Leadership, Business and Management (Top-up)
Become an effective manager and a confident leader
Why take this course?
The global economy is developing rapidly, providing new challenges and opportunities. Competition is fierce and organisations are looking for new ways to improve their creativity, innovation and efficiency. Focusing on strategic management issues and current and future developments in business, this ‘top-up’ course will enhance your existing knowledge about the dynamic and exciting world of business. It will provide you with the opportunity to acquire deeper knowledge and understanding of key business and management subjects that are highly relevant for any management career.
This nationally recognised academic qualification is delivered in partnership with you and your employer. Incorporating elements of your work into your learning, it will cause as little disruption as possible to your employment and help you to make a more effective contribution to your organisation, as well as improve your career prospects.
Find out more about this course and our facilities by attending one of our regular open evenings where you can meet teaching staff and current students.
What will I experience?
You will learn alongside fellow students from a variety of backgrounds, industries and disciplines which will broaden your knowledge and experience. Your fellow students will form part of your future business network and you are likely to support one another long after graduation.
We aim to keep tuition fees as low as possible, offering extremely good value to employers wishing to offer their staff professional development and to those who want to prove their worth by achieving a higher education level honours degree.
What opportunities might it lead to?
This course is ideally suited as a career step into a wide range of management roles and responsibilities. Our Purple Door Careers and Recruitment team will support you in developing the skills needed to pursue employment opportunities in your chosen career area.
Ultimately I wanted to get this qualification to increase my confidence and achieve something that will boost my personal development.
Keeley Ormsby, business student
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It's not too late to apply for 2017
Find out more
- UCAS Course Code:
- 18 months part time (top-up)
- 2017 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
- The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score ENTRY
240 HE credits from University of Portsmouth Foundation degree in Business and Management or Leadership and Management, or 240 HE credits from a similar Business qualification. See full entry requirements
- 2018 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
240 HE credits from University of Portsmouth Foundation degree in Business and Management or Leadership and Management, or 240 HE credits from a similar Business qualification. See full entry requirements OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: Year 1 £4,110 p/a*, Year 2 £2,060*
2017/18 entry: Year 1 £8,400 p/a**, Year 2 £4,200**
*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
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- Portsmouth Business School
- Programme specification
Structure & Teaching
Strategic Management is designed to help you to apply strategic management frameworks and concepts to the organisation in which you are employed. It will enable you to evaluate the future direction of your organisation.
- the academic field of strategic management
- the strategic management decision process
- strategic analysis of the external environment, internal resources and competences
- business level strategy
- corporate level strategy
- international strategy
- generating and selecting strategic options
- methods of growth
- managing change and reviewing past strategies
Improvement & Creativity will help develop your knowledge and understanding of the application of ideas, methodologies, processes and techniques for improving and sustaining the performance of organisations.
- change management
- performance measurement
- operational improvement
- Lean and Six Sigma
- process management
- employee engagement
- embedding and sustaining change and improvement programmes
- creativity in terms of organisational climate and techniques
Critical Leadership: Theory and Practice covers traditional and current approaches to leadership and takes a critical approach which encourages you to debate accepted norms, to explore leadership practice within organisations and consider your own emergent leadership potential.
- leader vs. leadership and the leader vs. manager debate
- traditional leadership theories, traits, functions, styles
- leadership and followership models
- implicit leadership and the romance of leadership
- negative leadership
- gender and intercultural leadership
- leadership competencies and leader selection
- training development and the assessment of leaders
Critical Thinking and Research Skills for Business will enable you to design a sound proposal for a piece of original research to be completed as your dissertation or independent study project in the final year.
- thinking and critical thinking
- the nature of research
- philosophical foundations of research – choice of perspective
- methodologies and methods
- accessing and reviewing literature as part of a student research project
- using appropriate sources, including the library, internet and search engines
- research planning and management
- ethics and awareness of the wider environment
- research design – producing a proposal
- data collection and analysis – qualitative and quantitative methods
- writing up research
You can then choose between:
The Dissertation which is a piece of independent research and builds on the skills developed during the taught part of the course. You will write up the results of your research in a dissertation of 11,000 words with tutorial support by a supervisor allocated to you depending on the subject area you have chosen.
The Independent Study Project (ISP) is a piece of independent research which results in 11,000 words comprising several artefacts including learning logs and a reflection upon the process. Unlike the Dissertation, the work is more prescriptive and you will be directed towards the research topic, the expected output and structure. No primary research is undertaken in the ISP. Regular workshops are held throughout the teaching block and submission of the learning logs will allow the ISP tutor to provide formative feedback prior to submission of the final report.
Teaching and Assessment
Our approach to learning is friendly, supportive and participative with teaching taking the form of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and work-based learning. You will benefit from the diversity of students on the course, who come from many different business backgrounds, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with each other.
How are you assessed?
We ensure a balance in assessment approaches to suit your differing learning styles. Here’s how we assess your work:
- online activities
- essay assignments
- a 10,000-word dissertation
Business and Management
This part-time, top-up BA (Hons) degree programme is designed to allow you to embark upon a balanced and inspiring journey that transcends through 'Strategic Management', 'Operational Improvement and Creativity' and 'Critical Leadership'; all innovatively delivered within our friendly and supportive environment.
Facilities & Features
Academic Skills Unit (ASK)
ASK will help you become a successful university student. Our workshops are designed to improve a number of essential academic skills from essay writing and understanding plagiarism to revision and exam techniques. This is a great way to enhance your academic performance and make a smooth transition into university study.
We have invested heavily in open access computer suites across campus. Great working spaces with high-spec PCs (multimedia and CAD), Macs and printing facilities. There is also more specialised software and equipment available such as large format printing, audio-visual equipment and language laboratories. Should you need any assistance, there are specialist technicians on hand to support you in using the facilities.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
Budgeting for your studies
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.
Careers & Opportunities
With this qualification under your belt, there will be a range of career opportunities within business open to you, including marketing, sales, administration, e-commerce, accounting and human resource management.
You will also be eligible to progress onto a relevant Master's programme offered by Portsmouth Business School, or elsewhere.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- business development officer
- recruitment consultant
- emarketing executive
- publicity officer
- risk analyst
This course is delivered in partnership with you and your employer. Incorporating elements of your work into your learning, it will cause as little disruption as possible to your employment and help you to make a more effective contribution to your organisation, as well as improve your career prospects.
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
Online application form
Apply direct using our online form
Your application will be received by the University's Admissions Team before being transferred to individual departments for consideration and processing.
Portsmouth Business School visiting opportunities
Portsmouth Business School holds regular open evenings for those interested in postgraduate and part-time study. For more information and to register please visit our events page.
Staff from our international Office regularly attend overseas exhibitions. To find out more about these and our visits to your region see our International Office exhibitions page.
Fees and Funding
Find out more about fees and funding available to you at Portsmouth.