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Business (Top-up)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants should have grade C or 4 in Mathematics GCSE or a suitable equivalent level qualification.

About this course


Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Business studies

Build on your business skills and experience, study BA (Hons) Business (top-up) and prepare for a career in the dynamic business environment. Kent’s top-up programme offers you the chance to gain an honours degree in just one year of university study, if you already have a HND or a foundation degree in a business-related subject.

Our Business (top-up) programme equips you with the expertise needed to lead, change and understand the business and management environment. Structured to reflect the ever changing business landscape, it embeds key themes such as globalisation, sustainability and innovation.

On our flexible programme, you take a range of compulsory modules starting with a two-week Study Skills module. Following this you choose from a broad range of optional modules allowing you shape your degree to suit your aspirations and interests, exploring areas such as digital marketing, business innovation and cross-cultural management. You can even choose to deepen your knowledge on a specific business aspect thorough a research-led project.

You have excellent opportunities to experience business in action through hands-on experience via in-class live case studies from our visiting industry experts, enterprise challenges and company visits. You also have an opportunity to gain entrepreneurial skills that will enable you to accelerate your innovative thinking into practice.

**Course Details**

Studying Business (top-up) you gain a broad understanding of business, together with fundamental skills like critical thinking, team working and problem solving. You will learn the essential skills to enable you to analyse and evaluate solutions to complex, real-life problems.

**Stage 3**

Your studies begin in early September with a two-week Study Skills module. Following this, you study a range of compulsory and optional 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.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Kent

Department:

Kent Business School

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

75%
med
Business studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Business studies

Teaching and learning

62%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

77%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

66%
UK students
34%
International students
60%
Male students
40%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Business studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£24,000
high
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
73%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
22%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals

The number of business studies graduates fell significantly last year after a long period of increase. But there were still more than 14,000 degrees awarded and this is the third most popular subject for new graduates. Because so many graduates get business studies degrees, you can find them everywhere in the economy, and very few jobs are completely out of reach for a good business studies graduate. Around 40% go into jobs in finance, sales, recruitment, management (particularly retail) or marketing. There is also a small (but well paid) group who take their technical skills into computing and IT. Thousands of graduates from this subject go into professional jobs every year, and average starting salaries are above the average for all subjects and particularly healthy in London where they top £25k. Graduates with good degree grades in business studies are much more likely to get good jobs, so don’t be complacent, and keep a close eye on your grades.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Business and management

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£24k

£24k

£30k

£30k

£35k

£35k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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