Department of Business and Management Studies

BA(Hons) Business Studies Level 6 (Top-Up)


ICON College of Technology and Management offers a BA (Hons) Business Studies Level 6 Top-up in partnership with Bishop Grossesteste University (BGU). This course aims to develop knowledge and understanding, build entrepreneurial skills, and cultivate emotional intelligence towards careers in management. You will develop confidence, cultural perspective, practical skills, self-reliance, and critical judgement backed by cutting-edge research, articulated through innovative, sustainable, ethical and professional business and leadership practice.


Entry Requirements

To meet the entry criteria for admission to level 6 BSc (Hons) Top up Courses,

A candidate must have either:

HND or above or equivalent qualifications from UK


Where applicants do not have a formal qualification to demonstrate capability in English to CEFR level B2 or equivalent, they need to provide evidence that their command of English is equivalent to IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 5.5 (including 5.5 for reading and writing). The expectation can also be met using other English language tests such as Pearson PTE, City & Guilds, Cambridge and ESOL etc.


Demonstrate a Commitment to Study and a reasonable expectation of success on the Course

Course Structure

Level 6 has 5 compulsory modules including a Social Action Project.  There is a mix of taught and independent learning on each module to allow students to apply learning to their practice.

Module List

Course No Level 6 Modules (Five Modules, 120 Credit Value) Module Credit

BUS 116

DataLab: Generation, Analysis, Iteration



BUS 114

Global Economies and International Markets



BUS 115

Creative & Ethical Leadership



BUS 113

Crafting Your Future: Professional Practice and Research



BUS 117

Social Action Project


Semester breakdown

Semester One - Study Block 1

Semester Two - Study Block 2

Crafting Your Future: Professional Practice and Research

Global Economies and International Markets

Creative & Ethical Leadership

DataLab: Generation, Analysis, Iteration

Social Action Project

Degree classification

The classification of the degree shall be determined in accordance to the following criteria:

First Class (1):

  • Learners achieving an overall mean score of 70% or above.
  • Learners achieving an overall mean score of between 68% and 70% with at least 60 Level 6 credits at above 70% with the approval of the Assessment Board.

Upper Second Class (2:1):

  • Learners achieving an overall mean score of between 60% and 69%.
  • Learners achieving an overall mean score of between 58% and 60% with at least 80 Level 6 credits at above 60% with the approval of the Assessment Board.

Lower Second Class (2:2):

  • Learners achieving an overall mean score of between 50% and 59%.
  • Learners achieving an overall mean score of between 48% and 50% with at least 80 Level 6 credits at above 50% with the approval of the Assessment Board.

Third Class (3):

  • Learners achieving an overall mean score of between 40% and 49%.
Course specific employability skills

On completion of this course you will attain the following Employability Skills: collaborative working, self-management, operating commercially, problem-solving, effective leadership, research and analysis, understanding data, critical reflection, communication, project management, creativity, sustainable and regenerative problem-solving, transdisciplinary thinking and working.


Learning Outcomes

LO name

Level 6

01 Process

Synthesize component concepts and characteristics of sustainable process as an area of academic and applied study, in order to generate original ideas and propose alternative solutions.

02 Innovation

Formulate appropriate decisions in complex and unpredictable contexts in which data may be limited or contradictory, applying creativity and risk management appropriately.

03 Industry

Evaluate the development of your creative and ethical leadership skills in a  real-world environment.

04 Research

Apply a justified systematic approach to research methodology and demonstrate advanced information skills.

05 Analysis

Accurately deploy established techniques of analysis to critically evaluate arguments,  assumptions, abstract concepts, and data (that may be incomplete).

06 Communication

Produce persuasive communications regarding information, ideas, problems, and solutions to identified specialist and/or non-specialist audiences.

07 Organisation

Examine your personal and professional development requirements and demonstrate self-management in relation to a development plan.

08 Collaboration

Demonstrate individual personal responsibility within a multidisciplinary team context and  examine approaches of self and others to collaboration.

Assessment Strategies

This course makes use of a wide range of strategies to assess and give feedback.

Summative assessment: You will be assessed in a variety of ways that measure your learning against the learning outcomes for each module. You will have up to 2 summative assessment points per module.  You will be given the opportunity to book a 1:1 session with a module tutor after the assessment to receive feedback on the work submitted and grade awarded, as this will help identify areas for improvement and development. These forms of assessment have been chosen to give a range of methods for demonstrating knowledge and skills, to practice professionally relevant skills, and to build towards a portfolio of work.

Formative assessment: Non-mark bearing (formative) assessment also forms an important part of the assessment process. Formative assessment includes all the feedback received from tutors and in peer-review sessions. It provides the opportunity to receive constructive feedback on work at various stages of each module. You can use this feedback to shape the work being submitted for summative assessment.

Certain modules include assessments with a reflective component, where you will situate your development in relation to, for example, environmental sustainability, gender and sexuality, creative approaches to enterprise, ego and personal insight, responsible business in society, working with and for communities, emotional intelligence in business contexts, or mental and physical health and wellbeing. This is to ensure you are engaged with the whole system of business and entrepreneurial thinking, including its social and cultural elements and impacts, preparing you to be emotionally intelligent and future-conscious leaders in your chosen fields.

Feedback: Feedback can occur at any time and can be verbal or written, individual or group, formal or informal, peer or tutor, summative or formative. It is a key part of the assessment strategy of the course. Tutor feedback will be given as part of all summative assessment and will refer to the strengths and weaknesses of your submitted work. All feedback is designed to help you on future modules and assignments.

Assessment Methods are tailored for each module and reflect their particular Aims and Learning Outcomes. Assignments are designed to facilitate learning and nurture the development of knowledge, competencies and critically reflective thinking and practice Assessment methods will be clearly explained in module guides.

Typical assessment methods for this course may include:

  • Individual and group industry reports
  • Presentations and pitches
  • Critical evaluations
  • Business case studies
  • Individual and group reports
  • Portfolios of production work
  • Responses to live briefs
  • Short reflective essays


Assessment Regulations

Stud ents submit assignments through the ICON VLE where a check for plagiarism is made and feedback from the tutor is provided. A student will not be able to submit their assignments if their attendance is low and is not in line with College attendance policy. A student can only submit their assignment if s/he has met attendance requirements

Any assignment submitted later than two weeks after the deadline (Final & Late) will not be accepted. The assignment will be submitted in the resubmission time. 

Where circumstances beyond the student’s control impact negatively on an assessment opportunity a student may submit a claim for exceptional extenuating circumstances and their work will be not be capped at Pass if it is accepted.

A student who, for the first assessment opportunity and resubmission opportunity, still failed to pass the module, will be allowed to repeat the module. The module will be capped at Pass and can be repeated only once.

Student Support

The College assigns every student a designated Personal Tutor who is available by appointment throughout the academic year. The Personal Tutor is the first contact point at the College who would act as a mentor, and guide the student who encounters with non-academic problems, e.g., financial hardship, accommodation matters, learning disabilities. All Personal Tutors will be expected to have online personal tutor meetings with each of their tutees at least once a semester.

The aims of the Personal Tutoring System are:

a). To ensure a student has someone who provides general advice and can point him/her in the direction of other resources in place to support the student.

b). To ensure a student has someone who will support the student's academic progression and identify any problems.

c). To ensure that a student has a named person they can go to for support.

The College has a Hardship Fund intended to provide support to all students who are experiencing exceptional financial difficulty during their studies.

The College provides pastoral care and counselling through a Private a Therapy Clinic (which is an external healthcare company). A Student Career and Welfare Officer is available for published hours each week (including Saturdays) to provide counselling and welfare advice to ensure equality of access to provision. 

The College has two members of staff, including the College Student Career and Welfare Officer, to provide advice regarding academic transition and progression following Course completion. The members of staff publish their availability on a noticeboard outside their office detailing the time each week they are available to provide this advice, including in the evening.

The College is committed to providing equality of access to education to all students through disability support services. The Student Career and Welfare Officer is responsible for liaising with the student and the relevant staff to implement all reasonable measures


Evaluation and Revision

a). The Assessment Board receives and evaluates the external examiner’s reports every year and evaluates the standard achieved by the students and the quality of the provision of their work.  They then produce a report for submission to the Academic Board.

b). The College also conducts a feedback on assignments to students through an online Formative Feedback Forum

c). The internal moderator checks a range of assessment decisions for all assessors and modules by sampling some of the assignments. In case of unexpected assessment decisions, (e.g., everybody achieving First Class in the assignment), additional sampling will be conducted on individual modules/assessors.

The Academic Board has the responsibility to oversee the management of academic standards and quality of teaching and learning for all Courses and for ensuring that the requirements of the College are fulfilled


Further Information

See the ICON College for more information about the BSc (Hons) Business & Management Top-Up programme.


Course Handbook in PDF


  • Award: BA(Hons) Business Studies Level 6

  • Course Id: ICON001L6

  • Location: ICON

  • Awarding body: Bishop Grosseteste University

  • Credit Value: 120 credits

  • Course Structure: 4x20 credits; 1x40 Collaborative Social Action Project

  • Accreditation: -

  • Accreditation No. (QAN): -

  • Duration: 1 year

  • Academic year: 2023-24

  • Mode of Study: Full Time

  • Language of study: English

  • Course Fees*: 8500/Year

  • Timetables: Day, Evening and Weekend

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