Clicking the Go To Top Level Site Settings automatically takes you to the top-level site of the Site Collection you are in. It is important to note that you might have several Site Collections in the farm, so yours might not be the first in the web address. A good example of this would be a Portal Site Collection with departmental Site Collections beneath it, such as the following:
There could be one set of Site Collection administrators for http://portal and another for http://portal/department, provided that each of these addresses is created specifically as a Site Collection.
Assuming that you have been assigned Site Collection administrator permissions, there will be six sections on the ...