Management and Leadership (Top Up) - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full Time (1 Year)
September 2017

On this forward-thinking course, you continue to work full-time at your organisation, who may sponsor you while you study for an exciting career incorporating management and leadership. You’ll continue your employment while learning key skills and applying theory to practice to step up your career.

The programme is designed to reflect the increasing emphasis on management skills and abilities, and you’ll be expected to develop key business skills, identify new business opportunities and communicate clearly to a range of audiences.

Taught in three one-week blocks throughout the year, this course allows you to focus on your studies for specific periods, before returning to your career. You'll be given advanced notice of when these study blocks will take place.

What's covered in the course?

This course covers a blend of fundamental and in-depth management skills across leadership and management. This is a course designed for proactive, career-focused individuals, who can progressively apply their learning. You will study the theory behind successful management, and learn how to apply it practically on the job through modules and assignments.

If you’re aiming to pursue a career in management, our Management and Leadership programme will help you explore the complexity and diversity of today’s interconnected, multicultural business environment. 

Why Choose Us?

  • You can study part-time, enabling you to fit your studies around your full-time work commitments. 
  • The course is an opportunity to top up your existing foundation degree / HND (or equivalent), or convert your existing experience into a BA (Hons) degree.
  • You will apply knowledge and practical skills to add value to your organisation. 
  • You’ll acquire a blend of management and leadership skills, and learn from colleagues and managers in the workplace.
  • The course’s one-week block delivery means you can still successfully commit to your work and personal commitments.
  • This course is brand new for 2017/18.

This course is open to International students

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Entry Requirements

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

Please note that all students are required to be in full time employment in order to enrol and complete their degree programme.

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: Ideally in Business or Management. Other subjects will be considered on a case by case basis.


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: Ideally in Business or Management. Other subjects will be considered on a case by case basis.



Required grades/ points At least Level 5.
General information on subjects/grades required for entry: Ideally in Business or Management. Other subjects will be considered on a case by case basis.


Professional Experience

Required experience Applicants with 3 years of management experience in middle / senior management in any industry will be considered on a case by case basis.


GCSE GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent or older qualifications will be considered.
View Equivalent GCSE Qualifications that will be considered
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.
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) AAABBB or BBBBCC Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
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.
EU / International students
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

The UCAS tariff has changed

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

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – has introduced a new system on how points are calculated. This will be different to what you may have seen if you have applied or looked at undergraduate courses previously.

More about the new tariff

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 1 Year £9,250 per year

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) 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


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

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.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement 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.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

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

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

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.

Year One

The Learning Practitioner
20 credits

This module explores reflective practice, which is not only a vital in business for achieving and maintaining effective organisational performance but also in supporting continuing professional development (CPD). You will develop an understanding of the critical issues in relation the development of interpersonal skills within the workplace.

Managing People and Organisations
20 credits

This module will look at organisations from a number of perspectives or views. It will require you to apply a number of theories, models and concepts. The module has been designed to enable you to try out a number of concepts, in the relative safe environment of the University.

Managing Operations and Performance
20 credits

The module is designed to enable you to develop your academic knowledge in operations management and performance measurements, in order to integrate understanding and application of theories into your practical work experience and environment.

Business Statistics, Accounting and Finance
20 credits

This module is an introduction to statistics and its applications to accounting and finance. After initially considering descriptive statistics, we move sequentially on to probability, sampling distributions and regression. 

Strategic Leadership, Management and Change
20 credits

This module explores contemporary issues will be explored relative to business, leadership and change management. These may include the functions and roles of leaders and aspects to lead to better decision making of managers implementing change, both from UK and international perspectives.

Organisational Improvement Project
20 credits

This module will expect you to diagnose, investigate and provide clear recommendations for improvement for their own or a selected organisation. You will explore theory which underpins organisational improvement and how it can be applied to make clear and sustainable improvement. You should be able to research their own or selected organisation and produce this research report in a timely manner with the guidance of an assigned personal supervisor.  

The course is taught in three one-week blocks, allowing you to focus on your studies for specific periods, without it affecting your work commitments. You’ll also undertake directed learning, such as reading, analysis and completing work-based assignments, outside of block teaching.

As much of your learning will take place outside of the classroom, you will be expected to engage with Moodle, where a variety of resources will be uploaded. You can also use the University’s facilities outside of block teaching, accessing course materials and Library services.

Assessments will be carried out through coursework, unseen written examinations and a dissertation. The course is an opportunity to top up or convert your existing experience and/or foundation degree. 

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

Once you have completed this course, you may wish to undertake further postgraduate study via our Executive MBA course or a full-time MSc in Management Consulting. 

This one-year, practice-based top-up degree is uniquely positioned to further aid graduate employability. The programme expects you to already be working in junior or middle management roles, where you’re keen to progress and learn new skills.

Working alongside your degree will allow you to learn and apply the new skills you learn while studying to your workplace. 


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.


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+

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:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

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 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

Curzon facilities eatery
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

Matt Jones

Senior Lecturer in HRM / Course Director for BA (Hons) Management and Leadership / Associate Course Director for BA (Hons) Business & Management

Matt Jones is a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City Business School. Matt teaches on a number of degree courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels., and is also the Course Director for BA (Hons) Management and Leadership Top-up.

Vanessa Clarke Profile Picture July 2016

Vanessa Clarke

Senior Lecturer in Management Development

Prior to her academic role, Vanessa successfully held management positions within high profile global companies including Tesco, Next and The Body Shop. She has also worked for The Prince's Trust where she was responsible for leading teams and influencing at Director level to co-ordinate peer mentoring programmes for young people across England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

At Birmingham City Business School, Vanessa designed and delivered a work-based degree programme BA (Hons) Leadership and Management Practice. She has been involved in both the Leadership Challenge and Student Academic Partners projects to enhance the employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship skills of Business School students.

Vanessa advises on UK and European undergraduate and postgraduate leadership and management programmes in her External Academic Expert role at higher education institutions including the University of Roehampton and the University of Coventry.

Nav Chouhan

Senior Lecturer in Management

Nav is a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City Business School. Nav teaches a range of management and enterprise modules for both undergraduate and postgraduate offerings. In addition to Nav’s teaching, Nav is also the Associate Course Director for (BA) Business and Management which currently serves 500 students across four years.

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