Manchester Metropolitan University

BA (Hons)

Business (top-up)

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • If you have a similarly focused business related Higher National Diploma, Foundation Degree or acceptable alternative, you can use this course to 'top-up' to a degree. 
  • The programme adopts innovative teaching methods which are supported by online resources, podcasting and video links.
  • All students on this award are new to the Business School, so the course is tailored to your needs in adjusting to final year study.
  • The Faculty of Business and Law hosts Professional Development Weeks annually. Free and open to all students, this includes a festival of skills-development activities, practical support in developing your CV and employability skills, and the opportunity to network with actively recruiting graduate employers. 

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

About the course

This is a one-year top-up course consisting of two core units and option units. There is the option to complete more of a general programme of study or to follow a specialist route, with pathways in Human Resource Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship or International Business, leading to an appropriately titled award, for example BA (Hons) Business or BA (Hons) Business with Marketing; BA (Hons) Business with Human Resource Management or BA (Hons) International Business.

Depending on whether you choose to take the general route of BA (Hons) Business Top up, or whether you choose a more spealised route, the units you will study will differ, depending on the route you wish to take. You will apply via UCAS on the one UCAS code, then choose your pathway on enrolment at the University.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

BA (Hons) Business

The general route with typical units of study including:

  • Global Strategy
  • Leadership in Practice
  • Business in Emerging Markets

Option units: you will choose one option unit from the extensive range of options from across the Business School.

Specialised routes:

BA (Hons) Business with Human Resource Management

  • Global Strategy
  • Business in Emerging Markets

Option units:

  • Business Ethics and Sustainability
  • Contemporary Perspectives on Human Resource Management
  • Global Human Resource Management
  • Psychology at Work

BA (Hons) Business with Marketing

  • Global Strategy
  • Business in Emerging Markets

Option units:

  • International and Global Marketing
  • Strategic Communications and Advertising Planning
  • Strategic Marketing Management

BA (Hons) International Business

  • International Business Theory and Strategy
  • Global Human Resource Management
  • Business in Emerging Markets

Option units:

  • Contemporary Perspectives on HRM
  • International and Global Marketing

BA (Hons) Business with Entrepreneurship

  • Developing a Digital Business (Non-technical)
  • Entrepreneurial Practice

Option units:

  • Entrepreneurs, Business and Society 
  • Business Creation
  • Project Management

BA (Hons) Business with Finance

  • Global Strategy
  • Business in Emerging Markets

Option units:

  • Corporate Financial Planning
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Performance Management for Business

BA (Hons) Business with Information Technology

  • Global Strategy
  • Business in Emerging Markets

Option units:

  • Developing a Digital Business (Non-technical)
  • Business Intelligence and Strategy
  • Digital and Social Media Marketing Communications Management

Core Units
Business in Emerging Markets

Considers the historical economic and socio-political development of major emerging markets, their current business environment and examines the key issues of doing business in those countries.

Global Strategy

This unit provides a comprehensive assessment of the strategic challenges faced by organisations operating in an increasingly global business environment.  You will examine strategic management concepts and theories and apply them to a wide range of case studies on contemporary multinational firms. This will deepen your understanding of complex management problems and enhance your analytical skills in finding solutions to them.

Leadership in Practice

This unit introduces you to the concepts and models of leadership, and explores how to lead teams and organisations. Key issues covered include diversity and ethical leadership, personality, psychological factors, and use of coaching and mentoring in relation to leadership development.

Likely Optional Units
Business Analytics and Decision Making

In this unit academic learning meets with real world business situations with the intention of preparing students for, and providing opportunities in, the world of employment. Additionally, students will learn about and apply advanced analytical and decision making skills.

Business Creation

This unit supports you as you put enterprise and entrepreneurship skills into practice by launching your own business.  This practical unit that allows you to experience starting a business first hand.  You will be assessed on their personal and business development via presentations and business model planning and execution.

Business Ethics and Sustainability

This unit assesses the complexities and challenges of business ethics and sustainability by developing a moral imagination and the ability to analyse issues. This involves recognising the wider impact of business upon society and the natural environment and identifying the nature and scope of ethical and sustainability issues. We compare different ethical theories and models of sustainable business and then apply them to issues and actions in the business context. This requires the assessment of information from a wide range of sources and the evaluation of arguments and recommendations in the light of the evidence.

Business Project: Young Enterprise

The main aim of this unit is to develop your enterprising behaviours, skills and attributes and build your awareness of entrepreneurial career paths. You will run a Young Enterprise business as part of a team supported by academics and business professionals. You will explore business opportunities through an outline business plan, attend a number of business start-up events, and engage in a series of enterprise workshops. You will capture your learning in your Young Enterprise business portfolio.

Contemporary Perspectives on Human Resource Management

Critically assesses the strageic environment which shapes HRM, focuses on strategies for leading a HR function and examines key people strategies that organisations expect to deliver enhanced performance

Developing a Digital Business

Students learn about  the strategic and practical aspects of digital businesses, and develop a website/business case for a digital business.

Entrepreneurial Practice

The main aim of this unit is to develop your enterprising behaviours, skills and attributes and build your awareness of entrepreneurial career paths. You will run a small business as part of a team supported by academics and business professionals. You will explore business opportunities through an outline business plan, attend a number of business start-up events, and engage in a series of enterprise workshops. You will capture your learning in your business portfolio.

Entrepreneurs, Business and Society

The unit aims to engage you in the theoretical elements of the concepts of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship through a series of class debates and research workshops. The unit also aims to develop students’ research skills through a rigorous analysis of enterprise/social enterprise in the 21st Century, building knowledge from both policy and practice.

Global Human Resource Management

This unit analyses the key features of employment systems in selected countries looking at the history of their development and comparing and contrasting their similarities and differences. It will analyse the impact of Multi-National Companies on HRM policies and practices and discuss the application of specific HRM policies and practices in a global context. The unit investigates the challenges of maintaining labour standards in a global context.

International and Global Marketing

This unit examines Global Marketing principles and demonstrates the complexities of marketing planning in divergent cultural markets. It also examines the impact of new internet technologies on international and global marketing.

International Business Theory and Strategy

The unit (a) provides an in-depth analysis of strategic development options, and (b) examines a range of practical perspectives in the international business context.  It focuses on core themes in international business studies, including: theories of foreign direct investment; foreign market entry modes; and, strategies and organisational structures in the multinational enterprise. Topics covered include: location and competitive strategies; strategy formation; management of internationalised innovation; and, knowledge transfer (each in the context of international business activity).

International Sports Ownership and Governance

This unit is designed to focus on the governance of sports organisations and the practices employed by their boards to carry out their governance role.  Your studies focus on definitions of governance, models of ownership in sports organisations, profit and not for profit organisations, the role of sport in society, stakeholder representation, corporate social responsibility in sport, the role of the state, ethics and principles of good governance, sustainability in professional sport and challenges in the 21st century.

Project Management

The unit aims to develop knowledge and skills in project management, employing a practitioner and academic perspective.

Psychology at Work

This unit introduces you to the ways psychology can be used at work. The emphasis is on the practical application of psychological theory to solving everyday challenges at work and learning how to apply psychological insights to achieve a more productive and satisfying workplace. You will gain a critical awareness of the field of occupational psychology and develop your understanding of the psychological tools and resources available to you in your future career.

Psychology at Work

This unit introduces you to the ways psychology can be used at work. The emphasis is on the practical application of psychological theory to solving everyday challenges at work and learning how to apply psychological insights to achieve a more productive and satisfying workplace. You will gain a critical awareness of the field of occupational psychology and develop your understanding of the psychological tools and resources available to you in your future career.

Social and New Media Management

This unit explores the phenomena of social media and resistance/adoption across organisations - both private and voluntary sector. We include topics on; entrepreneurship, social networking, reputational risks, citizen voice, open source, creative commons. The unit also explores the new media economy, exploring web, gaming and social media industry.

Strategic Communications and Advertising Planning

This unit aims to develop your expertise in the planning, development and implementation of integrated marketing communications strategies for a range of target audiences. Current trends within the industry and key ethical factors are also explored. In addition, the unit will allow you to consider target audiences and profile development; communications tools; ethics, legal controls & codes of conduct; how to evaluate campaigns; current campaigns and trends within the communications industry

Strategic Marketing Management

This unit offers an analytical investigation into the contemporary principles related to the study and practice of strategic marketing, including aspects digital and service marketing strategies. Core themes covered in the unit include the principles of strategy, strategic marketing and the concept of competitive advantage; theories to achieving a competitive advantage; the structure and component parts of a strategic marketing plan; how to assess the macro and micro environment in order to determine strategic issues. You will also explore the models used to assess and evaluate the context an organisation resides in; financial analysis of an organisation; understanding the key issues facing an organisation and setting objectives for a strategic marketing plan. 

Work Based Learning (Role of the Manager)

This unit explores how the role of the manager varies at different levels and in different organisational contexts. It also looks at how managers learn and the principles of management development. 

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and coursework, including group work.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/business-school/about-us/our-staff/dept-of-management/

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.  Level 2 Functional Skills English and Mathematics also accepted.

IELTS score required for international students

6.5 and no component less than 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Further information

BA (Hons) Business (top-up) is a Degree programme for applicants who have previously studied and successfully completed one of the following:

a relevant HND with a grade of Merit or above,

a relevant Foundation Degree with a score of 55% or above 

Or

Level 5 of a relevant undergraduate degree with a score of 55% or above.

Your career prospects after the course

Graduates with broad-based degrees in business and management or specialist business degrees are well positioned to apply for a range of opportunities in the private or public sector.

Previous graduates have gone into employment in a wide range of management positions in industry, management commerce, banking, finance, manufacturing and the public sector while many others have entered graduate training schemes with international companies such as IBM, Credit Suisse and BMW.

Those with good language skills have often chosen to develop their career outside the UK and now live and work in Europe, Asia or South America.

Alternatively you may choose to use your skills to launch your own business or consultancy.

Our business incubator, Innospace, can help you to develop your business ideas and provide practical support to get your company up and running.

94%

In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Please note, you will apply to this course using one UCAS code and select your preferred pathway on enrolment to the course.

 

 

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

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