Business and Management Practice top-up

BA (Hons)

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Key facts

UCAS code

100N (Abingdon and Witney) 101N (Solihull) 102N (Wiltshire)

Course length

Full time: 1 year

Part time: 18 months (up to a maximum of 3 years)


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. 

Course details

Course structure

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.

Students walking together

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.

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time off campus

Home (UK) part time off-campus

International full time off-campus
£9,900 (new students); £9,650 (continuing students)

Home (UK) full time off campus

Home (UK) part time off-campus

International full time off-campus

Tuition fees

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time off campus

Home (UK) part time off-campus

International full time off-campus
£9,900 (new students); £9,650 (continuing students)

2024 / 25
Home (UK) full time off campus

Home (UK) part time off-campus

International full time off-campus

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.

  • For information on payment methods please see our Make a Payment page.
  • For information about refunds please visit our Refund policy page

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Students must have completed an appropriate programme to be eligible to apply for the final year, Level 6, entry to the BA (Hons) Business and Management Practice.

These include:

  • A foundation degree in Business and Management Practice awarded by Oxford Brookes University, successfully gaining 240 credits and normally a minimum of 55% grade average achieved at Level 5.
  • A foundation degree in Business and Management or related disciplines in Business awarded by another university, successfully gaining 240 credits and normally a minimum of 55% grade average achieved at Level 5, subject to individual credit rating by Oxford Brookes University.

Applicants are also welcomed for consideration fron applicants with European Qualifications, International Qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions: 

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate that their level of English is acceptable, by achieving a score in a recognised test such as British Council IELTS; normally minimum level 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in the reading and writing components and 5.5 in listening and speaking.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International applications

This course is available to international students requiring a Student visa.

International students require a Tier 4 visa to study at Abingdon & Witney College.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors.

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS


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. 

Programme changes:
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our changes to programmes page.