Business Management Practice BA (Hons) top-up

Why choose this course?

Do you work, or you have worked, in business, management or administration? If so, this 12-month course could be ideal. It will enable you to top-up your qualification to a BA (Hons). This can help you progress in your career or to postgraduate study.

You'll study organisational leadership, marketing and human resources management. You'll learn how innovation and entrepreneurship create financial and social value and how to encourage innovation in organisations. Once you graduate, you'll be ready to make well-researched recommendations for the workplace.

Attendance Apply Year of entry
12 months equivalent to full time, with part-time attendance as required Apply direct to the University 2020 (Clearing)
2021
Location Kingston Hill

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • You'll be at the University two days each month (on a Friday and a Saturday). The rest of your time will be spent in work-based learning and self-study.
  • 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 from the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), earned by just five per cent of the world's business schools. This officially confirms you'll receive an excellent business education.

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.

Kingston Business School Accreditations

Kingston Business School holds the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) in recognition of the excellence of its business education. This accreditation has been earned by just 5% of the world's business schools and recognises the high quality and standard of our business degree offering.

Kingston Business School Accreditations

Entry requirements

If you would like to join us through Clearing 2020, please call our Clearing hotline on 0800 0483 334 (or +44 020 8328 1149 if you are calling from outside the UK) and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable hotliners who will be able to provide information on available courses and will guide you through your options.

Please note the entry requirements listed below are for 2021 entry only.

Typical offer 2020

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.

Entry requirements 2021

FdA (or equivalent) in Business.

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

This course will help you contribute effectively to your own organisation. Many students find this course gives them the confidence to study for postgraduate degrees and professional qualifications.

Course fees and funding

2021/22 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK), 'Islands' or 'Overseas' student. In 2021/22 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students) £9,250*
International £13,500

This fee applies to students studying for the BA (Hons) top-up in the 2021/22 academic year.

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK 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.

2020/21 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 2020/21 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International £13,100

This fee applies to students studying for the BA (Hons) top-up in the 2020/21 academic year.

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home/EU tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

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.

Textbooks

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.

Printing

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

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

The Government has recently announced that new students from the European Union and Swiss Nationals starting their course after August 2021 will no longer be eligible for a student loan in England for Undergraduate or Postgraduate studies for 2021/22 academic year. This decision only applies to new EU students starting in 2021/22. If you are an existing/continuing EU student, you will continue to be funded until you graduate or withdraw from your course.

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