Business (top-up) - BA (Hons)

UCAS code N107

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If you already have an HND or a foundation degree in a business-related subject, Kent’s top-up programme offers you the chance to gain an honours degree in just one year of university study.


Kent Business School (KBS) is a top 20 UK business school for academic teaching, student satisfaction and graduate employment prospects. Within this community, you can learn how to challenge assumptions and think creatively.

We provide a friendly, student-focused environment, which helps you to make the most of your studies. With students and staff from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities, you learn in an international environment and this helps you to develop a global business perspective.

Our degree programme

Your studies begin in early September with a two-week Study Skills module. Following this, you choose modules that extend your knowledge from a wide range available. Our modules cover all aspects of business including human resource management, innovation and enterprise, leadership and business ethics.

Extra activities

Alongside your lectures and seminars, you have many opportunities to interact directly with the business community. Special events and schemes have previously included:

  • workshops and seminars
  • business challenges
  • enterprise initiatives, including the Business Start-Up Journey
  • networking events.

You can also get involved with the student-run Kent Business and Kent Enterprise societies; in previous years they have organised regular events with guest speakers from industry and supported budding entrepreneurs with their ventures.

Professional network

Kent Business School has long-established links with business schools in China, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Finland. We also have excellent links with local, national and international businesses.

Independent rankings

In the National Student Survey 2016, Business Studies at Kent was ranked 15th for overall satisfaction. Business Studies at Kent was ranked 17th in The Times Good University Guide 2017.

Of Business Studies students who graduated from Kent in 2015, 93% were in work or further study within six months (DLHE). Business Studies at Kent was ranked 16th for graduate prospects in The Times Good University Guide 2017.

Course structure

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.  Most programmes require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Based on sector research and curriculum developments, we intend to offer the following innovative new modules on this programme from 2016/17, subject to availability:

CB709 - Buyer Behaviour
CB602 - Digital Marketing Applications
CB756 - Digital Information Systems: A Management Perspective
CB753 - International and Comparative HRM
CB751 - Psychology of the Contemporary Workplace

The following modules are offered to our current students. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation:

Stage 3

Modules may include Credits

A synopsis of the curriculum

Students will be expected to develop the ability to use appropriate techniques of analysis and enquiry within Operations Management and to learn how to evaluate alternatives and make recommendations. Topics include:

• Strategic role of operations and operations strategy

• Design of processes and the implications for layout and flow

• Design and management of supply networks

• Resource planning and management

• Lean systems

• Quality planning and managing improvement

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The module provides a broad, basic understanding of strategy and strategic management, on which further strategic analysis and exploration of strategic issues can be built. It introduces students to the key vocabulary, concepts and frameworks of strategic management and establishes criteria for assessing whether or not a strategy can be successful. It introduces students to frameworks for analysing the external and internal environments and to different theories of how these relate and of their impact on strategy formulation and implementation.

Students will learn how to identify strategic issues, develop strategic options to address them and decide which option(s) to recommend. Through theoretical readings and case studies, students will develop an appreciation of strategy in different contexts and from different perspectives and of the complexity of strategic decision-making. Students will enhance their ability to read business articles from a strategic perspective and to present strategic arguments in a structured manner

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The aim of this module is to provide students with in-depth knowledge about the accounting and control systems businesses use for making managerial decisions. In particular, the module focuses on profit planning decisions and it gives students a thoughtful understanding of the functioning and range of financial controls managers use for making profit planning decisions, related to both the business as a whole and its segments. Students are expected to conduct a management project: they will prepare a business plan that takes into account strategic, marketing and financial aspects. The module also enables students to know how to use accounting and control tools to assess business performance, provide feedback and give recommendations for improvements aimed to create more socially responsible and sustainable businesses. As such, this module is core to the degree program, because it gives an introduction to three key areas: managerial decision making, performance management and organizational financial management.

• The link between business strategy and management accounting and control.

• The classification of costs by nature, behaviour and decision making relevance.

• Cost, volume profit analysis and its use in profit planning decisions.

• The trade-off between operating profitability and risk.

• Financial controls for profit planning: the functioning of costing systems (job costing and activity based costing) and of budgeting systems. The business plan.

• Financial controls for performance monitoring and evaluation: standard costing, flexible budgets and variance analysis.

• Profit planning decisions for segments of business (products/ services and customers).

• Sources of finance and capital investment decisions.

• Financial controls and corporate social responsibility strategy implementation

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This module will introduce students to the key concepts of managing people, involving an examination of organisational, human resource management and industrial relations theory. This will be achieved through relating relevant theory to practical people and organisational management issues.

The main topics of study are as follows:

• The theory of HRM

• Corporate Social Responsibility & HRM

• Human Resource Planning

• Recruitment & Selection

• Training & Development

• Performance Management & Appraisal

• Reward Management

• Employment Involvement & Participation

• International & Comparative HRM

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Teaching and assessment

In a typical week, you spend eight to ten hours in lectures and seminars, and have regular access to an academic adviser for advice on matters concerning your studies. Modules also involve individual study and sessions in the computer laboratories. Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and exams.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • produce graduates of value to the region and the nation, in possession of transferable skills and prepared for employment or further study
  • develop students’ knowledge of, and employability within, the European Union
  • provide learning opportunities that are enjoyable, involve realistic workloads and offer appropriate support for students from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • foster flexibility and multidisciplinarity, and widen access to as many students as possible
  • encourage students’ personal development and their critical attitudes towards change and enterprise, to reflect the dynamism and vibrancy of the business environment
  • provide specialised studies relevant to individual vocations and professions in which students are intending to seek employment or further postgraduate study
  • develop students’ abilities in Business and related specialisms
  • instil in students a range of transferable skills, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life and further study.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • organisations and their internal environment, culture, functions and processes including structure, governance, operations and management and the individual and corporate behaviours and cultures that exist within and between organisations
  • the external environment, including economic, environmental, legal, political and technological, and their effects at local, national and international levels upon the strategy, behaviour and management of organisations
  • management and its processes, procedures and practices, including strategies, theories, frameworks, tasks and roles, together with problem solving and decision making
  • contemporary issues affecting business organisations and their management, including business innovation, e-commerce, creativity and enterprise, knowledge management, sustainability and globalisation
  • the management and development of people within organisations and employee relations.

Intellectual skills

You gain the following intellectual abilities:

  • apply knowledge to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems, develop reasoned arguments and challenge assumptions
  • analyse and draw reasoned conclusions concerning structured and unstructured problems related to the business environment
  • produce written work using appropriate academic conventions, including quoting from and acknowledging written sources correctly
  • conduct research into business-related issues using a variety of sources, evaluate their usefulness and organise information effectively, including appropriate referencing and presentation
  • evaluate and analyse current changes, trends, developments and practices in business and formulate arguments and opinions
  • display effective data analysis and interpretation skills.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in the following:

  • the use and interpretation of models of business problems, techniques and strategies
  • effective problem solving and decision making using appropriate business techniques, the ability to create, evaluate and assess a range of options together with the capacity to apply ideas and knowledge to a range of situations related to business and human resource management
  • the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, using appropriate formats, about business and related issues
  • conduct detailed research into business/management issues for project work, using a variety of sources and appropriate methodologies
  • the effective procurement and development of human resources and employee relations
  • the ability to explain and evaluate a variety of business strategies and operational issues.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in the following:

  • the ability to manage your own roles and responsibilities, effective time-management to achieve objectives, undertake personal and career development, and apply skills gained to changing situations and contexts
  • the ability to treat other people’s values, beliefs and opinions with respect, to relate to, and interact effectively with, individuals and groups, work as a team member and develop negotiating skills
  • communication: the ability to receive and respond to a variety of information, present information in a variety of visual forms, communicate effectively in writing, and participate in oral and non-verbal communication
  • manage tasks and solve problems: the ability to use information sources, deal with routine and non-routine tasks, to identify and solve a range of problems
  • the ability to apply numerical skills and techniques appropriately
  • the ability to use a range of IT equipment and systems appropriately.


Graduate destinations

Our graduates find work in public and private sector management and consultancy, both overseas and in the UK. Recent graduates have gone on to take up positions at 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.

Help finding a job

Kent Business School has an excellent international reputation and good links with businesses globally. This network is very useful to students when looking for work in industry. We also offer career and skills development events.

The University’s friendly Careers and Employability Service can also give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

Career-enhancing skills

You graduate with a solid grounding in core business management concepts, theories and skills, with a particular focus on global business.

To help you appeal to employers, you also learn key transferable skills that are essential for all graduates. These include the ability to:

  • think critically
  • communicate your ideas and opinions
  • manage your time effectively
  • work independently or as part of a team.

You can also gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language, volunteering, or developing analytical skills via Kent’s Q-Step Centre.

Independent rankings

Of Business Studies students who graduated from Kent in 2015, 93% were in work or further study within six months (DLHE). Business Studies at Kent was ranked 16th for graduate prospects in The Times Good University Guide 2017.

Entry requirements

Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice. 

It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

New GCSE grades

If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
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
  • UK foundation degree in a business-related subject at 60% overall average.

Mathematics and English grade C

Access to HE Diploma


BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)


International students

The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country.

If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.

Meet our staff in your country

For more advise about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events. 

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme. 

General entry requirements

Please also see our general entry requirements.


The 2017/18 tuition fees for this programme are:

UK/EU Overseas
Full-time £9250 £13810

UK/EU fee paying students

The Government has announced changes to allow undergraduate tuition fees to rise in line with inflation from 2017/18.

In accordance with changes announced by the UK Government, we are increasing our 2017/18 regulated full-time tuition fees for new and returning UK/EU fee paying undergraduates from £9,000 to £9,250. The equivalent part-time fees for these courses will also rise from £4,500 to £4,625. This was subject to us satisfying the Government's Teaching Excellence Framework and the access regulator's requirements. This fee will ensure the continued provision of high-quality education.

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.* 

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.

General additional costs

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


University funding

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

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

The Government has confirmed that EU students applying for university places in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will still have access to student funding support for the duration of their course.


General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

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 AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

The scholarship is also extended to those who achieve AAB at A level (or specified equivalents) where one of the subjects is either Mathematics or a Modern Foreign Language. Please review the eligibility criteria.

The Key Information Set (KIS) data is compiled by UNISTATS and draws from a variety of sources which includes the National Student Survey and the Higher Education Statistical Agency. The data for assessment and contact hours is compiled from the most populous modules (to the total of 120 credits for an academic session) for this particular degree programme. Depending on module selection, there may be some variation between the KIS data and an individual's experience. For further information on how the KIS data is compiled please see the UNISTATS website.

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