BA (Hons) Business Studies (Top-up)

Course summary

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The Business Studies Top Up degree is ideal for you if you’re interested in expanding your existing business skills. This course has been designed to help you meet the many challenges of the complex, dynamic and exciting world of business. We have developed this course in partnership with public and private local business organisations to give you real-world understanding of the contemporary business landscape. 

Why choose this course?
We mix academic learning with an emphasis on real-world experience, ensuring that our in-class teaching is informed by the latest research and cutting edge global practices.

You will develop a critical understanding of ethical principles and practice, and an awareness of effective management practice. You will also gain an understanding of the many contexts in which businesses operate.

We’ll give you the information, tools, techniques and experience you need to devise creative solutions to the full range of business problems. The knowledge you will gain during this course is a real opportunity to start a rewarding career.

Career and study progression
When you graduate from this course, you will be in a position to apply for a variety of roles in business, in the UK or abroad. We give you all the knowledge, experience and skills you will need to go out and start a rewarding career in one of many fields, such as finance, marketing or consultancy.

You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you’ve already studied, or to explore something new.

For more details please see the Career and study progression section.

Course detail

Level 6

  • Strategic Management 
  • International Trade, Finance and Investment
  • Research Methods*
  • Final Project (Dissertation)*
  • International Business
  • Managing Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

*Sept intake students will do Research Methods in semester 1 and dissertation in semester 2. Jan intake students will do Research Methods in semester 2 and dissertation in semester 1 (which would be their final semester).

Module summaries

Level 6

Strategic Management
The purpose of the module is to build on the concepts and approaches to business policy developed at Level 5. The integrated nature of strategic management decisions will be emphasised and case studies will be used to show how strategic management applies to a range of business and not-for-profit organisations. The emphasis will be on strategic options, evaluation and choice and on the implementation issues in strategy. You will be encouraged to develop analytical skills, creative thinking and ability to present conclusions based on critical evaluation of information.

Research Methods*
This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills that are required to carry out a piece of research on a topic that you have chosen, where you decide (with some guidance) on the methodology and approach. In so doing you will take significant strides on the path to becoming an independent learner, and feel able to tackle other research tasks, with minimal supervision. You will also discuss and evaluate a range of research methods and approaches. The research proposal that you submit at the end of this module will form the starting point of your final year project–see Final Project (dissertation) at Level 6.

International Business
This module critically examines the major issues faced by companies engaged in identifying and developing their overseas operations. The study of International Business straddles a variety of different disciplines, and this module deals with the problems of international operations from the perspective of economics and politics as well as the functional disciplines of finance, marketing, human resource management and operations management. Most importantly, it seeks to show how the international economic and political environment serves to act as a very powerful influence over how company policies are set.

Final Project (Dissertation)*
This module at level 6 is designed to further prepare you for the working environment you will be entering on completion of your course (or are currently in), where you will be expected to apply the academic knowledge you have gained to practical situations/problem solving in the workplace. The Final Project, whist challenging, will give you the opportunity to investigate and work on an issue/problem in a way that might be expected of you in the workplace. 
This will necessitate the application of knowledge and a variety of skills you have learnt throughout the courses, applying theory to practice within a business context, thus offering another dimension to your  learning experience and expectation. The projects will offer concrete evidence of your research with outside organisations, and also an opportunity to work with experienced people and no doubt an addition to your CV.

Managing Small and Medium Enterprises
Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) constitute the fastest growing sector of both the UK and European economies, a trend which is reflected globally. These organisations also now employ the majority of the UK workforce. SMEs however present a series of unique and specific management challenges which are addressed and critically evaluated in this module. The approach taken encompasses a range of business disciplines, and particularly examines the issues facing SMEs wishing to attract fresh investment capital.

The module investigates business development routes and methods for the entrepreneurial firm, and for organisations with an entrepreneurial culture. Paths to growth and methods of development are identified and appraised. The module also examines how a firm's structure, processes and values affect its capability to build sustainable growth and generate new business.

Entry requirements

FdA / HND / DipHe in Business Studies plus Maths and English GCSE Grade C or equivalent.

International Entry Criteria:

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses


Fees for home and EU students

Main fee

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.


Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

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UK and EU students

Apply for this course at when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

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International students

Apply at or complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form or you can download the print version.

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

During the course

Notable aspects

The highly qualified and experienced University of West London Business School team brings together lecturers from a variety of backgrounds, providing expertise that spans both industry and business academia. Some members of the team are active in research, and can support and supervise research work through to Doctoral level.

They all bring a wealth of employment experience and knowledge into the classroom, and we pride ourselves on the strong links we make for our students between theory and practice.

Teaching methods

For over 50 years, our Business Studies degree has achieved a reputation for meeting educational and professional needs, both nationally and internationally. UWL was among the first to offer a Business Studies degree, and the School maintains strong links with major professional institutes, including the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Chartered Management Institute, the Institute of Direct Marketing and the Chartered Institute of Personnel.

Everyone learns differently, so we employ a range of teaching methods to get the best out of all our students. Our methods include lectures, which introduce new concepts/models/theories and encourage participants to develop as independent learners.

Task-based learning to develop problem-solving skills and helps you relate theory to practice.

Group work, encouraging you to communicate, share ideas and experiences and learn from each other.

Discussion and reflection encourage inquiry, application and analysis, and help you take control of your own learning and experiment with the academic knowledge you have gained.

Seminar support is available through group and individual tutorials by arranged appointment.

Blackboard, the University's online learning platform, supports the more traditional teaching methods.

Student support

We offer support for all aspects of student personal and academic life while you are studying at the University of West London. We have course leaders, module leaders, personal tutors, administrative support, careers and employment service, international team, university library, and a dedicated student support service.

What our students say

Alex Webster, BA (Hons) Business Studies graduate

“I found the course intellectually challenging yet highly rewarding, giving me the confidence, skills and ability to further my professional career. I am now completing an MSc in Human Resource Management.”

Jobs and placements

Career and study progression

A Business Studies degree can open the door to many exciting and rewarding careers. Some of the most fields our graduates tend to move into include:

  • personnel management
  • marketing
  • business research
  • finance
  • sales
  • sales promotion
  • retail management.

Your degree can take you anywhere, but popular careers for our graduates include:

  • junior manager
  • salesperson
  • administration
  • market researcher
  • human resources Assistant
  • data analyst
  • marketing assistant.

Study progression

Whilst studying, you may have discovered an area you want to learn more about. Postgraduate study enables you to specialise in the field you are passionate about.

See our postgraduate courses page to view the full range of postgraduate degree courses offered by the Claude Littner Business School.

Careers support
Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that's right for you. 97% of our graduates are in work within 6 months of graduating.

With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the BBC, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Ltd, Middlesex Law society and the Savoy Education Trust. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors' scheme.

Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.