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

Business - BA (Hons) (Top-up) South Thames College Group (inc Carshalton, South Thames and Kingston College) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Kingston University


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Course summary

TEF Bronze

South Thames Colleges Group has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.

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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.

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.

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 code KC22
Institution code K82
Campus name Kingston College
Campus code K

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

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

Qualification Offer Further information

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.

Additional entry requirements


You will be required to attend an interview.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Proficiency Level C1 C1 Advanced, formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE).
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 IELTS - 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

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Fees for a 2020 start are yet to be confirmed.

Provider information

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