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Take your place among the next generation of business leaders with a Business and Management BA (Hons) or BA (Hons) Top Up from Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University.

If you have an existing business or management qualification, our 100% online courses are designed to build on your previous learning and prepare you to take on tomorrow’s commercial challenges with confidence.

For those with a Higher National Certificate (HNC), Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) or equivalent, our Business and Management BA (Hons) will allow you to gain your full degree in around three years. Alternatively, if you have a Higher National Diploma (HND), Foundation Degree or equivalent, our Top Up pathway will give you the opportunity to graduate with a BA (Hons) within 18 months.

No matter which you choose, you’ll be able to study from anywhere in the world, at any time – with no need for a career break. Plus, you’ll have the freedom to pay your fees in module-by-module instalments too.

Together, we can create a better future.


  • Type
    Distance learning BA (Hons) and BA (Hons) Top Up
  • Start Dates
    October 2023, January 2024, April 2024, July 2024
  • Length (min)
    BA (Hons): 3 years
    BA (Hons) Top Up: 18 months
  • Cost of Programme 2023/24*
    BA (Hons): £10,440
    BA (Hons) Top Up: £5,220
  • Typical Entry Requirements
    Level 4 or 5 qualification, or international equivalent, in a related subject.


*Please note, fees for new intakes, starting in subsequent academic years, may change. More information about this can be found in the Course Fees section below.

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Choose Your Pathway

Business and Management BA (Hons)

This pathway is perfect if you have an existing Level 4 qualification (such as an HNC, Higher Apprenticeship, CertHE or equivalent) in a business or management related subject.

The course takes around three years, part-time, to complete, or you can take a little longer if you need.

Business and Management BA (Hons) Top Up

Our Top Up is aimed at those with a Level 5 qualification, such as an HND, DipHE, Foundation Degree or equivalent, allowing them to finish their final year of study and gain a BA (Hons) degree.

You’ll graduate in around 18 months part-time. Or, if you need to, you can choose to take a little longer.

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Join the School at the Forefront of Business Education

You’ll learn from academics based in Newcastle Business School – the first Business School in Europe to secure double accreditations in both Business and Accounting from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). This is a mark of excellence that puts us in an elite group of Business Schools worldwide. We also have links with 16 professional business associations and institutions, including: AAT, ACCA, AIA, CILT UK, CIMA, CIM, CIPD, CIPFA, CIPS, CISI, CMI, ICAEW, IDM and ITT.

We’re proud to be at the forefront of sustainable entrepreneurship and business. As part of the UN sponsored Principles of Responsible Management Education compact, we’re committed to promoting these issues in our teaching, consulting and research.  Both our courses will equip you with a deeper understanding of the impact commercial leaders can have on their business, employees and the wider world.

Course Fees

Academic Year 2023/24*

  • BA (Hons): £10,440 for UK, EU and international students.
  • BA (Hons) Top Up: £5,220 for UK, EU and international students.

You’ll be able to spread this cost over the duration of your study, paying on a module-by-module basis.

*Please note, fees and modules are reviewed annually and may change in subsequent academic years.

Modules 2023/24*

BA (Hons) Modules

  • Managing People (20 credits)
  • Digital Business (20 credits)
  • Business Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Judgement and Decision Making (20 credits)
  • Innovation (20 credits)
  • Developing Personal Management Effectiveness (20 credits)
  • Project Management (20 credits)
  • International Finance and Responsible Finance Management (20 credits)
  • Strategy (20 credits)
  • Professional Project (60 credits)

BA (Hons) Top Up Modules

  • Strategy (20 credits)
  • Project Management (20 credits)
  • International Finance and Responsible Finance Management (20 credits)
  • Digital and Data Driven Marketing (20 credits)
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership (20 credits)
  • Critical Organisational Analysis (20 credits)


The form of your assessments will vary between modules but all of them will be submitted online. There will be no need to come to campus.

Distance Learning at Northumbria

As a distance learning student, you’ll benefit from having:

  • The choice of four intakes throughout the year – January, April, July or October
  • The chance to study flexibly – fit your learning in around your life and work schedule
  • Access to your own Student Success Team, who will be on hand to support you from day one through to graduation
  • 24/7 access to interactive learning materials – ranging from readings to audio and video – through our eLearning portal, Blackboard Ultra
  • Direct contact with your academics and other students living and working around the world during virtual webinar sessions and through discussion boards
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Entry Requirements

Please note, international applicants may be required to show an English language qualification, such as IELTS or Pearson PTE Academic. Enquire to learn more.

BA (Hons)

For entry onto the course, you should have one of the following UK Level 4 qualifications in a business or management related subject or an equivalent:

  • Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
  • Higher Apprenticeship

Or any other Level 4 award, certificate, diploma or NVQ with sufficient credits. International equivalent qualifications may also be accepted.

BA (Hons) Top Up

Applicants should have a UK Level 5 qualification in a related subject or equivalent. This includes a:

  • Foundation Degree
  • Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • Advanced or Associate Diploma

Or any other Level 5 award, certificate, diploma or NVQ with sufficient credits. International equivalent qualifications may also be accepted.

Distance Learning at Northumbria

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