BA (Hons) Business Management (Enterprise and Innovation) (Top Up)

The current industry requirement of graduates is that not only are they able to manage business processes, but continuously identify opportunities, solve problems and develop growth avenues. This course will equip students for a future career as corporate entrepreneurs within a large and growing organisation or as an entrepreneur running his/her own business. 

The Course includes an ‘Enterprise Based Learning’ module, whereby students will manage a real micro-business thereby augmenting the theoretical element of the course with a practical and hence experiential learning opportunity.

In addition to business acumen, the course aims to develop valuable and transferable skills and knowledge in enterprise management, project planning, opportunity development, creative thinking and innovation. 

2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
NN17 Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
NN17 Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A

This course runs for a single season and enables students with level 5 pre-requisite qualifications to ‘top up’ to a full BA degree award with honours. The Course comprises six modules, each of which has an academic value of 20 credits. These modules include the following (note that there are no optional modules in this course):

Applied Management
This comprehensive module addresses many facets of management practice and aims to provide the students with the knowledge and skills necessary to embark on a career in middle management.

Business Research: Principles and Practice
This module equips students with the knowledge and skills required to undertake a research project. Students will therefore be introduced to the tools and techniques they will need to conduct a real investigation into a business problem. 

Business Strategy
This module aims to develop a conceptual and critical understanding of the internal and external factors that affect the development of a business strategy within an organisation.

Innovation Management
This module focuses on the role of creativity, product and service design and development, knowledge and technology innovation at different levels of business. 

Business Ethics and Sustainability
This module introduces students to the particular problems and opportunities experienced in adopting or ignoring business ethics and corporate social responsibility. The module also aims to develop a critical understanding of sustainable business issues and how they can be managed, promoted and developed in a business context. 

Enterprise Based Learning (Project)
The module provides the opportunity for students to synthesize their learning from previous studies and apply their knowledge and skills to support the sustainability and growth of a social enterprise that will be launched and managed at the University campus.


The course is delivered as a blended approach with a balanced mix of face-to-face and online learning activity. 

The course includes a field visit to a real organisation that promotes experiential learning opportunities.

Students will be expected to fully engage with the course and attend lectures, workshops and tutorials.


The assessment process is varied in order to enhance learning potential and includes portfolios, essays, presentations and reports.  

There are no formal examinations in this course.


The University campus includes a large and modern library facility with extensive learning resources with many quiet areas for study.  The course also provides students with a vast range of additional learning resources that are accessible online.


The Course Leader is Paul Peachey, who is proud to boast an outstanding team of lecturers. Each lecturer is highly knowledgeable and very friendly, and all put the student foremost in their minds.


All lecturers on this course operates an ‘open door’ policy.  In most cases, there is no need to ‘book’ an appointment to meet a lecturer – unless they are particularly busy at the time, they will meet you there and then.

Successful completion of a HND or equivalent qualification i.e. Foundation Degree. iLM level 5 and Diploma of Higher Education also considered.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13500 

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Applications for all professional courses should be made directly through our MyUSW online portal. If you wish to study an individual paper/s please state which paper/s in the Personal Statement section of the application form.

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

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Admissions statement

The course is highly beneficial to those who may wish to work for an employer that focuses on innovation and/or corporate entrepreneurship.

How does the course prepare me for employment?

The course does not offer placements. However, the Enterprise Based Learning module requires students to manage a real social enterprise from the University campus and therefore promotes leadership, analytical, organisational and management skills in a real-life setting. 

Once graduated, students may decide to start a business of their own or engage in corporate entrepreneurship, i.e. apply entrepreneurial activity within an organisation. Graduates that possess such entrepreneurial skills, attitude and approaches are increasingly sought after by employers in the highly competitive modern business environment.