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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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: one year

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons) - Top-up

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Management Studies is ranked 3rd in the UK for Assessment & Feedback and is in the UK Top 20 for overall student satisfaction - National Student Survey 2020.
  • You can customise your course by selecting from a range of modules, allowing you to focus your learning to align with your interests and career aspirations.
  • The course allows you to convert a Business Administration related Foundation Degree or HND (or equivalent) to a BA (Hons) Business Administration degree.
  • Compulsory modules on the course will provide a broad grounding in contemporary business knowledge, building on your existing experience to produce personal and professional development.

Course Overview

  • 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

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

The University’s minimum standard entry requirements for degree level study on a top-up programme is completion of study up to a level that is equivalent to the first two years of a university degree programme in that topic:

Higher National Diploma or Foundations Degree in a related subject with Merits overall (60%)
Diploma of Higher Education (following two years of advanced study)
Or equivalent UK or overseas award

Applicants with significant relevant experiential learning or work experience at a senior level for at least five years may be considered if they do not meet the entry requirements.

International Students

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

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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.


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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

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.


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Important Information

This course is based in the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.