Business Management and Leadership BA (Hons) top-up (online)

Study level: Undergraduate
Top-up courses
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Whether you dream of running your own business or aspire to become the manager of a much-respected Public Limited Company (PLC), management roles can be both challenging and rewarding.

Year of entry



100% online study

Study mode



1 year full-time

Course code


Start date

March 2024
April 2024
June 2024

The information on this page is for 2022-23 entry and should be used as guidance for 2023-24 entry. Please keep checking back on this course page to see our latest updates.

Course overview

Whether you dream of running your own business or aspire to become the manager of a much-respected Public Limited Company (PLC), management roles can be both challenging and rewarding.

BA (Hons) Business and Management Top-up online programme will enable you to gain a full honours qualification in one year, subject to meeting progression requirements. It is specifically designed for holders of a HND qualification in a relevant field or similar UK and international level 5 equivalent qualifications.

Our course is designed to help you establish key leadership skills, from managing people and resources to strategic planning. This one-year course focuses on contemporary management issues, giving you the opportunity to develop a wealth of general skills needed to aid progression from an operational level through to leadership.

Success in this field requires confidence, versatility and strategic thinking, coupled with elevated communication skills and a desire to succeed. You will get the chance to conduct critical research with our experienced staff, learn from highly-regarded guest visitors (subject to availability) and take part in invaluable practical modules.

Many areas of management and leadership, such as the design and development of new products and services and modern project management, require graduates to have both good theoretical and practical knowledge to effectively control, implement and evaluate the initiatives.

This top-up online course is designed to help you develop your abilities, skills, and knowledge needed for successful entry into management. This is an applied course and recognises the multidisciplinary approach that is needed in business leadership.

Throughout your degree top-up, you will study the theory and practice of leading and managing a business, using information technology, and demonstrating a capability to maintain auditable records of your work.

What you'll study

This top-up online degree course covers strategic leadership principles, organisational design, and strategic marketing.

You will be dealing with the challenges and opportunities faced by a strategic manager. The need to continuously assess and evaluate the business landscape is of paramount importance, along with the ability to work effectively and autonomously. You will also conduct a strategic business project on a management issue that brings together the key themes from across your three years of study.

Students who successfully complete this course are awarded a BA (Hons) degree in Business Management & Leadership, subject to meeting progression requirements.


  • The module aims to give you a knowledge of how an organisation sets its strategic direction, controls it and responds to changes in its environment by implementing programmes of change. You will explore how an organisation moves through key stages in its development, whilst trying to achieve a competitive advantage and delivering innovation. It has been designed to provide you with an understanding of the core business areas of strategy and change.

    Emphasis will be placed on the development of theories of strategy and change to set the module in an historical concept thus giving the student an appreciation of some of the key strategic thinkers in business, management and leadership.

    The module will consider the analysis of both the external business environment and internal organisational context and how these impact upon strategy formulation, planning and implementation. You will develop an appreciation of different strategies for managing change at both a strategic and operational level. Emphasis will also be placed on the monitoring and change that are essential to ensure the organisation is sustainable.


  • In examining the global trading environment of international businesses this module focuses on both the principles and practices associated with international business activity in a global context. In developing a greater understanding of business in a global world, it seeks to encourage debate and dialogue, give a balanced view and consider different perspectives including an ethical one.

    The main aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the international trading environment. In so doing it will examine both the framework that international businesses operate within as well as the principles and practices associated with international business activity.


  • The main aim of this module is to enable you to identify and analyse contemporary issues in the field of business and management which reflect the modern business world. This module aims to enable students to understand key issues e.g. governance, compliance, accountability and sustainability.

    This module will investigate issues managers and leaders face in the contemporary business environment and how these can be addressed and overcome. The key role of stakeholders will be considered and the impact they have on organisations. The influence and power stakeholders have on an organisation’s strategic direction will be considered.


  • This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore a management issue from both an academic as well as a practical perspective. This investigation will draw upon your knowledge and understanding of management principles and practices. To facilitate this investigation the module will commence with a study of practical research methodologies and ethical frameworks.

    The module provides an opportunity for you to develop your interests and backgrounds alongside your future career and study.

    The management project itself is designed to develop your abilities to investigate strategies, gather and analyse secondary evidence, and make sound conclusions and management recommendations. The project forms a substantial part of the overall study leading to the Honours award. Accordingly, a high standard of achievement will be expected and the management project submission should draw on the intellectual and analytical skills and link a real-life situation specific knowledge examined through previous and current modules.


We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

How you'll learn

This course is only available as a full-time one-year top-up online course.

Our teaching methods are varied, offering a number of different teaching styles to suit the needs of all our students, so in addition to the online aspects, we also utilise a blended learning approach tutorials and group work, via our online learning platforms, which are currently Aula & Future Learn.

Progression through the modules develops knowledge and skills, including communication (written and oral), study skills, research methods, project management, presentation and career development. We will also encourage you to consider your employability and/or entrepreneurial development.

Unlike traditional institutions, there are no end of year exams. Instead, learning is assessed through coursework and phase tests, which is more reflective of our learning model.

Teaching contact hours

Full-time (online)

You will have access to our online platforms at a time that suits you. Furthermore, tutorials with a lecturer will be made available in the evenings (times to be confirmed).

The contact hours consist of online teaching and individual and group tutorials.

The number of full-time contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, it is likely to be around 20 contact hours per week.

Additionally, you will be expected to undertake a significant self-directed study of approximately 12 hours each week, depending on the demands of individual modules.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2023/2024 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.


This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include:

  • Formal examinations
  • Phase tests
  • Essays
  • Group work
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Projects
  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Individual Assignments

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2023/24entry.

The minimum entry requirements to the Level 6 top-up course are that candidates should normally possess: 240 credits (RPL with 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5) obtained in a business-related area or a HND in a business-related area with 240 credits awarded.

The general requirements for admissions are in line with CU Group policy (Academic Regulations: Regulations for the Admission of Students Chapter 2.3) and are also available on the individual course websites. CU Group will also review applicants with non-standard entry requirements including those with professional work experience and direct entry applicants.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) and recognition of prior experiential learning (RP(E)L) may be taken into consideration and mapped onto the entry criteria for the course. RPL/RP(E)L is in accordance with CU Group Academic Regulations (see Academic Regulations: Regulations for the Admission of Students Chapter 2.2).

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Are you eligible for the CU Support Scheme?

We believe every student should have the opportunity to dream big, reach their potential and succeed, regardless of their background.

CU Support Scheme

The minimum entry requirements to these programmes are that candidates should normally possess one of the following:

  • A minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points, including two full A levels or equivalent for a BA (Hons) Degree
  • BTEC National Certificate or Diploma (equivalent points to those noted above) in a relevant subject
  • Appropriate Foundation/Access qualification where the standard achieved is deemed equivalent to the above

Candidates will be expected to have passed maths and English language GCSE with a minimum grade of 4, and hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs in total (Level 2 alternatives such as functional skills are accepted). The general requirements for admissions are in line with CU Group policy (Academic Regulations: Regulations for the Admission of Students Chapter 2.3) and are also available on the individual course websites.

You can view our full list of country-specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page. Visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events, and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5.

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

2023/24 tuition fees.

Student Full-time Part-time
UK, Ireland*, Channel Islands or Isle of Man £6,000 per year Not available
EU £6,000 per year with EU support bursary**
£6,000 per year without EU support bursary**
Not available
International £6,000 per year Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees3 and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see the University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of international scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees3 cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them.

If you choose to do a work placement2, you should consider travel and living costs to cover this. There is also a tuition fee3 of £1,250 that will cover your academic support throughout your placement year.

The following are additional costs not included in the tuition fees3:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits.
  • Any costs associated with securing, attending or completing a placement (whether in the UK or abroad).

*Irish student fees

The rights of Irish residents to study in the UK are preserved under the Common Travel Area arrangement. If you are an Irish student and meet the residency criteria, you can study in England, pay the same level of tuition fees as English students and utilise the Tuition Fee Loan.

**EU support bursary

Following the UK's exit from the European Union, we are offering financial support to all eligible EU students who wish to study an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree with us full-time. This bursary will be used to offset the cost of your tuition fees to bring them in line with that of UK students. Students studying a degree with a foundation year with us are not eligible for the bursary.

  • We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Your fee status determines your tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available to you. The rules about who pays UK (home) or international (overseas) fees for higher education courses in England are set by the government's Department for Education. The regulations identify all the different categories of student who can insist on paying the home rate. The regulations can be difficult to understand, so the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has provided fee status guidance to help you identify whether you are eligible to pay the home or overseas rate.

    If you meet all the criteria required by any one category, including any residence requirements, your institution must charge you the home rate. You only need to find one category that you fit into.

Careers and opportunities

This Business Management Leadership Degree is an applied online course; it recognises the multidisciplinary approach that is needed in business management. This means you can apply this degree to any industry and into a number of positions, including but not restricted to Retail Manager, Project Management and Business Officers.

How to apply

  • Coventry University together with Coventry University London Campus, CU Coventry, CU London, CU Scarborough and Coventry University Online come together to form part of the Coventry University Group (the “University”) with all degrees awarded by Coventry University.


    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.


    Facilities are subject to availability. Access to some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and/or may have reduced availability or restrictions where the university is following public authority guidance, decisions or orders.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2023/24 contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.