Business Management - Liverpool John Moores University

2020/21 entry

BSc (Hons) Business Management top-up

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £15,600 per annum

Course type

BSc (Hons)

Bachelor of Science

UCAS info

Points required:

UCAS code: N200

Institute code: L51

Study mode

One Year Full Time

About your course

This one year, full time, top-up degree is ideal for students who already hold a HND, Foundation degree or Diploma and want to top-up their qualification and boost employment prospects by gaining an honours degree. This programme combines learning about contemporary business theory with the practical application of skills.

  • Top up your knowledge and achieve an honours degree in just one year
  • Prepares students for multiple business roles through the use of business simulation tools and live projects
  • Prepares you for multiple business roles through the use of business simulation tools and live projects
  • Gain technical business skills through practical application of business theory
  • Choose from a wide range of option modules
  • Option to undertake a live business project
  • Start month: September
  • Campus location: Mount Pleasant Campus

Hear what current Level 6 students from our HR, Marketing, Business and PR, Accounting and Finance and Business Management degrees have to say about their courses:

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'Liverpool Business School helped me gain invaluable work experience, which has been essential in helping me secure a fantastic graduate scheme’

Heather Sutherland, BA (Hons) Business Studies graduate

This top-up degree has been designed to recognise existing study and enable students to boost their career prospects by gaining an honours degree as well as experience of real business projects.

Adam Shore, Director, School of Business and Management

Work-related learning

You will gain valuable work-related experience when you work as part of a team of 'student consultants' on your live business project if you choose to complete this assessment. 

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support

  

​The programme team provides a supportive environment in which to study.  The 'student-centred' approach of your tutors will ensure that you are provided with the individual support and guidance needed.  A personal tutor will be assigned to help you with your personal development and career planning.


 In addition, each module leader offers drop in opportunities for you to clarify your understanding and, if needed, provide further detailed feedback on a piece of work.


Go abroad

LJMU aims to make an international opportunity available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree, either in Europe or the US. You could take part in a work placement in Europe under the ERASMUS+ scheme or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. There are also opportunities to attend a two-week summer school with one of our worldwide partners.

Our Go Global Fund can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about studying or working abroad or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

Course details

This new programme has been designed with a curriculum that reflects today’s business environment. It provides a balanced mix of contemporary academic study, personal and business skills development and invaluable work experience opportunities.

This one year, top-up degree programme offers a wide variety of optional modules.  This provides you with the flexibility to tailor your learning to specialist business areas of interest to you.  Modules on offer have been designed to meet the needs of today’s businesses and provide you with the skills and knowledge required to pursue a business career. There are also options to gain accreditations in specialist areas.
You will join the existing BSc Business Management programme in their final year (level 6) and graduate with the same course title as those who have completed the three year BSc (Hons) Business Management degree.
Upon graduation, students will be well prepared for the increasing challenges of global business and its environment.



What you will study on this degree

Please refer to guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 6

Core Modules 

  • Strategic Management
  • Project/Dissertation OR Business Plan/Consultancy

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 what our students have to say about the business projects they undertook in level 6.

Level 6 Pathways (Optional Modules) 

  • Corporate Governance and Intellectual Property Rights
  • Risk and Resilience in a Changing World
  • Personal and Professional Ethics
  • Project Planning, Monitoring and Control
  • Contemporary Project Management Practice
  • Strategic Corporate and Project Finance
  • Applied Business Entrepreneurship
  • Internationalisation of Small Businesses
  • Social Enterprise
  • Contemporary Economic Policy
  • Corporate Finance and Risk Management
  • Corporate Governance and Finance
  • Global Strategy in Practice
  • Strategic HRM
  • Employment Law
  • Leadership
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Global Marketing
  • Strategic Branding
  • Logistics and Transportation
  • Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Lean Operations



Further guidance on modules 


The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.


Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.


Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Subjects are delivered via a balance of formal lectures, informal workshops and seminars.  These allow students to discuss, develop and practice their understanding of particular theories and principles. Additionally, professional speakers from industry share their own experience and perspectives with students, enabling them to gain invaluable insight into the workplace. Practical off-site visits, to organisations such as  Jaguar Landrover, Typhoo, Vauxhall Motors and  CAT (Centre for Alternative Technologies),  allow students to observe how theory is put into practice. This helps provide context to theoretical underpinnings and can also help students select their future career pathway. The programme uses business technology to support learning.  This includes simulation, digital analytics, ‘live’ textbooks, use of the Bloomberg information centre, visits to our sensor city campus and case studies supported by our Canvas virtual learning environment.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

​Staff have excellent links with a diverse range of organisations, from multinationals such as Mercedes-Benz, Bentley, BT, BAE and Reuters, to small and medium enterprises, based within the private and public sectors. 


The programme team continually update their expertise, which directly informs course content and prepares students for the workplace upon graduation. 
Students have evaluated the programme team as being friendly and approachable, committed to providing you with the best possible learning experience.
Staff research interests include: Business Analytics, Digital Business, Data Mining, Investment Management, Entrepreneurship, Consumer Behaviour and Strategic Management. 


Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose.


​We understand that students perform differently depending on the type of assessment they are given and so a range of assessment methods are used on the programme. These include written assignments (essays/reports, individual/group), exams, practical assessments, individual and group presentations, portfolios, reflective logs and a dissertation. There could be up to three assessments per module, for example a presentation, report and exam.



​Written feedback is provided within 15 working days of submission, but you can also get face-to-face feedback from your Module Tutor. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to develop further.


Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Application and selection

Applications are welcomed from students with the following qualifications

  • A Higher National Diploma (HND) in a relevant Business subject. Applicants are expected to have achieved an average of merit standard
  • Foundation Degree in a relevant Business subject. Applicants are expected to have achieved an average of 60%

International Students

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students must meet the following minimum English Language requirements

IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

GCSE and equivalents

  • N/A

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: N/A

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: N/A
Will I be interviewed?

Mature and non standard applicants may be invited to attend interview

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

The information below relates to the 2019/20 academic year as the Government has not yet released information for 2020/21. As soon as this is available, we will update these web pages and associate information.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. In 2019/20 scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. In 2019/20 the annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2019/20 the annual tuition fee for full time, undergraduate, home and EU students is £9,250. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £25,716**.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

Part time students starting in 2018 or later can also apply for a maintenance loan.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £25,716* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £25,716).*

* Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects


​Liverpool Business School has historically had an excellent employment record with graduates securing graduate-level positions with leading employers in public and private sectors.  These include Everton Football Club, Kellogg company, Santander and Deloitte.


 In the last Destination of Leavers in HE survey (2016/17 data), 95.2% of our graduates had secured employment or were in further study within 6 months of graduating.  


 Graduates can expect to enjoy varied career opportunities both in the UK and overseas. Many graduates may establish their own consultancies or businesses.


 The degree opens up a wide variety of career opportunities for graduates in marketing, digital analytics, purchasing, human resources, management, finance and sales.


International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Tuition fee deposits

As an international student, unless you are exempt, you will need to pay a tuition fee deposit.  See further information on deposits and additional payments needed prior to enrolment. 

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The university reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the university. Where this does happen, the university operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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