - Electronic Commerce
    - Digital Marketing
    - Human Resource Management
    - Project and Event Management
    - Competitive Advantage and the Global Economy
    - Current Issues in Strategic Management.

    Classes are lively and interactive with a wide variety of activities, such as presentations, business planning, problem solving and group discussions.

  • Fees and costs

    The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2014-15. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and may be subject to small increases, in line with inflation.

    The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.

    What's included in the fee?

    When costs such as health or criminal record checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.

    You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply please check with the school that provides your course using the contact details on the left of this page for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.

    Our website provides advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee paying status.

    BSc(Hons) Business (top-up)  [J1EG019]
    UK/EU (Full Time)9,000 GBP
    Island Students (Full Time)9,000 GBP
    International (Full Time)11,220 GBP

  • Location

    Location Help Moulsecoomb

    Located to the north of Brighton city centre, the Moulsecoomb campus offers students an excellent learning environment and a wide range of facilities. It is the largest of our five campuses with over 8,000 students.

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    Living in Brighton

    Brighton’s rich mix of historic architecture, lively arts scene, varied shopping and cosmopolitan community make it a vibrant, enjoyable place to live. It is no wonder that many Brighton graduates choose to stay here.

    Social scene

    Alongside the traditional seaside attractions, Brighton is famed for its exciting social scene with a wide choice of pubs, clubs and restaurants.

    Music event on the beach


    The highlight of the city’s cultural year is the Brighton Festival. The event is held each May and is England’s biggest arts festival, which showcases arts and performance from around the world. Brighton is also home to the UK’s oldest working cinema, the Duke of York’s, which shows alternative and mainstream films. The city is also well known for its exciting music scene and hosts The Great Escape music festival.

    Burning the Clocks winter solstice festival


    Whether you take your sport seriously or just want to keep fit, Brighton offers all kinds of sports opportunities and facilities, on and off campus. You can also make the most of the location, and play volleyball, basketball and windsurfing down by the beach. The seafront is also the finishing point for the famous London – Brighton bicycle ride and the quirky veteran car run.

    Playing volleyball on the seafront
  • Student views

    Stephanie Asari

    "There is a real community feel on the Business (Top-up degree). I would definitely recommend it. The lecturers were really friendly and always happy to help you out."

    "The course is really flexible. I know there are students that need to work part-time while studying, and it is possible to do that. Plus, I liked the smaller class sizes, you’re not in a big room of people."

    Tiffany Whebble

    "I really enjoyed the course. I particularly enjoyed the entrepreneurship module, because we got to create a business plan and make up our own business so that was really interesting. All of the subjects were really good actually, some you had to do and some you could choose, so it was nice to get the flexibility on that."

    "I’ve just started working for a small company, so lots of the skills I learned at university are actually going to be helpful in my new job, so it’s great."

    "The lecturers are really supportive, so if they say you can go for a chat, go and do it, because you can usually get lots of helpful advice."

    "Brighton’s fantastic. It’s really cosmopolitan and there’s lots going on. It’s just a really friendly place to be, and it’s by the sea. It’s great!"

  • Career opportunities

    Graduating with a Business (top-up degree) BSc(Hons) provides you with a huge choice of careers. Students have gone on to work in sales, marketing, human resource management, IT, purchasing, logistics, international business and general management.

    Our careers service is in regular contact with over 1,800 businesses and organisations who post vacancies and attend our events and careers fairs. Careers workshops and mentoring, volunteering and entrepreneurship schemes will help you to build confidence and experience.

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  • More...

    Why study at Brighton Business School?

    Tackle real life business problems, ready for your career. We approach the academic theory of business from a practical perspective that closely reflects true-to-life issues and scenarios, giving you a real entrepreneurial edge.

    Benefit from excellent teaching and learning support. We have 40 years' experience of running business courses. Most of our lecturers have experience working in business and many continue to work as consultants with leading businesses and organisations.

    Gain the knowledge and the skills that industry want. Our partners in industry and the professions contribute to course development and teaching.

    Be part of an institution that is innovative and relevant. The Research Assessment Exercise (2008) ranked us in the top 15 UK business schools in terms of world-leading research outputs.

    Live and study in an outstanding location. Brighton is a city with an extremely lively cultural and social life. It is no wonder that many Brighton graduates choose to stay here.

    More reasons to study at Brighton Business School

Business (top-up degree)

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