Business

Business (top-up) - BA (Hons)

Are you looking to further your business knowledge and extend your foundation degree or HND?

Overview

Studying our Business (top-up) course allows you to strengthen your understanding of the world of business through an extra year of study converting your HND or Foundation Year into a full degree.

You’ll gain a broad understanding of enterprise together with fundamental skills such as critical thinking, team-working, and problem solving. You’ll also learn essential theory in areas including entrepreneurship or strategy to enable you to analyse and evaluate solutions to complex, real-life problems.

As a successful graduate you could enter a career in all areas of business such as consultancy, marketing, operations management or human resource management, as well as having the skills to set up your own business.

Reasons to study a Business Top-up degree at Kent

  • Top-up your current qualification to a full degree in just one year
  • Some of our expert academic staff appear in the top 2% of researchers worldwide
  • You study at a ‘Triple Crown’ accredited business school
  • All KBS students are eligible for employability support from enrolment until three years after graduation
  • You can take part in our specialised Backpack to Briefcase scheme
  • Add a Year Abroad or Year in Industry for real-world experience or choose to launch your own self-employed venture in our 'Selfie Year'
  • Tailor your degree to suit your aspirations with flexible optional modules
  • Turn ideas into a successful business at our ASPIRE centre
  • Support from Academic Peer Mentors and an Academic Adviser

What you’ll learn

Over the year, you will take compulsory modules in entrepreneurship, management, strategy, human resources, and operations management before tailoring the course to suit your needs with a series of optional modules. Choose to study modules that address topics at the forefront of the business world, from digital marketing to leadership, and develop an expertise that will allow you to make a difference.

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Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level

    N/A. The only qualifications accepted for this programme are:

    • English HND (Higher National Diploma) in a business-related subject with an average merit grade/merit profile, or
    • Pearson/BTEC HND (Higher National Diploma) in a business-related subject with an average merit grade/merit profile, or
    • UK foundation degree in a business-related subject at 60% overall average.
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    Mathematics and English grade C

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    N/A

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    N/A

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    N/A

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    N/A

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

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Course structure

Duration: 1 year full-time

Our programmes require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, typically taking four modules per term over two terms in each of the three stages of study. The course structure provides a sample of the modules available for this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

Fees

The 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time £9250
  • EU full-time £13500
  • International full-time £18000

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

Teaching and assessment

Our enthusiastic team of international teaching staff are all experts in their field of study and are regularly published in leading journals worldwide. They guide and support your learning, bringing their subject to life and drawing you into the conversation.

Teaching

We use a variety of teaching methods, including;

  • lectures
  • small group seminars
  • group projects
  • presentations.

Classroom-based learning is supported by the latest online technologies and learning platforms.

Assessment

Your progress is assessed through coursework and exams. Coursework takes a variety of forms and includes;

  • reports
  • essays
  • group presentations
  • video podcasts
  • online tests and quizzes.

Exams are individual written assessments tested under time-controlled conditions.


Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Independent rankings

Business and Management at Kent was ranked 37th out of 124 in The Complete University Guide 2023.

Careers

Successful KBS Graduates: Graduate destinations

Our Business (top-up) graduates find work in public and private sector management and consultancy, both overseas and in the UK in a wide range of companies and organisations, including:

  • Deloitte
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Tesco
  • Transport for London
  • Yahoo! UK
  • Thames Valley Police
  • Heineken.

Many of our students also stay local and find job opportunities regionally in small and medium firms or even set-up their own businesses as well-equipped entrepreneurs.

Embedded employability: Developing career-enhancing skills

The Backpack to Briefcase scheme provides bespoke career and skills development events and activities for all Kent Business School students. Available from the first year through to graduation, Backpack to Briefcase is designed to prepare you for a successful career after university.

To help you appeal to employers you will graduate with a solid grounding in core business management concepts, theories and skills in a global context but also key transferrable skills such as critical reflection, cultural awareness, creativity and innovation, effective time-management and productive teamwork as well as enhanced confidence, intellectual curiosity and resilience. As a KBS graduate you will be able to demonstrate to your employer how you have developed The Grad Goals.

You can also gain skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as adding much-sought-after analytical skills or computing skills to your degree via Kent’s Q-Step Centre.

Ongoing support: Help finding a job

Kent Business School has an excellent international reputation and good links with businesses locally and globally. Our qualified careers practitioners provide support to all business undergraduate students for up to three years after graduation.

In addition, Careers and Employability Service at the University, can also provide advice on how to apply for jobs, write a good CV or perform well in interviews.


Apply for Business (top-up) - BA (Hons)

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.

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