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Undergraduate course

Global Business Management (Top Up Degree) BA Hons

Gain desired knowledge, confidence and skills needed stand out as an innovative business professional.

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This course has been designed to help unleash your potential and drive you towards future success. Investing in one more year of education can yield great results. In a competitive job market, employers are looking for a well-rounded professional with demonstrable, forward thinking skills in management and a self-reflective practice.

Chartered Management Institute

London campus

  • UCAS code – N333
  • Duration – 12 months full time
  • Start date – September 2024
  • School – London

Minimum entry requirements

    N/A UCAS Tariff points

    Level 5 qualification in applicable subject

Tuition fees

    UK 2024 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2024 entry £11,500 per year full time

Course overview

We are passionate about you finding your success, regardless of how long you have been out of education. A full undergraduate degree is becoming an essential requirement for an increasing number of jobs. However, your professional and life experience are as much platforms for learning as a classroom. Further your knowledge and learn to create new platforms for success with this top up degree.

On this course, you will discover innovative ways of working, transforming the workplace practices of different sectors. These methods are transferable and focus on motivating and positively interacting with team members. As a leader, your people skills, from managing multiple people to individual conversations, will be a deciding factor in how you achieve your goals.

We are located close to Canary Wharf, the heart of London's thriving business community. This means that you have great access to a global network of business professionals. You'll be encouraged to make your own contacts, in addition to the industry leaders your tutors will invite to run seminars, deliver guest lectures and provide you with invaluable insight.

This course is designed for you to develop confidence, self awareness and resilience in professional settings. Techniques learned here will support your aspirations. You'll work with different learning styles, such as:

  • Coaching methodologies
  • Psychometric testing
  • Supported self-reflections in a dynamic setting
  • Experiential learning techniques
  • Hands on, real world environments
  • Intense period of study, reflective of the fast-paced world of business management

Whether you have recently finished your Higher National Diploma (HND) or foundation year, this degree is for you. Even if you have been out of education for a while, the course is a great entry into higher operations of business and management. 

Course structure

Year 1

Our academic year is split into 3 semesters. You will study:

  • 2 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 2 compulsory modules in semester 2
  • 1 compulsory research modules across semesters 1, 2 and 3

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.


Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop the skills and knowledge needed to explore and implement different leadership and strategy theories. Your unique approach to leadership will be informed by critical assessments and evaluations of contemporary strategic practices. These example methods are designed to stimulate your innovation and help you create connections between leadership and strategy across a mix of setting and situations.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module is an exploration of the social enterprise infrastructure and ecosystem within the UK. Using relevant and contemporary examples, you will investigate the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they are to different business environments. You will evaluate available resources and the surrounding environment in order to develop a sustainable social business model. There will be an opportunity to create a prototype and validate an effective and relevant Minimum Viable Product (MVP) for your social enterprise.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Workforce management in an increasingly digital environment is rapidly evolving. On this module, you will learn how to apply your every-advancing skills to this environment, becoming a forward thinking professional who considers new technologies, changing demographics, and the need for ethical and inclusive practices. Crucially, you will develop strategies for workforce management to be applied in disruptive situations and crises. The skills you will develop include coaching to engage and empower, facilitate professional growth and improve the performance of employees.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Business, environmental and societal challenges are increasingly connected across regional and global contexts. On this module, you will gain the knowledge to deal with challenges that come from the relationship between businesses and the societies they function in. You will seek to answer questions such as:

  • What are the current opportunities and challenges confronted by contemporary businesses?
  • How can businesses become more effective in addressing pressing social concerns?
  • How can resources be procured and allocated efficiently and responsibly?

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

This module runs throughout the entire course as in an opportunity for you to showcase all of the skills, knowledge and abilities you have gathered during your study. It is also a great opportunity for self reflection. As part of this module you will complete a Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness (DISC) personal assessment. This will act as a guide as you develop your leadership and coaching style. To demonstrate what you have learned, in addition to written assessments, you will engage in a coaching simulation exercise. Here you will apply your coaching techniques to a workplace environment and the workers in it.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

All of your modules will be delivered using a variety of different teaching sessions. This includes:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Guest speakers
  • Workshops
  • Events

1 to 1 time can be booked through our tutorial booker system.

You will also have regular individual tutorial sessions with your academic tutors to support your learning. There are opportunities to gain work experience through modules which take your learning beyond the classroom and into the city.

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.


We use a wide variety of assessment types, which help you to develop skills relevant to the workplace. This includes:

  • Written assignments
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Exams
  • Practical activities

You will receive feedback on your work throughout each module. This will help you to improve your work for your graded assessments. We will advise you on developing your skills, useful areas for research and how to extend your business knowledge further.

Professional skills

We encourage you to extend your learning through continuing professional development as you study. Our Success Lab provides extra events, short courses and opportunities to help you make the most of your degree. The academic and professional skills you develop through this will help to boost your employability when you graduate.

Career outcomes

Your future with a degree in Global Business Management

The skills you gain on this course will prepare you well for a career in a leadership role across a variety of industry settings. This course is designed to help you extend your knowledge or upskill and widen your base of professional abilities. You will gain transferable skills in communication, managing people and projects and problem solving. Your future is open to opportunities, such as:

  • Project management
  • Leadership and coaching
  • International business development
  • Fundraising and bid writing

PGCE at York St John University

Further your education and work towards a rewarding career in teaching by studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) after you graduate. For over 180 years, we have worked with enthusiastic individuals who want to shape the future of young people across both primary and secondary school settings. You'll spend a lot of time in schools, developing your practice by teaching. You will graduate with Qualified Teacher Status and become part of the well respected alumni of York St John educators.

Whatever your ambitions, we can help you get there.

Our careers service, LaunchPad provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice

This support doesn't end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain experience and confidence to succeed. It's your career, your way.

Entry requirements


Minimum entry requirements

    N/A UCAS Tariff points

    Level 5 qualification in applicable subject


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

Applicable (up to and equivalent) level 5 qualification, such as Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree.

Calculate your UCAS Tariff points

International students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Apply through UCAS

If you are looking to apply for this course through UCAS, please visit the page below to find out more information about the process.

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Fees and funding

To study for a degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK, or internationally (outside the UK). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK 2024 entry

The tuition fee for 2024 entry onto this course is £9,250 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all UK, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

Tuition fees

    UK 2024 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2024 entry £11,500 per year full time

International 2024 entry

The tuition fee for 2024 entry to this course is £11,500 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Student Visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include a DBS check, purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

For detailed information on accommodation and living costs, visit our Accommodation pages.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses.

For advice on everything from applying for scholarships to finding additional financial support email



You can apply for this course through our direct application form.

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