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About the course

Are you hoping to upgrade your existing qualifications to a full UK honours degree? This intensive business administration top-up programme is specifically designed to help you build on what you’ve already learned from either past study or work in industry. Students cover a range of relevant topics including human resources, marketing, management and business academia - developing a sought-after set of practical business administration skills.

Solent’s intensive business administration top-up is perfectly suited to students who are looking to upgrade their existing qualifications and earn a full honours degree in just one year. Students will focus on core business functions, gaining a transferable skillset that can be applied in a broad range of business environments.

The academic experience on this degree centres on first hand advice and real examples of business scenarios. Studying a broad range of industries and roles is advantageous, as it help students to decide where their specialisms lie and which industry they might like to pursue employment in.

The course team maintain strong relationships with local and national businesses. These relationships have previously led to live assessment briefs, work experience placements and guest lectures. Exercises like this ensure that students are kept up to date with the latest industry developments.

Students are also guided as they write a dissertation, carrying out in-depth research into a relevant business area. Students use the analytics skills learnt throughout the course to inform this research, and are encouraged to focus on an area that they think they might like to work in after graduation.

After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Convert existing qualifications and experience into an internationally recognised honours degree in just one year you'll study both national and international business.

What does this course lead to?

This is a broad business administration degree providing entry to a number of business, management and marketing environments. This top-up covers a broad range of core business areas, building on your existing knowledge and providing you with the essential skills required to thrive in a busy workplace.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for those who have some business-related qualifications, and wish to upgrade these to a full honours degree. Students build upon their existing knowledge by studying topics such as HR, marketing and management, making it ideal for those who wish to progress their career further.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

Minimum three merits (60 credits) at Level 5 of a business HND, with appropriate management units

  • Completion of the second year of a relevant and comparable degree
  • Course equivalent of a merit pass in a business HND 
  • English qualification equivalent to PTE 56 or IELTS 6.0, with at least PTE 51 or IELTS 5.5 in each component.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 3039

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Strategy for Management and Marketing
  • Business Finance Management 
  • Cross-cultural Management 
  • HR Management 
  • Academic and Professional Development 
  • Business Consultancy Project


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Joanne Hooker academic profile Joanne Hooker Course Leader View profile
Whysnianti Basuki academic profile Whysnianti Basuki Senior Lecturer View profile
David Collinson academic profile David Collinson Senior Lecturer View profile
Gillian Saieva academic profile Gillian Saieva Senior Lecturer View profile
Gill Cashell academic profile Gill Cashell Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

The School of Business, Law and Communications has been awarded the Small Business Charter, which recognises the support Solent gives to entrepreneurs and local businesses and Solent’s student entrepreneur programme encourages and supports student businesses.

Industry links

As part of the School of Business, Law and Communications, the business administration team has strong professional and industry experience which informs and directs your learning.

This is complemented by a range of guest speakers, live assessment briefs and pitch consultancy assessments to develop your knowledge of the industry and enhance your employability.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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