Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Business (top-up)

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Course overview

Our Business (top-up) course will strengthen your understanding of the world of business through an extra year of study that converts your HND or equivalent into a full degree.

You’ll gain important leadership skills across a wide variety of business areas, studying topics like strategy, entrepreneurship, and human resource management. You’ll develop your critical thinking, team-working, and problem-solving skills in order to solve real-world problems. As a graduate made at Kent Business School, you’ll have the skills and confidence to lead and inspire others, be innovative, and manage sustainably.

Kent Business School is a supportive community, where you’ll work closely with your academic adviser and other academic staff. They are experts in all areas of business who will expose you to the right mix of detailed theory and hands-on experience.

Why study Business (top-up) at Kent?

Make a difference.

Convert your HND or Foundation Year into a full degree with an extra year of study.


Fast-track your studies.

Top-up your current qualification to a full degree in just one year.  

Top ranking.

Study at a 'triple crown' accredited business school.

Taught by experts.

Our expert teaching staff appear in the top 2% of researchers worldwide.

Outstanding facilities

Providing an excellent student experience at Canterbury.

Everything you need to know about our Business (top-up) course

Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

You 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.

How you'll study

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.

Alumni story

The main objective for me was finding a course that had great links to industry.

Varun Madhuranath completed the Business (Top-up) course and now works for Amazon at their European headquarters in Luxembourg.

Your future

Our graduates look to make their mark on the organisations they join, whether they are large multinational companies or small local firms in Kent.

Kent Business School students make their ambitions known, working at companies like:

  • Deloitte UK
  • Deutsche Bank
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
  • ASOS
  • Disney
  • TikTok.
UK business graduate salaries
Very high
Average base pay (90 salaries)

A vibrant environment

See what it’s like to study the Business (top-up) at Kent with a tour of our Canterbury campus.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:


  • UK
  • EU
  • International

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.

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

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


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

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Top 40

In the QS World University Rankings 2024, Kent has been ranked 39th within the UK and is in the top 25% of Higher Education Institutions worldwide.

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Free membership for undergraduates living on campus in 2024.

Research excellence

Kent has risen 11 places in THE’s REF 2021 ranking, confirming us as a leading research university.


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