Business and Management Practice top-up
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If you have a foundation degree in Business and Management Practice (or equivalent) you can apply to study this one-year, Business and Management Practice top-up degree course at Solihull College & University Centre, Wiltshire College & University Centre and Abingdon & Witney College and graduate with a full BA Honours degree.
This full-time programme is designed to prepare you for a broad range of careers in business management, business and related areas. Delivery is an intensive one day a week at the College.
The Business and Management Practice ‘top-up’ modules explore business and management issues and problems that are set in realistic contexts. Theory is explored through interesting and challenging situations, often drawing on students’ experience of organisations and the workplace. This helps you to develop both critical enquiry and your own practical insights.
On this programme our strategies:
- introduce and encourage you to engage in new areas of knowledge while also giving you the opportunity to broaden and deepen your existing knowledge
- encourage you to engage in critical analysis of concepts, theories and practice and to test your analysis against received understandings and practices
- provide the opportunity to acquire practical experience in a range of activities from empirical research to presenting your findings
- encourage you to engage in critical reflection of self, others and business and management practice.
Learning and teaching
Throughout the programme, you are given opportunities to:
- participate in seminars and workshops which develop your knowledge and understanding
- work in groups to examine and discuss issues
- use e-learning as a tool to support your learning
- participate in 1:1 tutorials
- undertake projects to benefit your employer (if appropriate) and your own professional development.
A number of people are available to support, guide and assist your personal development during the programme. The Module Leaders provide academic tutoring and answer subject specific queries during modules and you’ll be invited to regular progress meetings, which will support your academic development. College Support Services provide one-to-one support, advice and guidance on issues such as personal and family problems, disability or sickness, learning difficulties and money worries. As enrolled students of Oxford Brookes, you'll also have access to the University’s support and disability services.
An assessment and feedback strategy for this programme has been developed and implemented to maximise the opportunities for you to engage deeply with assessment and feedback to support your learning and development.
This strategy involves developing assessment and feedback practices that are:
- fair, inclusive and accessible
- appropriate to disciplinary contexts
- designed to measure when intended learning outcomes are met, by aligning learning outcomes with the teaching and learning methods, the assessment criteria and the marking rubrics.
Assessments include individual and group work; written work, presentations, projects and practical work. Details of the assignments are shared with you during the first teaching session for each module. This includes guidance on the task and the marking criteria. There are opportunities to gain formative feedback on your work and review your progress with your tutor before you submit your final pieces.
Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
Financial support and scholarships
How to apply
Many students studying this programme already have work experience or are employed. Attending College for one day a week may enable you to remain in employment while undertaking the programme. You’ll need to allow additional time to study and complete your assignments.
The programme is informed by the level 6 Management Apprenticeship, providing you with the chance to develop skills, understanding and personal attributes valued by employers. The BA (Hons) Business and Management Practice can lead to management positions in business sectors such as sales, finance, human resources and marketing.
After graduation many students progress their careers through promotions with their existing employers or are appointed to new management positions in a different organisation. Some employers offer apprenticeships in Business and Management - please contact the College if this is of interest.