Business Administration (Top-up) - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
N101
Attendance:
Full Time (1 year)
Starting:
January 2017, September 2017
Campus:

This flexible and wide-ranging course allows you to tailor your studies to your interests, from small business management to digital marketing.

With a wide range of modules to choose from, you’ll be able to follow a path that will lead to your future career, with previous students progressing into roles with high-profile organisations such as N Power and Zurich.

What's covered in the course?

This course covers a whole range of areas with at least 16 modules for you to choose. You’ll study full-time for a year with timetable chosen to suit your needs, and you’ll also be given attentive student support.

Working with other students from across Birmingham City Business School, you’ll develop and demonstrate your ability to collaborate, while other projects will require you to work alone and develop your independent learning skills.

You’ll work on a range of innovative and practical projects, including business reports, case studies, presentations and projects, all of which will help you to apply your knowledge to real businesses and real situations.

Our staff will help to support and tailor your learning with expert industry knowledge and experience. They’re researchers, authors and titans of industry who’ll share their own practical and academic experience and expertise.

Why Choose Us?

  • This is a unique way of gaining your degree, allowing you get to specialise your learning and choose your own bespoke timetable. There’s a lot of guidance from your tutor and we get great feedback on the support students get.
  • Business and administrative courses are in the top 12 degree subjects for getting a job according to the Telegraph. 85 per cent of business graduates nationwide go into work or further study within six months of finishing their degree.
  • By developing your own personal study programme, you’re showing employers that you’re really committed to those areas. Whatever you choose, you’ll get to apply the theory to practical experience and add that to your CV. We find that employers regard this as really valuable in a graduate.
  • Many of the students you work with will be doing a slightly different degree and will have come to it from a different route. This means you get to work with a whole range of interesting and diverse students. It’s great for networking, sharing ideas and learning from each other.
  • Because our staff have incredible links with industry experts and high-profile companies, you’ll get a range of projects and guest speakers from incredible companies. In the past our speakers have included Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Apprentice finalists and the Chairman of Unilever.

This course is open to International students

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • N Power
  • Zurich

And in jobs such as:

  • International Marketing Executive
  • Project Analyst

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Typical Offers

Foundation Degree

Required grades/ points 240 credits of appropriate prior learning must be achieved (120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5) and minimum of 55% overall must be achieved.
General information on subjects/grades required for entry: Must be in a relevant subject area.

Or

ABE Advanced Diploma

Required grades/ points At least grade B in two modules.
General information on subjects/grades required for entry: Must be in a relevant subject area.

Or

Higher National Diploma (HND)

Required grades/ points Overall Distinction profile for external applicants; Merit profile for Franchise applicants.
General information on subjects/grades required for entry: Must be in a relevant subject area.

Plus

GCSE GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
View Equivalent GCSE Qualifications that will be considered
QualificationGradeRequirements
England, Wales and Northern Ireland
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates Pass Adult Numeracy / Adult Literacy. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Pass Maths / English. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Key Skills level 2 Pass Application of Numbers / Communication. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Ireland
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) AAABBB or BBBBCC Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scotland
Scottish Intermediate 2 Only acceptable with Advanced Higher. Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scottish National 5 Only in certain circumstances. Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Jan 2017 FT 1 year £9,000 Apply via UCAS
Sep 2017 FT 1 year £9,250 Apply via UCAS

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Jan 2017 FT 1 year £12,000 per year
Sep 2017 FT 1 year £12,000 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Applications can also be made direct to the faculty for those students without a UCAS account. Please contact our Business School Admissions Team on Email: Business.admissions@bcu.ac.uk or call +44 (0)121 331 6565.

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

This course is not available part-time

Panicking about personal statements?

Panicking about personal statements?

Whether you’ve not started yet, or just making final tweaks, we’ve got advice from students and experts on how to nail your personal statement by 15 January. You can download a free checklist too!

Personal statement advice

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Course Structure

You’ll have around 12 hours contact time a week with tutors and lecturers, to discuss your progress and the topics you’re studying, but with an open door policy, staff are on hand whenever you need us.

Assessment is largely by coursework, with some conventional written exams and practical exams. Coursework is always industry-relevant, such as business reports, case studies, individual and group presentations, portfolios and projects.

Many of our modules involve group evaluations, presentations, reports and business plans with the aim of developing a range of skills such as working in a team, problem solving and analysing data. As skills that are valued by employers, these activities will be beneficial in helping you to secure a job after graduation.

Seminars, workshops and self-directed study enable you to further explore the knowledge gained in lectures and apply concepts to real-world business case studies. You’ll also learn to analyse, evaluate and judge situations in business.

Course breakdown

Year One

The Business Administration (Top-Up) course allows you to pick the modules you want to study. Each term, you will be required to choose three modules, for a total of 90 credits. The remaining 30 credits will be made up by the International Business Strategy, the only mandatory module.

Below are the options for the Autumn term:

International Marketing
15 credits

This module provides a brief overview of the discipline of marketing and then gives the opportunity to gain insight into the major differences between the role of the marketing manager in domestic and international marketing decision making.

Making Sense of Organisations
15 credits

This module explores organisational issues from multiple perspectives.

Business Statistics
15 credits

This module presents a comprehensive coverage of the key techniques of analysis for business data involving the application of statistical tests to support business management decision making. This module adds a range of statistical techniques to the student’s portfolio of potentially highly marketable job skills.

Sustainable Marketing
15 credits

The sustainable marketing module aims to make students proficient in the marketing strategies and tactics specifically designed to secure a socially equitable, environmentally-friendly and economically fair and viable business for the benefit of current and future generations of customers, employees and society as a whole.  

Digital Marketing Strategy
15 credits

This module aim to equip students with the conceptual knowledge needed to develop their understanding about Digital Marketing Strategies. 

PR Planning
15 credits

This module will extend students’ earlier experience with public relations practice to the higher level of strategic thinking and planning.

Managing the Human Relations Function
15 credits

This module examines the role of the HR function and what is meant by professional practice in HR. It addresses the learning outcomes of the CIPD’s Core units for the Intermediate Diploma in HRM. 

Managing and Leading Strategic Change
15 credits

Understanding and managing change are crucial areas for the success of organisations.  This module aims to encourage critical analysis and evaluation of key issues organisations face in relation to change, and examines and assesses the skills required for effective responses in terms of leadership and strategic management. 

Developing and Demonstrating Employability
15 credits

Its aim is to enable the student to develop employability in line with the philosophy and aims of the specific programme they are undertaking. 

Dissertation
30 credits

This module runs across both terms, taking up one of the module options in each term.

Below are the options for the Spring term:

Business Operations and Systems
15 credits

This module encourages students to develop an in depth understanding of the analysis and re-design of business operations and processes and the systems that support the contribution of these core processes to the core vision of the business.

Globalisation
15 credits

The module explores issues linked to the global business environment and the implications that these issues have on the operations and activities of organisations.

Social Marketing
15 credits

This final year module is designed to familiarise students with the role, use and management of social marketing. 

Creative Industries Marketing
15 credits

Creative industries marketing focuses specifically on the application of marketing concepts to the creative industries sector. 

Relationship Marketing
15 credits

This module combines the conceptual underpinning of CRM and relationship marketing with the practical orientation provided by the case study at the core of the module.

Contemporary Advertising
15 credits

This module will equip skills the necessary underpinning theory and practical application for a career in marketing and advertising. 

International Human Resource Management
15 credits

This module will provide a comprehensive, integrated and international overview of the consequences of internationalization for the management of people across borders.

The Real World of Management
15 credits

This module is to critically explore and evaluate academic theories and concepts within a real world context. 

Developing and Demonstrating Employability
15 credits

Its aim is to enable the student to develop employability in line with the philosophy and aims of the specific programme they are undertaking. 

International Business Strategy
30 credits

This module aims to draw together all the core aspects of a business degree and contextualises the strategic decisions that organisations make within both rational and non-rational frameworks.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further Study

Many of our students continue their studies with us and take a postgraduate qualification.

You can study a range of courses from an MBA to an Executive MBA. You could also study MSc Management and Marketing and MBA International Business. Whatever you’d like to apply for, we’re happy to help you decide what route is best for you.

Enhancing your employability skills

Our emphasis is always on employability and ensuring that you develop the skills and experience that employers’ value. Our expert staff will tutor you through a huge range of business skills and theory that will prepare you for a career in many areas of business and our links with industry ensure that we know what employers are looking for and we tailor our teaching accordingly.

When you study for a top-up degree you’ll be learning about the areas you want to be employed in. We teach you to apply knowledge, theory and concepts to real-life scenarios and businesses, and help to make sure you’re employable all over the globe too. You’ll learn about international business strategy, the environments businesses operate in all over the world and global management issues.

Your skills can be applied to many different businesses large and small, local and worldwide. You’ll gain valuable experience through our Employability Challenge Weeks, as well as our Leadership Challenge programme. Both give you the chance to apply your skills to innovative and exciting projects, industry talks and workshops. You’ll also receive guidance on how to complete application forms and how to write effective CVs.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Firewalking

BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

What students find great about the Business Administration (Top-Up) is that it allows you to tailor your skills and knowledge to the industries and roles you’re interested in.

One graduate recently became an International Marketing Executive at N Power, while another became a project analyst at Zurich. Others have gone on to work for companies such as Lloyds TSB, Home Serve and Masteel UK Ltd. The roles you can go into are diverse and include sales executive, marketing and social media strategists and marketing assistants.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Students on this course

Business administration is popular with international students, particularly those from China. The choice of subjects and international scope of learning means that the course is relevant across cultures as well as industries.

The course is popular because it looks at all of the different areas that make up a successful business. The subjects covered on the course can be applied worldwide.

Our staff have worked all over the world, which is a big plus for international students. They have an extensive knowledge of multinational companies and how businesses operate around the globe.

International students will also be supported to continue improving their English language skills.

Many international students also continue their studies with us, taking on postgraduate courses and specialising in the area that interests them.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our business administration course is most popular with international students from:

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Curzon facilities staircase
Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

Steve Harris

Senior Lecturer Business Operations and Strategy

Steve Harris has previously worked for Lafarge as both a design draughtsman and quality controller in their manufacturing plant, and then went on to work as an aircraft engineering manager within the Royal Air Force. His research interests currently include business sustainable enterprise and leadership identity. 

Dr Inge Hill

Senior Lecturer Strategy and Entrepreneurship, SFHEA

Inge Hill has a wide ranging career in government and government agencies, Third Sector organisations, the private sector, running her own consultancy business and working in Higher Education. Inge's focus in her teaching is on sharing her insight into applying strategic thinking to business practice. 

Cindy Millman Profile Picture July 2016

Cindy Millman

Associate Professor in Business and UG Programmes Coordinator

Cindy Millman joined the Business School in 2004 after completing her MSc in Business Management and Marketing. She has worked on several large projects in the entrepreneurship, innovation and technology transfer fields, with specific focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Martin Hipkiss

Martin Hipkiss

Senior Lecturer

Martin Hipkiss joined Birmingham City University in 2001 and has worked with a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them to better understand the nature of management and organisations and how to work within them.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295