Global Business top up BA (Hons)


Course Code

UCAS Code: N190
International Code: LONU049


Coventry University London (City of London)


Study mode



1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Start date

January 2023

Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate
Top-up Courses

The Global Business Top Up BA (Hons) offers you a comprehensive introduction to the business world by considering how business operates and is successful locally and globally.

  • You are encouraged to think like a manager from the offset by enhancing your knowledge and skills, making you more attractive to future employers.
  • You have the opportunity to gain a holistic understanding of management through core subjects such as strategy, marketing, finance, sustainability, project management, entrepreneurship and human resource management.
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Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

The Global Business top-up course BA (Hons) is a business top up degree, with the unique opportunity for students to choose a two-year, full-time option.

The course is designed to:

  • offer you a high-quality and highly flexible degree programme in global business, which helps a wide range of students from diverse backgrounds across the globe to progress in that area.
  • offer you a degree qualification that is academically robust and vocationally relevant that will allow you to develop both personally and professionally in your future careers within a global context.
  • develop you as career-ready, globally aware graduate with management, communication, numerical and information technology skills.
  • develop you, as a graduate, with the ability to reflect and learn from your experience and relate this experience to theory.
  • develop you, as a graduate, who has a critical and reflective understanding of business and its relationship within the wider global business environment.

The Global Business Top-Up aims to provide learners with an in-depth understanding of various business-related subjects. The course runs over two semesters and gives the learner the opportunity to gain employability skills and knowledge to grow further in the field of business.

Sumara Khan, Global Business Top Up BA (Hons) student, 2021
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What you'll study

The first year (level 5) of this course aims to help you develop key skills in business management. It also reinforces the main concepts and skills in business and communication, global business, business sustainability, human resource, accounting and finance. You will be encouraged to develop your knowledge, and business English and communication skills especially in report writing, critical thinking, evidence gathering and interpretation; employability and work-based skills.


  • This module aims to provide you with a range of academic and professional skills, such as structure, argument and style in order to support your studies on the global business course and become an effective independent learner. You will have an opportunity to develop your analytical skills by examining your progress as a learner in your course of study and establishing your motivation for your future career ambitions.


    Assessment: coursework

  • This module aims to give you in-depth knowledge of the scale and impact of internationalisation. Issues addressed will include globalisation and international trade, global financial practice and ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR) among others. You can develop a critical appreciation of the nature, importance and growth of these issues and their impact on international businesses. You will learn why it is essential for companies to include these factors in their environmental assessments and business plans.


    Assessment: coursework

  • This module seeks to advance your knowledge and understanding of managing culture in a global business environment. By studying national cultures and frameworks you can understand the cross-cultural issues managers in international organisations may face. The module demonstrates why an understanding of different management cultures is necessary for operating effectively in organisations and focuses on giving you the knowledge and skills to do business in an intercultural or multicultural environment.


    Assessment: coursework

  • This module is designed to advance your knowledge on business sustainability. You will learn about implementing business models/strategies within the appropriate frameworks to comply with future requirements. It will draw on UK and global case study material and relevant academic literature from a variety of business disciplines such as operations management, strategy, and innovation. You have the opportunity to engage in practical exercises to develop your knowledge and critical awareness.


    Assessment: coursework

  • This model introduces business students to financial decision-making concepts and tools that are commonly used in business management. It will foster your ability to apply basic principles, concepts, and techniques of accounting and finance in business management. You are able to apply your numeracy skills and qualitative judgement to aid financial decision making, make use of accounting-appropriate financial techniques in business decision making


    Assessment: coursework

  • The aim of this module is to introduce you to methods of managing human resources in the workplace. It will use your knowledge of relevant human resources management theory and link it with current human resource management practices in organisations. You are introduced to the factors and theories that influence human resource managers when they plan human resource requirements.


    Assessment: coursework

The final year (level 6) of the course aims to produce graduates who are ready for employment in a subject-related role or to progress to study a postgraduate degree. At this level, the course is designed to provide you with the opportunity to critically apply theory and practice in a wide range of complex business situations, while you evaluate alternative solutions in a range of modules.

Year 2 modules seek to encourage you to self-manage more of your learning through the research/management report and primary research reports. These modules are typically more class based, and require you to understand and apply theory to critically examine certain issues and topics.


  • This module introduces you to concepts, theories and frameworks that will support your understanding of strategic decision-making and its impact on global businesses. It is designed to give you a critical appreciation of the core drivers that impacts the strategic position of organisations in a dynamic business environment.


    Assessment: coursework

  • The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of business research methodology and a range of research skills. As a result of this module, you will have developed a comprehensive research proposal on a subject of their choice that could be developed into an original independent research project.

    It will help you understand business research in context by critically discussing and referencing work that has already been done. You will draw out key points and present them in a logically argued way, and highlight those areas where the research will provide fresh insights.


    Assessment: coursework

  • Business and organisations are constantly changing. Regardless of whether organisations are planning to expand or rationalise, managing projects that facilitate change are an integral part of ensuring competitive advantage for an organisation. This module is designed to introduce students to the processes of project management in a business environment. It aims to develop students’ understanding and skills in the use of project management tools and techniques, and in the impact of effective people skills on the outcomes of projects.


    Assessment: coursework

  • Innovation and entrepreneurship play crucial roles not only in society, but also for individual success and growth. This module is designed to create a shared and critical assessment of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that make up what it means to be entrepreneurial and innovative – discovering and acting upon opportunities and ideas, and transforming them into social, cultural, or financial value for others.


    Assessment: coursework

  • Compulsory

  • Choose one of these options:

    • Business Research Project - 10 credits

    The foundation for any strong original research proposal is an understanding of accepted knowledge within a chosen discipline.  In this module, you will critically review the literature and help develop a thorough understanding of, and insight into, previous research that relates to a set of specific research question(s) and objectives. This module will help you set your understanding of business research in context by critically discussing and referencing work that has already been done, drawing out key points and presenting them in a logically argued way, and highlighting those areas where the research will provide fresh insights.

    Assessment: coursework

    • Work Placement - 20 credits

    You will be required to reflect critically on your experience of working with an employer, as if you were a new manager entering the workplace. You will draw on feedback sought from key stakeholders from this module. This will normally include the employer, colleagues at the employer organisation, and supervisor. The critical reflection will enable you to produce a tailored Personal Development Plan for your future career.

    Assessment: coursework


How you'll learn

We use a combination of teaching methods including lectures, guest lectures, group and individual project work, student-led seminars (subject to availability). Aula will be used to provide supportive material and to communicate with you via announcements. (Please note, the online Learning Platform provider may be subject to change.)

Our teaching and learning on the course is designed to give you strong academic knowledge of key theories and concepts. You can demonstrate your critical appraisal of current and relevant research in the subject area. You will also have the opportunity to apply the theory and concepts to current practice through using real-life scenarios, case studies and a variety of class activities.

The course will also give you the opportunity to develop and demonstrate your essential analytical skills and respond to employer-related problems by making a set of clearly evaluated recommendations. You will be assigned a personal tutor to support your study progress throughout the programme.


Tutors will assess your progress through the modules. We use a combination of teaching approaches including lectures, guest lectures, group and individual project work, student-led seminars, specialist inputs from support services (subject to availability).

We take a holistic approach to assessments with an aim to help you to become more critical, confident and independent. This programme is assessed through a mixture of seminar and workshop activities, presentations, written assignments, individual submissions and group works.

The university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 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.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

Job ready

On successful completion of this course, you will:

  • understand and apply core business functions and processes in the global context.
  • develop the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to manage people, physical and financial resources.
  • evaluate and provide data to make informed business management decisions and manage complex strategic and management issues of global and local businesses.
  • be equipped with investigative and analytical skills to examine the impact of risk on global companies.
  • develop the international management competencies required to operate in multicultural environment and diverse community.
  • be able to appraise, critically analyse and apply contemporary theories to real-world scenarios.
  • be able to analyse specific global business situations and identify areas of good practice and use creative solutions.

Entry requirements

For entry onto the level 5 stage - 120 credits (Accreditation of Prior Learning with 120 credits at level 4) obtained in a business related subject area.

For the Level 6 course – 240 credits (Accreditation of Prior Learning with 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5) obtained in a business related area. A HND in a business related area with 240 credits awarded may also be considered for entry into the one-year programme, this is subject to approval from the course director.

A combination of professional and academic qualifications and work experience may also be considered.

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

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Where there is agreed progression from a partner, these will be mapped in line with university processes and your certificate(s) retained by the Academic Partnership Unit (APU). These should include any prerequisite modules for the course of study. UCAS entry profiles may be found at UCAS.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For further information as to entry requirements and what might amount to a ‘business subject area’, ‘a HND in a business related area’, a ‘combination of professional and academic qualifications’, ‘work experience’ or ‘progression from a partner’ please contact the dedicated admissions team at

For students whose first language is not English, IELTS 6.0 or equivalent is required. The general requirements are in line with university policy.

Are you eligible for the Fair Access Scheme?

We believe every student should have the opportunity to dream big, reach their potential and succeed, regardless of their background. Find out more about our Fair Access Scheme.

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, 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

  • Level 5 entry - IELTS 6.0 or equivalent is required. The general requirements are in line with university policy.
  • Level 6 entry - IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required. The general requirements are in line with university policy.

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

2022/23 Tuition fees

Student Full time Part time
UK £9,250 per year Not available
International £15,300 per year Not available

If you choose to study this course with a professional placement or study abroad year, you will need to pay a tuition fee of £1,250 to cover your academic support.

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Fees and Finance page.

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


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Enterprise Hub

Our Enterprise Hub supports student entrepreneurs by providing extensive industry knowledge and guidance to help develop ideas into viable ventures. It is a dedicated space for enterprising students and professionals to solve problems, network professionally and collaborate on projects.

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The Talent Team

Need employability support? Our dedicated Talent Team are on hand to help. They can assist you in applying for work placements, graduate level jobs and offer skills development workshops. They also organise networking events to introduce you to potential employers and industry contacts.

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Gain a global perspective

There are opportunities to visit, study or work in the UK or overseas2. You could get the chance to visit advertising agencies, financial institutions, manufacturers and small businesses. Past students have visited Paris, Berlin, Helsinki, Rotterdam and Dubai.

Careers and opportunities

This course aims to give the flexibility to help you build a career in one or more of a wide range of business functions, and to work confidently internationally. It will also aim to help you develop the entrepreneurial skills you will need to start your own business or run an innovative project within a large organisation.

How to apply

  • Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS. Part-time students should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.

    How to apply

    For further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.

  • Full-time and part-time students applying to start in September should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.

    How to apply

    For further support for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree view our International hub.

  • 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 2022/23 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.

    Tuition fees

    The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we 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. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

    For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.


    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. 


    Facilities mentioned on this page may not be relevant for every course. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Placements and study abroad opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

    Additional costs

    This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to), equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas).

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