Birmingham City University

Established since 1843, Birmingham City University (BCU) has helped many working adults achieve their Degree goals.

BCU offers one year1 top-up Direct Honours Degrees programmes2 with well-paced schedule for busy adults. For students who focus on the legal profession, the University also offers a specialised programme in Law.

  • Why Our Programmes?
  • University Ranking and Recognition
  • Other Information and Sources

One Year Top-up Direct Honours Degrees Programmes

  • Choice of either Business Administration, International Business, International Finance or the International Marketing programme
  • Possible completion within 12 months1
  • Direct entry to final year for Polytechnic Diploma holders without bridging subjects2
  • Member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)
  • One Year Direct Honours Degree with mainly assignment based assessment
  • Coverage on global and international related curriculum to develop your career regionally
  • Modular classes allowing students to focus on one module before starting the next
  • Well-paced study schedule with ample study break
  • No weekend classes allowing students to study without compromising social and family life
  • We work with companies like Microsoft, Cisco and Cartier to develop cutting edge curriculums and to collaborate on course projects
  • Officially recognised as a higher learning institute by the UK government

For LLB Laws (Honours) Programme

  • Practical-oriented LLB Law curriculum with mock courtrooms
  • Accredited by the Joint Academic Stage Board as a Qualifying Law Degree by Bar Standards Board UK and Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Recognised by the Bar Council of India
  • Ranked Top 100 in the UK (UK University Rankings2019)
  • Member of AACSB, CABS and EFMD (AACSB, CABS and EFMD)
  • Listed as Qualifying Law Degree Provider by Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA UK)
  • Approved Institution offering Qualifying Law Degree by Bar Standards Board
    (Bar Standards Board UK)
  • Recognised by Bar Council of India (Bar Council of India)
  • Officially recognised by the UK government (UK)
  • Candidates with a Degree from a University accredited by the home government of the country may be considered for appointment into the Singapore Public Service (sg)

1 Subjected to programme duration and meeting entry requirements.

2 Only applicable for Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Administration (Top-up), International Finance (Top-up), International Marketing (Top-up) and International Business (Top-up).

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Testimonials
Teo Lin-Lee
Teo Lin-Lee
Entrepreneur
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Top-up)
"As an experienced decision maker, I was very keen to acquaint myself with the Singapore Legal system. I decided to sign up for the Law Degree under Birmingham City University (BCU) because it is a reputable university for academic excellence in UK..." Read More

Teo Lin-Lee

Entrepreneur

Teo Lin-Lee

Entrepreneur

Programme taken: Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Top-up)

As an experienced decision maker, I was very keen to acquaint myself with the Singapore Legal system. I decided to sign up for the Law Degree under Birmingham City University (BCU) because it is a reputable university for academic excellence in UK with modules relevant to my interest in Common and Civil Law. Kaplan has the right support team and facilities such as a simulated courtroom for students to practice legal advocacy skills. The well-planned schedule provides more time for working adults like myself to do self-revision and group project discussions.

While I was one of the more mature students, I felt comfortable participating in class discussions with fellow students of different age groups and backgrounds. The lessons helped me tremendously as I was able to better contribute my knowledge in the form of pro-bono legal advice to needy residents at a legal clinic, which I started in 2017.

As lessons progressed, the learning experience warmed my passion in law and I envision myself joining the legal community in 5 years’ time and contributing more to the society by helping others overcome their challenges in the legal system.

Sim Chian Hwee
Sim Chian Hwee
Executive, People’s Association
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations (Top-up)
"I chose the Degree in Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations with BCU because of its triple major offering. The combination is unique, practical and can be completed within 18 months. Most importantly, the Kaplan campus is located in centra..." Read More

Sim Chian Hwee

Executive, People’s Association

Sim Chian Hwee

Executive, People’s Association

Programme taken: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations (Top-up)

I chose the Degree in Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations with BCU because of its triple major offering. The combination is unique, practical and can be completed within 18 months. Most importantly, the Kaplan campus is located in central Singapore, which makes it convenient for me to travel between work, school and home.

The main reason for me to have signed up for this programme is the unique curriculum and subjects. As a Course Coordinator at my workplace, I find some subjects such as Digital Marketing to be really useful in my career. I was glad that the programme structure suited working professionals. Moreover, students are assessed based on either projects or examinations and these make the programme more manageable for working adults like me.

Jonathan Goh Weihan
Jonathan Goh Weihan
Commercial Director, PCC Energy Group
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Administration (Top-up) (Teach-out)
"I pursued this BCU programme as the curriculum intrigued me. The central location of the Kaplan Campus was also very convenient and the flexible lecture schedules allowed me to shuffle between school, work and home. Some lecturers shared their ins..." Read More

Jonathan Goh Weihan

Commercial Director, PCC Energy Group

Jonathan Goh Weihan

Commercial Director, PCC Energy Group

Programme taken: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Administration (Top-up) (Teach-out)

I pursued this BCU programme as the curriculum intrigued me. The central location of the Kaplan Campus was also very convenient and the flexible lecture schedules allowed me to shuffle between school, work and home. Some lecturers shared their insights and personal experiences, and this translated to practical skills which I could apply to my managerial career.

I was one of the more mature students in our class. Despite our tough schedule of work, exams and projects, we worked together, forged friendships and built networking opportunities. Real knowledge is something that nobody can take away from you. If you decide to pursue further education, persevere no matter how difficult things are. Just bite the bullet and do it.

Cheryl Lok
Cheryl Lok
Constituency Management Executive, Government Sector
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Administration (Top-up) (Teach-out)
"I originally completed my Diploma programme at Kaplan, then I chose to enrol for the Business Degree programme with BCU as it is an Honours programme with a 12-month duration. This helped me to find the time to study without interrupting my career..." Read More

Cheryl Lok

Constituency Management Executive, Government Sector

Cheryl Lok

Constituency Management Executive, Government Sector

Programme taken: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Administration (Top-up) (Teach-out)

I originally completed my Diploma programme at Kaplan, then I chose to enrol for the Business Degree programme with BCU as it is an Honours programme with a 12-month duration. This helped me to find the time to study without interrupting my career.

I love the idea of studying at Kaplan because I got to enjoy the benefits of studying in a central location, received the support of the friendly programme management team and had a well-paced class schedule with no weekend lessons.

Earning this Degree has given me the full confidence and opportunity for better career prospects at my current workplace. By completing my studies, I learnt that it is important to stay true to my goals, stay on track and not give up.

Programmes Offered

Accounting, Banking & Finance

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) International Finance (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time
Master of Science in Accountancy and Finance (Top-up)
Level: Master's Degree Study Mode: Part-time

Business & Management

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Administration (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business and Human Resource Management (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) International Business (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) International Marketing (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time

Communication & Media

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time

Law & Criminology

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time