Leadership, Business and Management (Top-up) BA (Hons)


If you're in work and want to top up your Foundation degree to a full Bachelor's degree, this part-time BA (Hons) Leadership, Business and Management top-up degree course is ideal.

You'll cover topics such as strategic management, change management and business strategy, and learn how to manage people effectively. You'll also delve into leadership theories and develop your critical thinking and research skills. Delivered in partnership with you and your employer, this course lets you apply what you learn in the classroom straight away in your job.

You'll graduate with the skills to confidently tackle business issues and uncover great opportunities for yourself and your employer. Your degree will also boost your earning potential and promotion prospects, and allow you to make an even greater contribution to your organisation.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Top up what you've already learned at Foundation level, and graduate with a full Bachelor's degree
  • Learn as you work, maintaining an income while putting what you learn into practice
  • Deepen your understanding of key business, leadership and management subjects that are vital for a successful business career
  • Form a network with your fellow students who are also working professionals, providing insights from other industries and an invaluable support system for your future endeavours

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary opportunities that will complement your studies and build links with employers at home and abroad.

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year are:

Strategic Management

Topics you'll cover on this module include:

  • the academic field of strategic management
  • the strategic management decision process
  • strategic analysis of the external environment, internal resources and competences
  • business level strategy
  • corporate level strategy
  • international strategy
  • generating and selecting strategic options
  • methods of growth
  • managing change and reviewing past strategies

Business Improvement and Creativity

Topics you'll cover on this unit include:

  • change management
  • performance measurement
  • operational improvement
  • Lean and Six Sigma
  • process management
  • employee engagement
  • embedding and sustaining change and improvement programmes
  • creativity in terms of organisational climate and techniques

Critical Leadership: Theory and Practice

Topics you'll cover on this unit include:

  • leader vs. leadership and the leader vs. manager debate
  • traditional leadership theories, traits, functions, styles
  • leadership and followership models
  • implicit leadership and the romance of leadership
  • negative leadership
  • gender and intercultural leadership
  • leadership competencies and leader selection
  • training development and the assessment of leaders

Critical Thinking and Research Skills for Leadership and Management

Topics you'll cover on this unit include:

  • thinking and critical thinking
  • the nature of research
  • philosophical foundations of research – choice of perspective
  • methodologies and methods
  • accessing and reviewing literature as part of a student research project
  • using appropriate sources, including the library, internet and search engines
  • research planning and management
  • ethics and awareness of the wider environment
  • research design – producing a proposal
  • data collection and analysis – qualitative and quantitative methods
  • writing up research

Year 2

In this year, you'll research and write your dissertation.

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops
  • work-based learning

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • online activities
  • presentations
  • essay assignments
  • a 10,000-word dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

A degree in leadership, business and management will set you up for a successful career in the corporate world. With this degree, you'll have the skills and knowledge to make a greater contribution to your organisation.

What can you do with a Leadership, Business and Management (Top-up) degree?

You'll be able to work in areas such as:

  • marketing
  • sales
  • administration
  • e-commerce
  • accounting
  • human resource management

You could also go onto further study at Master's level.

What jobs can you do with a Leadership, Business and Management (Top-up) degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to work as:

  • business development officers
  • recruitment consultants
  • emarketing executives
  • publicity officers
  • risk analysts

Our Careers and Employability service can help you with career planning during the course. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Part-time Study Mode
18 month Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

240 HE credits from University of Portsmouth Foundation degree in Business and Management or Leadership and Management, or 240 HE credits from a similar Business qualification which may be subject to both conditions, and a satisfactory interview. If appropriate, prior learning may be assessed and accredited in accordance with University policy, which includes the setting of a time limit (normally 5 years) to ensure currency. Students should be employed in a role that offers appropriate opportunities for undertaking the work based learning units.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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