BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-Up)

Course overview

The programme is designed for students who see themselves as future business professionals in any industry (private / public / voluntary). The programme provides various opportunities to develop knowledge and expertise required to be a successful manager in the industry. This course would suit students who are interested in developing business knowledge, management skills and managing in an ever increasing international world.

Those joining the programme will become part of an innovative School where particular attention is paid to the study of both academic theory and business practice and application. A key feature of the programme is to blend both academic study and skills development in order to enhance the employability of our graduates. In order to enable students to develop broad knowledge in the desired area, we offer a course with an emphasis on applying the knowledge developed in real life situations through case studies or working in and with real organisations. The course also aims to develop an individual’s entrepreneurial capabilities and offers opportunities for students to develop and launch business ideas, as well as providing flexible opportunities for undertaking work experience.

Additionally, students acquire a wide range of skills and competences useful for dealing competently with real-life, practical problems. The course will focus on the ability to think critically and will, therefore, enable students to analyse and evaluate solutions to complex, real-life problems.

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Key Information:

Course duration: 1 Year
Study Mode: Full-time
Study Location: Alperton Campus (Moving to Wembley Campus in Jan 2020)
Intake: January 2020
Course Level: 6
Award: Bachelor of Arts with Honours, BA (Hons)
Awarding Body: Bucks New University

Modules Studied

Year 1 Modules

  • MG624 - Strategic Marketing
  • BM627 - Managing Innovation in Business
  • MG625 - Leading and Managing Change
  • BM628 - Corporate Strategy and Governance

MG624 Strategic Marketing

The module outlines the importance of all stages within the marketing planning process; from the audit, through strategic decision making processes, to the implementation of plans. It outlines how managing resources effectively and employing the correct monitoring and measurement techniques can enable the achievement of strategic marketing objectives. The module will also substantively cover how digital technology impacts upon these issues and processes in a contemporary and future business setting.

BM627 Managing Innovation in Business

Managing innovation in a business setting is critical to controlling the risk of entering new frontiers and providing structure and governance to more entrepreneurial and unexplored business activity.

A major aspect of the module is learning about the importance of leadership in the innovation process. Effective leadership can dramatically change an organisation’s ability to embrace or shy away from innovation and change. This module will review leadership competencies, styles, group maturity, servant leadership, politics and power and organisational development strategies.

The students will apply knowledge from other modules to examine businesses and make recommendations on how they can improve their performance. In this module, it will be expected that the students will participate, challenge and debate the issues within the class and in their work.

MG625 Leading and Managing Change

This module aims to enable students to develop a critical understanding of change management theory and practice in modern organisations. Students will understand the key business drivers of change, the change management context, change management theory and approaches, resistance to change and globalisation of change.

Ultimately, students will develop an insight into how organisations manage change. Change is inevitable and a constant factor in organisational life. This module will require students to relate their academic learning to real organisations and develop an in-depth understanding of the challenges which organisations face. Students will recognise the skills and knowledge required to work at a strategic level and understand the challenges and uncertainty associated with this.

BM628 Corporate Strategy and Governance

This module develops an understanding of how leaders and board members make decisions about the management and direction their organisation should follow. The students will select a real organisation and, apply the models and theories in order to develop their comprehension of the complexities of corporate governance and strategic decision making.

Students will also be taught general research skills in order to help prepare them to carry out both secondary and primary research for their assessment.

They will exercise critical judgement to identify critical factors in the external and internal environment affecting that organisation. Individually, students will then develop appropriate strategies for managing the tensions between good corporate citizenship and stakeholder demands.

Starting Dates:

27th January 2020

Tuition Fees:

£9,250

Applicants for Direct Entry to this L6 Top Up programme will be expected to have 240 CATS credits or equivalent gained on a business-related programme such as Foundation Degree, HND or Advanced Diploma. No specific syllabus mapping is required but successful applicants will have covered all the functional areas of business (i.e. Operations, Finance, HRM & Marketing) in studies at Levels 4 & 5. There will be the standard English language requirements of IELTS 6 or equivalent.

The assessment strategy is designed to ensure that learning outcomes are achieved and that there is a development of knowledge and skills. Independent learning is embedded within the programme and students develop a depth of understanding via synthesis, critical analysis and evaluation. Assessments are by coursework and examination with the majority of modules being assessed by coursework only. A mixture of formative and summative assessment is used. The assessment strategy is informed throughout, and aligned to, the QAA guide (2012) Understanding assessment: its role in safeguarding academic standards and quality in higher education. Formative assessment, and the timely follow-up by tutors with good practice feedback, is used to monitor student progress and also help the student to plan, practice and prepare for the summative assignments.

Programme Aims

The main educational aims of the programme are to:

  • To provide all students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the core functions of business and management
  • Critically evaluate and plan for a range of contemporary business and management scenarios.
  • To develop the intellectual skills necessary to contribute to effective business practice and problem solving
  • To prepare students for graduate employment, research, further study and lifelong learning by developing their intellectual, practical and key (transferable) skills
  • Enhance the employability of graduates through the blend of academic study and skills development. The course aims to develop enterprise and entrepreneurial skills and offers students opportunities to link their studies with work experience and internships.
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    Programme Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of Level 6 Ordinary degree, will be able to:

  • Evaluate and critique the range of activities within the key business functional areas and their interrelationship and interconnectedness;
  • Analyse theories and concepts of strategic management, leadership and innovation within a changing environment.
  • Deal critically with organisational issues and be able to produce solutions and action plans.
  • Critically evaluate information, arguments and concepts.

On completion of the programme, students will be able to progress to a range of opportunities and careers in general management, or developing their own business. The programme provides a broad background in the area of business management, which offers the opportunity to focus on a particular area of interest for post-graduate study, either full time or part time whilst working, should the graduate wish to follow this route. Overall, this is a flexible business programme allowing students to prepare themselves for a professional role that suits their skills and interests.

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