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Business Management Practice BA (Hons) top-up

Why choose this course?

This 12-month course is designed for those who work, or have worked, in business, management or administration. It will enable you to top-up your qualification to a BA (Hons). It can further your professional development or progression to postgraduate-level study.

You'll study leadership and the management of human resources in an organisation. Through studying (or studying and considering) marketing and management theories, you'll be ready to make well researched recommendations for your workplace.You'll learn how innovation and entrepreneurship creates financial and social value, and how to encourage innovation in your workplace.

Attendance Apply Year of entry
12 months equivalent to full time, with part-time attendance as required Apply direct to the University 2019
Location Kingston Hill

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Work-based learning and self-study are complemented with two days at the University each month (Friday and Saturday). Modules include work-based projects.
  • You'll study alongside people of all ages, working at all levels in a variety of companies and sectors.
  • Kingston Business School has received a business accreditation earned by just five per cent of the world's business schools, from the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). This shows you'll receive a business education that meets standards of excellence.

What you will study

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

You will study four core modules, covering general business areas that apply to the majority of organisations. You will gain an understanding of the perspectives and theories relating to the leadership of people and the strategic management of human resources within an organisational setting. You will also apply marketing theory and strategic management theories and concepts to the workplace, with a view to producing well-researched recommendations for your company. Finally, you will learn about the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship as a means of creating both financial and social value, and how to make innovation happen in your workplace.

Core modules

Leading Organisations

30 credits

This module focuses on building understanding of the perspectives and theories relating to the leadership of people and the strategic management of human resources (SHRM) employed within an organisational setting. Students will critically evaluate the debates about the different theories and practices relating to how organisations maximise the contribution of human resources to organisational capability. Students will be able to select an aspect of human resource management and leadership management and apply theoretical concepts to the workplace with a view to producing well-researched recommendations.

Marketing Applications and Planning

30 credits

This module is a core requirement for students studying the Business Management Practice BA(Hons) course. It allows students to explore subjects introduced at levels 4 and 5 in more depth. Particular emphasis will be placed on applying specific marketing theory to the workplace. Students will be able to select an aspect of marketing management and apply theoretical concepts to the workplace with a view to producing well-researched recommendations.

Strategic Management

30 credits

This module is a core requirement for students studying the Business Management Practice BA(Hons) course. It allows students to explore strategic management related issues. Students will critically evaluate and debate contemporary developments in this field. Particular emphasis will be placed on applying specific strategic management theories and concepts to the workplace.

Making Innovation Happen

30 credits

Innovation is fundamental  to all economies, societies and organisations as a means of creating both financial and social value. Innovation is delivered by an entrepreneurial management, defined as a specific set of management capabilities and competences. Innovation is therefore a key driver of economic growth and addressing social and environmental problems the state cannot address. Government understand only too well how innovation and entrepreneurship underpins future economic prosperity. The module is therefore of critical importance to students in the workplace.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Entry requirements

Typical Offer

An appropriate business foundation degree (offered locally at Kingston College HE Undergraduate: FdA Business) or sub-degree qualification (eg an HND) gained within the last five years; have relevant work experience; be in work or have access to a work environment.

Additional requirements

  • Entry on to this course does not require an interview, entrance test, audition or portfolio

Teaching and assessment

Timetabled teaching and learning on this course includes lectures, workshops in computer labs, small group tutorials and seminars.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, theonline virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas. 

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University. 

Your workload

Year 1 

  • 11% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Scheduled teaching and learning: 128 hours
  • Guided independent study: 1072 hours

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation). The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose:

Year 1

  • 72% Coursework
  • 28% Practical
  • 0% Exam

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetables

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts 10 students and lecture sizes are normally 5-10. However this can vary by module and academic year.

Who teaches this course?

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on this course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Student academic mentors also provide support during certain tutorials / seminars, under the supervision of the module leader.

The following group of staff members are currently involved in the delivery of different elements of this course. This pool is subject to change at any time within the academic year.

After you graduate

Graduates of this course will be well prepared for a wide range of career choices across business disciplines and sectors.

The work-based learning aspect enables students to contribute effectively to developments in their own organisation, showcasing their talent and enthusiasm. Many graduates also find that this course gives them the confidence and impetus to go on to study for postgraduate degrees and professional qualifications.

Course fees and funding

2019/20 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'Overseas' student. In 2019/20 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category  Amount
Home (UK and EU students)


Overseas £12,700
Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) To be confirmed by the Island Authorities

This fee applies to students studying for the BA(Hons) top-up in the 2019/20 academic year.

 * These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Text books

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences.

Free WIFI is available on each of the campuses.


In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.


Travel costs are not included but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

EU students starting a programme in the 2019/20 academic year will be charged the same fees as those who began in 2018/19 (subject to any annual increase in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions and the Kingston University fees schedule).

They will also be able to access the same financial support for the duration of their course as students who began in 2018/19, even if their degree concludes after the UK's exit from the EU.

No assurances have yet been made regarding 2020/21 and beyond. Updates will be published here as soon as they become available.

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