University of Northampton


BA (Hons) Business & Management (Top-up) - MQF Level 6

This course is specifically designed for holders of HND qualifications or similar UK and international qualifications. The award allows you to gain a full honours degree in one year. Our Business and Management Top-up covers key aspects of business and management practice and theory with particular emphasis on the development of individual and group skills. You can follow a range of pathways to meet your individual interests and career aspirations including marketing, finance, human resources and topical business modules such as the Social Responsibility of Business module.  

Course Content

This course provides coverage of the key aspects of business and management practice and theory and aims to produce graduates with enquiring minds. The course emphasises the development of individual and group skills and graduates find that they have the knowledge and skills required for starting careers in business/management or going on to postgraduate study.

You can follow a range of pathways, therefore, tailoring your study depending upon your previous course, individual interests and career aspirations. The course aims to build upon prior academic work in marketing, finance, human resources or business generally enabling HND students to top up to an honours degree in a further year of study. Our Business and Management Top-up offers a modular curriculum, which enables you to experience a wide range of learning and teaching. The course attracts students from a range of countries, enabling you to engage in well-grounded discussions about global business strategies. Student feedback is very positive and complimentary about the caring and supportive approach to diverse student groups. Teamwork and sharing of good practice is strong in the business area.

You will study a module on strategic management and complete a business dissertation or a project based upon independent research in a topic of your choice. This independent study is conducted throughout stage three of the course where optional modules must also be studied. You can choose modules from the fields of business and economics, accounting and finance, human resource management and organisational behaviour, marketing and entrepreneurship and information systems.  


  • Business Project (DL) (20 Credits)
  • Strategic Management (DL) (20 Credits)
  • Accounting and Finance for Managers (DL) (20 Credits)
  • Principles of Marketing Management (DL) (20 Credits)
  • Supply Chain Operations Management (DL) (20 Credits)
  • Strategic Human Resource Management (DL) (20 Credits)

Career Opportunities

Many graduates from the Business and Management Top-up go into managerial and administrative roles in both the public and private sector, depending on their chosen specialisms. Studying this course provides a solid grounding for students to then progress into postgraduate study. Students graduating from this course can choose to progress onto a full-time, part-time or distance learning postgraduate programme. This will enable you to focus your studies in a specialist area or gain a general management qualification such as the MBA.  

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from students with an HND (Edexcel, ABE, NCC) or Foundation Degree in Business (or overseas equivalent). If English is not your first language you must provide evidence that you will be able to study at degree level English. You will be required to show that your use of English is equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550/213. If you have completed the ATHE Extended Diploma you will be able to progress onto the BA Business and Management (Top-up). If you have completed the ATHE Level 5 Diploma in Management you may be eligible if you can demonstrate that you have appropriate work experience and/or prior study. For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.  

Funding Opportunities & Other Information

This Bachelor degree is awarded by the University of Northampton and is recognised by the NCFHE at MQF Level 6. This course is eligible for funding under the Get Qualified Scheme. Upon Successful completion of the course, students will be able to recover up to 70% of expenses on both the registration and tuition fees paid when starting the course. (Click here for more information)

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