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BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-Up)

University of Sunderland

About the university

The University of Sunderland is an innovative, forward-thinking university with high standards of teaching, research and support that sits at the heart of one of the UK's most up and coming cities. Testament to their growing reputation, the university was nominated for University of the Year in 2012 (Times Higher Education Awards).

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The BA (Hons) Business and Management (Top-Up) degree will provide you with the necessary expertise to critically evaluate business models and concepts and apply them to real-world situations. Upon completion of this course will be able to apply your skills to a wide range of organisations, both commercial and not-for-profit.

Please call us on 0800 268 7737 for further details or browse details of the programme in our prospectus.



The BA (Hons) Business and Management (Top-Up) degree will provide you with the necessary expertise to critically evaluate business models and concepts and apply them to real-world situations. Upon completion of this course will be able to apply your skills to a wide range of organisations, both commercial and not-for-profit.

Please call us on 0800 268 7737 for further details or browse details of the programme in our prospectus.

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About this course

  • Title

    BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-Up)

  • Awarding Body

    University of Sunderland

  • Mode

    Text based distance learning. Stand alone course or part of a three year degree.


This course is expected to be completed within 15 months. However, our online distance learning students have flexibility in setting their own pace of study, which means that the course can be completed in a minimum period of 1 year.

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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Management) or equivalent.


Why RDI?

Going back to the classroom doesn’t suit everyone. We are proud to be the affordable way for thousands of students to achieve their qualifications and life goals whilst they work. At RDI we offer you the best support possible throughout your studies, because we know it makes a difference.

“It provides a level of comfort to me knowing that there is always someone who can guide me, or answer any questions that I may have as my studies progress.” Bernadette, BA (Hons)

We believe support doesn’t just start when times are tough – real support needs to be there throughout your student journey. Our knowledgeable admissions team will discuss your course and all your options with you and help ensure you make the best choice for you and your career. Our programme coordinators and progression teams will offer you a real person to call or email, and will be there from enrolment to graduation – ensuring you have everything you need to focus on your studies. Our expert tutors are passionate about bringing the course to life and making it meaningful to your world.

“It is not always easy to balance family, education and travelling at the same time. But due to the flexibility of RDI my dream of obtaining a degree without sacrificing my family has been fulfilled.” Banda, BA (Hons)

We are proud to change people’s lives by helping them to invest in themselves and maxmise their own potential in the world.

Who are RDI?

Who are RDI?

We are online distance learning experts who work in partnership with UK universities to deliver their qualifications to you flexibly, affordably and supportively.

For over 25 years RDI has partnered with UK universities to deliver their courses by distance learning. This provides you with the best of both worlds; distance learning experts to support you and a full university qualification at the end of your studies.

Recognised for high quality

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The university and RDI – who provides what?

Awarding your qualification

Your course is awarded by the university or professional institution. On completion you receive exactly the same certificate as an on campus student and will even be invited to the same graduation ceremony.

Providing you with everything you need to succeed

RDI provide you with all the study materials, tutors for academic support and a student support co-ordinator who will make your studying successful and enjoyable. You will learn through RDI’s state-of-the-art online learning platform and engage with other students from all over the world.

RDI also liaise with the university partner during the enrolment process to help you receive your offer of a place and enrol you with the university. We also make sure you receive your final certificate and invitation to the graduation ceremony.



Graduates with an HND / degree in Business and Management have a very wide range of employment options open to them. The most popular destinations for recent graduates in these subject areas include roles in business, human resources, finance, marketing PR and sales. A significant amount of recent graduates start their careers at management level though the majority will normally gravitate towards this level through dedicated training schemes and gradual promotion. A typical degree in this area is vocationally orientated in nature and will allow you to explore a range of employment avenues prior to graduation. The areas of your degree which you particularly enjoy and the modular choices you make should assist you in making a decision about where to target your career planning. The wide amount of business related skills you gain will make you an attractive proposition to many employers – these skills include: analytical and critical thinking, problem solving, strong interpersonal and communication skills as well as an appreciation of organisational behaviour and structures. Such skills will expand your options beyond those most commonly associated with this degree area. A selection of alternative options is listed below. Whichever area you decide to concentrate on you should seek opportunities throughout your degree to gain credible experience that showcases to employers that you can put into practice the skills gained on your degree within real life environments.

It is worth noting as a general point that graduates of any degree subject have a much wider range of options available to them than those work areas linked to the subject matter of their degree. Up to 70% of graduate opportunities are open to graduates of any discipline. It is your graduate status employers are interested in and the transferable skills your degree studies have conferred on you, including those listed above. Both of these indicate strong potential for future development in multiple areas.

Typical job titles:
  • Area Manager
  • Graduate Area Manager
  • Business Adviser
  • Business Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Development Executive
  • Business Development Manager
  • Business Relationship Manager
  • Business Compliance Officer
  • Business Analytics and Modelling Consultant
  • Business Performance & Transformation Consultant
  • Management Consultant
  • Marketing Executive
  • Operations Manager
  • Financial Controller
  • Sales Executive
  • Retail Manager
  • Chartered management accountant
  • Corporate investment banker
  • Financial Analyst
Popular Alternative Job Titles

Account Manager, Employee Relations Officer, Logistics and Distribution Manager, Administrator, Immigration Officer, Supervisor, Marketing Executive, Travel Consultant, Public Relations Assistant, Systems Analyst, Hotel Manager, Project Manager, Restaurant Manager, Junior Analyst, Civil Service Officer

Notable employers:

Business and Management graduates have a huge choice of employers to focus their attentions on. Listed below is a selection of notable employers within areas of current growth.
Consultancy: Accenture, Deloitte, McKinsey, PricewaterhouseCooper, Capgemini

Accountancy and Finance: Barclays, Bank of America Lloyds, Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Royal Bank of Scotland, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC

Retail: Aldi, Boots, Tesco,, Sainsbury’s, Co-operative Group, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Morrisons

Engineering: Atkins, Arup, Balfour Beatty, Laing O’Rourke, AMEC

IT and Telecommunications: BT, IBM, Channel 4, Microsoft, Apple

Public Sector: The Civil Service: Fast Stream, The Home Office, The NHS, The BBC, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Network Rail, NGDP for Local Government

Industry overview:

With the graduate recruitment market slowly returning to pre-recession levels and the vast range of opportunities open in general business areas there is cause for optimism for Business and Management graduates. Graduate recruitment is at its highest level since 2007 with the biggest growth in vacancies within the public sector employers, accounting & professional services firms, City investment banks, retailers and engineering &industrial companies – all potential sources of employment for Business and Management graduates.

The greatest growth in opportunities is in consultancy roles with consultancy firms, such as Accenture and PriceWaterhouseCooper, looking to recruit graduates to junior analyst roles often a stepping stone into consultancy positions. Another key growth area is risk management, particularly within the finance sector. The aftermath of the economic recession has necessitated a need for graduates who can demonstrate the potential to manage change and risk and make effective decisions about resources and managing people. A high percentage (37%) of graduate positions in 2014 are expected to be filled by graduates who have already worked for the organizations they are applying to –either through paid internships, industrial placements or vacation work further emphasizing the value of gaining relevant experience in your chosen sector. The vast array of options available to Business and Management graduates listed above will require you to choose carefully the type of experience you seek as you will need to demonstrate to potential employers a strong interest in and commitment to the type of roles you apply for.

Skills you will need to show:

Leadership- the capacity to inspire others, to handle responsibility and to make decisions- decision-making – a critical skill for those seeking management roles.
Analytical and critical thinking – the ability to anaylse and interpret complex information, situations and strategies
Excellent written and oral communication skills – the ability to produce accurate reports and to engage individuals at all levels within an organisation
Numeracy – essential for interpreting numerical data, managing budgets and predicting financial spend
Time management –managing projects ,often multiple, will necessitate strong planning skills and the ability to meet deadlines, essential to managing and maintaining contracts with business partners
Commercial awareness- an understanding of how businesses operate effectively and profitably within the larger economy
IT Skills- with technology constantly evolving the ability to work with existing and new systems is essential

What do the LinkedIn stats say?

Top employers: Lloyds, RBS, HSBC, Tesco, Barclays, EY, Accenture, PWC, NHS, IBM
Top job functions: Sales, Operations, Consulting, Finance, Marketing, Support, HR, Project Management, IT, Administrative
Note the top employers and job functions represent individuals in the UK who are registered on Linkedin. As of November 2014 LinkedIn states it has 17 million users in the UK. The working population in the UK is 38 million. Some employers are more likely to be on the list because they offer so many opportunities.

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Take the next steps towards getting your qualification by applying online or calling us today.

Contact our admissions team on 0800 268 7737 or +44 24 765 15700