Leadership, Business and Management (Top-up) BA (Hons)

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Mode of Study
18 months part-time (top-up)
Start Date
September 2019


If you're in work and want to top up your Foundation degree to a full Bachelor's degree, this part-time BA (Hons) Leadership, Business and Management top-up degree course is ideal.

You'll cover topics such as strategic management, change management and business strategy, and learn how to manage people effectively. You'll also delve into leadership theories and develop your critical thinking and research skills. Delivered in partnership with you and your employer, this course lets you apply what you learn in the classroom straight away in your job.

You'll graduate with the skills to confidently tackle business issues and uncover great opportunities for yourself and your employer. Your degree will also boost your earning potential and promotion prospects, and allow you to make an even greater contribution to your organisation.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Top up what you've already learned at Foundation level, and graduate with a full Bachelor's degree
  • Learn as you work, maintaining an income while putting what you learn into practice
  • Deepen your understanding of key business, leadership and management subjects that are vital for a successful business career
  • Form a network with your fellow students who are also working professionals, providing insights from other industries and an invaluable support system for your future endeavours

Career planning

Our Careers and Employability service can help you with career planning during the course. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

A degree in leadership, business and management will set you up for a successful career in the corporate world. With this degree, you'll have the skills and knowledge to make a greater contribution to your organisation. You'll be able to work in areas such as:

  • marketing
  • sales
  • administration
  • e-commerce
  • accounting
  • human resource management

You could also go onto further study at Master's level.

Previous graduates have gone on to work as:

  • business development officers
  • recruitment consultants
  • emarketing executives
  • publicity officers
  • risk analysts

Entry requirements​

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 which may be subject to both conditions, and a satisfactory interview.
  • If appropriate, prior learning may be assessed and accredited in accordance with University policy, which includes the setting of a time limit (normally 5 years) to ensure currency.
  • Students should be employed in a role that offers appropriate opportunities for undertaking the work based learning units.

    See the other qualifications we accept

Selection Process

Applicants are subject to interview.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2018 start)

Part time

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
    • Year 1: £4,110
    • Year 2: £2,060
  • International students     
    • Year 1: £9,270
    • Year 2: £4,630

Fees may be subject to annual increase

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

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You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

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.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year are:

Strategic Management

Topics you'll cover on this unit include:

  • 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

Business Improvement and Creativity

Topics you'll cover on this unit include:

  • 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

Topics you'll cover on this unit include:

  • 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

Topics you'll cover on this unit include:

  • 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

In this year, you'll research and write your dissertation.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops
  • work-based learning

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Teaching takes place over 1 evening a week. There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed​

You'll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • online activities
  • presentations
  • essay assignments
  • a 10,000-word dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.


How to apply

Apply for this course using our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

Not quite ready to apply? Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.


How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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