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The BA (Hons) Business Innovation and Management (Top-up) is a final year of a UK undergraduate degree course designed to enable you to progress and develop skills and knowledge expected of business undergraduates. This course refines skills in strategy and research across disciplines of creative business practices such as marketing and management.

  • You will be confident in developing business plans and final projects utilising quantitative and qualitative research skills
  • You will be tasked with ensuring that ethics and sustainability are at the forefront of your thinking
  • You will have the opportunity to develop and hone practical and transferable skills, entrepreneurial attributes and attitudes required to make an immediate impact on business organisations.

The model of learning for the top-up course is problem-based and real-world. It is designed to give you the requisite knowledge and understanding of enterprises and the business environment, at both the macro and micro level in which they operate. You will develop a range of cognitive and intellectual skills together with competencies specific to enterprises in the creative industries,enabling you to succeed in diverse business environments or to pursue postgraduate study.
The BA (Hons) Business Innovation and Management (Top-up) is an alternative way of gaining your degree, allowing you to build upon your previous knowledge gained. You will collaborate with students within Oxford Business College in order to share good practice and gain a deeper level understanding of business and management.

You will be able to develop an understanding of business strategy, marketing, and strategic planning. You will develop the critical awareness which global businesses demand, with the specific knowledge which is applied for business innovation and management. You will also be able to provide a proposal for a research topic, which will be conducted over the whole academic year informing and contributing towards your final business project.

You will be developing research skills using a wider range of sources and produce a final business project and/or plan of feasible business ideas in relevant industries.You will also study enterprise, sustainability, and business ethics as well as entrepreneurship and creativity. There is a balance between independent research and group work to ensure you develop appropriate transferable skills for the work-place.

Study mode
Full Time
Start Date
September / February / May
UK / EU Fees
£9,250 / year
Non EU Fees
£15,500 / year
Global Plus Fees
£21,500 / year
Study Level
Level 6
Study Length
1 year

Course Details & Modules

This course is offered at Oxford Business College, with the final BA (Hons) qualification awarded by the University for the Creative Arts. This means you will study in the central Oxford premises of Oxford Business College, taking advantage of our personalised teaching approach, experienced tutors and unbeatable location in the heart of this global education capital, but following a syllabus designed and overseen by the University for the Creative Arts.

Course Module

  • Business Strategy
  • Marketing Strategy and Planning
  • Enterprise Sustainability and Business Ethics
  • Business Research
  • Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • Final Business Project
First year
First year

Key Facts

Our approach to learning, teaching and assessment seeks to develop the skills and attributes you require when working in a professional business environment, and to be able to demonstrate your professionalism.

The delivery of the course consists of lectures, seminars, supported tutorials and independent learning. Guided learning will be used for Business Research and the Final Business Project, which aims to support students through tasks designed to develop skills and understanding, and to promote communication, responsibility, and appropriate decision-making.

Oxford Business College will provide each student with access to a virtual learning environment or VLE (Moodle) to engage with course content. Units will require students to prepare for, participate in and further develop skills explored.

Two of the characteristics that employers want from you are the “soft skills” acquired through interacting effectively in groups, and the ability to work independently. This profile of teaching and learning strategies therefore prepares you for the world of work by inculcating these transferable skills.

Where required, and where possible, learning and teaching can be adapted to the specific needs of the student, through the adaptation of teaching materials as well as support from College staff.

We are committed to integrating sustainability into the curriculum. This is specifically embedded in the BA (Hons) Business Innovation and Management (Top-up) course, with a specific module on Enterprise, Sustainability, and Business Ethics as well as an emphasis on the creative industries.

Given the scope of the course, employ ability skills at business management level are embedded throughout and linked to every unit. It is a core ethos of the course and is evidenced in the overall course aims, approach to teaching and learning, as well as underpinned by co-curriculum activities, where students will gain transferable skills which are enhancing their future employ ability  and/or laying the groundwork for their own entrepreneurial ventures.

The assessment strategy for the BA (Hons) Business Innovation and Management (Top up) is concerned with the student’s development through knowledge, understanding and application of a range of technical and professional skills in the development of this knowledge. In order to make this relationship clear, learning outcomes are mapped against assessment criteria in each unit descriptor.Variety of assessments including written assignments, presentations, research proposal, and a final business project allow for diversity of assessment methodology.

Entry Requirements

UK entry Requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

  • 240 credits from a relevant degree (120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5), with a minimum of 55% overall
  • Foundation Degree in a relevant subject
  • Higher National Diploma in a relevant subject

Other relevant and equivalent UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent. If you do not have an IELTS or equivalent, you will be required to take our English test. If you require a visa to study in the UK, you will also need a minimum score of 5.5 in each individual component or to take our English language test.

* We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

In recognition that you may already have a relevant professional qualification, or appropriate working experience in the relevant industries, APEL may be accepted for entry on to the course. This will beassessed on a case by case basis.

International entry requirements

Please contact the Admissions Team for more information on international entry requirements.

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