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Undergraduate course

Business Management BA (Hons) Top Up

The Business Management BA (Hons) Top Up provides you with a critical understanding of the management of organisations and develops your critical understanding of business management in a holistic way.

The Business Management programme provides you with a critical understanding of the management of organisations. The course develops your critical understanding of business management in a holistic way, providing a solid foundation for entry into a wide range of employment opportunities or further study.

York campus

  • UCAS Code – N200
  • Duration – 1 year full-time
  • Start date – September 2019
  • School – York Business School

York Business School

Course overview

If you’ve set your sights on a career in management, studying Business Management provides an excellent starting point, offering the opportunity to develop your practical skills and build links with the business community.

Develop managerial skills and perspectives, whilst gaining valuable experience in management situations. Take the chance to study abroad and/or learn a language, without extending the length of your degree, or gain practical experience with a year in industry. On successful completion of the programme students will obtain the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership.

Gain a general grounding in Business Management in Year 1, then study specialist management topics in Years 2 and 3. A key aspect of the programme is the development of managerial skills to enhance employability. Alongside classes undertake a Continuing Professional Development framework, which will develop your practical skills and help you to build links with the business community.

Our students have taken part in business competitions, both in the UK and Europe, undertaken roles as student researchers and visited several organisations in and around the UK as part of their studies. You will be expected to undertake 140 hours of work placement during your course.

Kweku Adams - Course Leader

The programme is committed to the provision of skills that will enhance your employability in a business management environment. 

Aiming to ensure that students are thinking strategically, the course makes reference to current professional and academic practice, considering alternative theoretical 4 perspectives, and applying their knowledge and skills to current and important events (e.g. the continuing economic and financial crisis and the impact on organisations).

The awards will develop both specialist skills and knowledge and also wider graduate attributes. Alongside this, students will develop research skills by undertaking a Research Preparation module and an (independent) Business Research Case Study.

Students complete a total of six taught modules and the Business Research Study (two 10 credit modules plus five 20 credit modules) accumulating to 120 credits.

In the first Semester students will undertake an introduction to case study research module (10 credits). The aim of this module is to prepare students for the independent research they will undertake in their second Semester.

Independent study will be undertaken in Semester 2, which is the 20 credit Business Research Case Study. The focus of the research will be related to the subject area of Business Information Technology and a subject specialist supervisor will be allocated.

Students are allocated 3 hours of tutorial support and additional support will be provided through the appointment of academic tutors to support students on an individual basis and the provision of regular (monthly) group tutorials. The prgramme may be may be entered into in September or January. All modules operate independently of each other with the exception of the Introduction to Case Study Research and Advanced Communication Skills modules which must be undertaken prior to the Business Research Case Study Module.

Recent project work undertaken by Business Management students has involved the York Museums Trust, North Yorkshire Police and York City Art Gallery.

Course structure

Level 1


Core Modules include:

  • Operations and Project Management
  • Organisational Strategy & Decision Making
  • Leadership, Innovation and Change
  • Independent research project

You will also undertake an Independent Research activity which may take one of the following forms:

  • Dissertation
  • Business Research Project
  • Organisation-Based Project

Optional modules may include:

  • Globalisation and Contemporary HR
  • International Marketing
  • Corporate Governance
  • Business Ethics and CSR
  • Contemporary Issues in the Technological Era

Entry requirements


Equivalence to two years study at a UK HEI equating to 240 credits (e.g. HND, Foundation Degree) in an Accounting and Finance related qualification.

Admissions policies and procedures are designed to ensure that students who meet the minimum criteria for entry set by YSJU are eligible for admission to the programme. All applicants will be expected to have a minimum level qualification comparable to students at York St John University who have completed level 2.

Entrants to the programme will therefore have the equivalent of 240 credits with a minimum of 120 at level 2. Accepted example qualifications are:

  • HND Business
  • Level 5 Diploma in Management (QCF/NQF) from a recognised Professional Body
  • FdA in Business Management or equivalent from a UK HEI
  • International qualifications (equivalent UK Diploma in HE) approved via the NARIC database and in line with common competitor practice, for example:

      - Diploma In Business Administration at Nilai University College, Malaysia

Non UK applicants whose home language is not English must be able to demonstrate a proficiency in English equivalent to IELTS band score of 6 overall, with not less than 5.5 in any section in line with 


Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, either from an academic viewpoint, for example prior study, or through relevant experience.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Career plans
  • Attending workshops or seminars related to the chosen subject area
  • Showing leadership and teamwork skills through project work or awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh
  • Candidates may also look to undertake professional qualifications such as accounting qualifications or CIPD

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

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