2020/21 entry

BA (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

BA (Hons)

Bachelor of Arts

UCAS info

Points required:

UCAS code: N200

Institute code: L51

Study mode

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:


'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

 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

GCSE and equivalents

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required:

BTEC qualifications

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.

International requirements

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

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.

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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