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BA-Hons Top Up Business Management (University of Essex Online)

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This BA (Hons) Business and Management (Top-up) degree enables you to develop your knowledge, skills, and understanding of the strategic and international dimensions of business and management. It will provide you with the necessary expertise to critically evaluate business models and concepts and apply them to real-world situations.

By completing this route, you will be able to top-up your existing qualification to a degree-level qualification. It is ideal if you are looking to progress your career and can also provide a steppingstone to future postgraduate studies.


Delivered by University of Essex Online, this 100% online and part-time BA (Hons) Business and Management (Top-up) is designed for individuals who have previously completed a Foundation degree and are looking for a way to complete a Bachelors degree.

Through our online top-up programme, you will become a leader that is able to adapt to the ever-changing business world. You will develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of the strategic and international dimensions of business and management.

You will complete your studies and assessments 100% online and your qualification will be awarded by the University of Essex, an award-winning university with a 50-year heritage of teaching and research excellence and one of the top 30 universities in the UK (Complete University Guide 2022). Upon completing your course, you will graduate with the same certificate as campus-based students – your mode of study is only mentioned on your academic transcript.

From admissions through to graduation, you will be supported by a dedicated Student Support team and study skills specialists who will guide you throughout your studies and help you build up your academic skills. You will also be able to rely on module tutors who are leading authorities and specialists in their respective fields for any subject-specific enquiries. It’s superb support like this that has earned University of Essex Online 89% rating for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS 2020), the highest for any exclusively online provider.


The indicative duration of this BA (Hons) Business and Management (Top-up) is 16 months.

Course Delivery

BA (Hons) Business Management (Topup) is delivered:

  • Online and part-time

Entry Requirements

In order to start the BA (Hons) Business and Management (Top-up) course, you must have completed one of the following within the last five years:

  • A relevant Foundation degree from The University of Essex Online or another recognised institution
  • Two years of a relevant BA (Hons) degreefrom a recognised institution
  • A relevant Higher National Diploma (HND) from a recognised institution


English language requirement

  • IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 or equivalent.

If you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, you will be required to pass a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

Module Structure

The Bachelors degree in business and management (Top-up) is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 120 credits. BA (Hons) Business Management Top Up has: –

Level 6 modules:

Unit title Credit
Global Business Environment 15
Business Strategy 15
Strategic Human Resource Management 15
Business Law 15
International Marketing Strategy 15
Business Finance 15
Advanced Business Project 30


Teaching Methods and Style

University of Essex Online are a 100% online education provider, so they use a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment (VLE) to deliver their teaching, resources and assessments. Their system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials. The VLE is accessible 24/7 and allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and live Q&As.

All courses are delivered in English only.


The skills acquired and gained during this BA (Hons) Business and Management (Top-up) add a new perspective and give a new direction to your thoughts and ideas. It makes you more pragmatic and rational in decision-making towards any problem or challenge. It also makes you understand the integration of various functions of the organization which always gives you an advantage over others in real-time work situations.

People also experience stagnation in their careers because they lag professional qualification (BA). BA has become a benchmark for professionals because of the value it adds to them.

A BA degree can pave the way towards success in jobs. Earning a BA degree not only gives you an array of knowledge and skills but also opens up new horizons for success and career progression.


All assessments are delivered through the virtual learning environment (VLE). There is no requirement to travel to external test centres or to sit exams! Instead, you will submit assignments through the VLE, such as written reports, discussion forum participation or reflective journal entries.

University of Essex Online also have a policy of ensuring that the work submitted by students is authentic – they use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.


The BA (Hons) Business and Management (Top-up) programme is delivered by University of Essex Online.

Stage 1 delivered by LCPS

This course is assessed through 100% assignment based

Stage 2 delivered by the university

The stage 2 is delivered via distance learning from the partner university.

Delivery Online
Duration 16 Months
Course Degree Course
Accreditation University of Essex Online
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