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BA (Hons) Business (Top-up)
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Validated by Kingston University, this course is suitable for HND Business (and associated subjects) students wishing to top up to a full degree. Delivered through a combination of core and optional modules, this is an ideal route into junior management roles or as a gateway into post graduate education.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Kingston College continues to welcome applications for the 2020-21 academic year via UCAS.


September 2020 delivery

It is anticipated that delivery for this course in September will be through a blended approach consisting of some face to face delivery and some online delivery. We will continue to be guided by the Department of Education and Kingston University guidelines. Our class sizes are typically small which is beneficial in adhering to social distancing measures and keeping our students and staff safe. We aim to move to full face-to-face delivery as soon as Government guidelines allow us to do so safely.

Introductory course information

Award: BA (Hons) Business (Top-up)

UCAS Code: KC22

Institutional Code:  K82

Location of study: Kingston College, Kingston Hall Road

Awarding body: Kingston University

Course duration: 1 year (full time)

Academic year dates: Full-time course: September 2020 - May 2021

Days of the week: You will be expected to attend for 4 days a week, one day per week will be free for studies and part-time work commitments. The timetable will also be dependent on the two optional modules that are selected. Timetable TBC. 

Work placements: No specific credited workplace learning, however if you would like to undertake a work placement as part of the course, our Careers staff will work with you to try to identify a suitable opportunity and location for your work placement in the UK. Please note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs. Further details on the likelihood of securing a placement, its impact on your course duration, and whether or not it will be paid are available from the Careers Advisory Service.

Timetables: Timetables will be available to you on the first day of the Induction programme, which will be September 2020.

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Entry requirements

HND in Business or joint Business award such as Business & Finance or Business & Computing (dependent upon module match). Applicants must possess a level 5 qualification, such as an HND or FdA in a relevant area in order to be considered for this course.

Maths and English GCSEs at grade C/4 or above are also required.

Applicants’ previous life experiences both personally and professionally will be considered in assessing their suitability for the course.

Additional requirements

References from an official email address (ie. NOT Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) This can be from your previous institution if you were a student in the last 4 years or from a line manager if you are currently working.

International Students

Suitable applicants requiring a Tier 4 Visa will be contacted by our International and Compliance Officer, who will guide you through the process. These are the courses available for Tier 4 students.

Course overview

Validated by Kingston University, this course is suitable for HND Business (and associated subjects) students wishing to top up to a full degree. Delivered through a combination of core and optional modules, this is an ideal route into junior management roles or as a gateway into post graduate education.

Module information

Students will study the following two Level 6 core modules:

  • Strategic Management (Core, 30 credits): The aim of this module is for learners to think critically about business strategy. Learners will design business strategies based upon tools and models which enable them to analyse the strategic business context. An individual capstone project will allow learners to research real world business sectors and develop the critical success factors for a new sector entrant.
  • Management, Leadership and Change (Core, 30 credits): Students will evaluate contemporary concepts and models of leadership, management and change. This module will prepare individuals to be in charge of a team of colleagues either in line management or as a project leader. Learners will develop business research skills as they prepare a research proposal and a research report.

Optional modules: Two optional modules from:

  • Financial and Managerial Decision Making (Elective, 30 Credits): This module is designed to give non-specialist students a deeper understanding of the provision and use of accounting information in management decision-making. It provides students with appropriate conceptual models to enable them to apply the learning to understand and analyse real world business decisions.
  • Retailing Management (Elective, 30 Credits): Students will investigate the environment faced by retailers, and will compare the performance of two directly competing retailers. Learners will assess omni-channel retailing, and will consider how retailers assess the behaviour and expectations of consumers. Students will also consider the importance of human resource planning, information systems and data management, and financial control and planning.
  • Digital Marketing (Elective, 30 Credits): This module has been accredited by the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (IDM). Learners will critically reflect on the use of digital marketing techniques and their integrated use in real situations, and will also gain a practical understanding of data-driven marketing. Students will be able to plan, implement and monitor a marketing campaign, with a focus on digital.
  • Business Law (Elective, 30 Credits): Students will be introduced to the English Legal system, the court system of England and Wales and alternative methods of dispute resolution. Learners will also consider the rights of consumers and how legislation affects the running of a business. There is focus on employment law with coverage of wrongful dismissal, unfair dismissal and redundancy; the impact of equality law on the employment relationship is also explored.

Teaching and learning


You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of students. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will use industry-standard software and have access to computer labs and library facilities throughout your course.


Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the Undergraduate Centre, and our computer laboratories.



The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Assessment methods include written assignments and a range of coursework assessments such as assignment reports, online tests, presentations and written tests. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark;

All assessments are spread across the year to make the workload manageable.


Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning, and assessment activity. Assessment comprises a variety of methods including coursework, practical activities, presentations, written reports and examinations.


Academic support

Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • academic writing (including how to reference)
  • research skills (in conjunction with the library)
  • critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Our Student Support Services help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Visit their pages for more information.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.

Course costs and financial support

Fees: For the academic year 2020-21 the tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK/EU students: Full-time £7,725
  • Overseas/International students: Full-time £TBC


Inflation linked tuition fee rises: The College may decide to increase tuition fees year on year at a reasonable rate in line with inflation. Any increases would not exceed the Office for Budget Responsibility’s forecast for RPI-­‐X (the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments). This intention will be clearly advertised on the College’s promotional material.


The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • annual printing allowance

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

  • additional printing over and above the annual allowance
  • the cost of books, hardware or software that you might wish to purchase.


Accommodation and living costs are not included in the fees: This information can be obtained from our Accommodation page.


Sources of financial support: You may be eligible to apply for additional support. Details can be obtained from our Money to Study page.


Bursaries, scholarships and prizes: The College also provides a number of scholarships and prizes for undergraduate students, for which you may be eligible to apply. Some of these are available to students on any course, and some have specific conditions. You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support, along with their value and application deadlines, at our Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes page.

Careers and progression

Typically, graduates of the Business programme enter junior management roles within a range of organisations, from multinational to SMEs, public, private and not-for-profit, or progress through to postgraduate education. 

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