Business Administration BA (Hons) - Top-up

Business Administration BA (Hons) - Top-up

School of Business




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: one year

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    NN16; Short form: BA/BA

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons) - Top-up

Why study this course?

This one year top-up course, derived from the three year BA (Hons) Business Administration degree is ideal if you have successfully completed a Business Administration course which is equivalent to the first two years of a relevant UK honours degree, for example, an HND, Foundation Degree or equivalent overseas diploma. The flexibility of this course enables you to strengthen your area of specialisation, or extend the breadth of your knowledge in the main business functions.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

Foundation degree, HND or equivalent, the first two years of the BA (Hons) Business Studies degree programme, or a specified course from an overseas partner institution.

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Course at a Glance

  • Business Strategy
  • Contemporary Issues in Business
  • Personal and Professional Development

Plus 3 Options:
  • HRM
  • Marketing
  • Business Decision Making
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Business Information Management
  • Operations Management

Further Information

This is a one year course for students who have successfully completed a relevant HND, Foundation degree or equivalent, the first two years of the BA (Hons) Business Studies degree programme, or a specified course from an overseas partner institution. Three compulsory modules form the foundation of your studies, Business strategy, Contemporary Issues in Business and Personal and Professional Development. A further three optional modules need to be selected from a specified list.

At present options available are in the areas of:

  • Business Decision Making
  • Business Information Management
  • Finance and Accounting 
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management

The year covers modules in strategy and further personal and professional development work as well as studying contemporary issues affecting business. The programme then allows three option choices from a wide list of options which are continually changing to reflect the world of business.

Greenbank Building 


The Business School's state-of-the-art Greenbank and Brook buildings are in the middle of the campus offering a comprehensive range of study, learning and social facilities including a cybercafé and easy access PC workstation rooms. 

In the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS) our business courses ranked 1st in the North West and 11th nationally. We scored highly for our access to IT facilities and an increase in students’ self-confidence.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
2015 Entry | 2016 Entry

Apply Now

Applications are now welcome for September 2016 places.

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400


The full list of modules indicated on this course page are for information purposes only. Certain modules may not be delivered every year and delivery might be dependent on the number of students selecting a given module. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this course, you are accepting that it is possible that not all of these module options will be available. At (or before) the start of each academic year, you will have an opportunity to discuss your course and preferred module options with your tutor. The University will then do all it reasonably can to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred module options.

Fees 2016/17

Full-time: £9,000 per year (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2015/16 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Case Studies

Industry Links

We have a strong business network between local and national businesses which you will benefit from, for example, there is an opportunity to attend guest speaker events, which are organised in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Chartered Institute of Marketing (CiM). The companies we work with offer internships, placements, live projects and mentors to provide you with excellent practical experience. The School also offers a number of electives and options that provide students with an opportunity to gain an additional professional body qualification.

Learning Environment and Assessment

You will benefit from a variety of teaching and learning methods including: lectures, seminars, practical workshops, group activities, personal research and case studies. Personal study and independent research also form an integral part of the course. Some modules are part web-based with links to organisations such as professional bodies. You will also have the option to develop your skills in a variety of areas such as IT, web searching, social media, advanced excel and specialist Microsoft packages.


My degree helped me to learn how to work in a business environment. A great deal of this was built around presentations and speaking in front of your peers on projects. This helped to build my confidence when speaking in front of people and knowing how to present myself.


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