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Mark — Business Studies BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree

If you’re looking to study Higher Education, College is a great choice. 

Business Studies Degree — Mark — 

Mark Bosworth, 20, began his journey at the College on the Foundation Degree in Business Management course and progressed to the Business Studies BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree. He’s keen to set-up his own company in the future and says that the course is preparing him well.

We asked him a few questions about his experience at College, the benefits of studying a degree-level course with us, and about his future plans. Here’s what he told us.

Studying Higher Education (HE) at Nottingham College

After completing my A Levels at Sixth Form I knew business studies was the subject I wanted to pursue at a higher level.

There were a number of reasons that led me to study at Nottingham College compared to other larger HE providers. One was the idea of receiving more one-to-one support with lectures and tutors when needed. I felt this would better help to aid my learning and development of the subject throughout the course, and I wasn’t disappointed. 

The lecturers are so supportive, and they have industry experience which is so beneficial. The smaller group sizes mean you can ask your lecturers more questions, which I don’t think you’d get at a large university. Plus, it enabled me to get to know my fellow students better and make friends more easily.” 


Adams Building campus

The College’s University Centre (Adams Building), where the course is taught, is easy to access, whether you live in or out of the city, due to a range of good public and private transport options. There’s also a number of good facilities nearby and on campus, including some great places to eat and drink!” 

Why did you choose this qualification?

The course appealed to me because it offers a range of different modules which I knew would help to expand my business knowledge overall, rather than just focusing on one or two specific business areas.

In my first year, I covered business law, which I’d never done in great detail beforehand. It was so useful in showing legislation around setting up and dissolving a company and all legislation in between that businesses need to comply with. We also studied Human Resource Management and processes in my second year, which was another useful and really interesting module.”

Courses validated by Nottingham Trent University

Knowing the course is validated by Nottingham Trent University, which is recognised for having a highly-ranked business school, gave me added confidence that the course content would be of good quality.”

We asked Mark for three benefits of studying a higher-level course at College rather than uni. Here they are:

1. Meet people of different ages/​backgrounds

A number of people on my course worked in industries such as retail and hospitality before enrolling on the course, whilst others like myself had progressed through various different educational qualifications. This proved to be a real benefit throughout the course, as people’s different experiences meant there were a number of things you could learn from them and which they could learn from you.”

2. Flexible

The course works flexibly around your commitments. It has a set number of timetabled days per week when you’re in College and certain days when you’re off campus. I found this to be very beneficial as it allows people to do further studying and assignment work and/​or go to work.” 

3. Supportive Lecturers

Lecturers are friendly and approachable. They are passionate about what they teach and that shines through in class.” 

What did you enjoy about the course?

I met a great group of like-minded people on the course, a number of whom I can now call friends.

In the second year of the course, you get to choose two optional modules. This was great because it allowed me to continue studying my favourite subject, marketing, whilst giving me the chance to learn a brand new subject to expand my knowledge.”

External opportunities

Mark's pitch board for his Nottingham City Council presentation

As part of the course, I had the privilege of working with Nottingham City Council to put forward my plans for the Broadmarsh redevelopment, as well as share my ideas for how the marketing campaign could be run which was a very useful and rewarding experience.”

Future plans

Once I’ve completed my final year at College, I’m looking at going into teacher training, to potentially become a primary school teacher, but I’m keeping my options open as I’d also like to pursue my interest in Marketing.

The future goal is to start my own business, which the course has helped to prepare me for when the time comes.” 

Would you recommend the College?

Yes, definitely! If you’re looking to study HE it’s a great choice. It’s somewhere you can feel confident that you’ll be supported and rewarded throughout your time on the course, and it’ll help prepare you for whatever you want to do next.”

If you’re interested in a Higher Education course, why not take a look at our range of degree-level courses.