Business Management and Strategy (BA Hons)

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Level 6 Top-Up


1 Year (Level 6 Top-Up)


Park, Cheltenham

Progress your career with high-level business skills. Top up your HND or Diploma into a full BA Honours degree.

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MAKE IT in Business

Make It as a career ready graduate

MAKE IT International
MAKE IT Happen

Top up your HND or diploma into a full BA honours in one year and progress your career. At the core of this course you will learn about building and sustaining strategy as well as completing your own investigative study, but you will also have the flexibility to develop specialist business management skills in line with your career goals. Subjects include strategic marketing, new business enterprise and globally responsible leadership.

From 2018, the University of Gloucestershire Business School will move to a brand-new, state-of-the-art home at our Oxstalls campus in Gloucester. The £16 million development will be home to our Business, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Law and Accounting and Finance courses. Find out more about the new Business School and other developments with our virtual fly-through video and see where you could be taking the first steps towards your career in business.

As well as this, our Make It business experiences are designed to ensure that you stand out from the crowd when you graduate.

Make It real: learn from people who have been there and done it. Leading international brands and business figures will deliver inspiring lectures and give you real insight into how to succeed in global business. Real-world application is embedded throughout your learning and you will analyse actual case studies and take part in an exciting business challenge with an international or UK brand.

Make It happen: grow into a career-ready graduate. The Growth Hub business centre, based at Oxstalls campus, gives you the opportunity to engage with national and international businesses. This is designed to give you the skills and the CV to pursue your chosen career. Graduates have gone on to work all across the business spectrum; from starting their own businesses to working internationally for companies such as IBM.

Study style

Learn through lectures, seminars, group work, reflective practice, problem-solving challenges and presenting. Through these you will develop skills in managing people, projects, finance, HR, marketing and logistics. Real-world case studies offer you the opportunity to build your expertise while simulations and live pitches to business leaders give you practical experience.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2018 entry

Applicants should possess an HND, Diploma of Higher Education or Foundation degree.

2018 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. Please email our admissions team for further information.


See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

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Single Honours - 1 year level 6 top-upN211


  • Project manager
  • Logistics manager
  • Management consultant
  • Operational researcher
  • Retail manager
  • Sales manager

Industry links

Access expert mentors, work experience and networking opportunities through our strong links with industry.

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Staff Profile

Colin Simpson

“One of the great things about teaching international business is that it brings me into contact with students from all over the world. I love foreign cultures and languages, so this really is my ideal job. One of the highlights of my career has actually been living in Guangzhou in southern China for a year and teaching at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. I also worked with senior academics from six countries to advise the Moldovan government on the modernisation of their Higher Education sector.”

James Gilbert at Morgan Motor company, Malvern

Top up your business qualification to an Honours degree

If you have previously achieved an HND, Graduate Diploma, Diploma in Higher Education, or other British or international equivalent in a business subject, you can progress into a BA Honours Business Management degree.

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Learn from experts and ‘live’ business challenges

Get expert insight in lectures from global business leaders and work on exciting live business challenges with international brands. Enter the Universities Business Challenge Worldwide, recognising business-savvy undergraduates around the world.

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Our community

Our Business School is a thriving and dynamic place to study. Providing undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees from our beautiful Park Campus in Cheltenham our goal is to produce graduates who are ready and prepared for their careers. It’s a philosophy that sets us apart and drives excellence in everything we do. Thanks to this, the professional credentials of our academic staff and the impactive work of our researchers, our reputation is growing quickly and we are emerging as a leading Business School for students looking for a more well-rounded education rooted in vocational insight and experience.

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