• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: January and September 2021

Course Overview

The world needs good managers at every level, whether managing day-to-day business operations or in the headquarters of businesses, government or charities.

Whether you plan to start your own business or take the reins of an existing one, you’ll need to be well equipped with a number of skills. We make sure that you develop as a person, gaining new abilities in strategic thinking, problem solving and communication.

Our BA (Hons) Business Management (top-up) degree programme allows you to top up your current qualification, such as a foundation-level degree or HND, to a full degree. It is the equivalent of the final year of an undergraduate degree, and offers a chance to deepen your knowledge, skills and understanding of your subject, while also getting an internationally recognised qualification.

This Business Management course has been designed by our team of academics, who have experience of working as managers in a variety of industry sectors. This degree takes into account what employers and industry experts expect from new management recruits.

This degree programme blends both academic study and skills development to give you the best start after graduation. The course builds on contemporary management skills and approaches, to help you secure your first management job.

By the time you complete the course, you’ll have the knowledge and skills needed to be a successful manager, in private, public or charitable sectors throughout the world. You’ll improve your entrepreneurial skills and become more confident in making crucial decisions.

Course Details

The course aims to develop an individual’s entrepreneurial capabilities. During the course you will have the opportunity to develop and launch business ideas, as well as the opportunity to undertake a work experience.

Students on this course are also able to engage in work related discussions through online forums. This provides the perfect environment to engage with and network with students from a broad range of business subjects. You’ll also have access to the full university facilities for work, study and socialising. This allows you to experience the professional structures you will be a part of in the workplace.

Delivered through lectures and tutorials, each of the modules you study will focus on empowering you to think critically and learn how to analyse and evaluate solutions to complex, real-life problems.

You will also learn through:

  • lectures, seminars and workshops
  • independent learning through individual learning plans
  • Case study
  • group-based work

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants for Direct Entry to this top-up programme will be expected to have 240 credits or equivalent gained on a business-related programme such as Foundation Degree, HND or Advanced Diploma acceptable to the University.

Mature students without formal qualifications, but with appropriate experience, may be admitted to the course in-line with the University’s admission statement regarding mature students.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to show some evidence of appropriate English language proficiency

Mature students will also need to demonstrate how they will benefit from the programme through the submission of a personal statement.


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £3,000

Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £3,000

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £3,200

Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £3,200

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Teaching team


What are my career prospects

On completion of the programme, you will be able to progress to a range of opportunities and careers in general management, or develop your own business. The programme provides a broad background in the area of business management, which offers the opportunity to focus on a particular area of interest for postgraduate study, either full-time or part-time whilst working such as our MA Human Resource Management or our IMBA.

Overall, this is a flexible business programme allowing you to prepare yourselves for a professional role that suits your skills and interests.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.

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