BA top-up programme

Have you completed two years of business studies in another university? Or, have you achieved a Higher National Diploma or other similar qualification in business, and would like to achieve a university degree?

You may be eligible to apply for the British University of Northampton BA (Hons) final (3rd) year top-up programme in Business and Management delivered in Finland at HELBUS. This programme allows you to top up your earlier studies and gain a full honours degree in less than one calendar year. You have a good chance of being admitted if you have:

  • completed a Higher National Diploma (Pearson, ABE, NCC), or
  • Foundation Degree in Business or equivalent, or
  • have two years of university level business studies (University of Northampton approval required), and
  • English proficiency at IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550/213, or equivalent

We currently only offer a January start in full-time mode. The application deadline for Finnish and EU-citizens applying for January 2019 is November 14th and for non-EU citizens October 1st.

If you are interested, please register and start filling in and your application online here. Remember to select “3rd year of studies” under “choose programme”. For further information, please email international(at)

The University of Northampton (UN), UK, and HELBUS have entered into a partnership, where HELBUS has started to offer UN business and management degrees in Finland. The BA (Hons) Business and Management (top-up) -degree is the first such degree. Students admitted to this programme are UN students, even if they study fully in Finland.

The aim of this programme is to strengthen and deepen the skills and learning that the students have acquired in key areas of business and management in their earlier studies. Modules in the following areas are included: marketing management, finance and accounting, strategic management, strategic human resource management and business communication. Additionally, the students complete a final project. Students' learning is assessed through written assignments such as reports, essays and analysis, as well as tests and exams.

The programme is only offered in full-time mode, and at least 75 % attendance is highly recommended. Classes are normally held in the mornings.

Duration of the programme:

  • Spring and summer term
  • Classes end in the end of June, with exams following
  • Final results are confirmed in the end of September

After completing the degree students can apply for Master's programmes at HELBUS, in Finland or abroad.

If you feel that you fulfil the entry requirements, please register and start filling your application in our application service here. Graduates of the HELBUS Higher National Diploma -programme do not have to apply to the programme separately.

In the application, section "choose programme", select "3rd year of studies, full-time". You can save your application and continue it later on. After you have completed all sections, click on "Send". You will receive a confirmation e-mail that your application has been received.

Before sending your application, upload the following documents:

  • your upper secondary school leaving certificate (such as high school diploma, A-levels, etc)
  • Transcripts and diplomas of your previous studies
  • A description of the learning outcomes of the courses that you have completed.
  • Certificate of language proficiency (such as IELTS)
  • copy of your passport and residence permit

All documents must be officially translated in English.

Include in your application a maximum 4.000 character personal statement. You can find guidance in the internet by, e.g., searching "how to write a UCAS personal statement". The statement should describe your motivation for this particular field, as well as why you in particular would be an excellent candidate for the programme.

Your documents will be sent to the University of Northampton for approval.


You have a good chance of being admitted, if you have one of the following:

  • Two years of business studies at university or university of applied sciences (UAS); at least 120 ECTS credits or 240 UK credits, or
  • Higher National Diploma in Business* (Pearson, ABE, NCC), or
  • A two-year Foundation degree such as an Associate degree in business

You have to demonstrate your English language proficiency with an international recognised language test, such as one of the following:

  • IELTS overall 6.0 with no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL 550/213

The University of Northampton will confirm the admittance decision.

* HELBUS graduates from the Higher National Diploma programme do not have to fill in an application


The tuition fee for the two terms starting in January 2019 is €9.410 (including value-added tax). Non-EU students are required to pay the tuition fee in full in advance of their formal letter of acceptance, whereas Finnish and EU students are invoiced before the start of both terms (€4.705 in January and in April). Unfortunately, no scholarships are available.

Non-EU citizens pay the tuition fee in full before receiving their formal acceptance letter with which they can apply for residence permit. If you already have the residence permit valid for the duration of your studies, you may opt to follow the payment schedule of Finnish citizens.

Students admitted to the programme are students of the University of Northampton and as such eligible to apply for Kela -financial aid, if they fulfil the Kela-requirements otherwise.