Business and Enterprise BA (Hons) Top Up

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

The BA (Hons) ‘top up’ in Business and Enterprise (part-time) provides a practical business education for entrepreneurial students who wish to further their knowledge of Business and Enterprise.

This programme will open up routes into postgraduate study, graduate jobs or growing their own businesses. It has been designed to further students’ knowledge of business and enterprise and of good business management practice.

The aim of the programme is to support and develop students for careers in the area 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.

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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.

Teaching and learning strategies include:

  • introduce and encourage students to engage in new areas of knowledge while also giving them the opportunity to broaden and deepen their existing knowledge
  • encourage students to engage in critical analysis of concepts, theories and practice and to test their analysis against received understandings and practices
  • provide the opportunity to acquire practical experience in a range of activities relevant to students’ roles in the business environment from empirical research to presenting their findings
  • encourage students to engage in critical reflection.  

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


How I'll learn

Overall, the programme favours active learning approaches, such as seminar and workshop activities, discussions and problem solving activities rather than a more transmission-based approach focused on lectures and note-taking.   Throughout the programme, teaching and learning strategies acknowledge and encourage a range of 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.

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.

The Business and Enterprise programme design recognises that some of our entrepreneurs may feel ready to embark on their business start-up before they have reached the end of their degree. On completion of the programme graduates, will have developed the intellectual capacity to gather and evaluate information and use it for effective decision-making, as well as the ability to manage their on-going personal and professional development.

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.

This programme will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and much sought after entrepreneurial skills required to succeed in business. It is designed to meet the needs of future employment in business in today's changing economic landscape, as well as enable students to progress to the final year of an honours degree in Business and Management at Oxford Brookes University. This is a varied programme which enables you to leave with the skills required to run and manage a small business.


How I'll be assessed

The pattern of assessment is based on the aims, learning outcomes and rationale of the programme. Assessment is concerned particularly with the development and demonstration of students’ knowledge and understanding and their academic development.

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.


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)

The Foundation Degree is located at Level 5 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, as is the Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE). However, because of the requirement for the inclusion of significant amounts of work-based learning in a Foundation Degree programme, the learning outcomes achieved by these graduates may not be exactly equivalent to Levels 4 and 5 of an Honours degree.

Foundation Degree graduates may therefore be required to undertake a bridging programme to ensure they meet the academic requirements for progression to Level 6 study. Any bridging programme must be specified and approved through the Foundation Degree approval process.  

As a general rule, the additional programme of study (120 credits at Level 6) required to qualify for a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours should allow students to graduate within a further 15 months of full time study or 30 months of part time study (including any bridging requirements). 

Applicants are interviewed and may be required to undertake numeracy and literacy tests as part of the assessment by the college, to ensure that they possess the appropriate attributes to succeed on the programme.

Applicants with prior certificated or experiential learning may be admitted. Applications for the award of credit must be made in writing following discussion with the college Course Leader and the University Liaison Manager.


How to Apply

Apply through UCAS

The UCAS code is NN19 for top up degree at the City of Oxford College. The Awarding Body is Oxford Brookes University: institution code O66.

All applicants are required to attend an interview before admission to the programme. See also

Fees information Home/EU Fee for 2019 entrance: £7,350 per year .

Admission with Credit Applicants with prior certificated or experiential learning may be admitted. Applications for the award of credit must be made in writing following discussion with the College Course Leader and the University Liaison Manager. Documentary evidence will be required in support of the application. Students who have completed 240 CATS credits at Levels 4 and 5 (usually achieving at least a 55% grade average over the Level 5 modules) at another institution within or outside the UK may be considered, subject to individual credit rating by Oxford Brookes University and may be required to pass one or two bridging modules at the College before they can enter the BA (Hons) 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). The University’s English language requirements can be found at


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