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

Mark Bosworth

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

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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.