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BA (Honours) Business Management (two year top up)

Advance your knowledge and skills with this business and management degree. You can tailor your studies to the career you want to follow and develop your existing qualifications into a degree.

Course length 2-3 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS N201 Course code

Course description

This course is ideal for students wishing to advance their knowledge, skills and career prospects in business management. It enables you to convert your business-related HND or degree credits into an honours degree in business management.

The structure of the course is very flexible. You can tailor your studies to the career you are intending to follow and have more control over your academic and career direction.

You choose modules according to your strengths and interests. The range of modules covers many business disciplines including • marketing • human resource management • international business • finance • foreign languages.

We emphasise developing practical skills and business understanding alongside academic knowledge. We teach through projects and case studies related to real life organisations and scenarios. This improves your employability after you graduate.

As well as the personal, analytical and communication skills that many university courses develop, you gain skills in • problem solving • decision making • negotiation • research • project management. These skills are needed in all organisations.

Work placements in the UK and overseas
In year two, you have the opportunity to apply the skills you’ve gained by taking a one-year paid work placement. This is a great way to improve your industry knowledge with real insight and experience. It also enables you to build an eye catching CV to impress future employers, and many students find jobs with their placement companies after graduating.

Due to our strong relationships with regional, national and international employers, we can help you to secure a great placement opportunity and support you while you are there. There are no tuition fees for the placement year and you are paid a salary by your employer.

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.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Typically you need

• 120 year one credits with at least an overall merit from a relevant business HND, foundation degree or equivalent
• 120 year one credits with a minimum overall mark of 55 per cent from a relevant business degree

If English is not your first language you will 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.

We welcome applications from people of any age. There may be some flexibility in entry requirements provided you have other relevant learning or experience. This must show that you will benefit from and successfully finish the course.

Course structure

Three years full-time (including one year work placement) or two years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

Core modules*
• strategic planning: shaping the future • financial fluency for management decision making • business project management

Optional modules*
Choose three from • leading innovative organisations • leading and managing teams • skills for enterprise • planning your own business • strategic marketing planning • integrated marketing communications • service and retail marketing • responsible and ethical business practice • multinational enterprises and foreign direct investment • managing international business • essential IT skills for business • foreign 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 then you choose two optional modules and study the following four core modules • strategic planning: shaping the future • financial fluency for management decision making • academic and professional development • English for academic and business purposes.

Year two

• optional work placement

Final year modules

Core modules
• implementing strategy and change • international business consultancy project

Optional modules
Choose two from • developing people and organisations • leadership in contemporary organisations • managing for success • financial performance management • critical and contemporary issues in enterprise • sustainable and responsible business in the 21st century • financial fluency for decision making • foreign language**

Plus two from • marketing in a global context • brand and reputation management • marketing innovation and creativity • managing the digital enterprise • contemporary issues in international business • international strategy • global governance in international business • foreign language**

** You may only study one foreign language module in your final year.

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


Our graduates have found careers with organisations such as • NHS • Interflora • River Island • HSBC • National Railway Museum • BMW.

Some of our graduates go on to postgraduate studies, opening up further personal and professional development opportunities.


Home / EU student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

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

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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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