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  • Business Management achieved 90% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey
  • Gain and test valuable skills in our strategy business simulator
  • Undertake project and consultancy-based work with professionals from a variety of specialisms
  • The University of Winchester Business School is a United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Champion

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.

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.
Our graduates have gone onto successful careers in management and leadership roles, strategic planning, project management, business development, product development, finance, human resources and marketing.


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.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

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.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

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, your personal tutor 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.

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 192 hours
Independent learning: 1008 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.


King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester


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.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

100% coursework
0% written exams
0% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.


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.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

Student Satisfaction

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

Entry Requirements

2018 Entry: 

A Foundation degree in Business Management or an HND in a Business subject with merit profile. Mature students with HNC Merit/Distinction profile and relevant experience may be accepted provided an RPL portfolio is successfully completed and they have sufficient managerial experience. HNC students with less work experience and/or Pass grade may be eligible for entry on FdA Management to complete the requisite number of modules (six). Completion of the six modules will result in the award of a Foundation degree and progression to the top-up degree.

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in Mathematics and English Language is required.

If English is not your first language:   IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to or call +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1: Level 6

Modules Credits

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.

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.

Dissertation 30

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.

Sustainability Strategy in Practice 30

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.

Optional Credits

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

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. For international students, the first year fee is £12,950. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students and £38,850 for International students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here. 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.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £9,250 p/a

UK/EU Part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government-permitted maximum fee of £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £12,950

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

**International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.



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 mandatory and optional costs for this course:


Core Text

Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due to limited availability students are recommended to purchase a copy for their own use. It is possible for students to purchase second-hand copies. Cost: £50 - £300 per year

Volunteering and Placements

Students may incur travel costs on optional volunteering placements in the second and third year of study. Cost: £5 - £30 per day

Printing and Binding

Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation printing and binding. Cost: £10

Smart Wear

Students may be expected to dress formally for oral assessments. Costs will vary depending on the students existing wardrobe. Cost: £0 - £50


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.

Key course details

UCAS code
1 year full-time; 18 months/2 years part-time
Typical offer
A Foundation degree in Business Management or an HND in a Business subject with merit profile.
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester