BA (Hons) 

Business Management (Top-up)

University of Northampton

This course is designed to update your management toolkit and give you a broader and stronger foundation from which to enhance your career.


BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-Up)*

University of Northampton
Awarded by

University of Northampton, UK

Delivered by

London School of Marketing

Study mode

1 stage


9 months

No. of modules


Assessment Method

All assignments



Start date

All year round

Course Overview

This programme is designed for students that already hold a HND qualification or the equivalent. It can be completed in a minimum of 9 months with a BA (Hons) Business and Management qualification being awarded by the University of Northampton upon completion. Throughout the programme, you will engage with key business and management practices and build upon prior academic work in finance, marketing, human resources and business. An emphasis is placed on the development of individual and group skills so that graduates develop an enquiring mind with a well-rounded skill-set to start careers in business or management.

Students that do not already possess a HND qualification can complete the Level 8 EduQual Diploma in Business and Marketing Management. The Diploma gives a well-balanced and holistic coverage of business management theories providing a strong foundation so that students are well-prepared for the more practical and applicable elements taught in the Top-Up programme.

Progression Pathway

Diploma in Business and Marketing Management

Awarded by EduQual


(6 months)

BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-Up)

Awarded by University of Northampton


(9 months)

If students do not possess the required qualifications upon entry they can first complete the EduQual Diploma. Following successful completion of the Stage 1 Diploma, students can gain direct entry onto the Stage 2 Top-Up. Students will be awarded with a full Bachelor's degree from the University of Northampton upon completion of Stage 2.

University of Northampton

The University of Northampton is a dynamic, modern university based in Northamptonshire in the heart of England. Its commitment has been to transform lives and inspire change. Testament to its growing reputation as a destination for business courses, the university was shortlisted for the third year in a row in the ‘Business School of the Year’ category of the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards in 2015.


Graduates can expect good things from a University of Northampton degree, the university was recognised as England’s No. 1 for employability (HESA, 2012).

Module Synopsis
  • Accounting and Finance for Managers

  • Business Project

  • Organisational Change

  • Strategic Human Resource Management

  • Strategic Management

  • The Principles of Marketing Management

To earn the necessary 120 credits needed to obtain the final award, students are required to complete all 6 modules. Each module is assessed by assignment only. There are no examinations.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will typically posses:

  • A Higher National Diploma, Diploma of Higher Education, or the equivalent OR; 

  • A qualified Diploma in Business Management such as one of the below access qualifications:​

    • The EduQual Diploma in Business and Marketing Management (SCQF Level 8)

    • OTHM Diploma in Business Management

    • ATHE Diploma in Business Management

    • Hong Kong IBA Higher Diploma in Business Management

    • NCC Education Advanced Diploma in Business

    • ABE Diploma in Business Administration AND;

  • A good command of English (equivalent to IELTS 6.5 or above)​


*Applicants that do not possess the necessary qualifications for direct entry onto the Top-Up programme can complete the EduQual diploma in Business and Marketing Management with Douglas International Education Centre.

What You Receive

You receive all the materials and support you need to help you balance study with your work and home commitments. The programme structure and learning materials allow you to study at your own convenience and develop your own study schedule while offering opportunities for you to engage with your peers.


The following will be included via the multifaceted online learning platform:


  • Course materials: Access structured lecture notes, case studies and assessment materials through a state-of-the-art online Learning Platform (ELP).

  • Online webinars: Receive both live and recorded lectures from subject experts.

  • A dedicated one-to-one tutor: Receive comprehensive support throughout the course and supervision throughout the dissertation writing proces

  • Comprehensive e-library: Read recommended study texts and reference books.

  • Mintel market reports: Company reports, financial analysis and industry information.

  • Access to an international online community to keep in touch and share with fellow students and lecturers.


* This programme is a purely distance learning course and is therefore not subject to the registration requirement. it is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.

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