Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business (Top-up)

Provided by Kaplan Higher Education Academy


Awarded by Northumbria University

Course introduction


The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business (Top-up) programme is a Final Year Top-up Direct Honours Degree programme offered by Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University.
The programme is 100% coursework with no examinations. It consists of 6 modules by enrolling in 2 modules per academic term over 3 terms. Each module is supported with approximately 32 contact hours over an academic term.

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

Core Modules

  • Academic and Career Development
  • Contemporary Issues in Business
  • Critical Organisational Analysis
  • International Business and Innovation
  • Strategic Management and Corporate Responsibility
  • Strategic Supply Chain Management
You can complete the programme within 8 months.

Honours Award
The Honours in the Degree will be awarded in accordance with the University programme regulations.

Professional Accreditation and Ranking
  • Amongst an elite group of institutions worldwide offering Business Degrees with Dual Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Accreditation
  • Ranked 50th for Business and Management Studies in the UK (The Complete University Guide – Business and Management Studies Subject League Table 2023)
Career Opportunities
After graduation, students may choose to pursue the following roles, including, but not limited to:
  • Administration Executive
  • Business Advisor
  • Business Development Executive
  • Finance Executive
  • Human Resource Executive
  • Marketing Executive
  • Procurement Officer
  • Retail Executive
  • Sales Executive

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Kaplan Diploma and relevant work experience on a case-by-case basis
  • Kaplan Advanced Diploma in relevant subject area
  • Polytechnic Diploma or other Diplomas1 and relevant work experience on a case-by-case basis
  • Other equivalent Advanced Diploma or Diploma2 in relevant subject area
  • When required, work experience will be applied as part of the admissions process. Any work experience assessment and related admissions decisions will be conducted by the University, and lead to the recognition of the achievement of learning outcomes and the award of University Credit
English Requirements
  • GCE O-Level English language subject (Grade C6 and above); OR
  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent
  • For more information, please click here.
In all cases, the final decision on admission to the programme rests with the University.
1 Equivalent to RQF Level 4
2 Equivalent to RQF Level 

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

Delivery Method
Programmes are scheduled for 2-3 days a week, 4 hours on a weekday or up to 8 hours on a weekend, over 9-10 study weeks.

Assessment Methods
Each unit is assessed by any combination of class participation, written assignments and projects. Assessment methods may vary according to individual module requirements.

Commencement Date
There are 2 intakes per year:
– June
– December
Please contact our programme consultant to obtain a copy of the class schedule.
Minimum class size: 20 students
Class may commence with fewer students than indicated above, subject to resource availability. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified at least 1 week before the programme commencement date, stated in your student contract with Kaplan, and our consultants will contact you to advise on a backup plan.
Maximum allowed candidature period: Not applicable.

Fees & Funding

Tuition Fees
The total tuition fee covers registration, lectures/tutorials/workshops and main assessments such as assignments/tests/examinations/projects (where applicable), programme materials in digital format, Degree (if earned) and transcript.
For Singaporean/PR 

  Fee inclusive of 8% GST(applicable on or after 1 January 2023)
Programme Fee S$15,535.80
payable in 3 instalments
Receive a S$400 referral fee when you recommend a friend to enrol in our Degree programme.

Non-Tuition Fees
For Singaporean/PR
  Fee inclusive of 8% GST(applicable on or after 1 January 2023)
Non-Refundable Application Fee S$205.20
Student Development Fee S$280.80
Payment for this fee will be included in the first instalment.
The Student Development Fee covers the provision of a comprehensive range of initiatives aimed at enhancing the career and industry-readiness of Kaplan students, such as programmes aimed at improving interpersonal skills, technical and digital skills, as well as career advisory and job matching services. 
All fees indicated are inclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST) at the prevailing rate. The prevailing GST rate from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023 is 8%. From 1 January 2024, the GST rate will increase to 9%. For more information on the GST revision, please refer to the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) website. Please refer to the official price list for a detailed breakdown.
Fees remain subject to change. Applicant will be charged the prevailing fees and GST at the time of application. For more information about the programme, please contact our programme consultant.

Education Loan
Choice of flexible repayment schemes available to suit your needs:
  • Standard Repayment: Pay your monthly instalments (principal and interest) once your loan is disbursed.
  • Partial Repayment: Pay partial instalments for up to 3 years or till the end of your programme, whichever is earlier. Standard monthly instalments (principal and interest) will commence thereafter.
  • Interest Servicing: Pay only interest for up to 3 years or till the end of your programme, whichever is earlier. Standard monthly instalments (principal and interest) will commence thereafter.
  • Flexible repayment tenure of up to 8 years.