This top-up year is designed to hone your business and management skills specifically for the creative industries. Equivalent to Year 3 of an undergraduate degree, the course enables you to convert an existing qualification such an HND into a full degree. You’ll join the programme at level 6 with your previous knowledge and accredited learning, and achieve a greater level of independence with self-managed research, study and practice.

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.


Study Level
BA (Hons) degree (level 6)


Study Mode
Full Time


Course Length
1 year


UK / EU Fees
£9,250 / year


Non EU Fees
£15,500 / year


Global Plus Fees
£21,500 / year


Start Date
September / February / May

Course Details

  • Business Strategy
  • Marketing Strategy and Planning
  • Enterprise Sustainability and Business Ethics
  • Business Research
  • Final Business Project

Prepare for a role in the creative industries

Over the course of the year, you will develop the full range of entrepreneurial skills. For example, you’ll deepen your knowledge and understanding of tactical decision-making, whilst learning how to capture and create customer value at a strategic level.

In addition, as ethical behaviour and corporate social responsibility now form part of the everyday consciousness of the consumer, you will be presented with the concept of business ethics and develop your abilities to examine its relevance when considering business objectives.

Your final project will allow you to develop your skillset related to independent enquiry, enabling you to undertake a sustained research investigation of direct relevance to your area of interest.

Overall, the course will foster your intellectual and ethical development and encourage your personal commitment to becoming a business professional. It will also develop your core behaviours through learning activities that will enable you to start your professional career with confidence.

Career Prospects

This top-up year aims to offer students who have hitherto studied for a general business-related HND course or equivalent the opportunity to focus on nurturing their knowledge and skills specifically for work in the creative sector. Graduates from this programme will be encouraged to develop an independent-minded approach to idea-generating and problem-solving that will give them the confidence to apply for jobs across a range of creative industries.

Entry Requirements

UK entry requirements

  • Students should have a BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) or equivalent qualification in Business or related subject. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
  • For international students, an IELTS score of 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in each of the components is required.

International entry requirements

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

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If applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.

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