Business Administration

Business Administration BA (Hons) - Top-up

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. 

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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.


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.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: one year

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons) - Top-up

  • UCAS Code:

    NN16; Short form: BA/BA

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Pass FD or HND in related subject with Merits overall (60%)

Courses 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

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Strong 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

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.

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.