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About the course

Got what it takes to become a leader in business? Hoping to upgrade your existing qualifications (at HND level or equivalent) into a full honours degree? Developed in partnership with local employers, this accredited top-up programme explores the rapidly changing modern business environment from the viewpoint of the decision makers.

Our industry links have provided past students with access to some of the UK’s most inspiring business leaders. Students have also worked as consultants on live client briefs, pitching ideas for top brand including Mercedes-Benz and Ahmad Tea.

Selected students are able to pursue additional qualifications during their studies. These include the PRINCE2 project management qualification, as well as industry approved qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Communication Advertising Marketing Foundation (CAM). These qualifications can give jobseekers a real advantage, demonstrating to employers that the candidate is educated to a standard put in place by the industry itself.

Think your business idea could be the next big thing? Solent’s enterprise centre is dedicated to helping student entrepreneurs to achieve success. They have previously provided support in the form of funding, office space, mentoring and guidance.

Think a career in business management might be for you? With close industry links, an experienced teaching team and ample opportunities to build management skills that are relevant to the workplace, Solent University’s business management top-up programme is perfect for those who wish to upgrade their existing qualifications (at HND level or equivalent) into a full honours degree.

This course is also available through Solent's apprenticeship programme

This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
You can apply direct to Solent University for this course.
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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 degree
This course is an apprenticeship, which is a course that is a blend of study and work. All apprentices must be in employment.

Solent University’s business management programme is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Communication, Advertising, Marketing Foundation (CAM).

What does this course lead to?

This course provides the academic skills and professional qualifications you'll need to pursue a career in a wide range of areas. Solent University’s business management top-up programme is perfect for those who wish to upgrade their existing qualifications (at HND level or equivalent) into a full honours degree.

Who is this course for?

This top-up course is the perfect way for students with a business qualification at HND level (or equivalent) to upgrade their qualification to a full undergraduate degree.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2019/20 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2018/19 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £1,545 per unit

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

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, 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.
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Key entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from those who already hold a foundation degree or HND in business or an equivalent subject, or have completed the second year of a relevant and comparable degree.

All applications are considered on an individual basis. 

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 5066

How to apply

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details.

Applications for 2019 will open soon. For any enquiries, please email admissions.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Personal and Professional Development 2
  • Strategic Management
  • Project Management in Business
  • Dissertation Project/Consultancy Project


  • Business Finance - Theory and Practice
  • International Financial Systems
  • Personal Finance
  • Cross Cultural Management
  • Human Resource Management 
  • Contemporary Business Issues
  • Not-for-Profit and Public Sector Marketing
  • Sustainable Marketing
  • Business Start-up
  • Managing for Results
  • International Marketing
  • Financial Aspects of Decision-Making

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


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
Nick Potts academic profile Nick Potts Professor 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.

You’ll have access to the ‘Sim Venture’ simulation game in our IT suites. Working in teams, you’ll have the opportunity to run your own virtual company and make decisions in all areas of business.

Students also pick from a rage of optional units, specialising their knowledge to suit career ambitions. Students may have the opportunity to pursue additional qualifications alongside their studies. These include PRINCE2 project management and Google Analytics certifications.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Banking
  • Financial services
  • General management
  • Administration

Solent’s master’s degrees in business or management build on the knowledge and skills you’ll develop on this course, enhancing your career prospects even further.

Industry links

During this course you’ll have the opportunity to work on company projects and live briefs, while guest lecturers from a range of organisations give you a greater knowledge and understanding of real-world practices.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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