This top-up degree is specifically designed to build on your previous studies and take you to the next academic level.
This course is subject to validation.
About this degree
In just one year, you can upgrade to a BSc and graduate with a full honours degree.
You’ll get the perfect balance of academic theory and practical experience, for a well-rounded view of business and the tools you need to run your own start-up. Topping up your qualification is a great way to expand your career options, or continue into postgraduate study.
Top reasons to choose this degree
This degree has been designed in collaboration with an outstanding list of industry partners - including BT, Cisco, Nationwide and the British Heart Foundation - to give you a well-rounded view of business and the tools to run your own start-up.
By studying this degree, you’ll acquire the kind of real-world business insight and entrepreneurial skills you’ll need to stand out. You’ll be challenged academically too, with inspiring, up-to-the-minute course content designed to give you the competencies that employers value. We’ll make sure you get the best of both worlds throughout your learning and graduate with a relevant degree that truly meets the needs of employers.
What you'll study
You'll learn from a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, each designed to bring the world of business to life using real-world examples from our industry partners.
You'll study the final (Honours) year of a degree, including six compulsory core modules:
- Strategic Management (15 credits)
- Entrepreneurship (15 credits)
- Operations & Project Management (15 credits)
- Contemporary Management Challenges (15 credits)
- International Business 1 (15 credits)
- International Business 2 (15 credits)
- Final project (30 credits)
You’ll complete a major project to give you a prized workplace skill - the ability to research independently and present your findings and recommendations.
All of our degrees are designed through our unique approach which brings together leading figures from business and academic communities to design degrees that are relevant to employers.
Our programmes have been developed with input from industry partners, including Unilever, IBM, WPP - a world leader in marketing communications, Lloyds of London and leading law firm Gowling WLG.
Employers get involved in the actual delivery of modules too, so there’s a wide range of industry activities and projects that you can be part of. You’ll visit the HQ of some of the biggest companies in London, be taught by professionals through industry workshops, attend a yearly conference and have the opportunity to work with a mentor with an industry background.
That means you’ll get direct exposure to hugely successful real-world businesses and business leaders, through regular industry workshops, termly industry conferences and a yearly residential event. Previous workshops and conferences have been hosted or run by Unilever, Savills, Merrill Lynch, Direct Line Group, Holiday Extras, Atos and PA Consulting.
Our fees are as follows, but make sure you read our fee waiver information below:
- Full time: £9,000 per year
All applicants who pass the Business Workshop will be offered a partial fee waiver.
Our fee waiver policy means that the cost of our degrees compares really well to other universities and because you’ll graduate career-ready, it’s a great investment in your future. The fees include registration, tuition and examination fees, all your reading materials as eBooks and full access to our online library 24/7 as well as much more.
Why do we offer a fee waiver?
Currently, the Government offers tuition fee loans of approximately £6,000 a year to full-time students studying with Alternative Providers on eligible programmes. As we are committed to ensuring that talented students with potential have the opportunity to undertake our degrees, we give this partial fee waiver to all successful applicants to take the fee down to the level available as a tuition fee loan for eligible programmes.
This means that our students graduate with just 70% of the level of student debt when compared to the average debt held by a graduating student from a Public Provider. The government reviews the programmes eligible for student loans for new students on an annual basis, so visit our website for up-to-date information on which of our programmes are eligible for loans. These loans are for UK or EU students living in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland to help cover the costs of tuition fees.
The Government offers loans of up to approximately £6,000 pa to full-time students studying on designated courses at Higher Education Institutions like Pearson College London (see student loans section on Fees and funding page). As we are committed to ensuring that talented students with potential have the opportunity to succeed by undertaking one of our degrees, we offer all applicants who successfully complete our applicant day the opportunity to bring their tuition fees down to the level available as a tuition fee loan for eligible programmes.
For full details of Pearson College financial support packages including scholarship and bursaries, please refer to our fees, funding and scholarship page
- A Business HND or a Business Foundation degree and interview.
Offers onto the top-up degree are made following completion of an interview. We interview all our applicants because we think it's the best way to find out more about you and for you to find out more about Pearson Business School. We're interested in you as a person and your potential.
In order to achieve the fee waiver you must also attend a Business School Workshop. The workshop allows you to experience our unique learning environment and gives you a taste of what life is like studying at Pearson Business School.
If your first language is not English you will also need to demonstrate sufficient fluency in English.
Pearson Test of English
Business & Enterprise Courses (N101)
with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading and Writing and 5.5 in Speaking and Listening
with reading and writing 54 and no other subscore lower than 51
If you have been studying in English for the last two years and you meet the entry requirements for the degree, then you do not need to demonstrate your fluency through IELTS or Pearson Test of English scores.
How to apply
We encourage applications from students with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, and we particularly welcome working students.
We’re sorry, but at the moment we can’t accept applications from overseas students to study in the UK, except from the EU. AT this time unfortauntely we cannot accept students who require a visa to study in the UK.
Step 1 - Apply for your Place
If you want to study full-time, you’ll need to submit your application through UCAS. If this is your first time applying, you can find help and advice through the UCAS website. If you're ready to proceed with your application, apply to Pearson College London through UCAS.
If you want to study part-time you’ll need to apply to us directly. Please complete our Pearson Business School application form and return it to our Admissions team by email or post it to: Admissions Manager, Academic Registry, Pearson College London, 80
Strand, London, WC2R 0RL.
Step 2 - our Academic Team will consider your application very carefully and review your qualifications and grades (both already achieved and predicted). If you meet our entry requirements, we’ll invite you to an Interview and Assessment Day.
We encourage all applicants to attend an Interview and Assessment Day and sit our entrance exam, even if you meet our entry requirements, as it means we can consider you for a scholarship.
If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you’ll need to attend an Interview and Assessment Day and sit our entrance exam.
Step 3 - Interview and Assessment Day
Interview - we interview all applicants regardless of your qualifications and experience. You’ll be interviewed by senior members of our Academic Team (either one or two). They’ll assess your potential to succeed on your chosen degree, taking into account your attitude and motivation, as well as your academic potential and experience.
Assessment – we’ll ask you to sit our entrance exam, to assess whether or not you have the core skills needed to study your chosen degree.
Your Interview and Assessment Day will take place at our offices at 80 Strand and will usually last around two hours. It’s similar to those used by employers when they’re recruiting, so it will get you used to the experience from day one.
Step 4 - Your Offer
If you’ve applied for a full-time place through UCAS, you’ll receive our offer through them, but we’ll also write to you directly.
If you’ve applied for a part-time place, we’ll get in touch with you directly.
Whether you’re full or part-time, your offer may be conditional on you achieving specific grades. If so, we’ll make it clear what those grades are.
If you’d like to talk to us about anything to do with applying for a place please email or call 0203 441 1303.