Business Management by eLearning

Business Management by eLearning BA (Hons) - Top-up

This 16-month part-time top-up programme has a distinct emphasis on practical learning and is delivered entirely online. You’ll develop core business skills in key areas such as problem solving, decision making, team working and communications and will be encouraged to put theory into practice. It is an ideal course if you have completed a Foundation Degree or HND (or an equivalent international programme of study) in a business related discipline, allowing you to progress to honours degree level.


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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Part-time: One year four months minimum

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Distance without attendance, Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons) - Top-up

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    January and September.

  • Management Studies at UCLan is 1st in the North West and in the UK top 10 for overall student satisfaction. We are also 3rd in the North West for assessment and feedback - National Student Survey 2019.
  • The online delivery of this course allows you to study at home, work, or anywhere in the world that has a connection to the internet.
  • Students have regular tutor support, utilising multimedia technology so you can learn in an interactive and stimulating way.
  • Online group discussions allow you to participate in collaborative learning with fellow students, providing a supportive environment that is absent in mail-based distance learning courses.

Course Overview

In order to gain the BA (Hons) Business and Management you must successfully complete six modules (120 credits) - 5 compulsory modules and one option module from a choice of four.

  • Digital Literacies and Professional Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Management Theory and Practice
  • Business Strategy
  • Research Methods

  • Extended Research Project
  • Contemporary Issues in the Global Digital Environment
  • Human Resource Management in Contemporary Organisations
  • Electronic Marketing
  • Financial Management for Business


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

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £1,125 per 20 credits studied

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

  • Pass Foundation Degree in related subject
  • Higher National Diploma in Business or related subject

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Further Information

The course is specially designed to allow you to:

  • Convert a Business Management related Foundation Degree or HND (or equivalent) to a BA (Hons) in Business Management degree.
  • Study at home or at work or anywhere in the world that has a connection to the internet.
    Have regular tutor support, which uses multimedia technology, so you can learn in an interactive and stimulating way.
  • Participate with fellow learners in online group discussions and experience the support of a learning community that is not available in mail-based distance learning courses.

You will need to have a PC or Mac with broadband access to the internet (usually using a web browser such as Safari or Firefox).

The course is a mix of theory and practice in business and management. It builds on previous knowledge of business and management, and develops your understanding of contemporary business strategy. You will be encouraged to consider the professional vocational skills that will enable you to get ahead in your preferred business area.

You also have the opportunity to complete a project directly related to your job so you can apply the skills that you've learned in your workplace, plus choose from a range of options relevant to the world of business. By the end of the programme you will be an independent learner with the skills, knowledge and experience to make informed decisions about your future career.

The UCLan Library service offers a Distance Learning Service for e-learning course. It exists to provide key library and learning information to all distance learners. If you are on a distance-learning course and living in the UK or Ireland, you will be entitled to the following services, without travelling to Preston or other site libraries:

  • Specialist, dedicated support team
  • Postal book loans from our stock
  • Inter-library loans for books not in our stock
  • Book reservations
  • Journal article photocopies from journals in our stock
  • Inter-library loans for journal articles not in our stock
  • Reference enquiries/Access to subject specialists
  • Access to a vast range of on-line databases and resources
  • Access to other University libraries via the UK Libraries Plus scheme
  • If you are living abroad we cannot provide postal loans, but you do have access to a large number of the electronic resources

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.

This degree is completed through e-learning. Web-based technology will give you the flexibility to work where and when you like, and make it possible for you to fit your study around your other responsibilities and work at a pace that fits in with whatever else you do. It utilises a virtual learning environment with learners able to talk to each other and the tutors in an online learning community. The use of new technology means that you'll never be alone, interactive learning in teams online, online discussion groups and tutor support mean that you'll be sharing experiences and ideas. There is an online library service to help you find the latest information meaning that study support will only be a click away.

The course team members are committed to student centred learning and use a variety of teaching and learning strategies such as lectures, seminars, practical workshops, group activities, personal research and case studies thus enabling students to learn from different approaches. Personal study and independent research also form an integral part of the course. As they progress through the degree programme, students are encouraged to become more self-confident and self-motivated. Some modules are part web-based and increasingly modules are supported by electronic learning facilities at the University, with links to other sites such as the professional bodies and publishers.

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.