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Mode of Study



18 months part-time (top-up)

Start date

September 2023


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.

Entry requirements

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

Qualifications or experience
  • 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.
  • 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.
Selection process
  • All applicants will need to attend an interview.

You may need to have studied specific subjects – see full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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

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.

What can you do with a Leadership, Business and Management (Top-up) degree?
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.


What jobs can you do with a Leadership, Business and Management (Top-up) degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to work as:

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

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.

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Leadership Business and Management Top-up degree


Core modules in this year are:

Strategic Management – 20 credits

Topics you'll cover on this module 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 – 20 credits

Topics you'll cover on this module 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: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives – 20 credits

Topics you'll cover on this module 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 Leadership and Management – 20 credits

Topics you'll cover on this module 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. This is worth 40 credits

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary opportunities that will complement your studies and build links with employers at home and abroad.

Study support tutors

You'll have help from a team of study support tutors. Based within the Faculty of Business and Law, these tutors are familiar with the specific requirements your assignments and work closely with faculty academics. This means they can give you focused support with the specific study skills you need to be successful on your course – face-to-face, by phone and email, and by video call.

They can help with:

  • Academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations, projects and literature reviews)
  • Reflective writing skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • Understanding and using assignment feedback
  • Managing your time and workload
  • Revision and exam techniques

If you're a mature student returning to study, specialist support is available.

Academic skills 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 disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.


Teaching methods on this course include:

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

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

Teaching takes place over 1 evening a week.

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.

Mrs Liz Sharples, Course Leader

Liz has 15 years academic experience teaching at  under-graduate and post graduate levels. Previously she has held many management roles within the travel and tourism sector, working for companies such as British Airways, Thomson and P&O.  Liz has had articles published in both academic journals and practitioner publications.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2023 start)

Part time

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
    Year 1 – £4,110
    Year 2 – £2,060
  • EU students (including Transition Scholarship)

     Year 1 – £4,110
     Year 2 – £2,060

  • International students

    Year 1 – £11,470
    Year 2 – £5,730

Fees may be subject to annual increase

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Tuition fees terms and conditions

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 course costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

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.


How to apply

Apply for this part-time 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

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also 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. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.