BA (Hons)

Business Management (Top-up)


In a fast-moving and complex global economy, the role of management has never been more exciting and challenging. Whether you envisage life at a FTSE 100 company, or want to run your own start-up, at Winchester we’ll equip you to be a confident, responsible and innovative leader of the future able to meet the shifting demands of the contemporary business world. 

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Course overview

Our Business Management (top up) programme is designed to build on your past experience, usually gained through study leading to a Foundation degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), with a merit profile. 

In the course of a year, you consider the complexities and ethical implications of business strategies and emerging issues confronting organisations in an era of increasing globalisation and ethical, social and environmental concern. 

Study is strategic in nature to allow you to further develop critical thinking skills. The programme is closely linked to industry and you learn through a combination of theoretical and experiential learning, to include project and consultancy-based work with professionals from a variety of specialisms. 

An integral part of your learning at this level is the Extended Independent Study. You act as a consultant and undertake research that responds to the challenges faced by a business or industry, alternatively you can define and resolve your own research problem. Both options provide the opportunity to demonstrate the ability for self-directed study. 

Alternatively, you may complete the taught module, Researching Contemporary Management Issues, resulting in your own research paper. Optional modules include Project Management, Business Ethics, Strategic Brand Management and Managing Change. 

You gain a broad range of business knowledge and skills which enable you to pursue a career in a diverse range of organisational sectors, from small and medium-sized enterprises to large multinational corporations.  

What you need to know

Course start date



Winchester campus

Course length

  • 1 year full-time



Typical offer

HND or Foundation Degree


From £9,250 pa

Course features

  • Gain and test valuable skills in our strategy business simulator 
  • Undertake project and consultancy-based work with professionals from a variety of specialisms 
  • You'll gain a broad range of business knowledge and skills which enable you to pursue a career in a diverse range of organisational sectors
  • The University of Winchester Business School is a United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Champion 

Course details

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc., you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.


Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Student Satisfaction

As rated by final year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey, Business Management achieved greater than 90% overall satisfaction


Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing. The University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed. For further information please refer to


Sustainability Strategy in Practice

This module considers the process of strategic management under the aegis of the principles of responsible management. It includes the analysis of the external business environment; internal competences and cultures; choices available to enterprises, given their cultures and stakeholder expectations and business opportunities; and the implementation of strategic change within organisations. The module draws upon current academic theories and debates, providing students with a holistic appreciation of the environmental, ethical and economic sustainability issues associated with strategic decision making and a platform for discussion of the conflicting approaches to the management of the strategic process, with a critical appraisal of sustainable management in particular.
Students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively in considering strategy both at corporate and operational levels and, through the use of an interactive business simulation tool, will be able to test their own business decisions on a variety of complex business issues.


You can choose either the Dissertation module, Researching Contemporary Management Issues or Consultancy Project.

The module provides the opportunity for you to research an area of particular interest to them and is relevant to your studies. If you undertake a yearlong work placement the dissertation will usually be set in the context of the host organisation. The module contributes to your continued professional and academic development in the application of research knowledge and skills acquired throughout their programme. As you are required to manage the research project, the dissertation provides a vehicle for you to demonstrate the extent to which you have managed the transition from tutor-led to student-centred learning.

Researching Contemporary Management Issues

You can choose either the Dissertation module, Researching Contemporary Management Issues or Consultancy Project.

This module aims to develop your ability to critically evaluate approaches to research and data analysis relating to contemporary management issues faced by organisations operating in a global and diverse context. You will have the opportunity to select research and critically assess a range of contemporary management issues in depth. You will use enquiry-based learning methods to explore the nature and implications of these issues with emphasis placed upon how managers can contribute to the effective management of these issues in practice.

Consultancy Project

You can choose either the Dissertation module, Researching Contemporary Management Issues or Consultancy Project.

This module aims to provide the opportunity for you to carry out a consultancy project in a relevant field. The practical project will enable you to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills gained in your programme either with an external organisation, or using an internal client as a detailed case study. You will be required to work towards a tangible and timely outcome. You will operate in effect as a trainee management consultant for the external organisation or internal client and will be expected to undertake relevant research and present conclusions and recommendations that are intended to benefit the organisation. You are expected to take a high degree of responsibility for your own learning and will negotiate the structure of the project with your supervisor, and the organisation, where appropriate.

Optional modules
  • Entrepreneurship in Action
  • Strategic Innovation Management
  • Managing Change
  • Project Management
  • Employing People
  • People, Engagement and Development
  • Business Ethics
  • Financial Management
  • Social Enterprise
  • Digital Marketing
  • Strategic Brand Management
  • Responsible Leadership Development
  • Developing Academic Practice
  • China: 21st Century Challenges

Entry requirements

HND or Foundation Degree

A Foundation degree in Business Management or an HND in a Business subject, with merit profile.

In addition to level 3 study, the following GCSE’s are required:

GCSEs in Mathematics and English Language at grade 4 or C, or higher. Functional Skills at level 2 is accepted as an alternative, however Key Skills qualifications are not. If you hold another qualification, please get in touch and we will advise further. poi

If you will be over the age of 21 years of age at the beginning of your undergraduate study, you will be considered as a mature student. This means our offer may be different and any work or life experiences you have will be considered together with any qualifications you hold. UCAS have further information about studying as a mature student on their website which may be of interest.


International points required

If English is not your first language, a formal English language test will most likely be required and you will need to achieve the following:

  • IELTS Academic at 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components (for year 1 entry)
  • We also accept other English language qualifications, such as IELTS Indicator, Pearson PTE Academic, Cambridge C1 Advanced and TOEFL iBT.

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by contacting our International Recruitment Team via our International Apply Pages


2024/2025 Course Tuition Fees 

  UK / Channel Islands /
Isle of Man / Republic of Ireland


Full-time £17,750 £19,500

Additional tuition fee information

If you are a UK student starting your degree in January / September 2024, the first year will cost you £17,750**.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

**The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

Additional costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the optional costs for this course:


Overseas trip

Students have the option to attend a trip to a Film Festival throughout the duration of the course. Indicative cost: £375 per academic year.


It is recommended that students purchase their own hard-drive storage at the beginning of the course. Indicative cost: 2TB devices cost £80.

Disclosure and Barring Service

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check may be required if you undertake a placement, volunteering, research or other course related activity where you will have contact with children or vulnerable adults. The requirement for a DBS check will be confirmed by staff as part of the process to approve your placement, research or other activity. The indicative cost is £40.


Printing and Binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a printing allowance of £5 each academic year. This will print around 125 A4 (black and white) pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.


There is a demand for business management graduates across a broad spectrum of roles in a variety of different organisations, from small and medium-sized enterprises to large multinational corporations. Students are equipped with key business knowledge and skills that can be applied to any organisation.

The University of Winchester ranks in the top 10 in the UK for graduates in employment and further study according to the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2023, HESA.

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree here you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

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