BA (Hons) Management (Top-up)

Start date(s):
13 Sep 2021, 24 Jan 2022
1.5 years
Level 6
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Part Time
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Daytime, Evening
Framwellgate Moor Campus
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This programme is validated by Open University


Course details may be subject to change

This programme will top-up your foundation degree in a business related area to a management degree. It will give you the skills to succeed in the highly competitive business environment and provide you with an excellent foundation for a wide range of business and management careers.

This versatile programme gives you the option to choose units of study that suit your interests. You can either choose the general management route, or choose from five specialised areas of business to focus your studies.
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The underpinning aims of the programme are to:
  • Enable you to acquire and develop a range of higher level skills appropriate to the work of managers at middle level.
  • Facilitate you to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of management and demonstrate the ability to apply such principles in a range of specific contexts.
  • Enable students to analyse and evaluate their own learning, and undertake independent self-development.
  • Provide a stimulating, rigorous and challenging academic experience that fosters a commitment to lifelong learning within the student.


There are four core modules:

  1. Contemporary Issues in Management - An introduction to current topics in the field of management, including of business ethics, the concept of internal and external stakeholders, the role of the law, the concepts of sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.
  2. Strategy and Change - This module will explore how an organisation moves through key stages in its development, whilst trying to achieve a competitive advantage and delivering innovation. It has been designed to provide you with an understanding of the core business areas of strategy and change.
  3. Managing Organisational Performance - This module brings together elements of performance management which are crucial for organisational effectiveness, drawing upon the disciplines of Human Resource Management, Quality Management and Financial Management. It will enable students to appreciate all three perspectives and apply appropriate techniques to enhance operational performance.
  4. Dissertation - In undertaking the Management Project students will be required to display the knowledge, understanding and skills.

Additionally, you will opt to study one optional module. Optional modules are subject to change, but may include:
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business & Marketing
  • Events & Marketing Management
  • Management Law
  • Managing Public, Voluntary & Community Services
  • Project Management.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

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6pm-9pm (group 1)
2pm-5pm (group 2) 6pm-9pm (group1/2)
*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

A variety of learning and teaching methods are employed throughout the programme, including lectures, seminars, academic tutorials, group work, individual guided learning, project supervision, case studies, role plays, workshops, computer simulations and the use of information technology.

Assessments are varied and include a role-play boardroom exercise, case study analysis, management project proposal, written business reports. There will be one 3 hour examination during the course.

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Industry links:

We have links with local organisations, such as:
  • Beamish Museum
  • Durham County Council
  • Northumbrian Water
  • Auckland Castle
  • South Tyneside Homes
  • Gentoo.

Our links provide industry based guest speakers and educational visits to give you a valuable insight into management in a wide range of business sectors.


Due to the nature of the course, there is no requirement to undertake a work placement.


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BA (Hons) Management (Top-up) course handbook

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Study further with a master's degree or a professional qualification such as CMI. Alternatively, use the knowledge and transferable skills you have gained through your degree to embark on, or progress, a career in management. Managerial roles can be found across all industries and sectors.

Meet our students

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Cristina Duran

Cristina moved to Durham from Madrid and is now continuing her studies to achieve a masters degree.

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Juliane Gutsch

Juliane chose to come to New College Durham as it provided her with the opportunity to study in a foreign country.

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Annual increases

Tuition fees are chargeable for the academic period required by the programme, with annual amounts charged for each academic year of the programme unless otherwise stated. It is to be expected that tuition fees will include an inflationary rise each year, for the duration of study. This will be agreed by the College Strategy and Resources Committee who will consider Increases in College costs, including the provision of teaching, supervision and course-related facilities.

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Additional Costs

There are no additional compulsory costs. Study excursions will be offered at an additional cost, however, these are optional, attended voluntarily and are not essential to studying the programme.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview (or Skype interview for international students), where you will be offered information, advice and guidance as to which BA Management programme is best suited to your career goals.

Your suitability to the course will be assessed on the basis of your management and professional knowledge and skills.

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Entry Criteria

You will hold a Level 5 qualification in business, management or public administration.

If English is not your first language, you will be required to hold IELTs Level 6 or above (or equivalent).

Suitable alternative qualifications in an appropriate field of study may also be considered to access the study programme.