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Leadership and Management

BA (Hons) (Top-up)

Study Leadership and Management at University Centre Leeds

Become a leader that others want to follow by blending your contemporary leadership knowledge with your personal approach to managing. Our top-up degree strengthens your management skills allowing you to innovate and motivate. We encourage you to apply the knowledge and skills gained from this course to your current job role or area of interest.

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  • Duration: 1 year full-time | 18 months part-time
  • Venue: University Centre
  • Fee: £8,745 Full Time or £4,372 Part Time (per academic year for UK students)
  • UCAS Course Code(s): L2M1
  • UCAS Institution Code: L21
  • Study Mode: Full Time / Part Time
  • Validated By: The Open University
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Leadership and Management

Practise meaningful management by building on the skills acquired in your foundation degree or HND programme. You will blend management theory with practical application to the workplace. In particular, you will focus on strategic issues of business, developing strong analytical skills and market knowledge in the process.

Our modules cover core senior management level subjects such as strategic leadership and enterprise, marketing management and strategy and contemporary human resource management. The research project/dissertation will allow you to identify and research a specific area of interest within the leadership and management disciplines.

By covering multiple strands of management, you will be able to select the concepts that strike a chord with you, using them to influence your own personal management style. Progression can lead to further study or employment.

This course is validated by The Open University 

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How to Apply

If you would like to apply for to study full time, please do so via UCAS.

The institution code for University Centre Leeds is L21.

The application fee for applying through UCAS is £27.50.

Apply via UCAS

If you're interested in applying to study part-time, these applications must be submitted directly through our website via the following link:

Part Time - Direct Application Form

If you are a student currently studying at Leeds City College, Keighley College or Harrogate College and if all of the following applies:

  • you do not already have an application with UCAS
  • you only wish to study your full time undergraduate course with University Centre Leeds
  • should you be successful in your application and enrol onto this course, you agree to us submitting a record of prior acceptance (RPA) application to UCAS on your behalf 

Then you can make a direct application via the following link: 

Internal Students - Direct Application Form

For further information in regards to this please email

Course Information

Modules may include:

Research Methods

You will develop research and evaluative skills and knowledge.

Strategic Leadership and Enterprise

You will develop an understanding of strategic leadership in relation to the implementation of strategy within an organisation. 

Marketing Management and Strategy

You will acquire the skills needed to undertake a marketing audit for a selected organisation in order to develop a strategic marketing plan including use of the integrated marketing mix. 

Contemporary Human Resource Management

You will focus on human resource management and be provided with an insight into contemporary employment practices within commercial organisations and develop essential skills in securing and retaining employees.

Global Contexts and Operations

You will develop your understanding of the global context in relation to the management of the relevant organisation.

Dissertation/Research Project

You will produce independent research.

This course is ideal for those considering managing or owning a small or medium sized business. Students will find the course to be practical, delivering real-world business skills, whilst developing a real depth of knowledge of management and leadership in their sector.

In addition to the contemporary nature of the curriculum content, one of the key strengths of this programme is the support that is provided for students. A robust communications system functions to give students access to lecturers and management; this includes e-mail, the VLE and course notice boards. Each student is allocated a personal tutor for regular tutorials and personal development planning. In relation to the Dissertation, support is provided from a dissertation supervisor. There is an extensive range of learning resources in the library, supported by the specialist business librarian who can support effective research by students and also provide bespoke study skills sessions for students either on a group or individual basis.

Formative activities include, group discussions, direct and indirect questioning, simulated practice, analytical tool practice, research tasks, and role plays, for instance. Summative assessments have been designed to reflect employability skills and occupationally-related tasks. Assessment methods adopted on the programme include individual, group and poster presentations, case studies, reports, business plans, audits, class-based assessments, portfolios and reflective statements.


Foundation Degree: Pass on the second year of a foundation degree in a relevant subject.

HND: Pass grade in a relevant subject.

IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

Mature applicants: University Centre Leeds welcomes applications from candidates who may not precisely match the academic criteria but can demonstrate experience in their chosen field as well as academic achievement at level 5. Candidates in this category will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

*21 years and over at the start of the course

RPL Claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL).

Apprentices: Firstly, when an employer recruits a new apprentice, we ask the apprentice to complete an initial skills scan. The skills scan establishes whether or not the apprentice is eligible for the apprenticeship. If the skills scan is complete with 'fully skilled' in most areas (mapped to the KSB's), then the apprentice is not eligible for the apprenticeship. If the skills scan states 'basic skills to moderately skilled' in most areas, then they are eligible, and we can shape the apprentices individualised training plan to meet the outcome of the skills scan. Secondly, we have to ensure that the apprentice will have the correct exposure within the workplace, to the roles and responsibilities which will allow the apprentice to gather the required evidence to meet the outcomes attached to the KSB's. IFATE provides an overview of the role, details of the CMDA standard as well as an occupational profile (please see below) - this provides clarity to the employer regarding what their apprentice will be leading on and can then factor this into the workplace activity and off the job training planning.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will have the skills to take advantage of job opportunities involving managerial positions in a broad range of sectors and be eligible for graduate programmes with national and international organisations or further study to Masters level. You will have developed your employability skills in order to obtain employment in your chosen area or you can use your knowledge and confidence to start up your own successful business.

For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please click here.

For the latest version of the course handbook for this course please click here.

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