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BA (Honours) Business and Finance (top up)

This degree is ideal if you are looking to develop your knowledge and skills in business and finance. In one year of study you can enhance your career prospects with an honours degree.

Course length 1 Year
Location City Campus
UCAS N123 Course code

Course description

This course is suitable if you have a foundation degree, HND or equivalent in accounting, finance or business. It improves your knowledge, skills and career prospects, and enables you to convert your existing qualification into an honours degree.

The range of modules includes • implementing strategy and change • decision making and career development • marketing in a global context • international financial management.

We emphasise developing practical skills and business understanding alongside academic knowledge. We teach through projects and case studies related to real life organisations, scenarios and current affairs.

You develop your skills and abilities in • problem solving • decision making • numerical calculations and analysis • negotiation • research • project management.

You also build on your analytical, communication and teamwork skills through a range of individual and group projects and presentations. These are core skills employers look for in graduates.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Applicants normally need one from
• a foundation degree, HND or equivalent qualification in finance or accounting, business and finance or business and accounting, with an overall merit profile from year two modules
• 120 year one and 120 year two credits, with an overall mark of 55 per cent or above, from a relevant degree or equivalent

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

One year full-time

Typical modules may include

Core modules*

• implementing strategy and change • decision making and career development

Optional modules

Choose two* from List A and two* from List B

List A
• developing people and organisations • leadership in contemporary organisations • marketing in a global context • brand and reputation management • international strategy • contemporary issues in international business • managing the digital enterprise • language**

List B
• international financial management • global financial markets • corporate governance, regulations and ethics • financial performance management • financial fluency for decision making • risk management and investment • strategic issues in financial services • language**

* If your offer to join the course requires you to obtain IELTS and you achieve lower than 6.5 overall and 6.0 in all four skills, then you choose one elective module from each of the above lists and study the following four core modules • implementing strategy and change • decision making and career development • academic and professional excellence • english for academic and business purposes.

**Only one language may be studied. Stage 1 study of a language is not permitted.

Top up route (operated at SHAPE VTC, Hong Kong)

• strategic management • operations planning and control • risk management and investment • leadership and organisations • financial information for business decisions • electronic crime

  • examinations
  • essays
  • calculations
  • individual and group presentations
  • individual and group projects
  • in-class tests


This course enables you to develop both general and specialist knowledge and skills in business and finance. It opens up many career opportunities in business areas such as accounting, finance, marketing and general management.

Past graduates have gone on to graduate training schemes in companies such as BP, BMW and Honda.


Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

Additional course costs

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Additional costs information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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