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BA (Hons) Business and Enterprise (Top-Up)

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Key information

Qualification type

Higher education

Course code



Level 6


1 year


Oxford City Centre,
Oxpens Rd,
Oxford, OX1 1SA

This degree is awarded by Oxford Brookes University. Designed in cooperation with and supported by employers, this programme has a strong focus on employability skills appropriate to the workplace.

The BA (Hons) ‘top up’ in Business and Enterprise provides a practical business education for entrepreneurial students who wish to further their knowledge of Business and Enterprise. It has been developed in a way which explores each of these two strands progressively, whilst maintaining a holistic view of business within various contexts.

This programme has been designed to further students’ knowledge of good business management practice. It will equip you with information, understanding and the entrepreneurial skills required to succeed in business. Designed to meet the needs of future employment in business in today's changing economic landscape, it will open up routes into postgraduate study, graduate jobs or provide students with the skills to start or grow their own business.

Please note: tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the government.

What I'll learn

The programme aims to provide a balance between provision of information and opportunities to assimilate actively, apply, question, debate and reflect critically.

There are four single and two double modules in the programme, all compulsory. The Dissertation and Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Project are compulsory alternatives – you will need to select to undertake one or other of these as a compulsory module.

* Please note that as programmes are reviewed regularly, the module list may vary from that shown here.

Level 6

  • Dissertation or Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Project* - Double module
  • Entrepreneurial Business Management -  Double module
  • Managing Quality and Risk
  • Enterprise Awareness, Evaluating Opportunities and Creativity
  • Managing Careers
  • Strategic Management* - Double module (subject to interview with the HE Programme Co-ordinator)

The Business strand introduces students initially to the scope and functions of business and gradually develops their understanding of the internal and external environment in which businesses operate.

The Enterprise strand takes basic enterprise concepts and theories to a contemporary and practical level and equips students in establishing and developing businesses. It is designed with the underlying principle of blending critical enquiry with practical insight. It provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and attributes appropriate for effective, ethical management roles.

The programme cultivates creative and entrepreneurial approaches and enables students to recognise and fulfil their potential. An example of this is the unique offering of module 307 – Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Project (WBL). This work-based learning module allows students to achieve the learning milestones of the final year whilst engaging in a business start-up.


How I'll learn

Throughout the programme, teaching and learning strategies acknowledge and encourage a range of teaching and learning styles. Throughout the programme, students are given opportunities to:

  • participate in lectures, seminars and workshops which develop their knowledge and understanding of issues related to their role in the business environment
  • work in groups to examine and discuss issues
  • compile portfolios
  • work with a wide range of practical resources, including appropriate computer hardware and software
  • use e-learning as a tool to support their learning
  • participate in 1:1 tutorials
  • undertake projects to benefit their existing or potential employers and their own professional development.

Critical to the programme is the opportunity to undertake a Work Based Project or Dissertation. The modules are focussed on the role of entrepreneurs within the business community and students are equipped to be entrepreneurs within an existing business organisation or with the skills to develop their own business. The flexible timetable enables students to remain in employment while undertaking the programme.


How I'll be assessed

The assessment you undergo will be formative and summative:

  • FORMATIVE - designed to provide you with feedback on your progress and inform you of your ongoing development. Formative assessments, such as in class exercises, tests and activities, do not form part of your grade.
  • SUMMATIVE - designed to provide a measure of your achievement in respect of your performance in relation to the intended learning outcomes of your programme of study; in other words, the end of module assignments which determine your grades.

Summative assessments will include essays, reports, research projects, presentations and exams.


Entry Requirements

Entrants to the programme should normally meet one of the following sets of requirements:

  • Either a Foundation Degree (Arts) in Business and Enterprise awarded by Oxford Brookes University, achieving 240 credits and normally a minimum of 55% grade average achieved at Level 5
  • Or a Foundation Degree (Arts) in a Business related subject / Higher National Diploma in Business (Merit Profile). Subject to agreement of prior learning and meeting pre-requisite module requirements (including Research Skills and Strategic Management at Level 5)

Applicants may be required to attend an interview before admission to the programme

English Language Requirements:

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate that their level of English is acceptable, by achieving a score in a recognised test such as:

  • British Council IELTS: normally minimum Level 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in the reading and writing components (the IELTS qualification should not be more than two years old at time of application and the certification must include a UKVI Number ).


How to Apply

Apply through UCAS

The UCAS code is NN19

The Awarding Body is Oxford Brookes University: institution code O66.

Fees information Home/EU Fee for 2020 entrance: £7,570 per year .


If you are a new Oxford Brookes student, you will able to apply for halls of residence at the University. Once you have accepted an offer for the BA (Hons) Business and Enterprise from the college, you will be sent a confirmation letter. The accommodation letter, which contains a password that will enable you to apply online for halls of residence, will be sent out shortly after that. If you require a paper application form or further details, please contact the Accommodation Office on 01865 484660 or email


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