BA (Hons) Business Management top-up

Overview of the programme:

By selecting this top-up degree that will give your career a jump start, you will discover how businesses operate.

You’ll gain the knowledge and practical skills necessary to work as a manager in the digital industry. You’ll discover how to prosper in the dynamic, international economy of today.

Your abilities will therefore be applicable anywhere, whether your goal is to launch your own firm or work for an organization.

As the programme is 100% online, you can continue working and growing your profession while incorporating learning into your current professional commitments

Learning aims:

The programme aims to provide:
  • a broad integrated study of all types of business organizations and their underlying operating principles and practices;
  • a study of the wider context of organizations, how they are managed and the changing environment in which they exist;
  • the development of key skills associated with managing high performance organizations; and
  • lifelong learning and employability skills to enable you to prepare for a future career in business and management and to play an active part in the development of local, national and international organizations.

Learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge & Understanding: Demonstrate integrative and specialist knowledge, and critical understanding of business and management principles, concepts, contexts, approaches and challenges key to organizations of various kinds
  • Applied Knowledge & understanding: Apply a range of general and specialized knowledge and skills to define and execute an organization-related project in the field of business.
  • Generic Cognitive skills: Research, critically analyze, interpret and formulate solutions to organizational challenges and, in doing so, display originality and creativity in handling complex issues
  • Communication, ICT & Numeracy: Effectively communicate information and objective argument, in writing and speech, in professional contexts using both analogue and digital tools.
  • Communication, ICT & Numeracy: Interact and interpret numerical data and appreciate statistical concepts and communicate this in an audience appropriate manner.
  • Communication, ICT & Numeracy: Analyze the role technology plays in organizations and the challenges and benefits of digital transformation.
  • Autonomy, Accountability and working with others: Exercise appropriate autonomy and initiative, assume responsibility, collaborate effectively, and deal with complex ethical and processional issues
  • Autonomy, Accountability and working with others: Critically reflect on your own ideas, work and performance to determine personal development needs

Career Opportunities:

A bachelor’s degree in business administration offers you a wide range of job options by providing you with a comprehensive set of skills that are in high demand among companies.

The types of roles that can be offered – Marketing Manager, Sales Manager, Operations Analyst, General Manager, Business Process and Design Analyst, Procurement Manager, Business Development Manager, International Sales Manager, among other positions.

Module Overview

Students enrolled in BA (Hons) Business Management (top-up) programme will study the following modules, bifurcated in two terms:


To succeed in the future, managers must develop the resources and capabilities
needed to gain and sustain advantage in competitive markets. The way in
which organizations attempt to develop such competitive advantage
constitutes the essence of their strategy.

Indicative content

  • Introduction to strategic management: What is strategy; strategic analysis;
    classical and emergent schools; strategic thinking; levels of strategy.
  • Strategy context. Competitive advantage of a firm: Defining the business
    environment. Industry analysis: turbulence and dynamics. Porter’s five forces; new
    dynamics in the 21st century.
  • Business level strategy: Sources of competitive advantage: Competitive stance,
    business level strategy, corporate level strategy; generic strategies; hybrid
    strategy; value chains.
  • Beyond competition: The nature of competition; co-operation; co-opetition;
    strategic alliances and joint ventures; mergers and acquisitions.
  • Strategy in the public sector: Public-private partnership as a strategic tool of
    public sector management


You’ll combine theory and practice to examine organizational change and
transformation in times of uncertainty

Indicative content

  • Analyzing change contexts and drivers: The change context: globalization,
    technology, and changing market dynamics; change management and
  • Theories of change and approaches to change management: Models of change
    and change management; trans- formational change and organizations; Critical
    discourse in change management.
  • Human resources issues in change management: Participative change ;
    managing psychological contracts, social identity, stakeholder positioning and
    dynamics in times of radical change ; voice, dialogue and rethinking resistances
    in radical change; Culture, habits and unlearning.
  • Change in context: (this will change each year and will form the basis of the
    guest lectures)
  • Leading and managing change: Transactional and transformational leadership; a
    competency framework for transformational leadership; values and value-based
    systems in transformational change


Undertake some practical research in response to a current business need of a
real company and produce a suitable management report with

Indicative content

  • Analyzing a problem: Using different analysis techniques such as data flow
    diagrams, entity relationship modeling and process mapping, examine
    problems to better understand the current position of the business.
  • Innovation and innovation techniques: Using different creativity and innovation
    tools to help find solutions to business problems
  • Innovation for global growth (IGG): Work with multiple organizations – public,
    private and third sector, on a challenge they currently face. This will provide a
    scoping opportunity for the problem and a chance to test possible solutions.
    Prior to this event discussions on professional behavior and communication will
    take place.
  • Developing and presenting the solution: Take the solutions identified during
    IGG and further investigate their suitability. Develop one or more solutions to
    provide an implementation plan for the organization.


Contemporary accounting, business and management issues and to gain an
in-depth understanding of current thinking

Indicative content

  • Business and management: Contemporary issues in general management
  • Human resource management: Contemporary issues in human resource
    management, organization theory and structure
  • Marketing: Contemporary issues in marketing
  • Accounting and finance: Contemporary issues in accounting and finance.


This module provides a framework for the study of the challenges of managing
in complex international business environments.
Indicative content

  • Introduction: The theoretical background: Globalization and international
    business; Analysis of international external business environment; political
    factors; economical factors; social factors; technological factors and
    implications for international managers; International trade theories and
  • International Business Strategies: Strategy and international business; Country
    evaluation and selection; Export and Import strategies; Direct investments and
    collaborative strategies.
  • International and cross-cultural management: International Dimensions of
    Culture: Understanding various dimensions of culture; Hofstede’s (1980) National
    Culture Approach and Trompenaars (1993) Cultural Dimensions. Implications for
    International Managers. managing employee relations in multiple contexts
  • Managing in international contexts: Culture and Negotiations: Understanding
    the relationship between culture and negotiations; how to reconcile possible
    conflicts regarding differences in culture and negotiations.
  • Contemporary issues in managing international business: Managing
    international work assignments, Understanding the implications of CSR on MNE
    decision making.

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Teaching Methodology

On the Campus

  • Lectures in the Classroom
  • Seminars and Workshops
  • Learning through Doing
  • Research and field trips
  • For debate and discussion, students will need to contribute through independent learning, extensive background learning, and inputs during seminars and tutorials.

For the Final Year Top-up

The modules you take and the work-based learning projects you complete will determine how you are taught.

The vast majority of the course is provided through our interactive virtual learning environment. You’ll have plenty of academic assistance and resources with access to all of the study material you’ll need, discussion forums, and the opportunity to engage with classmates and lecturers via chat sessions.

You may be able to study on campus, experiencing face-to-face teaching techniques, depending on the courses you study and your region.

Admission Requirements

    1. Application form
    2. OTHM level 4 & 5 Diploma in Business Management certificates
    3. Official transcripts
    4. Copy of passport
    5. Updated CV
    6. Reference letter from former academic institution or current employer (if applicable)
    7. IELTS overall 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in each) or C3S Credibility Interview


*Payment instalment plans are available. Please contact C3S’s Administration Department for further details

Application fee

Non-refundable, paid with application : €300

Full Time


Program Duration

12 Months

The Business Management (top-up) course fee is £3,950 and starts in September, January and May.


Are you ready to take the next step toward your future career?