Creative Enterprise - BA (Hons) Top-Up [Full-Time]

Level 6 - Honours Degree or BTEC Advanced Professionals or NVQ Level 6 or Equivalent

Subject Area Music

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  W212


The philosophy of this (Top-Up) programme is to replicate the first year of industry practice rather than the last year of education. The BA Hons (Creative Enterprise)  programme puts you in the driving seat. You will research and design your own project brief and see it through to completion. Whatever you propose should be closely tied to your career aspirations and the needs of the industry. So if you want to establish yourself as a professional practitioner your project will be carefully researched to make sure it takes you a step closer to realising your ambitions. It should build on your strengths and further develop the skills and interests you had at Foundation Degree Level or on an existing BA course. You will have access to the equipment and resources available in college. We also encourage you to explore the equipment on offer through local facilities as this will help you to prepare for life after graduation. 

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2020. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 12 Months
Venue: Various

Work Ready Guarantee

 You will be fully supported to secure a placement or internship (where appropriate) within your chosen specialist practice. You will also be encouraged to work on live briefs wherever possible with external clients as well as with students from other subject areas that make up the BA Hons Creative Enterprise programme to enhance your portfolio of work with employers.

Who the course is for

The course is designed as an honours degree ‘top up’ award for graduates of Foundation Degrees and other Intermediate HE Qualifications.

It is also possible for those with considerable industry experience to study for the same qualification using the RPL route. This means using professional work to gain accreditation for a degree level qualification.

The BA (Hons) completion award is ideal for students who want the freedom to innovate and develop their own project work and are happy to be largely self-directed.

We welcome applications from practitioners, entrepreneurs and students from all related disciplines who wish to undertake this completion award programme.

Qualification Gained

Upon successful completion of the course, you will gain a BA (Hons) Degree in Creative Enterprise by NCG. 


"I am genuinely proud of the work I have have produced and have learned a lot about myself and the nature of Events Management."

Maryann Marsh
BA (Hons) Events Management (Top Up)

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector:

Junior Level Role

Trainee Customer Service Manager - £14,000-£22,000

Middle Level Role

Experience Customer Service Manager - £30,000-£50,000

Senior Level Role

Senior Customer Service Manager - £40,000-£65,000

How to Apply


Applications for full-time degrees at Newcastle College University Centre need to be made through UCAS. You can visit our institution page on UCAS here.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email

Applications received for Art and Design and Digital Arts courses will require an interview and portfolio check.

Course Content

The course is structured around 5 overlapping academic modules:

  • Project Proposal
  • Project Planning
  • Project Development
  • Project Realisation
  • Dissertation

The Dissertation may emerge out of your project work, or be a separate academic investigation.

For those accepted onto the RPL route you will complete:

  • Proposal
  • Planning
  • Dissertation

Development and Realisation are achieved through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This will take the form of a portfolio with supporting RPL documentation.

For those students progressing from Foundation Degree or an equivalent, you are strongly advised to build in a work-based component which could include freelance work, a work placement, live briefs or client based projects. Such work-based learning could form the basis of your project work.

Whether you choose this route, or decide to initiate a project of your own, or develop one in collaboration with students from other subjects, the academic modules will require you to research, reflect on and document the processes that lead up to the final realisation. You will develop academic research and writing skills alongside creative practice.

Classes are provided to support you with this, just as there are studio/workshop access sessions for vocational practice. One to one tutorial support is also provided to discuss the documentation of practical projects and the dissertation.

Learning Methods

We focus on producing graduates with entrepreneurial and practical skills that engage with industry. Your tutor has practical, industry and academic expertise and you will also be able to draw on the expertise and industry experience of other tutors in events, music, performance, television and media, art and design and digital subjects to support your project where needed.

Alongside your work based learning, you’ll learn through one-to-one tutorials, lectures, seminars, and group discussions. Assessment is conducted through reports, portfolios, presentations and dissertation. For industry professionals coming onto programme it may be possible to use your industry experience to be accredited for up to half of the credits.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is staggered with each module having its own separate deadline. This is to enable you to complete the course incrementally.

Each assessment point will be supported and followed by a one to one tutorial examining the progress of your modules to date as well as your particular strengths and weaknesses.

Assessment is by a variety of means: written portfolio, presentations and can also take the form of video evidence.

Progression Opportunities

Students from this course have gone on to establish their own companies. Others have gone on to further study, or to work as freelancers within their industry.

Networking and establishing wide-ranging contacts with industry are part of the progression planning that every student undertakes.

You could choose to continue your studies by progressing to an MA Degree course in a related subject area, or to other postgraduate qualifications such as PGCE.

Career Opportunities

Self employment or employment within the Creative Industries, education and teaching; performance or arts administration; post graduate study.

Entry Requirements

A relevant Foundation Degree or the Level 5 equivalent (HND, Diploma in Higher Education).
Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.

Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.

Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 6.0 or the nationally recognised equivalent.


Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.