South Thames College Group (inc Carshalton, South Thames and Kingston College)

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Kingston University

Business - BA (Hons) (Top-up)

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Course summary

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.

Course details


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.

Assessment method

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.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeKC22
Institution code K82
Campus nameKingston College
Campus codeK

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Please contact the international office to see whether this course is able to accept international applicants requiring a Tier 4 Visa.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 48 points
A level EEE Ideally in Business or a related subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 36 points
GCSE/National 4/National 5 To include English Language and Mathematics grade C/4 or above (or level 2 equivalent).
HND (BTEC) P ALL 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. A copy of your HND/FdA module transcripts will be requested, and the original required to be seen at enrolment.

Additional entry requirements


Suitable applicants will be required to attend a formal interview with the course leader - either in person or online.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English ProficiencyLevel C1C1 Advanced, formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE).
IELTS (Academic)7IELTS - an overall band score of 7.0, with none of the four skills below 6.5.

Students from outside the UK may be required to demonstrate their level of English by providing proof of an English language certificate or other qualification. This is particularly the case where a student: • is from a country where English is not an official/first language, or; • has previous qualifications which include English as a second language, or; • has previous qualifications which have not been studied through the medium of English. The approximate guideline minimum English level required for entry at level 6 is "C1" on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This roughly equates to: • IELTS - an overall band score of 7.0, with none of the four skills below 6.5, or; • C1 Advanced, formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) **Please note that other English language certificates/qualifications are available, and may be considered, and the College looks at each applicant on an individual basis.**

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7725 Year 1
England £7725 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7725 Year 1
Scotland £7725 Year 1
Wales £7725 Year 1

Additional fee information

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.
Business - BA (Hons) (Top-up) at South Thames College Group (inc Carshalton, South Thames and Kingston College) - UCAS