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T Distance Learning Online Learning Text Based Learning Management Pathway 22 DBA University of Wales 26 MBA University of Bradford 36 Masters Entry Diploma in Management University of Wales 37 Certificate in Management University of Wales Business Pathway 38 MBA top-up University of Sunderland 40 BTEC Level 7 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Edexcel Strategic Management & Leadership 42 MBA University of Wales 44 MBA (Management Consultancy) University of Wales 46 MBA (Project Management) University of Wales 48 MBA (Maritime Management) University of Wales 50 MBA Business Management in the Global Food Industry The Royal Agricultural College 52 BA (Hons) Business Management (Final Year Top-up) University of Sunderland 54 BA (Hons) Business (Final Year Top-up) University of Wales 56 BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Management) Edexcel HR Management Pathway 58 MBA (Human Resource Management) University of Wales 60 Masters Entry Diploma in Human Resource Management University of Wales 61 Certificate in Human Resource Management University of Wales Law Pathway 62 MBA (Law) University of Wales 64 LLB University of Wales Public Sector Pathway 66 Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Public Admin. & Development University of Birmingham Psychology Pathway 68 BSc (Hons) Psychology (Applied) Anglia Ruskin University

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Learning without boundaries Funding your studies Professional Pathways diagram What could a university distance learning qualification for me? The International Management Academy Applying couldnt be easier Frequently asked questions Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Professional Pathways courses

is the worlds largest independent provider of UK university distance learning education. There are no boundaries to your success with .

IT & Telecomms Pathway 70 MSc Information Technology 72 MSc Telecommunications 74 BSc (Hons) Business Computing (Final Year Top-up) 76 HND Diploma in Computing & Systems Development Finance & Accounting Pathway 78 MBA (Finance) 80 BA (Hons) Accounting & Financial Management 82 BA (Hons) Business (Finance) (Final Year Top-up) 83 BA (Hons) Business (Banking) (Final Year Top-up) 84 BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Accounting) Marketing Pathway 86 BA (Hons) Business (Marketing) (Final Year Top-up) 88 BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Marketing) Service Excellence Pathway 90 MBA (Service Excellence) Tourism & Hospitality Pathway 92 MSc International Hospitality Management 94 BSc (Hons) International Hospitality & Tourism Management (final year top-up) 96 BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Travel & Tourism Supply Chain Management Pathway 98 Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS)

University of Wales Birmingham City University University of Wales Edexcel University of Wales University of Sunderland University of Wales University of Wales Edexcel University of Wales Edexcel University of Wales Sheffield Hallam University Sheffield Hallam University Edexcel

your goals
is the worlds largest independent provider of UK university distance learning education. There are no boundaries to your success with .
Whether its a new career, an increase in salary or a desire to broaden your horizons and learn something new, you can your goals with a university distance learning qualification.
With 20 years experience of supporting over 50,000 distance learning university students in the UK and around the world, enrolling 4,000 new students each year, 95% of whom combine full-time work with their studies and more than 90% who graduate, we know exactly what it takes for you to success. Our University partners include: Choosing which qualification to study can sometimes be a difficult process and understandably you want to get it right. Expert advisors are available to provide you with detailed information about all of the programmes, to assist you through the application process, to help you with funding choices and lifestyle decisions, and then to support you throughout your studies all the way to graduation. Uniquely, if you begin your studies with and change your mind for any reason within the first 30 days, simply ask and well give you your money back with our no quibble guarantee, ensuring you are in control every step of the way. All the Diplomas, Degrees and Masters qualifications we offer have the same status as those studied on a University campus. On enrolment you become a student of the university of your choice with all the benefits associated with this status, and you are invited to attend your University to collect your degree certificate at your graduation ceremony. You already know that investing in yourself is one of the best investments you can ever make. It is also accepted that a qualification enhances your career and long term earning potential but you may not know that a distance learning qualification studied with has other added benefits.

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distance learning programmes are designed to allow you to contextualise and apply your learning to your job as you study. This not only enhances your learning it also develops your skills. These are valuable attributes to an employer.

of students said their career had progressed as a direct result of their studies

Employers recognise that employees or potential employees who have studied by distance learning are likely to be more focused and dedicated than those who have studied on campus. Our Professional Pathways structure allows open access and defined progression routes to your career.

is also a member of the British Institute for Learning & Development is ISO 9001: 2000 accredited

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I found to be most professional in their approach with friendly and courteous staff who were always able to answer any queries and questions I had. The whole administration process of applying to university was extremely smooth and trouble free Phil Balfe, Diploma in Management

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Study with and you can be assured that our professional and caring approach to supporting our distance learners will an internationally recognised university help you to or professional qualification.
We recognise that people are individuals who need different things to succeed.
Over the years weve broken down all the barriers to allow you to succeed whatever your circumstances. Before commencing their studies, some of our students understandably lack confidence in their ability to succeed. Others are unsure about how to fund their studies or whether they can cope with their studies and their lifestyle. So, along with our university partners, we have designed our distance learning programmes to offer you the flexibility required to balance your studies with your work and lifestyle commitments. For example, you have the option to study anywhere in the world. You may also need to take a short break from your studies for family or work reasons. You can do that without prejudicing yourself. Unless specifically stated, there is no classroom attendance requirement but you can log-on to the virtual campus and receive support from tutors and other students, from anywhere in the world. We even help you to spread the cost of your studies with no deposit and flexible payment options. Not forgetting the simplicity and reassurance of our 30 day no quibble money back guarantee. The vast majority of our students work while they learn, applying what they learn on a daily basis, advancing their career throughout their studies. is well known for providing friendly, professional advice and support from initial enquiry through to graduation. For the Bradford MBA, comprehensive support is provided by the university. We promise that you will receive superior support throughout your studies, as we believe your success is our success.

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of students said delivery of our programmes was good, very good or excellent

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Funding your Studies


There are no barriers to funding a distance learning programme with . Its entirely up to you whether you pay in full or spread the cost of your studies.
We offer you easy payment options to make gaining a university qualification more affordable: 1. Instalment plans 2. Employer sponsorship 3. Student Finance We have expert advisors available to help you decide whats best for you and then to help complete any paperwork. A large proportion of our students are sponsored by their employer and we are happy to engage with your employer and answer all of their questions. Employer Sponsorship Many companies are willing to fully or partly sponsor their employees. Try talking to your training manager or human resources director. Many of our students find that their employers are impressed with the selfdiscipline and commitment shown by an employee who completes a distance learning programme in order to further their career. We are happy to answer any questions your employer may have and even talk to your employer direct.

This is excellent value for money, and the course materials have been superb, I have learnt a lot. It is ideal for people who want to progress and better themselves but cannot stop just to study. Jonathan Wilson, MBA

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Money Back Guarantee*


Our promise to you. If youre still unsure about taking that next step, then consider this. If during the first 30 days of your studies you are not completely satisfied you can claim a full refund of your fee. So what do you have to lose by applying?
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Student Finance UK and EU students can apply for funding for the following programmes studied by visiting www.direct. gov.uk/sfforms2011. This website will guide you and explain what you may be entitled to. What programmes are available? HND Business (Edexcel) HND Business Management (Edexcel) HND Business Marketing (Edexcel)

Instalment Plans offers instalment payment plans for most programmes. Payment amounts and frequency vary, depending on the awarding university or institution. Some programmes allow payment on a per module basis. We accept all major debit/credit cards.

HND Travel and Tourism Management (Edexcel) HND Business Accounting (Edexcel) BSc (Hons) Psychology (Applied) (Anglia Ruskin University) BA (Hons) Business (University of Wales) BA (Hons) Business (Banking) (University of Wales) BA (Hons) Business (Finance) (University of Wales) BA (Hons) Business (Marketing) (University of Wales) BSc (Hons) Business Computing (University of Wales)

Comparing the cost of studying


All the distance learning qualifications we offer have the same status as those studied on a university campus so we can make a direct cost comparison. Reports from the National Union of Students estimate that sixth formers starting university this year expect to pay up to 27,000 for a three-year degree course. As a result, they expect to graduate with 32,000 of debt. By studying a university degree by distance learning with RDI this means you could save at least 43,373 over the same timescale. You could also be three years further ahead in your career than a full-time university student. So choosing to study a university distance learning can save you money and progress qualification with your career.

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of students said their employer was receptive to them studying via distance learning and 57% said their employer had offered financial assistance*

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of students said they chose distance learning rather than full-time study because of job opportunities*

*Results from RDI student survey 2007.

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University of Wales

DBA

Professional Pathways
MBA Specialisms
University of Wales
MBA
Business & Management in the Global Food Industry
Royal Agricultural College

(AMBA, EQUIS)
University of Bradford

MBA

MBA

(Top-up)
University of Sunderland

MBA*
Maritime Management

Finance

MBA

MBA

Management Consultancy

MBA

Public Administration & Development


University of Birmingham

MSc

University of Wales
(See MBA Specialisms)

MBA

Telecommunications Birmingham City University

MSc

Information Technology
University of Wales

MSc

University of Wales

(Finance)

MBA

University of Wales
(See MBA Specialisms)

MBA

International Hospitality Management


Sheffield Hallam University

MSc

University of Wales
(See MBA Specialisms)

MBA

Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership


Edexcel

Level 7

BTEC

Service Excellence

MBA

Project Management

MBA

Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership


Edexcel

Level 7

BTEC

HR Management

MBA

MBA
Law

*Also available in Spanish, Mandarin & Russian

Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration & Development University of Birmingham

Postgraduate
Psychology (Applied) (Year 3)
Anglia Ruskin University

Diploma
in Management
University of Wales

BA (Hons)
Business Management
University of Sunderland

BA (Hons)
Business
University of Wales

Diploma
HR Management
University of Wales

(Year 3)

LLB

BA (Hons)
Business
University of Wales

BSc (Hons)

BSc (Hons)
Business Computing
University of Wales

Accounting & Financial Management


University of Sunderland

BA (Hons)

BA (Hons)
University of Wales

Business (Finance)

BA (Hons)
University of Wales

Business (Banking)

BA (Hons)
Business (Marketing) University of Wales

International Hospitality & Tourism Management Sheffield Hallam University

BSc (Hons)

Graduate Diploma
Level 6
CIPS

Advanced Diploma
Level 5
CIPS

HND
Business (Management)
Edexcel

(Year 2)

LLB

HND
Business (Management)
Edexcel

Psychology (Applied) (Year 2)


Anglia Ruskin University

BSc (Hons)

Computing & Systems Development


Edexcel

HND

HND
Business (Accounting)
Edexcel

HND
Business (Marketing)
Edexcel

HND
Travel & Tourism
Edexcel

Foundation Diploma
Level 4
CIPS

International Advanced Certificate


CIPS

Certificate
in Management
University of Wales

Certificate
HR Management
University of Wales

(Year 1)

LLB

Psychology (Applied) (Year 1)


Anglia Ruskin University

BSc (Hons)

Certificate
Level 3
CIPS

International Certificate
CIPS

Undergraduate
Management Pathway Business Pathway HR Management Pathway Law Pathway Public Sector Pathway Psychology Pathway

IT & Telecomms Pathway

Finance & Accounting Pathway

Marketing Pathway

Tourism & Hospitality Pathway

Supply Chain Management Pathway

UK university courses by distance learning


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What could a university distance learning qualification for me?


Self-improvement, higher qualifications, an increased salary and a better job are the obvious benefits. But it isnt just about money and jobs, it is also about feeling good about yourself by fulfilling your potential and proving to yourself that youve got what it takes.

I found the experience of distance learning excellent as I like to manage my own time and found the flexibility brilliant. I would highly recommend this method of learning to anyone juggling a job at the same time. Ruth Tinsley Diploma in Management

Enrol with and as well as receiving an exceptional, dedicated service with all the advice and support needed from initial enquiry to course completion, also:
You a university or professional qualification that is recognised worldwide You can afford to study because you continue earning You are recognised by employers for your ability to focus and apply yourself You are recognised by employers for the valuable work experience you have gained throughout your studies You make a relatively small investment in yourself now and make a big difference to your future career and earning potential You contextualise and apply what you learn in your workplace You network with other students worldwide and learn from each other s International Management Academy and all the benefits that go with this worldwide academic community You access the Professional Pathways structure that enables ongoing academic and career progression You become a member of

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More Value, More Support When you enrol with


The International Management Academy (IMA) By enrolling on your programme of choice with you automatically gain membership of our International Management Academy and all the benefits that go with this worldwide academic community.

The IMA is a resource base of management, business and personal development content available to all current students of wherever they are in the world. This resource base is continually being added to and enhanced and as you progress through your studies you will find more and more resources to support you and help you on your way. Every student of becomes an IMA member and automatically receives: management development events. Free access to new management development tool set. Regular Management Learning Newsletters keeping you informed about management development issues. Free access to

All students enrolling on two-year Masters programmes will in addition receive: Insights Personal Discovery Profile, providing you with a powerful insight into your unique personality. Lifelines Work-Life Balance Programme, enabling you to strike a better balance between work and the rest of your life, thus improving your quality of life, and reducing the risk of work and stress related illnesses. A USB Memory Stick to enhance your study flexibility.
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I have enjoyed returning to study with a flexible approach and an excellent support structure supplied by . Matt Easton, HND Business Management

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Frequently Asked Questions


Some frequently asked questions and answers follow. Should you have any other questions please call one of our programme advisors on

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Application and enrolment
Q: Will I be able to afford it? How do I pay? A: Paying for your studies is an investment in your future. It should not be viewed as an expense or cost because there is clear evidence to show that qualifications lead to an increase in salary. However, paying for your studies is not always easy, so we suggest you consider the various funding options on page 6. Q: What do the fees include? A: All study materials, either text-based or online and student handbooks are supplied. For many of our programmes core text books are also included. You will be allocated a tutor for academic support who you can contact as often as you like by email and telephone. You will also have access to a programme co-ordinator for administrative support. There is no application or enrolment fee, this service is completely free of charge. Q: I have plenty of work experience in my area of interest but no real qualifications. Can I still apply? A: For many courses, experience can be just as valuable as qualifications so if you havent studied for a while you need not be at a disadvantage. Each applicant is considered on his or her individual merits. Please call one of our experienced, friendly programme advisors to check your eligibility on FREEphone 0800 COURSES / 0800 268 7737. Q: I already have a qualification. Will this qualification allow me to gain exemptions from the course and will the cost be reduced? A: Different procedures apply for different programmes. It is often possible to gain exemptions based on previous qualifications and work experience. The best way to find out is to apply. All applications for exemptions will be considered on merit. If exemptions are granted the cost of the programme may not necessarily be affected. Q: What is the difference between the MBA programmes that you offer? A: We offer three MBAs to suit different needs. The Bradford MBA carries AMBA and EQUIS accreditation from a top 10 UK business school and is supported by the universitys online Global Campus. The University of Wales MBA offers modular payments, a variety of specialisms and delivery is via ilearn RDIs virtual learning environment. The University of Sunderland MBA is a top-up, and allows direct entry for holders of a relevant postgraduate diploma. Our Programme Advisors are happy to discuss the range of study options available to you.

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Studying and study materials


Q: How does distance learning work? A: Distance learning is off campus, flexible learning that allows you to study a UK university accredited programme at home or work when its convenient for you. You are provided with professionally developed study materials. The study materials have been developed to provide sequential learning with continual access to self-assessment and task based progress measurement. You will be allocated a tutor for academic support who you can contact as often as you like by email and telephone. You will also have access to a student support co-ordinator who will be there for administrative advice to make your learning experience successful and enjoyable. For most of our programmes you will also have access to RDIs virtual learning environment, ilearn. You will be able to access course information, tasks/activities, engage in discussions with tutors and fellow students, access the online library and download past papers and assignments. Q: Are the study materials text-based or online? A: Study materials are text-based or online or a mixture of both, depending on which programme you choose. You will receive everything you require to successfully complete your programme. Q: Do I need a computer? A: We recommend you have access to a computer with access to the internet and email as a minimum for all of our programmes. For some programmes there are specific software requirements. Please contact on FREEphone 0800 COURSES / 0800 268 7737 for further information.

and does not replace the normal comprehensive paper based study materials. Q: How long does it take? A: It depends on the programme but most programmes have a minimum and maximum study period. Generally you will spend as much or as little time as you would if you were taking the programme by formal part-time study but this is, of course, very flexible. Q: I work full-time and have a family, how will I find the time? A: Flexibility is key. All of our programmes allow you to work full-time as you can fit your studies around your job and personal commitments. Our programmes require from as little as 7 hours per week study time. Your student support coordinator is always on hand should you need any help with handing in assignments, logging into ilearn or deferring your studies. In most cases, you can take up to five years or more to complete your programme, although many complete within one or two years. Q: Can I study anywhere in the world? A: Yes. Programmes are flexible with study materials that allow you to study completely independently. You will log in to the virtual learning environment and interact with your tutors and peers as part of your studies. The only compulsory campus attendance is normally for examination purposes, which can be arranged locally if you are overseas. Q: Is the certificate the same as that which campus students receive? A: Yes. The final certificate that you receive will be awarded directly from the university, and will be exactly the same as if you had studied on campus. Q: How many hours per week should I devote? A: We recommend between 8 and 15 hours per week, depending on the programme. Flexible learning is about good time planning and building momentum. It is also about self-motivation. Regular study is more effective than heavy but intermittent periods of study. Always plan to spend as much time on the programme as you would by part-time formal study. Q: What if I need more time to complete my studies, can I take a break? A: If you fall behind, become ill, relocate or need to defer your studies we will always try our best to accommodate you and your student support co-ordinator will be on hand to explain the options available to you. Q: What happens if I fail something? A: Dont worry, if you fail an assessment you are allowed at least one resubmission. Your academic tutor will provide you with detailed feedback to help prepare you for your resubmission. Q: How do I sit exams? A: UK students can sit their examinations at s Midland Management Centre in Coventry or at any other pre-approved venue with the help of our examinations coordinator. Examinations can be arranged locally, although this will incur an additional charge. Q: Is there a graduation ceremony? A: For most of our university accredited programmes you will be invited to a formal graduation ceremony, usually held on the university campus with full time students.
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Q: Will I be able to succeed? A: We believe that your success is our success. Our experienced, friendly programme advisors will assist you through the application process to ensure you enrol on to a programme that is right for you. Motivation, time management and organisation on your part, combined with quality study materials and superior support throughout your studies are key to your success. Q: What if I find the course too hard? A: We will not enrol you on to a programme unless we are confident that you will succeed. If you feel that you have started at the wrong level, let us know and well transfer you to the right one, where possible. We also offer a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE which means you can try a course and if you are not completely satisfied for whatever reason you can return your materials within 30 days and receive a full refund. on FREEphone 0800 COURSES Please contact / 0800 268 7737 for terms and conditions.

Q: Will there be any classroom lectures or workshops? Will I be able to meet my tutor faceto-face? A: There are no compulsory lectures or workshops, unless specifically stated. The programmes are designed to be 100% distance learning. Each programme is fully supported by an academic tutor and student support co-ordinator. You are able to contact our staff whenever you need to, via email or telephone. Q: Is the use of ilearn mandatory? A: ilearn is mandatory for students studying the online programmes. However, for other programmes the Virtual Campus is there to enhance students learning

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A message from RDIs CEO The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) offers the opportunity for you to reach the pinnacle of your field, demonstrating dedication, competence and research expertise within the business arena. Your DBA will require you to advance the boundaries of management knowledge and to develop a piece of original work evidencing your contribution to worldleading community that drives business forward and establishing yourself as a leader within your chosen field. From personal experience of doctorate research and supervising others at a doctoral level, I have discovered that only those with sufficient long term drive and commitment will succeed which is one of the reasons the doctoral community is so highly respected.

Structure & Content


The programme is designed to provide an opportunity for students to obtain a DBA by means of independent study supported by online distance learning resources and academic support. The DBA programme forms two stages of research. The first stage follows rigorous development of a students investigative, research and planning skills through reflective practice, research methods and design - fully preparing them for successful completion of the second stage an independent piece of research contributing to development of management knowledge and practice.

Research Methods (30 credits) Students will be introduced to a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods that will enable them to make informed choices as to the methods of data collection and analysis used in their own research projects. Students will identify a management issue and develop and implement a research project to investigate this issue. Indicative Content: Qualitative methods such as interviews, observation, ethnography, documentary analysis, focus groups, case studies, pictorial representation, diaries, stories and life stories Qualitative data analysis Questionnaire design Survey and sampling methods Measurement Quantitative methods such as exploratory data analysis, statistical hypothesis testing, ANOVA, multivariate regression analysis, principal component analysis and cluster analysis Using SPSS for data analysis Presenting data and reporting findings Action learning and action research NVivo and NUD*IST (software) Research Design (30 credits) This module will prepare you for transfer to Stage 2 of the programme the doctoral thesis. Students will prepare a research proposal for the intended doctoral thesis. The proposal will demonstrate that the work will be characterised by advanced learning based on professional capability and in depth research and development leading to substantial projects which achieve major organisational change and/or excellence in professional practice. Indicative Content: The philosophy of knowledge Research methodologies Research tools Developing a research question, searching and using literature Designing a study Obstacles to data gathering Writing a proposal

Detailed Programme Structure Research Stage 1


Reflective Practice (60 credits) This module focuses on two key areas. Firstly, management students are notoriously poor at self-reflection as a consideration of MBA dissertations will signify. Requiring students to go through a process of self-reflection will inform them about their strengths and weaknesses and learning preferences and so aid them in the eventual thesis development. This process will enhance the self-awareness and therefore, it is anticipated, the managerial effectiveness of the candidate with a strong reflective ethos. Secondly, consultancy skills. The ability to make a consultancy type intervention is an important one for managers and it is likely that as part of the research that such an event would be called for. Developing and applying those skills would be useful both in their own terms but also as part of the research training effort. Students will therefore evaluate themselves against current and potential roles and design and implement an action to plan to address key development needs within the context of the design and delivery of a consultancy project intervention. Students will be required to undertake a consultancy project which should have some change management implications for the organisation. Indicative Content: Undertake self-analysis and profiling using professional tools Models of reflective practice e.g. Schon; Kolb; and Atkins and Murphy Development and use of the process of reflection upon professional practice Demonstrate reflective activities as part of professional decision making Working in groups Design and implementation of personal development plans Action learning sets The role of the consultant Ethical behaviour Project management techniques The consultancy cycle Theories of change management

DBA

Doctor of Business Administration

If you are one of those people who seriously believe they can succeed in undertaking a substantial piece of independent research in your chosen field with the support of our team of highly qualified doctoral supervisors, then we would be pleased to hear from you.

This modern DBA is designed to advance the professional development of senior practicing managers and other professionals in the field of business and management. The DBA focuses on contemporary business issues, to develop high-calibre, well-rounded professionals with specialised knowledge and managerial competencies. It is expected that candidates will contribute to the development and synthesis of new knowledge concerning the theory and practice of business administration, and on graduation will be able to perform as professional managers, management consultants in a variety of international, regional, national and organisational environments; mentor in the practice and research of business administration; leaders in the knowledge and theory of business administration; and role models for the practice of business administration. This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK. For further details regarding the University and its validation services, please log on to www.wales.ac.uk/
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Detailed Programme Structure (Continued) Research Stage 2


DBA Thesis (240 credits) You will have the opportunity to undertake an original organisation or professionally based piece of research, which contributes to management knowledge. This unique piece of research will require you to critically and creatively draw on management theory, to undertake a critical literature and methodological review, to make recommendations relating to current and potential management practice, to effectively manage a complex project, and demonstrate an ethical approach to management research.

Admission Requirements
Master of Business Administration degree, or a management based Masters level qualification, from a recognised institution. A minimum of 5 years proven professional work experience with a particular involvement in management, management consultancy, management teaching, management training, or management research; Proof of written and oral proficiency in English achieved through either completion of a degree taught and examined in the English language, and/or attainment of a valid IELTS score of a minimum overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0. Please note: Candidates must in their prior study be able to demonstrate both an understanding of academic issues of management and the ability to undertake postgraduate work. The actual degree presented must be management based and should include a dissertation. Candidates with low grades are unlikely to be accepted.

Programme Assessment
Stage 1 Reflective Practice Assessment 1: Personal development plan showing evidence of implementation, 2,000 words. Assessment 2: Scoping paper for project, 1,000 words. Assessment 3: Final consultancy report, 4,000 words. Assessment 4: Reflective report demonstrating critical awareness of self, participation in action learning sets and completion of project, 4,000 words. Research Methods 5,000-word report on a research project. Research Design 5,000-word research proposal for the intended doctoral thesis. Stage 2 Thesis Present and defend at a viva voce a thesis of between 60-70,000-words.

Enrolment Dates
The DBA programme has enrolment dates in October, January, April and July.

Applying for the DBA


The application process requires you to submit your application, along with a description of your intended research for scrutiny by a potential supervisor. The supervisor will undertake a telephone interview of the research prior to recommending its submission to the Research Degrees Committee (RDC) for formal consideration. The RDC will review the application and make a decision on its suitability and the availability of appropriately qualified supervisory staff. If RDI decides that the intended research is appropriate and that a suitable qualified supervisory team is available then the RDC will recommend that an offer is made by the University of Wales.

Attendance Options
The programme is designed to provide an opportunity for students to obtain a DBA by means of independent study supported by online distance learning resources and academic support. Meetings with supervisors will normally be online through use of video/audio technology with the option for face-toface meetings at appropriate times throughout the lengthy study process. The DBA can be completed over a minimum of 4 years and maximum of 7 years of study.

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Bradford MBA Ranking and Accreditation


9th Business School in the UK (Financial Times 2010) 1st Business School in the North of England (Financial Times 2010) One of the top 25 MBAs in Europe (Financial Times 2010) One of the top 100 MBAs in the World (Financial Times 2010) EQUIS accredited (European Quality Improvement System) AMBA accredited (Association of MBAs) Currently seeking AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation. If the school gains this accreditation it will become part of an elite group of triple crown business schools.

Tutorial Groups While distance learning allows you to study at a time, place and pace to suit your needs Bradford ensure that you will never feel like you are studying alone. When studying a module you will be part of a small tutor group. As a tutor group member you are expected to take part in weekly online discussions and a series of live on line tutorials. You can also discuss issues with other distance learning students and academics through the Bradford School of Management social networking site The Atrium. The Virtual Learning Environment Bradford University School of Management uses a virtual learning environment called Blackboard. Each module you study will have a dedicated Blackboard site containing: A copy of the module study book Guidance on the assessment used for the module Power point slides and audio recordings (where available) taken from Bradford based full time or part time MBA lectures Film from 3 key on-site lectures (where available) Key readings selected by Bradford academics from leading academic journals, trade publications and broadsheet newspapers Selected audio and video clips helping to underline your knowledge and understanding of particular subject areas Additional non-compulsory readings enabling you to further engage with a subject and advance your understanding A comprehensive bank of multiple choice/short answer questions allowing you to monitor your understanding and get instant feedback on your progression Bradford School of Management Library As a distance learning student you will have access to the Universitys online library resources. This means that wherever you are in the world you can access thousands of academic journals, market reports and textbooks all from your computer. Distance learning students also have their own dedicated librarian who can provide students with photocopies of various materials including journal papers, book chapters and company reports. Effective Learning Service It may be some time since you last studied for a formal qualification and so some of your key learning skills such as essay writing, critical analysis and revision may require some attention. The School of Management Effective Learning department can provide you with all the help you need to overcome such obstacles. Quick read leaflets are available with titles such as How to Improve Your Marks and 5 Stage Report Writing Structure. A variety of additional information is available and you can even have a one-to-one consultation with Bradfords effective learning advisor.

Studying By Distance Learning


Undertaking a distance learning MBA at the Bradford University School of Management is a highly rewarding experience: You will learn new skills which you can use straight away in the work place You will be able to use the knowledge gained to advance your career You will be able to develop an international business network, learning from the experiences of your fellow students. Students are expected to take 2 subjects (modules) every three months. Each module contains 9 study units. Students typically progress by studying 1 unit from each module per week. This equates to approximately 14-16 hours of study per week. If you dont think that you have enough time to study 2 modules over the three month period you can always chose to study just one module, lightening your workload considerably. If work or family life is particularly busy then you can even suspend your studies and restart at a later date. This flexibility means that students can complete the MBA in 2 to 6 years. We do, however, strongly advise that students study 2 modules every 3 months.

The Bradford MBA Learning Experience

Bradford University School of Management has been providing students with an opportunity to study for an MBA via distance learning since 1998. At Bradford they appreciate that many of their students have to juggle work and family commitments alongside their studies. As such they allow their students to develop their managerial skills and knowledge at a pace which suits their individual needs. The programme is aimed at intelligent, highly motivated managers who wish to equip themselves with the essential business and management skills required in the increasingly competitive, diverse and dynamic business environment. Once you start the distance learning MBA programme you become part of the Bradford University School of Management student community. Bradford has a great pride in this sense of community and throughout your studies they ensure that you have every opportunity to develop your professional network while also learning from the experiences of other students. This is achieved through the use of small faculty led tutor groups, weekly online discussions, live face-to-face on line tutorial sessions and a distance learner online social space called The Atrium. Further to this while you do not have to attend any on-site teaching you will have an opportunity to take part in faceto-face teaching sessions with academics from the School of Management in Bradford and at its partner institutions in the Netherlands, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, the Philippines and Italy (subject to availability). Your knowledge and understanding of each subject area studied will be assessed by the most appropriate means. This will typically involve the completion of a written assignment, an exam or in some cases an assignment and an exam. If you need to sit an exam Bradford has examination centres worldwide, making it highly likely that there is an exam centre near you. There are four enrolment opportunities throughout the year in September, January, April and July.
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Each module has been designed so that your understanding and knowledge is developed through using a variety of materials from textbooks and academic journal papers through to video clips, podcasts, online discussions and live on line tutorials. Printed Materials For each module you will receive a textbook and a high quality study book containing essential study notes, case studies and short exercises to develop your understanding. The study books are written by academics from the Bradford School of Management many of whom are world leading authorities in their subject area. Each study book contains: 9 study units, each unit is designed to develop your understanding of a particular subject area. 2 optional assignments which you submit to your tutor for feedback. These assignments enable you to track your progress ensuring that you understand key subject areas. A series of short case studies and exercises reinforcing key principles and ideas and demonstrating how academic theory can be put into practice. Clear guidance on accessing additional learning materials that will help reinforce your understanding and knowledge.

International Study Opportunities


You may decide that you want to accelerate your studies, learn about a particular subject area, study alongside other Bradford University School of Management students or simply broaden your horizons and spend some time studying overseas. You can do this by studying a module over 3-5 days at the School of Management or at any one of its partner institutions in the Netherlands, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, the Philippines and Italy. Examples of block modules taught at these locations include Corporate Marketing, International Business Studies and Mergers and Acquisitions. Access to modules running is subject to availability.

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In order to complete the Bradford MBA you will be required to complete 14 modules in total and a 12,500-15,000 word management project.

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Cycle One

In order to provide you with a solid foundation you will study ten compulsory modules covering key business and managerial disciplines. Your understanding of each subject area will be developed through the study books, textbooks, case studies, journal papers, audio and video materials and ongoing collaboration with other distance learning students and of course your module tutor. You will also be able to assess your progress through the online multiple choice/short answer questions and the two tutor marked essays. 1. Business Accounting Managers are required to have an understanding of accounting and the accountants role within an organisation. The module will provide an introduction into this area covering issues such as: Interpreting and evaluating accounts Profit and loss Cash flow and the balance sheet Investment appraisal and return on investment Marginal and absorption costing Ratios, comparisons and trends Budgeting and control

2. Business Economics The module provides an insight into the market environment organizations operate in and how market forces can impact on an organization and the growth strategies adopted. The module covers: Scarcity and choice Resource allocation and the markets Demand and supply/cost analysis Intervention in markets Market structure and competition Structure, conduct and performance of companies and markets Market concentration and public competition policy Determinants of national output/income and fluctuations in growth rates Key economic variables: output, employment, inflation Government fiscal, monetary and supply side policies Exchange rates and the balance of payments Globalisation, international trade and international investment 3. Marketing The module provides an insight into just what marketing is along with the fundamental marketing theories managers need to be aware of. In addition to this the module considers the relationship between market analysis, organizational opportunities and threats, marketing strategies and tactics. The module covers: What is the marketing concept? Analysing the market environment and market planning Consumer and organizational buying behaviour Segmenting the market, targeting customers and positioning the product Marketing tactics the marketing mix Product portfolio analysis and the product life cycle Branding and communicating with the market Marketing channels distributors and retailers Pricing strategies Marketing in a international environment 4. Operations Management The module looks at what is known as the conversion process focusing on how materials and products are processed within the organization. The module covers: The framework for operations management and the functional interfaces The issues of value, variety and design Design operational systems The workings of an organization Capacity management and operational planning Quality management Purchasing and layout Contemporary issues in operations management 5. Managing People Managers need to be able to understand how to manage one of their most valuable and important resources their employees. In order to investigate this subject the module draws on several disciplines including organisational behaviour, organisational psychology and human resource management. The result is a module which provides a comprehensive insight into those factors which influence human behaviour within the work environment. The module covers: Personality, perception, motivation and job satisfaction Group and team work Management and leadership Transactional and transformational leadership

Organizational culture, structure and design Conflict, power and politics within the organisation Communications within the organisation 6. Managerial and Professional Development The module encourages students to adopt an independent and reflective approach to learning and development enabling students to develop an awareness of their own and others development needs. The module covers: The role of learning and development in organisations The critical role of managerial skills Learning: approaches and models Principles of personal development Professional and management development Career development Developing self-awareness Reflective practice 7. Business Research In order to assess new business opportunities or potential future strategies managers need to be able to conduct business research in a systematic and objective manner. In addition to this when faced with the results from business research managers also need to have the required skills to analyse the evidence presented to them. With this in mind the module covers: Qualitative and quantitative approaches to business research Creating a suitable research sample Analysing research results Drawing and then testing the findings emerging from business research Interpreting and presenting research results The ethics of business research 8. Business Ethics and Sustainability The module will draw on current research and business practice in order to provide students with an insight into one of the major issues facing organizations today. The module covers: The foundations of the debate surrounding business ethics and sustainability What do we mean by business ethics, sustainability, sustainable development, corporate citizenship and corporate social responsibility? Traditional and contemporary ethical theory

The duties and responsibilities of businesses Corporations, state and civil society and the firm as a political actor The international, national and regional regulatory environment and codes of practice State or self-regulation and the risks of non-compliance Stakeholders: shareholders, employees, consumers, suppliers, competitors, civil society and government Future perspectives on ethics and sustainability 9. Corporate Finance The module draws on some of the issues previously discussed in the Business Accounting module consolidating and further developing your knowledge of financial decision making. You will consider how capital markets operate, how companies are valued and how the wider business environment can impact on financial managers operations. The module covers: An overview of financial management considering investment and financing decisions, share holder value analysis and strategic investment Valuing organizations Financial strategies short term and long term finance and working capital management Do dividends matter? dividend policy Using debt finance long term and short term debt instruments Measurement of gearing impact on shareholder value and the required return Shareholder return requirements 10. Strategic Management The module aims to develop an understanding of the changing practice of strategic management within an often highly volatile business environment. The module covers: Varying perspectives on strategy, strategic management and strategic decision making An understanding of the dynamic business environment Strategy formation, organisational planning and positioning Creating and sustaining a competitive advantage and stakeholder satisfaction Value chain analysis Company culture and its impact on management strategy

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Cycle Two
Once you have gained the required managerial skills and knowledge during Cycle 1 of your studies you will then be required to complete four Cycle 2 modules. There are a total of ten Cycle 2 modules to choose from for those studying purely by distance learning. If you decide to study a Cycle 2 module(s) at Bradford or at a partner institute a number of alternative modules are likely to be available (e.g. mergers and acquisitions). As with the Cycle 1 modules you are expected to study two cycle 2 modules every three months. The modules available via the conventional distance learning route are: 1. Marketing Communications In a world where organizational stakeholders are bombarded each day with numerous messages there is a need to ensure that your organisation communicates with the right stakeholders in the most efficient and effective way. This module will help you achieve this introducing the concepts and theories that will enable you to develop integrated marketing communications. The module covers: Analysing integrated marketing communications Advertising theory and management Personal selling and negotiation Below the line promotions Public relations Branding and design

2. Entrepreneurship This module is designed to introduce you to the concept of entrepreneurship and to equip you with the knowledge and skills to engage with the entrepreneurial process. You will emerge from the module with a comprehensive understanding of the importance of entrepreneurship to the economy, the role of the entrepreneur and the unique problems that new businesses face. You will also learn the skills that will enable you to develop ideas into concepts, test these through feasibility analysis and develop business plans for new ventures. The module covers: Defining and understanding enterprise, entrepreneurship & innovation. Managerial versus entrepreneurial mindsets. Skills attitudes and behaviours associated with entrepreneurs and developing entrepreneurial skills. Creativity and innovation in entrepreneurship. Sources of opportunity & innovation. Techniques for generating and evaluating new ideas. Distinguishing between ideas and opportunities. Developing ideas into business opportunities. Industry and competitor analysis. Feasibility analysis. Assessing the factors which influence the choice of business model. How to develop a business model. Recognising potential flaws in a business model Resources in the entrepreneurial venture. Decisions required for a new venture. Developing a team & networks to implement the opportunity The purpose of a business plan. Key components of a business plan. Evaluating and presenting a business plan

3. Project Management The module aims to foster a critical awareness of the concepts and principles of project management providing an insight into key models, frameworks and techniques to support decision making and control. The module covers: The justification for project management The processes involved in project management Project initiation selection, start up, the business case and the organisation Project initiation Part II planning and the management of product delivery Project implementation stage control and boundary management Project closure learning from the project planning experience and assessing the benefits of project management Managing risk and quality Configuration management and change control Software tools in project management 4. E-Business The module will investigate the highly contemporary areas of E-commerce and E-business considering the implications these developments may have for new and existing businesses. Further to this you will develop the skills required to introduce and manage the E business strategy of an organization. The module covers: Understanding E-commerce and E-business E-commerce technology Applying E-commerce (e.g. search engines, social networks, blogs) Barriers to E-commerce (e.g. security, data encryption) Analysing business models Public policy and legal issues impacting on E-commerce and E-business New management, strategy thinking and future technologies 5. International Business Strategy The module develops a comprehensive understanding of the major issues that businesses are confronted with when operating in international markets. The module covers: The implications for strategic management of major changes in trade and investment patterns The globalisation process The importance of differences in institutional and cultural systems in international business Foreign direct investment and the internationalisation process Foreign market entry modes The importance of the business environment, innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship on international business strategies HQ and subsidiary relations and managing collaborative relations. Corporate social responsibility and the strategic management of multi- national corporations. 6. Managing International Business in Emerging Economies This module has been designed for those who intend to work or are interested in international business development whether as managers, consultants or entrepreneurs all within the context of emerging markets. You will investigate the workings of subsidiary operations in emerging economies (e.g. Central and Eastern Europe, China, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Central and South East Asia) and gain an understanding of the fundamental issues confronted by foreign firms competing in newly opened and dynamic markets. In order to develop this knowledge the module draws on a mixture of theory and practice which you will find intellectually

challenging and which will provide a sound basis for further career development. The module contains: An introduction to emerging markets Economic and political reform Foreign direct investment and outsourcing Entry strategy Brownfield and privatization acquisitions/restructuring in the transitional economies of Central and Eastern Europe Managing equity international joint ventures in Asian markets Subsidiary development and entrepreneurship Social networking Corporate social responsibility Corporate staffing and localisation Emerging market multinationals/internationalisation

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7. International Financial Management This module is designed to provide you with a critical understanding of the investment and finance decisions made by multinational companies. The module explores institutional structure and the behaviour of international currency markets enabling you to analyse and evaluate the economic factors that affect the foreign exchange rates. You will also explore the financial instruments and techniques that companies adopt to manage currency risks. The module contains: The foreign currency markets and the determination of the spot and forward exchange rates The relationship between exchange rates, price levels and interest rates Financial instruments and currency hedging techniques International portfolio management International debt and swap financing techniques Capital investment decision making in the multinational firm 8. Management of Change The dynamic nature of the current business environment means managers have to deal with change on an almost daily basis. In spite of this few managers have a sound understanding of how to manage change. During this module you will be able to reflect on your own experiences considering why change may be needed within organizations and how managers can successful introduce and then manage change. You will also consider why change may be resisted and how such resistance can be overcome. The module covers: The nature of change Cultures for change Drivers of change Reactions to change People and change Leadership of change Models of change

9. Managerial Leadership The module aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the major theories concerning leadership within work organizations. You will develop an increased understanding of the way participants behaviour can affect the feelings, attitudes and behaviour of people at work. The module covers: Just what is meant by the phrase leadership and how does it differ from management Are leaders born or made? Leadership development Skills in leadership - transactional, transformational and charismatic leadership. The role of leadership when undergoing organizational change. Leadership issues, challenges and strategies in business, government and politics. A critical review of leadership theory: early trait theories; behavioural style theories; situational leadership theories; The adoption of an integrative, holistic model of leadership. 10. Corporate Marketing The module aims to provide students with an alternative and contemporary view of the marketing discipline focusing on the marketing of the organisation(s) rather than the products/services organisations produce. Through studying the module students will be able to examine and critically analyse an organisations identity, its corporate communications, image/ reputation and brand management activities. The module covers : The evolution of the marketing discipline The nature, impact and importance of corporate identity Stakeholder analysis Managing multiple corporate communications Image and reputation management Developing and managing a corporate brand.

Management Project At the end of your taught studies you will be required to put into practice what you have learnt during the various modules and complete a 12,500 15,000 word management project. The University of Bradford allows its students a great deal of flexibility in their management projects. For example, you may wish to reflect on your academic learning and apply it to a problem currently facing the organization you work for. You may wish to investigate an issue effecting not just one organization but an entire industry, or you may wish to conduct desk based research really getting to grips with all the academic arguments and issues surrounding a subject area in order to develop a new management framework. Throughout the project you will be guided by an experienced academic and you will have access to the School of Management Effective Learning department. The Effective Learning service often proves to be very useful providing students with a clear understanding and guidelines on what is required in order to successfully complete their project.

Study Materials & Support


For each module you will receive a textbook and a high quality study book containing essential study notes, case studies and short exercises to help develop your understanding of each subject area. The study books are written by academics from Bradford School of Management many of whom are world-leading authorities in their subject area. Each study book contains: 9 study units, each unit is designed to develop your understanding of a particular subject area. 2 optional assignments which you submit to your tutor for feedback. These assignments enable you to track your progress providing valuable feedback, ensuring that you understand the key subject areas. A series of short case studies and exercises reinforcing key principles and ideas and demonstrating how academic theory can be put into practice. Clear guidance on accessing additional learning materials (e.g. academic papers) that will help reinforce your understanding and knowledge. The printed materials are used alongside online materials made available via the virtual learning environment (known as Blackboard). The on-line materials include: A copy of the module study book Guidance on the assessment used for the module Power point slides and audio recordings (where available) taken from Bradford based full time MBA lectures Film from 3 key on-site lectures (where available) Key readings selected by Bradford academics from leading academic journals, trade publications and broadsheet newspapers Selected audio and video clips helping to underline your knowledge and understanding of particular subject areas Additional non-compulsory readings, audio and videos enabling you to engage with and advance your understanding

Programme Assessment
In order to ensure that you have gained the required skills and knowledge you will have to successfully complete a form of assessment for each module. The assessment may be an individual written assignment, an exam or a mixture of both. So that you can monitor your progress as you work your way through each module there are a number of opportunities for formative assessment (i.e. assessment that will not count to your overall grade). For example, you will be invited to submit 2 pieces of work to your individual tutor. Your tutor will read through the work and provide you with feedback. In addition to this, you will be encouraged to complete a series of online multiple choice questions for each unit studied. Exams can be sat at the University of Bradford, RDIs Head Office in Coventry or can be arranged overseas via the British Council or at a recognised overseas academic institution at additional cost.

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Duration of Programme
The Bradford School of Management distance learning MBA allows students to vary the speed of their progression through the programme to suit their own individual needs. As such, you can choose to take just one module in a quarter or defer your studies altogether, for a short period of time. Distance learning students usually however study 2 modules every 3 months. Each module is split into 9 units (8 learning units and 1 revision unit). Students are expected to work through 1 unit per module per week. This format ensures that students have a number of weeks at the end of the module for examination revision (if the module is assessed by an exam) assignment work and general recuperation. Through completing 2 modules every 3 months by the end of year 1 students will have studied 8 modules. In year 2, progressing at the same rate, students take the remaining 2 compulsory modules and 4 cycle 2 modules. The completion of these remaining modules takes 9 months. In the final 3 months students start (and can complete) the management project. Many students see the management project as a key part of the MBA experience, putting the skills they have learnt into practice. To facilitate this learning experience Bradford allow students to register for the management project at a time that is convenient to them. Once a student has registered for the management project we allow the student up to 12 months to complete the project. As a general guide the programme can be completed in 2-6 years. On average students take 3 years to complete the programme.

Once a student has started their MBA studies with Bradford School of Management they will be required to complete a short exercise enabling them to assess their numerical and verbal reasoning skills. Students with a GMAT of 600+ attained in the last two years are not required to complete this exercise. It may be the case that you are a highly motivated applicant with a proven track record and a wealth of highly relevant work experience but you do not have the required academic qualifications. If this is the case you may well still be eligible for the Bradford MBA and as such you are encouraged to submit an application.

Enrolment Dates
There are four enrolment opportunities throughout the year in September, January, April and July.

Programme Fees
The Bradford MBA is competitively priced at 12,950. Please contact us for further information regarding instalment plans.

Applying for the MBA


You will be required to submit an application online via our website www. rdi.co.uk/apply. You will then be contacted by an experienced Programme Advisor at RDI requesting further documentation (i.e. qualification certificates, CV and references). On receipt of the required documentation your application will be screened and, if suitable, forwarded to the School of Management for formal consideration. If the application is successful you will be issued with a formal offer letter.

Admissions Requirements
The standard entry criteria for the distance learning MBA is: A degree from an approved university: UK degree minimum 2:2 (honours); European degree gross percentile average (GPA) of 2.5 out of 4.0 or 6.5 out of 10, or overall average of 70 from 100 per cent or an acceptable professional qualification. At least three years relevant postgraduate work experience. Proficiency in English - a 6.5 score on IELTS test of English, 580 in written TOEFL, 240 in computer-based TOEFL or 94 or better in the internetbased TOEFL are needed from non-native speakers. Under exceptional circumstances alternative evidence demonstrating proficiency in English may be considered.

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Management Pathway

Masters Entry Diploma in Management University of Wales


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a Diploma in Management

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Certificate in Management University of Wales


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a Certificate in Management.

Online-based distance learning

4. Management Development
Learning styles Time management Project management Introduction to research methodology The management toolkit

Awarding Body
This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK. For further details regarding the University and its validation services, please log on to www.wales.ac.uk/ validation or email validation@wales.ac.uk

5. Independent Study
You will undertake an independent research project which will demand some academic analysis in the context of an organisational problem.

Course Description
This course caters for the needs of working middle managers in many different types of organisation. It will provide you with an opportunity to develop a range of skills which can be applied in the workplace to aid the development of you and your business.

whenever and wherever you are. Tutor support - Tutors use live chats and forums to stimulate discussions, request input and highlight external sources. External resources - Links to external sources can include key journal articles, your universitys online library, sites of topical interest, etc. Discussion with other students - Forums allow students to come together, share thoughts and ideas and you can initiate topics that you want to discuss with your fellow students.

3. Managing the Organisation


SWOT and PEST analyses Introduction to financial statements The marketing mix Recruitment process Equal opportunities

Awarding Body
This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK. For further details regarding the University and its validation services, please log on to www.wales.ac.uk/ validation or email validation@wales.ac.uk

4. People in Organisations
Motivation Leadership Coaching and mentoring Workplace communication Conflicts in the workplace

Assessment
You will complete five assessments in total: a case study; work based coursework, management report and a 24 hour assessment which places you under time pressure to complete a series of examination type questions.

Workload
We recommend an average of 10-12 hours study time per week for this programme.

Course Description
This course is designed to meet the needs of newly appointed first-line managers or those in supervisory positions. The overall purpose is to introduce you to a wide range of business and management concepts and provide you with opportunities to apply your knowledge and reflect on it. This course does not require any previous study of business or management but presumes you are in employment (or have recently been) and thus builds on practical experience.

Assessment
The Personal Development module requires you to develop a portfolio to demonstrate your attainment of the required learning outcomes. In addition, there are three assessments that will provide you with the opportunity to apply your learning to problem situations (real and simulated) necessitating the development of recommendations based on an understanding of the context and basic principles.

of your learning materials and important information, such as assessment instructions, whenever and wherever you are. Tutor support - Tutors use live chats and forums to stimulate discussions, request input and highlight external sources. External resources - Links to external sources can include key journal articles, your universitys online library, sites of topical interest, etc. Discussion with other students - Forums allow students to come together, share thoughts and ideas and you can initiate topics that you want to discuss with your fellow students.

Workload
We recommend an average of 8-10 hours study time per week for this programme.

Exemptions
No exemptions are allowed for this programme.

Mode
Online distance learning

Duration of Programme
Variable but a maximum of two years. The maximum study period for each module is up to 9 months.

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: Copies of your relevant certificates and/or transcripts Two suitable references. Please note we can only accept academic and/or professional work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years).

Exemptions
No exemptions are allowed for this programme.

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises five modules:

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: Copies of your relevant certificates and/or transcripts Two suitable references. Please note we can only accept academic and/or professional work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years).

1. Leading Teams
Theories of leadership Team dynamics Motivation Conflict management Performance evaluation

Entry Requirements
Entry to the Diploma is available for all those who can demonstrate that they will benefit from it. Candidates should be able to demonstrate the ability to learn at this level through the possession of prior qualifications or experience. The programme is however designed to meet the needs of middle managers and as such demands the ability to relate learning to the workplace. Candidates will therefore normally be practicing managers or have recent relevant experience. Candidates should have English language ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0.

Duration of Programme
Variable but a maximum of two years. The maximum study period of each module is up to 6 months.

Mode
Online distance learning

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises four modules:

Entry Requirements
Entry to the Certificate is available for all those who can demonstrate that they will benefit from it. No formal entry qualifications are required. The programme is however designed to meet the needs of newly appointed fist-line managers or team leaders and as such demands the ability to relate learning to the workplace. Candidates will therefore normally be practicing managers or have recent relevant experience. Candidates should have English ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 5.5.

What You Could Do Next


Successful completion of the programme may allow you entry to: University of Bradford MBA University of Wales MBA

1. Personal Development
Personal development planning Skills audit Developing communication skills Data presentation Developing ICT skills Oral presentation Poster presentations Accessing information resources

2. Satisfying the Customer


Customer satisfaction management process Quality management theories Continuous improvement The marketing mix Marketing planning

What you could do next


successful completion of the programme may allow entry to : University of Wales Masters Entry Diploma in Management

3. Managing Finance
Financial statements Interpretation of financial statements Business forms Project evaluation

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Communication styles Information sources Verbal and non verbal communication The use of IT Using information for decision making

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MBA (Top-up) University of Sunderland


Qualification
On successful completion of this programme you will be awarded the University of Sunderland MBA.

Distance Learning

Mode
Text-based distance learning. Tutor supported.

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises three modules:

Following this you will be required to undertake a research investigation into a contemporary management issue, utilising primary and secondary investigation, techniques and data sources.

Workload
We recommend an average of 12 hours study time per week for this programme.

Exemptions
No exemptions are allowed for this programme.

Awarding Body
University of Sunderland The University of Sunderland is a dynamic, modern university with a growing reputation for teaching quality and leading edge research. Recognised by The Guardian as Englands best new university in 2001, and rated best new university in the UK for the overall quality, range and quantity of its research. The university is committed to pioneering new, flexible learning programmes, allowing students to study at home or at work. The Faculty of Business and Law is an international learning community of over 3,000 students and 90 full-time academics offering a comprehensive range of programmes in Business and Law from undergraduate, postgraduate, Corporate and Doctoral level.

Assessment 1. Global Corporate Strategy


This module seeks to establish the holistic nature of corporate strategy and how this affects organisational decision making processes. By examining aspects of the internal and external environment and associated forces on the organisation, you will develop an appreciation of business and management within a global setting. The University of Sunderland MBA Top-up is assessed by one written assignment after studying modules 1 and 2 and a dissertation. This dissertation will feature a research proposal of 1500-2000 words weighted at 20% and dissertation of 20,000 words weighted at 80%.

Giving up employment to study full time was not an option. allowed me to study while earning and proved an extremely flexible solution. The support I received was superb, any queries I had were resolved quickly and easily, my student support co-ordinator was extremely helpful and professional. Stephen Weekes. MBA

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: Copies of your relevant certificates and/or transcripts. One suitable reference. Please note we can only accept academic and/or professional work references, and this must be on company headed paper. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years).

Duration of Programme
Minimum 12 months. However, this can be extended to a maximum of three years.

2. International Business Environment


This module will explore the different frameworks in which organisational decisions are made. You will identify key forces of globalisation and analyse the impact of economic, social, cultural and political factors on business operations and structures in a variety of national environments. You will also relate theories of internationalisation, innovation and competitive advantage to differing industries and locations.

Entry Requirements
To gain entry to the University of Sunderland MBA Top-up you must possess the BTEC Level 7 Advanced Professional Diploma in Management Studies or CMI Executive Diploma or equivalent. Students who have the CMI Executive Diploma will complete 90 credits; 2 modules and the dissertation. Students with the BTEC Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership will complete 60 credits only which is the combined research methods and dissertation.

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Course Description
The University of Sunderland MBA is designed as a top-up programme for those who have completed the BTEC Level 7 Advanced Professional Diploma in Management Studies and gained appropriate management experience. During this programme you will develop your modelling techniques, strategic management knowledge, competence and problem-solving ability. You will also become familiar with international management practice, and the development of effective business cultures and performance enhancement.

Dissertation
You will complete a research proposal of 1,5002,000 words and a 20,000 word dissertation. You will explore the nature of business/ management research, ethical issues in business and management research, and deductive and inductive research methods. You will use and compare qualitative and quantitative research methods to enable you to write research projects and report research findings.

Whats Included
All study materials, core textbooks and student handbooks are supplied. You will be allocated a tutor for academic support who you can contact as often as you like by telephone and email. You will have access to a programme co-ordinator for administrative support. You will also have access to an online Virtual Campus.

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BTEC Level 7 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership

Edexcel
Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a BTEC Level 7 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.

Online-based distance learning

2. Professional Development for Strategic Managers


Personal skills required to achieve strategic goals Skills audit Constructing a personal development plan

Extended Diploma (Diploma plus 5 units) 1. Creative and Innovative Management


Creative and innovative management processes Influencing others to effect change in an organisation Overcoming barriers to implementation of creative and innovative management ideas

Assessment
Assessment is via ten assignments and one examination.

Duration of Programme
BTEC Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership is normally studied over a period of 18 months but can be extended to a maximum of four years. The maximum study period of each module is up to 6 months.

Awarding Body
Edexcel

3. Strategic Change Management


Models of strategic change Factors driving the need for strategic change Role of stakeholders in planning for change Models for ensuring ongoing change

Allowing a student to work at a different pace where they may have knowledge gaps has certainly been of significant benefit to me. I have been able to adapt my learning and continuous professional development requirements to suit a busy working and family schedule. The overall time frame for achievement is flexible and adaptable and meets the needs of mature students. Richard Luck. BTEC Level 7 Advanced Professional Diploma in Management Studies (DMS)

Course Description
The BTEC Level 7 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership is designed for those working in business management or other sectors with a responsibility for management and leadership. You will develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in the management sector. A professional management qualification which is accepted by the University of Wales for direct entry to the Research Methods module and Dissertation of its MBA programme.

4. Strategic Marketing Management


Principles of strategic marketing management Tools used to develop a strategic marketing strategy Strategic marketing techniques Changes in the marketing environment

2. Strategic Quality and Systems Management


The role of operations management in an organisation The importance of managing quality in an organisation Planning strategic quality change in an organisation Evaluating the outcomes of strategic quality change in an organisation

Entry Requirements
Candidates should possess a recognised Bachelors Degree in any discipline or overseas equivalent or HND qualification. Candidates who do not possess the required academic qualifications but have a minimum of five years experience of working in a strategic management position are also encouraged to submit an application. English language ability equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

Enrolment dates
October, January, April and July

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How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: Copies of your relevant certificates and/or transcripts. One suitable work reference. Copy of you CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years). Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English.

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5. Strategic Human Resource Management


How strategic management of human resources contributes to organisational objectives Developing human resource plans Human resources policy requirements Human resources management in an organisation

3. Strategic Planning
External factors affecting an organisation Review existing business plans and strategies Developing options for strategic planning Contruct a strategy paln

Whats Included
All online study materials and student handbooks are supplied. You will be allocated a tutor for academic support who you can contact as often as you like by telephone and email. You will also have access to a student support co-ordinator for administrative support. You will also complete an online induction and have access to an online Virtual Campus.

Mode
Online distance learning

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises 6 units for the Diploma and a further 5 units for the Extended Diploma:

4. Developing Successful Business Teams


Features of successful business teams Supporting team development Monitoring the performance of teams

What You Could Study Next


Successful completion of the programme may allow you entry to: University of Wales MBA University of Sunderland MBA Top-up

6. Managing Financial Principles and Techniques


Applying cost concepts to the decision- making process Forecasting techniques to obtain information for decision-making Budgetary process in an organisation Cost reduction and management processes Financial appraisal techniques to make strategic investment decisions Interpreting financial statements for planning and decision-making

Diploma (6 units) 1. Developing Strategic Management and Leadership Skills


Relationship between strategic management and leadership Theories of management and leadership Leadership requirements Development of leadership skills

5. Project Development and Implementation for Strategic Managers


Developing a project specification Planning for the implemntation of a project to implement a new product, service or process Analysing the outcomes of a project

Workload
We recommend an average of 12-15 hours study time per week for this programme.

Exemptions
No exemptions are allowed for this programme.

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MBA University of Wales


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA). change; the role of a manager in dealing with that change; and skills which will allow them to contribute positively to the change process. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically evaluate and define the nature of the change process. Apply a range of appropriate conceptual tools applicable to the management of change situations. Critically review how organisations have responded to change. Synthesise and analyse the links between knowledge management, knowledge tracking and knowledge migration in organisational/change management. Design strategies to deal with resistance to change.

Online-based distance learning

Awarding Body
This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK. For further details regarding the University and its validation services, please log on to www.wales.ac.uk/ validation or email validation@wales.ac.uk

Establish a broad base of marketing knowledge and the strategic implications. Develop and implement marketing plans for a product or service. Reflect an international perspective and the global context of decision-making in marketing planning. Evaluate the appropriateness of e-business strategies.

effective teams. Analyse a human resource problem and apply appropriate models to develop solutions.

Assessment
You will complete one formal examination (in exam conditions), one timed online assessment, which you will complete within 24 hours (similar to an open-book examination), five assignments of not less than 4,000 words each and an organisation based piece of coursework. You will also complete a 20,000-word dissertation.

topics that you want to discuss with your fellow students.

Workload
We recommend an average of 12-15 hours study time per week for this programme.

7. Strategic Management
This module will introduce you to the strategy process in a range of organisational contexts. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically analyse a range of strategic decision-making models. Undertake a strategic analysis of an organisation. Apply a range of strategic choice frameworks to generate and evaluate an organisations strategic options. Demonstrate the need to reflect cultural, structural and behavioural issues in the strategic process. Develop and justify plans for the implementation of agreed strategies.

Exemptions
For this qualification, we may allow you to count credit for relevant study you have already done elsewhere. For example, holders of the BTEC DMS will be eligible for advanced standing. For other equivalent qualifications exemptions are considered on an individual basis when you submit an application form. Please note that we cannot consider work experience alone for exemptions.

5. Operations Management
This module will investigate the context and processes of management operations and show how operations management is central to the achievement of organisational aims. After completing this module you will be able to: Evaluate problems in operations and identify approaches to overcoming them. Critically evaluate operating plans and identify areas for improvement. Justify, implement and evaluate changes to operations in line with modern approaches. Develop outline plans for investment in new capacity, including location and layout. Evaluate operation processes so that customer requirements including quality, delivery and reliability are achieved. Differentiate and devise suitable control systems. Apply principles of project management.

Duration of Programme
Variable but a maximum of four years. The maximum study period for each module is up to 9 months.

Course Description
The University of Wales MBA programme is designed to equip you with essential modern management skills and knowledge and prepare you with an enterprising spirit grounded on solid business practices. The programme also aims to provide you with analytical and decision making capabilities in order to face different kinds of new challenges resulting from the rapid changes seen in todays growing business environment. You will study tools and techniques that will help you develop and manage products and services that will be competitive internationally.

Entry Requirements
An undergraduate degree from an approved university, plus at least two years professional full-time work experience. Applications from mature candidates without an undergraduate degree are welcomed provided they can demonstrate a minimum of five years professional management experience supported by references covering the five year period. English ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5, for overseas candidates who have not previously studied in English Please note that a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters degree alone (without an undergraduate degree or 5 years managerial work experience) will not be sufficient to allow entry to this programme.

3. Financial Management
This module will provide you with the tools to enable you to interpret and evaluate financial information and utilise financial information for decision-making purposes. After completing this module you will be able to: Draft financial statements. Critically analyse information contained in published financial statements. Select and apply financial decision-making techniques to appraise projects. Evaluate complex investment decisions. Utilise spreadsheets to present and analyse financial information. Appreciate differences between financial decision-making in the public and not for profit sectors as compared to the private sector. Apply appropriate techniques to protect against currency loss.

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: If you have a recognised undergraduate degree: Original or certified copies of your degree certificate and/or transcripts. Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English. One suitable reference. Please note we can only accept professional academic or work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (must demonstrate at last two years professional full-time work experience) If you are applying on the basis of your management experience: Two suitable references (covering a five year period). Please note we can only accept professional work references. Copy your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years).

8. Research Methods
This module will provide you with a conceptual framework from which research philosophies, strategies and methods associated with business management can be critically reviewed. You will develop research competencies, in particular those relating to data collection and analysis, that will enable you to design, undertake and evaluate independent research in an organisational setting. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically appraise research undertaken by others. Propose and justify a report for a research project in business management that will stand up to critical scrutiny. Critically appraise the contribution primary and secondary data sources can make to research studies, particularly with respect to sampling, statistical analysis and data presentation techniques. Synthesize research findings to improve the quality of decisions in management.

Mode
Online distance learning

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises an induction and eight modules:

6. Managing the Human Resource


This module will help you to develop critical awareness of the contribution the human resource can make to workplace effectiveness. It will develop your ability to apply theoretical human resource models and concepts to a wide variety of work situations. This module is also designed to stimulate your thought on how organisation design can impact on the effectiveness of people. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically appraise the contribution people can make to an organisation. Analyse how factors concerning the management of human resource vary within an organisation and across situations. Compare and contrast the concepts of management and leadership. Demonstrate how to lead and develop

1. Personal Skills Development


In this module you will develop the common skills needed to succeed on the programme. It will provide you with the opportunity to develop, apply and assess your skills using appropriate methods. You will develop a personal portfolio of evidence which demonstrates development in the common skills. You will establish a foundation for personal development and be able to apply your learning to a future workplace.

Whats Included
RDIs Online University ilearn is used to deliver all resources for this course including: Study materials - Access electronic copies of your learning materials and important information, such as assessment instructions, whenever and wherever you are. Tutor support - Tutors use live chats and forums to stimulate discussions, request input and highlight external sources. External resources - Links to external sources can include key journal articles, your universitys online library, sites of topical interest, etc. Discussion with other students - Forums allow students to come together, share thoughts and ideas and you can initiate

4. Marketing Management
You will investigate the role and function of marketing within the context of changing markets and increasing international competition. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically evaluate the information needs of the marketing function in terms of its contribution to the strategic processes and tactical decision-making. Integrate marketing decision-making with organisational strategy.

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2. Managing Change in Organisations


This module will provide you with an understanding of the nature of organisational

9. Dissertation
You will be required to undertake a 20,000-word dissertation.

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MBA (Management Consultancy) University of Wales


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Management Consultancy). delivery and reliability are achieved. Differentiate and devise suitable control systems. Apply principles of project management.

Online-based distance learning

Awarding Body
This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK. For further details regarding the University and its validation services, please log on to www.wales.ac.uk/ validation or email validation@wales.ac.uk

2. Financial Management
This module will provide you with the tools to enable you to interpret and evaluate financial information and utilise financial information for decision-making purposes. After completing this module you will be able to: Draft financial statements. Critically analyse information contained in published financial statements. Select and apply financial decision-making techniques to appraise projects. Evaluate complex investment decisions. Utilise spreadsheets to present and analyse financial information. Appreciate differences between financial decision-making in the public and not for profit sectors as compared to the private sector. Apply appropriate techniques to protect against currency loss.

Course Description
The University of Wales MBA programme is designed to equip you with essential modern management skills and knowledge and prepare you with an enterprising spirit grounded on solid business practices. The programme also aims to provide you with analytical and decision making capabilities in order to face different kinds of new challenges resulting from the rapid changes seen in todays growing business environment. You will study tools and techniques that will help you develop and manage products and services that will be competitive internationally. The programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop specific expertise in management consultancy.

wide variety of work situations. This module is also designed to stimulate your thought on how an organisation design can impact on the effectiveness of people. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically appraise the contribution people can make to an organisation. Analyse how factors concerning the management of human resource vary within an organisation and across situations. Compare and contrast the concepts of management and leadership. Demonstrate how to lead and develop effective teams. Analyse a human resource problem and apply appropriate models to develop solutions.

7. Developing Consultancy Skills


This module will provide you with appropriate skills for management consultancy. After completing this module you will be able to: Identify a range of essential consultancy skills. Demonstrate how skills can be developed and improved. Understand the need for effective for effective planning and problem solving skills. Identify key communication skills. Critically review aspects of leadership.

Duration of Programme
Variable but a maximum of four years. The maximum study period for each module is up to 9 months.

Exemptions
For this qualification we may allow you to count credit for relevant study you have already done elsewhere. For example, holders for the BTEC DMS will be eligible for advanced standing. For other equivalent qualifications exemptions are considered on an individual basis when you submit an application form. Please note that we cannot consider work experience alone for exemptions.

Entry Requirements
An undergraduate degree from an approved university, plus at least two years professional full-time work experience. Applications from mature candidates without an undergraduate degree are welcomed provided they can demonstrate a minimum of five years professional management experience supported by references covering the five year period. English ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5, for overseas candidates who have not previously studied in English Please note that a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters degree alone (without an undergraduate degree or 5 years managerial work experience) will not be sufficient to allow entry to this programme.

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: If you have a recognised undergraduate degree: Original or certified copies of your degree certificate and/or transcripts. Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English. One suitable reference. Please note we can only accept professional academic or work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (must demonstrate at last two years professional full-time work experience) If you are applying on the basis of your management experience: Two suitable references (covering a five year period). Please note we can only accept professional work references. Copy your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years).

8. Research Methods
This module will provide you with a conceptual framework from which research philosophies, strategies and methods associated with business management can be critically reviewed. You will develop research competencies, in particular those relating to data collection and analysis, that will enable you to design, undertake and evaluate independent research in an organisational setting. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically appraise research undertaken by others. Propose and justify a report for a research project in business management that will stand up to critical scrutiny. Critically appraise the contribution primary and secondary data sources can make to research studies, particularly with respect to sampling, statistical analysis and data presentation techniques. Synthesize research findings to improve the quality of decisions in management.

5. Strategic Management
This module will introduce you to the strategy process in a range of organisational contexts. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically analyse a range of strategic decisionmaking models. Undertake a strategic analysis of an organisation. Apply a range of strategic choice frameworks to generate and evaluate an organisations strategic options. Demonstrate the need to reflect cultural, structural and behavioural issues in the strategic process. Develop and justify plans for the implementation of agreed strategies.

Whats Included
RDIs Online University ilearn is used to deliver all resources for this course including: Study materials - Access electronic copies of your learning materials and important information, such as assessment instructions, whenever and wherever you are. Tutor support - Tutors use live chats and forums to stimulate discussions, request input and highlight external sources. External resources - Links to external sources can include key journal articles, your universitys online library, sites of topical interest, etc. Discussion with other students - Forums allow students to come together, share thoughts and ideas and you can initiate topics that you want to discuss with your fellow students.

3. Marketing Management
You will investigate the role and function of marketing within the context of changing markets and increasing international competition. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically evaluate the information needs of the marketing function in terms of its contribution to the strategic processes and tactical decision-making. Integrate marketing decision-making with organisational strategy. Establish a broad base of marketing knowledge and the strategic implications. Develop and implement marketing plans for a product or service. Reflect an international perspective and the global context of decision-making in marketing planning. Evaluate the appropriateness of e-business strategies.

Mode
Online distance learning

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises an induction and eight modules:

6. Consultancy Practice
You will critically evaluate the role played by management consultancy and distinguish between the consultancy function in different types of organisation. After completing this module you will be able to: Recognise the role played by management consultancy and the different types available. Understand different consultancy needs of a range of organisations. Evaluate links between political and business influences. Investigate the importance of change. Demonstrate an understanding of consultancy costing principles. Analyse consultancy issues related to negotiation and contracts.

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1. Operations Management
This module will investigate the context and processes of management operations and show how operations management is central to the achievement of organisational aims. After completing this module you will be able to: Evaluate problems in operations and identify approaches to overcoming them. Critically evaluate operating plans and identify areas for improvement. Justify, implement and evaluate changes to operations in line with modern approaches. Develop outline plans for investment in new capacity, including location and layout. Evaluate operation processes so that customer requirements including quality,

9. Dissertation
You will be required to undertake a 20,000-word dissertation.

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Assessment
You will complete one formal examination (in exam conditions), one timed online assessment, which you will complete within 24 hours (similar to an open-book examination) and six assignments of not less than 4,000 words each. You will also complete a 20,000-word dissertation.

Workload
We recommend an average of 12-15 hours study time per week for this programme.

4. Managing the Human Resource


This module will help you to develop critical awareness of the contribution the human resource can make to workplace effectiveness. It will develop your ability to apply theoretical human resource models and concepts to a

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MBA (Project Management) University of Wales


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Project Management). Synthesise and analyse the links between knowledge management, knowledge tracking and knowledge migration in organisational/change management. Design strategies to deal with resistance to change.

Online-based distance learning

4. Managing the Human Resource


This module will help you to develop critical awareness of the contribution the human resource can make to workplace effectiveness. It will develop your ability to apply theoretical human resource models and concepts to a wide variety of work situations. This module is also designed to stimulate your thought on how an organisation design can impact on the effectiveness of people. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically appraise the contribution people can make to an organisation. Analyse how factors concerning the management of human resource vary within an organisation and across situations. Compare and contrast the concepts of management and leadership. Demonstrate how to lead and develop effective teams. Analyse a human resource problem and apply appropriate models to develop solutions.

Assess and evaluate project scope. Respond to the key legal issues surrounding project management and tendering.

Assessment
You will complete one formal examination (in exam conditions), one timed online assessment, which you will complete within 24 hours (similar to an open-book examination) and six assignments of not less than 4,000 words each. You will also complete a 20,000-word dissertation.

Workload
We recommend an average of 12-15 hours study time per week for this programme.

Awarding Body
This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK. For further details regarding the University and its validation services, please log on to www.wales.ac.uk/ validation or email validation@wales.ac.uk.

7. Project Management Techniques


This module will provide you with the appropriate skills for project planning and scheduling and enable you to respond to resource requirements within a project. After completing this module you will be able to: Reflect on the process of project management. Identify and apply appropriate techniques for planning and scheduling in different situations. Critically analyse different organisational and project structures. Develop strategies for the control of target setting, slippage, benchmarking. Select and prepare necessary project documentation.

Exemptions
For this qualification we may allow you to count credit for relevant study you have already done elsewhere. For example, holders for the BTEC DMS will be eligible for advanced standing. For other equivalent qualifications exemptions are considered on an individual basis when you submit an application form. Please note that we cannot consider work experience alone for exemptions.

2. Financial Management
This module will provide you with the tools to enable you to interpret and evaluate financial information and utilise financial information for decision-making purposes. After completing this module you will be able to: Draft financial statements. Critically analyse information contained in published financial statements. Select and apply financial decision-making techniques to appraise projects. Evaluate complex investment decisions. Utilise spreadsheets to present and analyse financial information. Appreciate differences between financial decision-making in the public and not for profit sectors as compared to the private sector. Apply appropriate techniques to protect against currency loss.

Duration of Programme
Variable but a maximum of four years. The maximum study period for each module is up to 9 months.

Course Description
The University of Wales MBA programme is designed to equip you with essential modern management skills and knowledge and prepare you with an enterprising spirit grounded on solid business practices. The programme also aims to provide you with analytical and decision making capabilities in order to face different kinds of new challenges resulting from the rapid changes seen in todays growing business environment. You will study tools and techniques that will help you develop and manage products and services that will be competitive internationally. The programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop specific expertise in project management.

Entry Requirements
An undergraduate degree from an approved university, plus at least two years professional full-time work experience. Applications from mature candidates without an undergraduate degree are welcomed provided they can demonstrate a minimum of five years professional management experience supported by references covering the five year period. English ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5, for overseas candidates who have not previously studied in English Please note that a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters degree alone (without an undergraduate degree or 5 years managerial work experience) will not be sufficient to allow entry to this programme.

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: If you have a recognised undergraduate degree: Original or certified copies of your degree certificate and/or transcripts. Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English. One suitable reference. Please note we can only accept professional academic or work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (must demonstrate at last two years professional full-time work experience) If you are applying on the basis of your management experience: Two suitable references (covering a five year period). Please note we can only accept professional work references. Copy your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years).

5. Strategic Management
This module will introduce you to the strategy process in a range of organisational contexts. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically analyse a range of strategic decisionmaking models. Undertake a strategic analysis of an organisation. Apply a range of strategic choice frameworks to generate and evaluate an organisations strategic options. Demonstrate the need to reflect cultural, structural and behavioural issues in the strategic process. Develop and justify plans for the implementation of agreed strategies.

8. Research Methods
This module will provide you with a conceptual framework from which research philosophies, strategies and methods associated with business management can be critically reviewed. You will develop research competencies, in particular those relating to data collection and analysis, that will enable you to design, undertake and evaluate independent research in an organisational setting. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically appraise research undertaken by others. Propose and justify a report for a research project in business management that will stand up to critical scrutiny. Critically appraise the contribution primary and secondary data sources can make to research studies, particularly with respect to sampling, statistical analysis and data presentation techniques. Synthesize research findings to improve the quality of decisions in management.

3. Marketing Management
You will investigate the role and function of marketing within the context of changing markets and increasing international competition. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically evaluate the information needs of the marketing function in terms of its contribution to the strategic processes and tactical decision-making. Integrate marketing decision-making with organisational strategy. Establish a broad base of marketing knowledge and the strategic implications. Develop and implement marketing plans for a product or service. Reflect an international perspective and the global context of decision-making in marketing planning. Evaluate the appropriateness of e-business strategies.

Mode
Online distance learning

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises an induction and eight modules:

Whats Included
RDIs Online University ilearn is used to deliver all resources for this course including: Study materials - Access electronic copies of your learning materials and important information, such as assessment instructions, whenever and wherever you are. Tutor support - Tutors use live chats and forums to stimulate discussions, request input and highlight external sources. External resources - Links to external sources can include key journal articles, your universitys online library, sites of topical interest, etc. Discussion with other students - Forums allow students to come together, share thoughts and ideas and you can initiate topics that you want to discuss with your fellow students.

1. Managing Change in Organisations


This module will provide you with an understanding of the nature of organisational change; the role of a manager in dealing with that change; and skills which will allow them to contribute positively to the change process. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically evaluate and define the nature of the change process. Apply a range of appropriate conceptual tools applicable to the management of change situations. Critically review how organisations have responded to change.

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6. Management of Projects
You will critically evaluate the role of project manager and develop knowledge of areas surrounding project control. After completing this module you will be able to: Distinguish between types of projects and the responsibilities of those involved. Critically evaluate different approaches to projects, including process models, prototyping. Apply principles of leading and managing teams.

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9. Dissertation
You will be required to undertake a 20,000-word dissertation.

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MBA (Maritime Management) University of Wales


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA). knowledge management, knowledge tracking and knowledge migration in organisational/change management. Design strategies to deal with resistance to change.

Online-based distance learning

4. Managing the Human Resource


This module will help you to develop critical awareness of the contribution the human resource can make to workplace effectiveness. It will develop your ability to apply theoretical human resource models and concepts to a wide variety of work situations. This module is also designed to stimulate your thought on how organisation design can impact on the effectiveness of people. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically appraise the contribution people can make to an organisation. Analyse how factors concerning the management of human resource vary within an organisation and across situations. Compare and contrast the concepts of management and leadership. Demonstrate how to lead and develop effective teams. Analyse a human resource problem and apply appropriate models to develop solutions.

Focus on the future developments in the context of ship management and logistics. Develop a strategic focus on budget formulation and planning.

Assessment
You will complete one formal examination (in exam conditions), one timed online assessment, which you will complete within 24 hours (similar to an open-book examination) and six assignments of not less than 4,000 words each. You will also complete a 20,000-word dissertation.

Workload
We recommend an average of 12-15 hours study time per week for this programme.

Awarding Body
This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK. For further details regarding the University and its validation services, please log on to www.wales.ac.uk/ validation or email validation@wales.ac.uk.

2. Financial Management
This module will provide you with the tools to enable you to interpret and evaluate financial information and utilise financial information for decision-making purposes. After completing this module you will be able to: Draft financial statements. Critically analyse information contained in published financial statements. Select and apply financial decision-making techniques to appraise projects. Evaluate complex investment decisions. Utilise spreadsheets to present and analyse financial information. Appreciate differences between financial decision-making in the public and not for profit sectors as compared to the private sector. Apply appropriate techniques to protect against currency loss.

7. Maritime Law
This module will familiarise you with most important legal issues pertaining to the law of carriage of goods by sea and to advise you on how legal challenges or disputes may be resolved. After completing this module you will be able to: Evaluate legal problems associated with the operations of shipping organisations. Advise on the key aspects of the law of carriage of goods by sea. Explain how legal issues and disputes can be resolved on the basis of legislation and judicial guidelines. Advise on how legal challenges can be avoided. Explain key aspects of maritime arbitration. Apply principles of shipping law.

Exemptions
For this qualification, we may allow you to count credit for relevant study you have already done elsewhere. For example, holders of the BTEC DMS will be eligible for advanced standing. For other equivalent qualifications exemptions are considered on an individual basis when you submit an application form. Please note that we cannot consider work experience alone for exemptions.

Duration of Programme
Variable but a maximum of four years. The maximum study period for each module is up to 9 months.

Course Description
The University of Wales MBA programme is designed to equip you with essential modern management skills and knowledge and prepare you with an enterprising spirit grounded on solid business practices. The programme also aims to provide you with analytical and decision making capabilities in order to face different kinds of new challenges resulting from the rapid changes seen in todays growing business environment. You will study tools and techniques that will help you develop and manage products and services that will be competitive internationally.

Entry Requirements
An undergraduate degree from an approved university, plus at least two years professional full-time work experience. Applications from mature candidates without an undergraduate degree are welcomed provided they can demonstrate a minimum of five years professional management experience supported by references covering the five year period. English ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5, for overseas candidates who have not previously studied in English Please note that a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters degree alone (without an undergraduate degree or 5 years managerial work experience) will not be sufficient to allow entry to this programme.

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: If you have a recognised undergraduate degree: Original or certified copies of your degree certificate and/or transcripts. Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English. One suitable reference. Please note we can only accept professional academic or work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (must demonstrate at last two years professional full-time work experience) If you are applying on the basis of your management experience: Two suitable references (covering a five year period). Please note we can only accept professional work references. Copy your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years).

5. Strategic Management
This module will introduce you to the strategy process in a range of organisational contexts. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically analyse a range of strategic decisionmaking models. Undertake a strategic analysis of an organisation. Apply a range of strategic choice frameworks to generate and evaluate an organisations strategic options. Demonstrate the need to reflect cultural, structural and behavioural issues in the strategic process. Develop and justify plans for the implementation of agreed strategies.

8. Research Methods
This module will provide you with a conceptual framework from which research philosophies, strategies and methods associated with business management can be critically reviewed. You will develop research competencies, in particular those relating to data collection and analysis, that will enable you to design, undertake and evaluate independent research in an organisational setting. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically appraise research undertaken by others. Propose and justify a report for a research project in business management that will stand up to critical scrutiny. Critically appraise the contribution primary and secondary data sources can make to research studies, particularly with respect to sampling, statistical analysis and data presentation techniques. Synthesize research findings to improve the quality of decisions in management.

Mode
Online distance learning

3. Marketing Management
You will investigate the role and function of marketing within the context of changing markets and increasing international competition. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically evaluate the information needs of the marketing function in terms of its contribution to the strategic processes and tactical decision-making. Integrate marketing decision-making with organisational strategy. Establish a broad base of marketing knowledge and the strategic implications. Develop and implement marketing plans for a product or service. Reflect an international perspective and the global context of decision-making in marketing planning. Evaluate the appropriateness of e-business strategies.

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises an induction and eight modules:

1. Managing Change in Organisations


This module will provide you with an understanding of the nature of organisational change; the role of a manager in dealing with that change; and skills which will allow them to contribute positively to the change process. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically evaluate and define the nature of the change process. Apply a range of appropriate conceptual tools applicable to the management of change situations. Critically review how organisations have responded to change. Synthesise and analyse the links between

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6. Shipping Management and Logistics


This module will introduce you to the strategic importance of all elements of the maritime and international trade environment. After completing this module you will be able to: Highlight the aspects driving change and decision making processes.

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9. Dissertation
You will be required to undertake a 20,000-word dissertation.

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MBA Business Management in the Global Food Industry The Royal Agricultural College
Qualification
On successful completion of the course you will be awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Business Management in the Global Food Industry.

Online-based distance learning

3. Marketing; Planning and Strategy


Aims to develop the knowledge and ability to apply marketing principles, ranging from consumer behaviour to marketing strategies, to the farming, food, wine and equine industries.

8. International Business
Provides an understanding of the main theories and issues, such as culture and tradition, impacting on international business in the food industry.

Awarding Body
The Royal Agricultural College.

4. Economics and Policy


Provides the necessary background economic theory for business decision-making in the farming, food and equine industries.

Dissertation
A dissertation based on independent research by each student, focused on an approved topic. Students are expected to present a proposal for approval and will be assigned a supervisor. The dissertation should be a minimum of 15,000 words and a maximum of 25,000 words.

Course Description
This MBA has been developed to create the calibre of manager required to fill vital roles in this complex and dynamic global industry. The course welcomes students worldwide to share cultural and managerial experience. The ideal student will have a good Honours degree or equivalent and normally at least two years of work experience.

5. Financial Management
Enables students to identify problems in the financial management of a business and appraise solutions to them.

Assessment
Each module will be assessed either by coursework, examination or a combination of both. You will complete three formal examinations (in exam conditions), twelve assignments, one report and one team presentation. You will also complete a dissertation of between 15,000 and 25,000 words.

If your first language is not English, or you have not previously studied in English we will accept the International English Language Test (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 average with no element below 5.5.

Workload
We recommend an average of 12-15 hours study time per week for this course.

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Exemptions
For this qualification we may allow you to count credit for relevant study you have already done elsewhere. Please note that we cannot consider work experience alone for exemptions.

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6. Team Project
Students work in small teams to solve a live problem normally provided by a company. This is aimed at deepening, applying and integrating expertise and skills acquired during the course. Past projects include Sourcing organic fruit from Spain, USA and Italy for the UK market, The UK market for pepper, Developing a new baby food in the UK, Market for Spanish olive oil in Beijing, and Strategy for marketing high quality red Portuguese wine in the UK.

Whats included
RDIs Online University ilearn is used to deliver all resources for this course including: Study materials - Access electronic copies of your learning materials and important information, such as assessment instructions, whenever and wherever you are. Tutor support - Tutors use live chats and forums to stimulate discussions, request input and highlight external sources. External resources - Links to external sources can include key journal articles, your universitys online library, sites of topical interest, etc. Discussion with other students - Forums allow students to come together, share thoughts and ideas and you can initiate topics that you want to discuss with your fellow students.

Mode
Online distance learning

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: Copies of your relevant certificates and/or transcripts Two suitable references. Please note we can only accept academic and/or professional work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English.

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises eight modules and a dissertation:

1. Business Strategy
Enables the student to analyse the strategic capability of an organisation, appraise the internal and external factors influencing its performance and to develop and implement strategic plans.

Duration of course
This course is studied over a minimum period of two years.

7. Food Chain
An overview of the current issues faced by food chain players from farmer to the consumer. This includes cases based on managers, operating at a senior level within local, national and multinational institutions and companies. The focus is on explaining how managers address the issues in successfully managing a business in this dynamic sector.

Entry requirements
Honours degree at 2:1 or above or an equivalent academic qualification from a comparable international institution. A minimum of two years work experience with managerial responsibilities. Mature candidates with significant relevant work experience and lower academic qualifications may also be considered for entry.

2. Personal and Organisational Change


Advances participants understanding of the interconnection of personal (individual) and organisational dimensions of change. The module prepares organisational practitioners for stepping into the realities of change in organisational life in ways that help to improve situations.

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BA (Hons) Business Management


(Final Year Top-up)
Distance Learning Stand alone course or combine with the Edexcel HND Business & Management to form 3 year degree

I find my learning experience through to be extremely flexible. It simply fuses in with my way of life, and does not interrupt my crazy days that mainly start at about 4:20am. Its simply the answer for people that never want to give up their way of life for a few months studying. It gives you a bit of both really, Ive come to call it the best of both worlds. Wila Simpungwe, BA (Hons) Business Management

University of Sunderland
Qualification
On successful completion of this programme you will be awarded the University of Sunderland BA (Hons) Business Management.

1. Contemporary Developments in Business and Management


You will explore some of the key issues of enterprise including: innovation, effective corporate governance and social responsibility. You will then review the effective management of knowledge and intellectual capital of the organisation. This module also examines the contribution that small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) make to the economy in terms of innovation and knowledge creation.

4. Marketing Strategy
This module will enable you to appreciate how marketing strategies can contribute to the success of the business. You will consider the mechanics of marketing strategy i.e. the models and concepts that are used in developing and implementing valid strategies. In exploring how marketing strategies are developed you will engage with contemporary marketing themes and issues such as relationship marketing, branding and e-marketing.

Assessment
The University of Sunderland BA Top-up is assessed by one written assignment after studying modules 2,3,4,6, and an examination after modules 1 and 5.

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: Original or certified copies of your degree certificate and/or transcripts. One suitable reference. Please note we can only accept academic and/or professional work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years). Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English.

Awarding Body
University of Sunderland

Duration of Programme
Minimum 12 months. However, this can be extended to a maximum of three years.

Course Description
The BA (Hons) Business Management will provide you with the necessary expertise to critically evaluate business models and concepts and apply them to real-world situations. Upon completion of this course you will be able to apply your skills to a wide-range of organisations, both commercial and not-for-profit. The University of Sunderland BA (Hons) Business Management (Final Year Top-up) can be studied as a stand-alone programme for those who already have an HND in Business, or can form part of a three-year degree programme when combined with the Edecxel HND Business (Management).

Entry Requirements
A HND in a relevant subject. The BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Management) allows direct entry to this programme.

2. Managing Projects
This module will enable you to understand the processes of project planning, financing and implementation using a variety of techniques covering: Effective project definition Activity and time planning Cost and quality evaluations Risk management Management and leadership of project teams This module will introduce a good mix of operational skills and analysis of major strategic projects from around the world. This is an integrative module drawing down from a range of business functions and skills typical of the way businesses are increasingly being managed today.

5. Strategic Management of Human Resources


This module will consider the redefinition of personnel departments role in achieving strategic change through benchmarking, auditing and outsourcing. You will also review the key policy variables that make up a human resources strategy including: performance management, human resource development, employee relations, strategic recruitment and retention. This module will provide you with an introduction to important concepts of organisational development and learning.

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Whats Included
All study materials, core textbooks and student handbooks are supplied. You will be allocated a tutor for academic support who you can contact as often as you like by telephone and email. You will have access to a programme co-ordinator for administrative support. You will also have access to an online Virtual Campus.

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What You Could Study Next


Successful completion of the programme may allow you entry to: University of Bradford MBA University of Wales MBA BTEC Level 7 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership

Workload
We recommend an average of 12 hours study time per week for this programme.

Mode
Text-based distance learning. Tutor supported.

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises six modules:

6. Strategic Management Accounting


You will critically evaluate a range of key strategic management accounting models and concepts. You will gain specific analytical skills in key areas within management accounting at local and international level. You will also gain an understanding of the role and limitations of management accounting theory.

Exemptions
No exemptions are allowed for this programme.

3. Strategic Management
Develop your skills by creating strategic plans and communicating those plans to stakeholders. You will take an international case-based approach to tracking businesses through the cycle of growth from start-up to mature market. You will also investigate the link between core strategic competence and competitiveness and review emergent issues of corporate governance and change.

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BA (Hons) Business (Final Year Top-up) University of Wales


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a BA (Hons) Business

Online-based distance learning

4. Financial Decision Making


This module will explore aspects of internal resource management while examining the broader financial context in which companies operate. Budgetary control, working capital management and investment appraisal will also be investigated. The emphasis of his module will be on the analysis and interpretation of financial data to aid decision-making rather than technical preparation of data.

Whats Included
RDIs Online University ilearn is used to deliver all resources for this course including: Study materials - Access electronic copies of your learning materials and important information, such as assessment instructions, whenever and wherever you are. Tutor support - Tutors use live chats and forums to stimulate discussions, request input and highlight external sources. External resources - Links to external sources can include key journal articles, your universitys online library, sites of topical interest, etc. Discussion with other students - Forums allow students to come together, share thoughts and ideas and you can initiate topics that you want to discuss with your fellow students.

Awarding Body
This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK. For further details regarding the University and its validation services, please log on to www.wales.ac.uk/ validation or email validation@wales.ac.uk.

Course Description
The University of Wales BA (Hons) Business is designed as a top-up for holders of the BTEC HND Business & Management, or equivalent, to progress to full undergraduate honours. This programme will develop your knowledge and skills gained at HND level. You will undertake a rigorous study of theories, business techniques and issues and acquire the practical skills that are essential within the changing business environment to enable you to pursue a business career or further academic study.

5. Marketing Strategy
This module will enable you to appreciate how marketing strategies can contribute to the success of the business. You will consider the mechanics of marketing strategy i.e. the models and concepts that are used in developing and implementing valid strategies. In exploring how marketing strategies are developed you will engage with contemporary marketing themes and issues such as relationship marketing, branding and e-marketing.

Workload
We recommend an average of 12 hours study time per week for this programme.

6. Project Management
This module will enable you to understand the processes of project planning, financing and implementation using a variety of techniques covering: Effective project definition Activity and time planning Cost and quality evaluations Risk management Management and leadership of project teams This module will introduce a good mix of operational skills and analysis of major strategic projects from around the world. This is an integrative module drawing down from a range of business functions and skills typical of the way businesses are increasingly being managed today.

Mode
Online distance learning

Exemptions
No exemptions are allowed for this programme.

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises an induction and six modules:

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: Copies of your relevant certificates and transcripts. Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English. One suitable reference. Please note we can only accept professional academic or work references. Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English.

1. Managing Self and Others


This module will reinforce your study skills and give you an opportunity to reflect on your own wider skill set and future needs. It will then develop your understanding of working with and managing people. This will include reviewing the key policy variables that make up a human resources strategy including: performance management, human resource development, employee relations, strategic recruitment and retention.

Assessment
You will complete one formal examination (in exam conditions), one timed online assessment, which you will complete within 24 hours (similar to an open-book examination) and four assignments of 3,500 words each.

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2. Strategic Management
This module will help you develop the skills needed to create business plans in line with corporate strategic plans and communicate them to stakeholders. An international casebased approach to tracking businesses through the cycle of growth from start-up to mature market will be taken.

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Duration of Programme
Variable but a maximum of three years. The maximum study period for each module is up to 6 months.

What You Could Study Next


Successful completion of the programme may allow you entry to: University of Bradford MBA University of Wales MBA BTEC Level 7 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership

3. Emerging Business Themes


In this module you will explore some of the current trends in business and management. These will include globalisation, sustainability, corporate governance, and the not for profit sector.

Entry Requirements
BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Management). English ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0.

I have gained considerable knowledge from my BA (Hons) Business Management which I am applying in my every day work. More than that however, it has help to develop some of the softer skills, such as critical analysis and constructive writing. I plan to take a 12 month break after this degree, and then apply for a postgraduate course. Andy Atkins, BA (Hons) Business Management
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BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Management) Edexcel


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Management).

Online -based distance learning Stand alone course or part of 3 year degree

HNC (total 8 units):


1. Marketing Principles Concept and process of marketing Concepts of segmentation, targeting and positioning Individual elements of the extended marketing mix The marketing mix in different contexts 2. Managing Financial Resources and Decisions Sources of finance available to a business The implications of finance as a resource within a business Make financial decisions based on financial information Evaluate the financial performance of a business 3. Organisations and Behaviour Relationship between organisational structure and culture Different approaches to management and leadership Motivational theories in organisations Mechanisms for developing effective teamwork in organisations 4. Business Environment Organisational purposes of businesses Nature of the national environment in which businesses operate Behaviour or organisations in their market environment Significance of the global factors that shape national business activities 5. Personal and Professional Development Self-managed learning Personal and professional development Personal and professional development plan Interpersonal and transferable skills 6. Aspects of Contract and Negligence for Business Essential elements of a valid contract in a business context Elements of a contract in business situations Principles of liability in negligence in business activities

Awarding Body
Edexcel

7. Human Resource Management Difference between personnel management and human resource management How to recruit employees How to reward employees in order to motivate and retain them Mechanisms for cessation of employment 8. Business Decision Making Sources for the collection of primary and secondary data Techniques to analyse data effectively for business purposes Produce information in appropriate formats for decision making in an organisational context Software-generated information

Course Description
The HND Diploma in Business (Management) is ideal for those who wish to study at undergraduate level to become better business managers. The HND Diploma in Business (Management) can be studied as stand-alone programme or can form part of a three-year degree programme leading to the University of Sunderland BA (Hons) Business Management, or University of Wales BA (Hons) Business. Successful completion of the HND allows direct entry to a one-year topup to Honours Degree.

12. Marketing Planning Compile marketing audits Main barriers to marketing planning Formulate a marketing plan for a product or service Ethical issues in marketing 13. Sales Planning and Operations Role of personal selling within the overall marketing strategy Apply the principles of the selling process to a product or service Role and objectives of sales management Plan sales activity for a product or service 14. Project Management for Business Project management principles Manage a projects human resources Apply project processes and procedures 15. Business Strategy Organisations purposes of businesses Nature of the national environment in which businesses operate Behaviour of organisations in their market environment Global factors that shape national business activities 16. Research Project Formulate a research specification Implement the research project Evaluate research outcomes Present research outcomes

Usually at my age you leave college then spend 3 years at university with no money and having to pay a large sum for your education, which immediately puts you in debt when you have finished. I enjoy my job which is full time as a HR assistant and receptionist, I can earn a full time salary alongside gaining a university level qualification in the same time as if I were to be studying full time. I can manage my job and my studying therefore gaining the best of both worlds. I have found this invaluable as when I have to finished my course I will have a HND (hopefully to be carried on with get a degree) and valuable work experience.

Faith Hunter, HND Business (Management)

HND (total 8 units):


9. Working With and Leading People Recruitment, selection and retention procedures Styles and impact of leadership Team working Asessing the work and development needs of individuals 10. Managing Business Activities to Achieve Results Importance of busines processes in delivering outcomes based upon business goals and objectives Develop and implement operational plans Monitor appropriate systems to improve organisational performance Manage health and safety in the workplace 11. Managing Communications, Knowledge and Information Assess information and knowledge needs Create strategies to increase personal networking to widen involvement in the decision-making process Develop communication processes Improve systems relating to information and knowledge

Assessment
Assessment is via a mix of assignments, one examination and a project.

Mode
Online distance learning

Duration of Programme
The BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Management) is normally studied over a period of two years but can be extended to a maximum of five years.

have access to a student support co-ordinator for administrative support. You will also complete an online induction and have access to an online Virtual Campus.

Workload
We recommend an average of 8-10 hours study time per week for this programme.

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises 8 units for the HNC and a further 8 units for the HND:

Entry Requirements
The standard entry requirements are as follows: An A Level pass or equivalent. English language ability equivalent to IELTS 5.5 Applicants whose educational qualifications do not meet the standard entry requirements but have at least two years full-time work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Exemptions
No exemptions are allowed for this programme.

Enrolment dates
November, February, May and August.

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: Copies of your relevant certificates and/or transcripts. One suitable reference. Please note we can only accept academic and/or professional work references. Copy of you CV detailing your work history (if you do not have A Levels)

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MBA (Human Resource Management) University of Wales


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Human Resource Management). Synthesise and analyse the links between knowledge management, knowledge tracking and knowledge migration in organisational/change management. Design strategies to deal with resistance to change.

Online-based distance learning

Awarding Body
This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK. For further details regarding the University and its validation services, please log on to www.wales.ac.uk/ validation or email validation@wales.ac.uk.

2. Financial Management
This module will provide you with the tools to enable you to interpret and evaluate financial information and utilise financial information for decision-making purposes. After completing this module you will be able to: Draft financial statements. Critically analyse information contained in published financial statements. Select and apply financial decision-making techniques to appraise projects. Evaluate complex investment decisions. Utilise spreadsheets to present and analyse financial information. Appreciate differences between financial decision-making in the public and not for profit sectors as compared to the private sector. Apply appropriate techniques to protect against currency loss.

Course Description
The University of Wales MBA programme is designed to equip you with essential modern management skills and knowledge and prepare you with an enterprising spirit grounded on solid business practices. The programme also aims to provide you with analytical and decision making capabilities in order to face different kinds of new challenges resulting from the rapid changes seen in todays growing business environment. You will study tools and techniques that will help you develop and manage products and services that will be competitive internationally. The programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop specific expertise in human resource management.

It will develop your ability to apply theoretical human resource models and concepts to a wide variety of work situations. This module is also designed to stimulate your thought on how an organisation design can impact on the effectiveness of people. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically appraise the contribution people can make to an organisation. Analyse how factors concerning the management of human resource vary within an organisation and across situations. Compare and contrast the concepts of management and leadership. Demonstrate how to lead and develop effective teams. Analyse a human resource problem and apply appropriate models to develop solutions.

Demonstrate awareness of the international dimension of HR Planning. Integrate concepts relating to virtual environments into HR planning.

Assessment
You will complete one formal examination (in exam conditions), one timed online assessment, which you will complete within 24 hours (similar to an open-book examination) and six assignments of not less than 4,000 words each. You will also complete a 20,000-word dissertation.

Workload
We recommend an average of 12-15 hours study time per week for this programme.

7. Employee Relations
In this module you will develop assessment and reward skills, understand factors relating to motivation, and understand the role of industrial relations within a workforce. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically assess the value and use of performance management Understand different approaches to reward management. Design and develop appropriate training and development plans for individual employees Assess and evaluate theories of motivation and empowerment Evaluate industrial relations practices and the process of collective bargaining

Exemptions
For this qualification we may allow you to count credit for relevant study you have already done elsewhere. For example, holders for the BTEC DMS will be eligible for advanced standing. For other equivalent qualifications exemptions are considered on an individual basis when you submit an application form. Please note that we cannot consider work experience alone for exemptions.

Duration of Programme
Variable but a maximum of four years. The maximum study period for each module is up to 9 months.

Entry Requirements
An undergraduate degree from an approved university, plus at least two years professional full-time work experience. Applications from mature candidates without an undergraduate degree are welcomed provided they can demonstrate a minimum of five years professional management experience supported by references covering the five year period. English ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5, for overseas candidates who have not previously studied in English Please note that a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters degree alone (without an undergraduate degree or 5 years managerial work experience) will not be sufficient to allow entry to this programme.

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: If you have a recognised undergraduate degree: Original or certified copies of your degree certificate and/or transcripts. Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English. One suitable reference. Please note we can only accept professional academic or work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (must demonstrate at last two years professional full-time work experience) If you are applying on the basis of your management experience: Two suitable references (covering a five year period). Please note we can only accept professional work references. Copy your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years).

5. Strategic Management
This module will introduce you to the strategy process in a range of organisational contexts. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically analyse a range of strategic decisionmaking models. Undertake a strategic analysis of an organisation. Apply a range of strategic choice frameworks to generate and evaluate an organisations strategic options. Demonstrate the need to reflect cultural, structural and behavioural issues in the strategic process. Develop and justify plans for the implementation of agreed strategies.

8. Research Methods
This module will provide you with a conceptual framework from which research philosophies, strategies and methods associated with business management can be critically reviewed. You will develop research competencies, in particular those relating to data collection and analysis, that will enable you to design, undertake and evaluate independent research in an organisational setting. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically appraise research undertaken by others. Propose and justify a report for a research project in business management that will stand up to critical scrutiny. Critically appraise the contribution primary and secondary data sources can make to research studies, particularly with respect to sampling, statistical analysis and data presentation techniques. Synthesize research findings to improve the quality of decisions in management.

3. Marketing Management
You will investigate the role and function of marketing within the context of changing markets and increasing international competition. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically evaluate the information needs of the marketing function in terms of its contribution to the strategic processes and tactical decision-making. Integrate marketing decision-making with organisational strategy. Establish a broad base of marketing knowledge and the strategic implications. Develop and implement marketing plans for a product or service. Reflect an international perspective and the global context of decision-making in marketing planning. Evaluate the appropriateness of e-business strategies.

Mode
Online distance learning

Whats Included
RDIs Online University ilearn is used to deliver all resources for this course including: Study materials - Access electronic copies of your learning materials and important information, such as assessment instructions, whenever and wherever you are. Tutor support - Tutors use live chats and forums to stimulate discussions, request input and highlight external sources. External resources - Links to external sources can include key journal articles, your universitys online library, sites of topical interest, etc. Discussion with other students - Forums allow students to come together, share thoughts and ideas and you can initiate topics that you want to discuss with your fellow students.

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises an induction and eight modules:

6. Planning Human Resources


In this module you will develop a critical awareness of the role played by human resource management within an organisation. You will apply a range of theoretical models in a variety of workplace environments & you will examine the impact of new technology & working methods in the management of the human resource. After completing this module you will be able to: Understand the role of human resource planning in different organisations. Apply principles of resource forecasting. Develop strategies to meet a range of legal obligations.

1. Managing Change in Organisations


This module will provide you with an understanding of the nature of organisational change; the role of a manager in dealing with that change; and skills which will allow them to contribute positively to the change process. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically evaluate and define the nature of the change process. Apply a range of appropriate conceptual tools applicable to the management of change situations. Critically review how organisations have responded to change.

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9. Dissertation
You will be required to undertake a 20,000-word dissertation.

4. Managing the Human Resource


This module will help you to develop critical awareness of the contribution the human resource can make to workplace effectiveness.

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HR Management Pathway

Masters Entry Diploma in Human Resource Management University of Wales


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a Masters Entry Diploma in Human Resource Management.

HR Management Pathway
Online-based distance learning

Certificate in Human Resource Management University of Wales


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a Certificate in Human Resource Management. The psychological contract Employment exit redundancy, retirement, dismissal

Online-based distance learning

3. Human Resource Services and Employee Legislation (UK students only)


Welfare Health and Safety policy, safety inspections, accident prevention Employment practices terms and conditions, contracts, policies Equal opportunity and diversity management Grievance and disciplinary procedures Stress management and work life balance European directives OR

Entry Requirements
Entry to the Diploma is available to all those who can demonstrate they will benefit from it. Candidates should be able to demonstrate the ability to learn at this level through the possession of prior qualifications or experience. The programme is however designed to meet the needs of middle managers and as such demands the ability to relate learning to the workplace. Candidates will therefore normally be practicing managers or have recent relevant experience. Candidates should have English language ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0.

Awarding Body
This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK. For further details regarding the University and its validation services, please log on to www.wales.ac.uk/ validation or email validation@wales.ac.uk

Awarding Body
This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK. For further details regarding the University and its validation services, please log on to www.wales.ac.uk/ validation or email validation@wales.ac.uk.

4. HR Development Policies, Competence and Knowledge Management


HRM policies Competency and competence Knowledge management concepts & types Analysing jobs and roles Organisational learning, the learning organisation, nature of learning Training Personal Development Planning and career management

External resources - Links to external sources can include key journal articles, your universitys online library, sites of topical interest, etc. Discussion with other students - Forums allow students to come together, share thoughts and ideas and you can initiate topics that you want to discuss with your fellow students.

Workload
We recommend an average of 8-10 hours study time per week for this programme.

Course Description
This course is designed to meet the needs of HR managers in many different types or organisation and as such, demands the ability to relate learning to the workplace. It is aimed at practicing managers and those who have recent relevant experience.

Course Description
This course is designed to meet the needs of newly appointed HR professionals or managers. The overall purpose is to introduce you to human resource management and provide you with opportunities to apply your knowledge and reflect on it. This course does not require any previous study of human resource management but presumes you are in employment (or recently have been) and thus builds on practical experience.

Global Human Resource Management (OS students only)


The international perspective of human resource management and management practice Cultural diversity in globalisation International employment legislation Role of multinationals

Exemptions
No exemptions are allowed for this programme.

Whats Included
All online study materials and student handbooks are supplied. You will be allocated a tutor for academic support who you can contact as often as you like by telephone and email. You will also have access to a programme co-ordinator for administrative support. You will also have access to an online Virtual Campus.

Assessment
There are four assessments in total that will provide you with the opportunity to apply your learning to problem situations (real and simulated) necessitating the development of recommendations based on an understanding of the context and basic principles.

How to Apply
In addition to the completed application form: Copies of your relevant certificates and/or transcripts Two suitable references. Please note we can only accept academic and/or professional work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years).

Mode
Online distance learning

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises five modules:

4. Undertaking Research
Learning styles Time management Project Management Introduction to research methodology The management toolkit Internal communication

Workload
We recommend an average of 10-12 hours study time per week for this programme.

Mode
Online distance learning

Duration of Programme
Variable but a maximum of two years. The maximum study period of each module is up to 6 months.

1. Human Resource Practice


Role of HR function Aspects of HR theory HR practitioner activities and conflict HR and business performance competitive advantage, added value International perspective Evaluating HR Quantitative techniques relating to HRM

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises four modules:

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Exemptions
No exemptions are allowed for this programme.

5. Independent Study
You will undertake an independent research project which will demand some academic analysis in the context of an organisational problem.

How to Apply
In addition to the completed application form: Copies of your relevant certificates and/or transcripts Two suitable references. Please note we can only accept academic and/or professional work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years).

1. The Context of Human Resource Management


Characteristics of people (including differences and attitudes) Motivation Commitment Organisational theories Organisational culture

Entry Requirements
Entry to the Certificate is available to all those who can demonstrate they will benefit from it. No formal entry qualifications are required. The programme is however designed to meet the needs of newly appointed first-line managers or team leaders and as such demands the ability to relate learning to the workplace. Candidates will therefore normally be practicing managers or have recent relevant experience. Candidates should have English language ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 5.5.

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2. Employee Relations
HR planning resource strategies, future needs, workforce turnover Recruitment and selection practices interviewing and testing Employee induction Exit management release and dismissal Performance management theory and practice Review processes Reward management systems and policies Job evaluation and classification Managing employee relations pay structures and employee benefits Empowerment, involvement and participation

What You Could Study Next


Successful completion of the programme may allow you entry to: University of Wales Masters Entry Diploma in Human Resource Management.

Assessment
The modules are assessed as follows: Human Resource Practice Case study Employee Relations Work based assessment Human Resource Services and Employee Legislation 24-hour assessment Global Human Resource Management - 24-hour assessment Undertaking Research Research Proposal Independent Study Management Report

2. Human Resource Management


Principles of HRM different perspectives, practices, models, emerging themes HR planning Ergonomics Skills and abilities of employees

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3. Work and Employment


Selection and interview procedures Theories of work Factors affecting work changing work patterns Unemployment The employment relationship & trust

Duration of Programme
Variable but a maximum of two years. The maximum study period for each module is up to 9 months.

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Successful completion of the programme may allow you entry to: University of Wales MBA (HR Management)

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Law Pathway

MBA (Law) University of Wales


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Law).

Online-based distance learning

2. Financial Management
This module will provide you with the tools to enable you to interpret and evaluate financial information and utilise financial information for decision-making purposes. After completing this module you will be able to: Draft financial statements. Critically analyse information contained in published financial statements. Select and apply financial decision-making techniques to appraise projects. Evaluate complex investment decisions. Utilise spreadsheets to present and analyse financial information. Appreciate differences between financial decision-making in the public and not for profit sectors as compared to the private sector. Apply appropriate techniques to protect against currency loss.

Awarding Body
This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK. For further details regarding the University and its validation services, please log on to www.wales.ac.uk/ validation or email validation@wales.ac.uk.

module you will be able to: Critically appraise the contribution people can make to an organisation. Analyse how factors concerning the management of human resource vary within an organisation and across situations. Compare and contrast the concepts of management and leadership. Demonstrate how to lead and develop effective teams. Analyse a human resource problem and apply appropriate models to develop solutions.

ethical dilemmas within business. Critically analyse the concept of ethical behaviour within a business context.

Entry Requirements
An undergraduate degree from an approved university, plus at least two years professional full-time work experience. Applications from mature candidates without an undergraduate degree are welcomed provided they can demonstrate a minimum of five years professional management experience supported by references covering the five year period. English ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5, for overseas candidates who have not previously studied in English Please note that a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters degree alone (without an undergraduate degree or 5 years managerial work experience) will not be sufficient to allow entry to this programme.

Enrolment Dates
January, April, July & October

8. Research Methods
This module will provide you with a conceptual framework from which research philosophies, strategies and methods associated with business management can be critically reviewed. You will develop research competencies, in particular those relating to data collection and analysis, that will enable you to design, undertake and evaluate independent research in an organisational setting. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically appraise research undertaken by others. Propose and justify a report for a research project in business management that will stand up to critical scrutiny. Critically appraise the contribution primary and secondary data sources can make to research studies, particularly with respect to sampling, statistical analysis and data presentation techniques. Synthesize research findings to improve the quality of decisions in management.

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: If you have a recognised undergraduate degree: Original or certified copies of your degree certificate and/or transcripts. Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English. One suitable reference. Please note we can only accept professional academic or work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (must demonstrate at last two years professional full-time work experience) If you are applying on the basis of your management experience: Two suitable references (covering a five year period). Please note we can only accept professional work references. Copy your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years).

Course Description
The University of Wales MBA programme is designed to equip you with essential modern management skills and knowledge and prepare you with an enterprising spirit grounded on solid business practices. The programme also aims to provide you with analytical and decision making capabilities in order to face different kinds of new challenges resulting from the rapid changes seen in todays growing business environment. You will study tools and techniques that will help you develop end manage products and services that will be competitive internationally.

5. Strategic Management
This module will introduce you to the strategy process in a range of organisational contexts. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically analyse a range of strategic decisionmaking models. Undertake a strategic analysis of an organisation. Apply a range of strategic choice frameworks to generate and evaluate an organisations strategic options. Demonstrate the need to reflect cultural, structural and behavioural issues in the strategic process. Develop and justify plans for the implementation of agreed strategies.

Whats Included
All online study materials and student handbooks are supplied. You will be allocated a tutor for academic support who you can contact as often as you like by telephone and email. You will also have access to a student support co-ordinator for administrative support. You will also complete an online induction and have access to an online Virtual Campus.

3. Marketing Management
You will investigate the role and function of marketing within the context of changing markets and increasing international competition. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically evaluate the information needs of the marketing function in terms of its contribution to the strategic processes and tactical decision-making. Integrate marketing decision-making with organisational strategy. Establish a broad base of marketing knowledge and the strategic implications. Develop and implement marketing plans for a product or service. Reflect an international perspective and the global context of decision-making in marketing planning. Evaluate the appropriateness of e-business strategies.

Mode
Online distance learning

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Assessment
You will complete one formal examination (in exam conditions), one timed online assessment, which you will complete within 24 hours (similar to an open-book examination) and six assignments of not less than 4,000 words each. You will also complete a 20,000-word dissertation.

Workload
We recommend an average of 12-15 hours study time per week for this programme

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises an induction and eight modules:

6. Managing Contract Risk


This module will provide you with opportunities to anticipate risk and develop risk management strategies to minimise it. After completing this module you will be able to: Analyse a situation to indentify key contractual risks. Demonstrate an understanding of relevant legal principles. Identify alternative methods to minimise risk. Contribute to management decision making.

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1. Operations Management
This module will investigate the context and processes of management operations and show how operations management is central to the achievement of organisational aims. After completing this module you will be able to: Evaluate problems in operations and identify approaches to overcoming them. Critically evaluate operating plans and identify areas for improvement. Justify, implement and evaluate changes to operations in line with modern approaches. Develop outline plans for investment in new capacity, including location and layout. Evaluate operation processes so that customer requirements including quality, delivery and reliability are achieved. Differentiate and devise suitable control systems. Apply principles of project management.

Exemptions
For this qualification we may allow you to count credit for relevant study you have already done elsewhere. For example, holders for the BTEC Level 7 Advanced Professional Diploma in Management Studies will be eligible for advanced standing. For other equivalent qualifications exemptions are considered on an individual basis when you submit an application form. Please note that we cannot consider work experience alone for exemptions.

Duration of Programme
Variable but a maximum of four years. The maximum study period for each module is up to 9 months.

4. Managing the Human Resource


This module will help you to develop critical awareness of the contribution the human resource can make to workplace effectiveness. It will develop your ability to apply theoretical human resource models and concepts to a wide variety of work situations. This module is also designed to stimulate your thought on how organisation design can impact on the effectiveness of people. After completing this

7. Ethics and the Law


This module will provide you with opportunities to contrast legal and ethical aspects of managerial decisions. You will establish an ethical framework to govern managerial decision making responsive to the needs of stakeholders. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically analyse the relationship between business ethics and law. Appraise stakeholders of the legal, moral and

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Law Pathway

LLB University of Wales


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded an LLB (Law).

Online-based distance learning Non UK residents

2. Contract Law
This module provides a foundation of the basic principles relating to the formation of contracts. The aim of this module is to provide an overview of English contract law and also considers the European dimension. This subject develops the idea of consensus and the rules and principles governing enforceability, performance and discharge of contracts. Students are introduced to common law and equitable principles as well as relevant legislation. In addition to studying black letter, law students are encouraged to critically assess the law and to evaluate it in its social, political and economic context.

6. Equity and Trusts


The aim of this module is to introduce students to the historical concept of equity, and to illustrate the development of equity through the Court of Chancery. Students will understand the effect of the Judicature Acts, and their effects upon equitys relationship with the common law. The module will also introduce students to the meaning and concept of a trust, and how this legal concept has developed over time.

to methodological justification and subject specific issues.

16. International Commercial Law


The aim of this module is to introduce students to the laws governing the trading of goods on the international marketplace. It aims to examine the development and influence of the laws governing such export trading, legal relationships between the parties, the nature of the particular types of contracts and the rights and liabilities that arise. Emphasis is placed on the practical implications of these laws for individuals and companies trading internationally.

Awarding Body
This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK. For further details regarding the University and its validation services, please log on to www.wales.ac.uk/ validation or email validation@wales.ac.uk.

11. Skills for Employability and the Workplace


This module aims to nurture and facilitate the development of those skills associated with personal development and work relationships in preparation for future employability.

Tutor support - Tutors use live chats and forums to stimulate discussions, request input and highlight external sources. External resources - Links to external sources can include key journal articles, your universitys online library, sites of topical interest, etc. Discussion with other students Forums allow students to come together, share thoughts and ideas and you can initiate topics that you want to discuss with your fellow students.

12. European Union Law


This module aims to introduce you to the general constitutional and legislative structure of the European Union. It also explores the operation of EU law, considering its relationship with domestic law and explains the function and application of some of the substantive legal provisions.

Course Description
This programme is challenging and will enable you to develop your knowledge about the various elements of Law. The LLB module structure is centred around the seven core subjects which are Constitutional and Administrative Law, Contract Law, Tort Law, Land Law, Equity & Trusts, European Law and Criminal Law. Coverage of the content of these core legal subjects ensures that students have a sufficiently competent knowledge base of these key areas. This LLB programme does not have qualifying status. This means that students who wish to subsequently take the Legal Practice Course or Bar Vocational Course will need to complete a 1 year CPE/GDL before doing so.

7. Land Law
This subject has changed in the 20th century as the owner-occupier replaces the landlord as the dominant figure and, in the later part of the century, the owner-occupier couple replaces the single, usually male, owner. This module seeks to provide students with a broad introduction to the fundamental principles of land law including the concept of proprietary interests and the concept of competing priorities.

17. Employment Law


To enable the student to develop an understanding of the various rights, obligations, responsibilities and potential liabilities arising from the employment relationship, as well as to gain an appreciation of the wider social, economic and political context within which the legal rules operate.

Workload
We recommend an average of 15 hours study time per week for this programme.

3. Criminal Law
The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the nature of criminal conduct and the basic elements of a crime. These will be placed in the context of some specific offences, namely, criminal damage, murder and manslaughter. In the latter part of the course, non-fatal offences against the person and dishonesty offences will be examined, and used as vehicles for an introduction to the inchoate offences and the general defences.

Exemptions
Where appropriate, applicants are entitled to apply for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

Stage 3 Optional Modules (students are required to select three from the below choice of five) 13. Company Law
The module is designed to provide students with an understanding and a grasp of the essentials of substantive Company Law. It is intended to give students the understanding and skills to deal confidently with any aspect of Company Law.

8. Legal Research
This module is intended as preparation for the Comparative Law Research Project and as such will lead students through the process of a research project in law employing a variety of exercises culminating in an individual presentation of a project proposal on an area of comparative law.

Assessment
Students will undertake a range of assessments, including essays, case studies, portfolios, presentations, problem scenarios, and examinations.

How to Apply
In addition to the completed application form: Original or certified copies of your certificates and/or transcripts Two suitable references. Please note we can only accept academic and/or professional work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years) Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English.

4. Constitutional and Administrative Law I


This module aims to introduce students to the structure and functions of the State and the relationship between the State and the individual. The UK constitution is not a single document (as in the US) but is instead the combination of numerous powers and customs based on the traditional role of the Monarch.

Duration of Programme
The LLB is normally completed within four to six years.

Mode
Online distance learning

9. Tort Law
The law of tort encompasses a range of civil actions and operates as a compensation system. The module will enable you to develop a critical awareness of the issues underpinning the adversarial process and develop the analytical and presentation skills involved in undertaking these cases.

14. Family Law


This module aims to provide a thorough grounding in the basics of family law concerning: marriage and its termination, nullity, separation and financial and property settlements, cohabitation and the law, legal issues relating to domestic violence. This module also aims to provide an introduction to Child Law concerning the rights and status of the child, parentage and parental responsibility.

Entry Requirements
Two good A Level passes (grade A-C) or equivalent GCSE English and mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent) English ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0 if English is not first language. Applications by people without these qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises three stages; four modules in stage 1, five modules in stage 2 and six modules, plus in stage 3, three of which are optional choices:

Stage 2 - Core Modules 5. Constitutional & Administrative Law II


The module aims to introduce students to the respective roles of State and individual in areas such as police powers and civil liberties such as freedom of assembly and association, and freedom of expression. It creates an opportunity to examine the Human Rights Act 1998 and the growing significance of the European Convention rights for the UK citizen. With issues such as European integration and state security currently in the news this continues to be a crucial area of legal study which prepares students for much of their subsequent studies.

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Stage 1 - Core Modules 1. Legal Foundations


This module provides a foundation knowledge for the study of law. It will give you an understanding of the English Legal System and equip you with the essential methods and skills for studying law at undergraduate level. You will develop key study skills and be encouraged to reflect critically on your own performance and identify the steps needed to improve your learning and performance

Stage 3 Core Modules 10. Comparative Law Research Project


The aims of this module are to build on the research skills developed as part of the Legal Research Methods module in undertaking a Comparative Law Project. Working in conjunction with the supervising tutor, the student will identify the precise area to be researched. Building on previous studies of Research Methods, students will develop and apply critical researcher skills, both with regard

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15. Law and ethics


The aim of this module is to introduce students to the key principles of jurisprudence in relation to ethics. It aims to then introduce the student to the influence of ethical and legal principles within the context of business and commerce and will facilitate the opportunity to apply appropriate theories to a number of contemporary issues.

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Public Sector Pathway

Postgraduate Diploma / MSc in Public Administration & Development University of Birmingham


Qualification
On successful completion of this programme you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration and Development after 6 modules, or the MSc in Public Administration and Development after 6 modules and a dissertation.

Distance Learning

Year 1
At the beginning of the programme, you will complete a compulsory two-week induction module online, followed by four core modules:

3. Managing Public Money


The aim of this module is to introduce you to concepts and practices in public sector financial management with an emphasis on management at the organisational level. This module covers approaches applicable in developed, transitional and developing countries. This module does not seek to be a technical programme in detailed accounting but rather seeks to enable you to understand financial concepts, undertake financial analyses and thereby participate fully at a strategic level in financial decision-making.

1. Public Management
This module explores public sector management from an international perspective and examines institutional and organisational reforms in the public sector in developing and transitional countries, drawing on the experiences of developed countries. This module will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical reasons for reforms and of the nature of change and innovations in public administration and management. Content includes: Overview of new public management Civil service reforms Executive agencies and decentralised management Public-private partnerships Regulation Service delivery Performance management Managing change Capacity building in the public sector

Awarding Body
University of Birmingham The University of Birmingham was founded in 1900, and is the earliest of the so-called red brick universities. As a highly respected and major research-led institution, it currently has over 18,000 undergraduate and over 11,000 postgraduate students. The university ranked 16th in The Guardians 2006 rankings and 33rd out of 109 higher education institutions in The Times 2007 Good University Guide. It is ranked fifth nationally for Research Excellence. In October 2006, the University was also ranked equal 90th best in the world by the Times Higher Education Supplement.

This module explores approaches to organisation change in public organisations, focusing on the choice between competitive and collaborative, radical and incremental approaches. This module is taught largely through the analysis of a series of complex cases, each of which illustrates a particular set of problems characteristic of public administration in different geographical contexts.

The principles of governance/good governance The role of the state, civil society and the private sector in governance The dynamics of relationships between state and non-state actors in different contexts Democracy and democratisation Human rights and access to justice Corruption and accountability Institutions of global governance.

regularly with academic tutors primarily on WebCT and email but also by telephone if necessary. You will also have access to a student support co-ordinator for administrative and pastoral support. You will interact regularly with academic tutors on WebCT, and MSc students completing their dissertation will also interact with supervisors by email and skype.

Workload
We recommend an average of 12-15 hours study time per week for this programme.

Year 2
Comprises two core modules. If you choose to complete the full MSc there will also be the dissertation project and a compulsory two week online Research Methods module, preparatory to the dissertation work. The core modules are:

Assessment
A combination of written assignments and time-limited assignments (in lieu of examinations). For students that choose to complete the full MSc, this will also be backed up by the submission of a 10 15,000 word dissertation at the end of the programme.

4. Understanding Organisations
This module is concerned with understanding the theory and practice of organisational analysis in the public sector and focuses on the problems of organisations that are specific to the public administrative context. The module reviews different ways of looking at organisations and diagnosing organisational problems. Particular attention is paid to the dual nature of public bureaucracy, as analysed by Weber, Simon and later theorists. In order to analyse case studies from public administration in different national and institutional settings, you will be given a grounding in the rational, political and cultural models of organisation, all of which have a particular relevance to the public sector and which provide a framework for understanding the changes that have occurred in government and the public sector over the last twenty years. The dissolution of organisational boundaries and the rise of network, project and virtual models of organisation are discussed in the context of the long-term development of bureaucratic organisations, with an emphasis on how government organisations have evolved in developing, transitional and newlyindustrialised countries.

Exemptions
Unfortunately we are currently unable to consider exemption requests for this programme.

1. Leadership and Management Development


The aim of this module is to develop your skills and knowledge of leadership in a public administrative context, the distinction between leadership and traditional approaches to pubic management and administration, and the role of leadership in bringing about cultural change within public organisations, in order to improve services to citizens. At the outset you will be required to draw up a personal action plan which identifies a series of personal development activities in relation to each skill/competency that you will address over the duration of your studies. Progress will be monitored by your academic tutor and you will be expected to compile a portfolio of evidence of improved competency with regard to each element of the action plan, which provides the main data for the competency assessment.

Duration of Programme
Minimum two years; maximum four years. This means approximately four assessed modules in year one, and two assessed modules in year two. For students completing the full MSc, the dissertation project is also completed in year two.

How to Apply
In addition to the completed application form: Original or certified copies of your relevant certificates and/or transcripts. Two suitable references. Please note we can only accept one academic and one professional work reference. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years). Proof of English language ability (IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL minimum 580/237), if English is not your first language.

Course Description
This course will provide you with a programme of study and assessment to enable you to consolidate, develop and demonstrate key management skills which underpin effective management at all levels. You will be encouraged to apply your learning in your work, and to take effective action using new knowledge and skills.

Entry Requirements
An Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) from an approved university, or an equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field, or a Lower Second Class degree or equivalent from an approved university, combined with suitable work experience. Adequate capacity in written and spoken English. For those whose first language is not English, evidence of this capacity is required in the form of at least 6.5 in the IELTS or 580/237 for TOEFL.

2. Making Policy
This module will introduce you to key concepts associated with policy analysis and a set of tools to analyse the process and content of policymaking. These include: The theory of policy-making and analysis Agenda setting and principal-agent relationships Interest and pressure groups Policy networks Economic and public choice analysis Analysis of policy decisions and policy outcomes This module draws on a range of disciplines, particularly political science and economics, and therefore provides a multi-disciplinary approach to the understanding of policy analysis.

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Mode
Text-based distance learning (blended)

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Comprises six modules. The order of modules will be subject to change, dependent on the date of entry onto the programme.

2. Governance
Governance is implicitly and explicitly at the centre of many development debates. This module explores what governance is and reviews the debates surrounding governance in the development sector.

Whats Included
All required study materials and student handbooks are supplied. You will have access to the Universitys WebCT discussion boards, which are integral to the programme and building a learning community. You will interact

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Psychology Pathway

BSc (Hons) Psychology (Applied) Anglia Ruskin University


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) Psychology (Applied). and the impact of these on social and emotional development. Key areas within social psychology (attitudes, interpersonal communication, social influence, groups, identities and ethics) and developmental psychology (genetic and environmental influences, language, cognitive and emotional development and ethics) are covered. 4. Issues in Child Development and Social Psychology This module introduces you to more specific domains of child development and social psychology. This module carries slightly greater focus on developmental psychology. However, each topic covered builds on previously covered topics; ending with an overview of normal and non-normal developmental profiles. Similarly, each topic in the social part to some extent builds on earlier topics. These begin with applied social cognition, and will also consider social psychology in a court setting. 5. Theoretical Foundations in Psychology This module will provide you with an overview of the theoretical, philosophical and historical foundations of psychology. Often defined as the science of the mind, you will be made aware that there has been much debate as to how to define both science and mind. To illustrate these debates the module focuses on different approaches to psychology, for example: introspectionism, behaviourism, psychoanalysis, cognitive psychology, and artificial intelligence. 6. Introduction to Abnormal & Health Psychology You will examine the way in which these disciplines apply psychological knowledge to an understanding of health and illness, and the interventions used to improve health or relieve the symptoms of illness. You will examine how concepts of health have changed over time, what is meant by normality and abnormality, and the different models that psychologists have used to understand the causes of mental ill-health. You will examine specific health problems, both physical and mental, including eating disorders, stress, trauma, and sexual disorders. 7. The Psychology of Everyday Life During this module you will look at a number of topical issues in order to demonstrate how psychology can provide insight into peoples behaviour, and how we benefit from a scientific psychological approach. Topics included will depend upon the interests and expertise of the academic staff involved in teaching this module and therefore may vary from time to time. However, questions which might be addressed include: Does criminal profiling work? Can we measure intelligence? Why do we sleep? Do dreams have meaning? Why do we forget things? How accurate are eyewitness accounts of crime? 8. Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology Our experience of the world is an interpretation

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on social and collective processes (for example, social constructionism). 6. Learning, Memory and Perception Underlying all psychological functioning is the ability to perceive, remember, and alter our behaviour in response to information in the world. These basic psychological processes of perception, memory and learning were the first areas of study for empirical psychology and this module examines both the historical development of these areas as well as the current state of knowledge in each area. 7. Psychopathology This module will introduce you to the various psychological disorders, as well as their aetiology and treatment. This module will also look at models of psychopathology, as well as its classification and diagnosis. Broad theories of the development of the various psychological disorders will be touched on, drawing from psychodynamic, cognitive, and neuroscience perspectives, as well as social factors. 8. Lifespan Development This module will provide you with an overview of human development across the lifespan, including how childhood experiences affect later development. Different approaches to human development will be discussed and compared, including: attachment theory, behavioural genetics, psychodynamic theories, and biopyschosocial approaches. Different domains of human development will be covered, e.g. cognitive, social, emotional, and moral development across the lifespan.

Awarding Body
Anglia Ruskin University

Course Description
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. This programme introduces you to psychological theory and research and then develops your understanding of this fascinating subject area. Psychology has a broad range of real-world applications in everyday life, ranging from stress, health, mental illness, artificial intelligence, to personal development, social interaction and the environment. A degree in psychology can provide access to a wide range of careers. Psychology graduates are valued across many fields because of the diverse and highly sought after knowledge and skills that are acquired from a psychology degree. A successful psychology graduate can be expected to write coherent and logical reports, understand statistical and other forms of evidence and have a good understanding of human behaviour. Taken together, such skills are very appealing to a wide range of employers and not just those in specifically psychological areas.

based on many cognitive processes being carried out by the brain. Because these processes are so automatic, and their outcome so convincing, people are often not aware that what they are experiencing is merely an interpretation, and as such can be inaccurate. This module will challenge you to think more clearly about this, and consider the ways in which the brain constructs its interpretation of the world, and the ways in which this interpretation can be misleading.

brain damage. The most frequent syndromes in clinical practice such as aphasia, amnesia, agnosia, dementia, epilepsy and Parkinsons disease are discussed. You will be introduced to a variety of different tests and assessment procedures applied in clinical neuropsychology and for each of the clinical syndromes, relevant neuropsychological and psychiatric symptoms will be outlined. 5. Psychological Therapies This module provides you with an introduction to some of the main methods of psychological interventions used by clinical, counselling and health psychologists in therapeutically helping people. This module will cover some of the core theoretical principles and techniques used in various psychological interventions, when working with individuals (both children and adults) as well as with families and groups. 6. Developmental Disorders This module will introduce you to a variety of developmental disorders including Downs syndrome, Williams syndrome, dyslexia & autism. It will include an analysis of the biological, cognitive & social profiles of each. You will gain an insight in to the main symptoms of each clinical condition and the prognosis for people with these disorders. The module also covers the effects of early brain injury and the problems working with children with learning difficulties. 7. Consumer Psychology This module introduces you to a selection of issues in the area of consumer psychology. It will explore how theories within social, cognitive and developmental psychology can help explain consumption behaviours. The module will address issues related to positive and negative influences of a consumer society upon individuals psychological process and functioning. It will also look at how aspects of consumption can influence development at an early age as well as affect behavioural outcomes in later life.

- TOEIC 660 - Cambridge FCE Grade C+ or CAE Grade C/ FCE A/B - C & G Pitman Intermediate or Higher Intermediate - IGCSE Grade C Applicants whose educational qualifications do not meet the entry requirements will be considered on an individual basis.

Whats Included
All online study materials and student handbooks are supplied. You will be allocated a tutor for academic support who you can contact as often as you like by telephone and email. You will also have access to a student support co-ordinator for administrative support. You will also complete an online induction and have access to an online Virtual Campus.

Level 2 - (120 credits)


Consists of 8 modules worth 15 credits each: 1. Research Techniques for Psychology: Statistics This module develops a critical understanding of the principles of data collection for psychology, and considers the theoretical bases of various qualitative and quantitative methods. Theoretical, conceptual and ethical issues are covered; the emphasis is on ensuring that you understand the logic behind the techniques covered, so that you know when it is appropriate to use a particular approach, and how to interpret its output. This module will focus largely on quantitative data analysis techniques such as t-tests, linear regression and Analysis of Variance. 2. Research Techniques for Psychology: Methods This module follows on from Research Techniques for Psychology: Statistics. 3. Biopsychology Biopsychology introduces you to the physiological mechanisms that underlie all behaviour and cognition. Initially, the module introduces the philosophy that underpins biological psychology, and discusses issues such as determinism, reductionism and free will. The module then focuses on capture, communication and processing of information in the nervous system and looks in detail at the mechanics of these processes. 4. Personality, Intelligence & Psychometrics You will develop an understanding of key contemporary approaches to the study and assessment of personality and intelligence. In this module you will examine the assumptions behind theoretical approaches to personality and intelligence; the nature of personality and intelligence; the theory of psychometrics; the strengths, implications and limitations of different approaches; and the applications of theory. You will develop basic skills in understanding and using psychological tests. 5. Contemporary Social Psychology This module explores contemporary social psychology by examining a range of theoretical perspectives. The concept of levels of analysis is used to structure comparisons between theories and approaches. The module explores modern European forms of social psychology that arose as a critique to traditional social cognitive approaches, and place more emphasis

Workload
We recommend an average of 15-20 hours study time per week for this programme.

Exemptions
For this qualification, we may allow you to count credit for relevant study you have already done elsewhere. Exemptions are considered on an individual basis when you submit an application form.

Enrolment Dates
October, January, April and July

Level 3 - (120 credits)

Consists of the dissertation worth 30 credits plus 6 modules worth 15 credits each: 1. Psychology Dissertation You will produce a non-empirical psychology project, i.e. a project that does not involve the collection of original data, but which is in the form of an extended evaluative literature review. 2. Clinical Psychology In this module you will develop a critical awareness of the issues and debates involved in understanding deviant behaviour. It examines the psychological, social, cultural and biological influences and predispositions upon general definitions of abnormality and specific disorders. Particular categories of disorder will be studied in order to illuminate controversies concerning the value of models, methods of classification and diagnosis. Specific syndromes addressed include: major depression and mania, schizophrenia, substance-related disorders, disorders of ageing/cognition, and suicide. 3. Language and Thought This module provides an introduction to key themes, theories, research programmes and methods to understand processes underlying human language and thinking within the domains of cognitive psychology and cognitive neuropsychology. Intact and impaired processes involved in spoken language, reading and spelling will be explored in different languages with a special interest in whether these processes are universal or language specific. 4. Neuropsychology This module introduces you to major neuropsychological syndromes following

How to Apply
In addition to the completed application form: Copies of your relevant certificates and/or transcripts Two suitable references. Please note we can only accept academic and/or professional work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years) Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English.

Mode
Online distance learning

Assessment
Assessment is via a mixture of examination, essays, research reports and a dissertation. The dissertation comprises a 1,500 word annotated bibliography followed by an 8,000 word literature review.

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises three stages, 120 credits in each stage:

Level 1 - (120 credits)

Consists of 8 modules worth 15 credits each: 1. Key Skills for Psychology Part I This module will provide you with the basic skills to produce a research report from beginning to end including experimental design, statistical data analysis, the use of resources and software, writing and presentation skills, ethical issues and general study and research skills. 2. Key Skills for Psychology Part Il This module follows on from Key Skills for Psychology Part I, providing you with a vital grounding for psychology. 3. Social and Developmental Psychology This module will provide you with an understanding of how certain behaviours and experiences can be shaped by different social contexts (the family, peers, society)

Duration of Programme
The Anglia Ruskin University BSc (Hons) Psychology (Applied) is normally studied over three years or four years, but this may be extended to suit your individual needs for up to a maximum of nine years.

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Entry Requirements
The standard entry requirements are as follows: Two A levels passes or equivalent (at Grade E or above). Plus 3 GCSEs in other subjects including Maths and English at Grade C or above. English language ability equivalent to one of the following: - IELTS 6.0 - TOEFL 550 paper based (213 computer based or 80 internet based)

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IT & Computing Pathway

MSc Information Technology University of Wales


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded an MSc Information Technology. and apply it to real life problems for a client. On completion of this module you will be able to: Analyse a business problem based on real life context. Critically evaluate project theory and practice. Formulate an appropriate project plan and organisation. Prepare and evaluate project designs. Assemble key components of the solution with appropriate development tools.

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4. Information Systems Development


This module will provide you with an understanding of software development methodologies and software development tools and techniques. On completion of this module you will be able to: Critically evaluate the role of software development methodologies. Research the software development tools and techniques to support a software development methodology. Create a software development methodology and select the relevant tools/ techniques for a given situation. Critically evaluate different approaches to software development.

6. Research Paradigms
This module will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to critically evaluate the use of evidence in computing and digital media, to do research and generate your own evidence based material to justify your professional practice. On completion of this module you will be able to: Demonstrate a critical understanding of research strategies and data generation methods. Synthesise knowledge of research strategies and data generation in order to identify esearch questions/problems and construct a research proposal. Reflect critically on professional practice in computing and digital media.

Entry Requirements
First degree from an approved university equivalent to a UK second class honours, in a computing subject. English language ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5, where the medium of undergraduate study was not English. Candidates without a first degree will be eligible for entry if they can demonstrate extensive industrial experience. Candidates will be expected to have knowledge of online business systems equivalent to first degree level.

Exemptions
For this qualification we may allow you to count credit for relevant study you have already done elsewhere. Exemptions are considered on an individual basis when you submit an application form. Please note that we cannot consider work experience alone for exemptions.

Awarding Body
This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK. For further details regarding the University and its validation services, please log on to www.wales.ac.uk/ validation or email validation@wales.ac.uk.

How to Apply
In addition to the completed application form: Copies of your relevant certificates and/or transcripts Two suitable references. Please note we can only accept academic and/or professional work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years). Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English.

Course Description
This programme will: Develop your understanding of current and emerging computer technologies. Enable you to explore the issues around the management of Information Technology in business and industrial contexts. Develop your expertise and interest in topic areas of direct and complementary relevance to the workplace. Enable you to apply your knowledge and understanding of critical and pervasive issues in computing and information systems in a range of situations. Encourage you to develop an understanding of current research issues. Enable you to integrate theory and practice ensuring both academic rigour and practical application.

2. Information Strategies
This module will provide you with an understanding of the various strategies involved in the production of Information Systems and how they relate to each other. On completion of this module you will be able to: Critically evaluate the role of various information strategies and their relationship to each other. Discuss the ways the strategies can be developed. Develop a strategy based on a scenario.

Whats Included
RDIs Online University ilearn is used to deliver all resources for this course including: Study materials - Access electronic copies of your learning materials and important information, such as assessment instructions, whenever and wherever you are. Tutor support - Tutors use live chats and forums to stimulate discussions, request input and highlight external sources. External resources - Links to external sources can include key journal articles, your universitys online library, sites of topical interest, etc. Discussion with other students - Forums allow students to come together, share thoughts and ideas and you can initiate topics that you want to discuss with your fellow students..

5. Commercial Website Development


This module will develop both your conceptual and practical understanding of web application tools, enabling you to design and implement non-trivial web based applications. On completion of this module you will be able to: Design, implement and document a functional, well structured dynamic web application. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the capabilities and contribution that dynamic web applications can offer in business. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the need for usability design, and the key underlying principles of human-computer interaction design. Critically appraise web sites and evaluate competing approaches between technologies. Critically evaluate new trends and technologies in website development and web application technologies.

7. Project/Dissertation
You will undertake a major piece of individual study in the field of computing or computer applications. Normally projects will be drawn from commercial, industrial or research based problem areas involving you in researching and investigating aspects of applied computing, then producing a major deliverable (software package, design, animation website etc. The original research and the project process will be fully reported in the dissertation.

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3. Current Issues in Networking


This module, which deals with selected, leading edge topics in networking and data communications, will develop your knowledge of research issues relating to network technologies and applications. On completion of this module you will be able to: Identify leading edge research issues within the field of data communications and networks. Explain research issues and current thinking in data communications and networks topics. Critically evaluate currently published material within the field. Postulate possible future research approaches and directions.

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Assessment
You will complete a 4,000 word assignment for each of modules 1-6, plus a three-hour exam for module 2 and a dissertation of 15,000 words for module 7.

Mode
Online distance learning

Workload
We recommend an average of 18 hours study time per week for this programme.

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises seven modules:

Duration of Programme
The MSc Information Technology is normally studied over a period of 24 months, but this may be extended to suit your individual needs for up to a maximum of five years.

1. Managing Client Focused Projects


You will have the opportunity to work upon on a real/simulated project in an industry context. You will be able to synthesise your knowledge

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MSc Telecommunications Birmingham City University


Online-based distance learning

Qualification
The MSc Telecommunications awards include Postgraduate Certificate (Stage 1), Postgraduate Diploma (Stage 2) and full MSc Telecommunications (Stage 3). On successful completion of all stages you will be awarded the MSc Telecommunications.

The course is suitable for competent students from both scientific and engineering backgrounds wishing to gain a comprehensive understanding of recent techniques in the design, development, administration and management of telecommunications.

3. Telecommunication Systems
This module will provide you with a detailed knowledge of the principles of telecommunications systems, while emphasising technologies that support digital communications. Emphasis is placed on the characteristics and advantages of digital signals, as well as issues relating to transmission, line coding and modulation. You will study a variety of topics providing a detailed knowledge and understanding of telecommunication networks and their properties.

Stage 3 Project / Dissertation


The project will allow you to demonstrate your ability to apply skills and knowledge to the solution of a practical problem or to an investigation into a research topic appropriate to the rationale of the course

Whats Included
RDIs Online University ilearn is used to deliver all resources for this course including: Study materials - Access electronic copies of your learning materials and important information, such as assessment instructions, whenever and wherever you are. Tutor support - Tutors use live chats and forums to stimulate discussions, request input and highlight external sources. External resources - Links to external sources can include key journal articles, your universitys online library, sites of topical interest, etc. Discussion with other students - Forums allow students to come together, share thoughts and ideas and you can initiate topics that you want to discuss with your fellow students. In addition you will have access to a programme co-ordinator for administrative support who you can contact as often as you like by telephone and email.

Enrolment Dates
October, January, April and July

How to Apply
In addition to the completed application form: Copies of your relevant certificates and/or transcripts Two suitable references. Please note we can only accept academic and/or professional work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years) Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language.

Mode
Online distance learning

Awarding Body
Birmingham City University

Assessment
For the modules studied you will complete a total of 5 reports, one examination and a Viva Voce (oral examination). Assessment for the Project / Dissertation comprises the following: Project Proposal Presentations and Viva Voce examination Dissertation

Course Description
The field of telecommunications has experienced immense developments over the past years and provides an area for exciting opportunities in science and technology. A specialisation in telecommunications is essential for those willing to drive a number of related industries in the new millennium. This postgraduate course is geared towards the shift from traditional telecommunication and data communications systems to mobile and wireless communications and the management of network services. The course provides advanced knowledge of telecommunications technologies and issues related to communications networks. Topics covered in the course include the latest developments in the fields of telecommunications and networks. The course focuses on telecommunications technologies and their practical applications in modern industries. Due to the fast pace of the developments in the telecommunications sector the course is designed in such a way that fundamental principles are covered in alignment with state of the art technological advances in digital communications.

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises five modules and a project / dissertation:

Stage 1 1. Project Management & Research Methodology


This module covers project planning, scheduling and monitoring tools and techniques while at the same time developing research philosophies, strategies and methods relevant to the telecommunications industry. You will develop project management and research competencies that will enable you to plan, undertake and evaluate independent research in an organisational setting.

Stage 2 4. Management of Network Services


This module will provide you with a detailed knowledge of the requirements and operation of networks and associated service management . Emphasis is placed on the realisation of Quality of Service (QoS) concepts in digital networks and mobile communications. You will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the management of network infrastructure and services within a business environment, including the classification of equipment and services.

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Duration of Programme
The Birmingham City University MSc Telecommunications is normally studied over two years, but may be extended to suit your individual needs for up to a maximum of seven years.

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Entry Requirements
First degree from an approved university equivalent to UK second class honours in a relevant subject. English ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0. Applicants who do not hold the standard entry requirements may be considered for admission provided they can demonstrate that their qualifications and/or industrial experience are equivalent to that attained through the completion of an appropriate honours degree programme.

Workload
We recommend an average of 12-15 hours study time per week for this programme.

2. Data Communications Systems


This module will provide you with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the key principles of the design, development and diagnostics of data communication systems. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of the management of data communication system, compression techniques for digital voice and video transmission, and network traffic protocols

Exemptions
For this qualification we may allow you to count credit for relevant study you have already done elsewhere. Exemptions are considered on an individual basis when you submit an application form. Please note that work experience alone cannot be considered for exemptions.

5. Mobile & Wireless Communications


This module will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of mobile and wireless communications systems emphasising the wireless environment, mobile systems, as well as network planning and mobile services. You will gain a holistic view of modern digital mobile and wireless communications systems. The wireless communication medium and modulation techniques will be investigated before undertaking a detailed review of key mobile systems, and investigate issues of network planning and mobile services.

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IT & Computing Pathway

BSc (Hons) Business Computing


(Final Year Top-up)

Online-based distance learning Stand alone course or combine with the Edexcel HND Computing (Business IT) to form 3 year degree

University of Wales
Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) Business Computing. Use an industry standard integrated development environment (IDE) for the design and implementation of the website.

Produce a physical database. Produce SQL statements to create and interrogate a database.

2. Management in IT
On completion of this module you will be able to: Critically appraise principles of staff management. Use software management tools. Participate in strategic planning. Analyse the impact of current developments in information technology on business.

6. Practical Project
On completion of this module you will be able to: Manage a project, including planning and scheduling the use of time and resources. Write a comprehensive professional report on the work done. Identify and define a project and select appropriate methodologies/tools to produce a solution. Demonstrate an understanding of the limitations and achievements of the project. Critically evaluate the project and the processes used.

Awarding Body
This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK. For further details regarding the University and its validation services, please log on to www.wales.ac.uk/ validation or email validation@wales.ac.uk.

Assessment
Assessment is via four assignments, one examination and a project.

Course Description
This programme will appeal to those who have already been successful in studying computing at a Higher Education level (by completing a BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing & Systems Development, for example).

3. Understanding Systems
On completion of this module you will be able to: Identify a system. Compare and contrast the various types of systems that can exist. Analyse a system to identify its components. Critically appraise the importance of the role of the systems approach in identifying, amending and developing Information Systems. Use models in analysing and developing systems.

Please note students may be required to purchase certain software.

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Duration of Programme
This programme can be studied over a minimum of 12 months, this may be extended to suit your individual needs for up to a maximum of three years.

Workload
We recommend an average of 12-15 hours study time per week for this programme.

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Exemptions
For this qualification, we may allow you to transfer credit for relevant study completed elsewhere. However, this only applies to stages 1 and 2. No exemptions are allowed from the final year top-up (stage 3). Exemptions are considered on an individual basis when you submit an application form. Please note that we cannot consider work experience alone for exemptions.

Mode
Online distance learning

Entry Requirements
A HND in a computing subject. The BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing & Systems Development allows direct entry to this programme.

What You Could Study Next


University of Wales MSc Information Technology

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises 6 core modules:

1. Online Business Systems


On completion of this module you will be able to: Manage the implementation phase of a web application and deploy appropriate client-side and server-side technologies. Justify the design and development of the application and critically evaluate their implementation approach. Design and implement an online business system meeting the needs of both the user and the client. Prepare appropriate entity relationship diagrams and SQL queries in order to efficiently manage data within the web application. Recognise the need for continual development and marketing of an online business system using multimedia objects.

4. Current Trends in Networking


On completion of this module you will be able to: Evaluate threats to network provision and compare solutions Compare and contrast existing and emergent networking technologies Apply appropriate network technologies in complex settings, providing alternative solutions, clear selections and justifications.

Whats Included
RDIs Online University ilearn is used to deliver all resources for this course including: Study materials - Access electronic copies of your learning materials and important information, such as assessment instructions, whenever and wherever you are. Tutor support - Tutors use live chats and forums to stimulate discussions, request input and highlight external sources. External resources - Links to external sources can include key journal articles, your universitys online library, sites of topical interest, etc. Discussion with other students - Forums allow students to come together, share thoughts and ideas and you can initiate topics that you want to discuss with your fellow students.

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: Copies of your relevant certificates and/or transcripts Two suitable references. Please note that we can only accept academic and/or professional work references. Copy of you CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years). Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English.

5. Database Solutions
On completion of this module you will be able to: Explain the concepts of different types of database. Identify the principles of a relational database. Explain the 3 Level architecture of a relational database.

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IT & Computing Pathway

BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing & Systems Development Edexcel


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development.

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4. Database Design Concepts


Databases and data management systems Database design techniques Design, create and document databases

12. Network Security

Awarding Body
Edexcel

5. Network Technologies
Networking principles Networking principles Design networked systems Implement and support networked systems

Impact on the social and commercial environment of network security design Design network security solutions Implement network security solutions Manage network security solutions

Whats Included
All online study materials and student handbooks are supplied. You will be allocated a tutor for academic support who you can contact as often as you like by telephone and email. You will also have access to a student support co-ordinator for administrative support. You will also complete an online induction and have access to an online Virtual Campus.

13. Internet Server Management


Internet technologies Internet server architectures Implement internet server and services Manage internet server and services

Course Description
This programme will provide you with a range of skills in a technological and management context. It is highly relevant to a range of careers in the IT sector such as information system design and management, IT manufacturing, IT maintenance and technical services areas, e-business strategy and/or technical support, systems analysts, software engineers and developers. The BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development can be studied as a stand-alone programme or can form part of a three-year degree programme Teesside University BSc (Hons) Business Computing. Successful completion of the HND allows direct entry to a one-year top-up to Honours Degree.

Workload
We recommend an average of 8-10 hours study time per week for this programme.

6. Quality Systems in IT
Quality assurance in IT systems Standard quality control documentation Project management tools

14. IT Security Management


Risks to IT security Mechanisms to control organisational IT security Manage organisational security

Exemptions
No exemptions are allowed for this programme.

7. Website Design
Commercial impact and potential of virtualisation Design virtualisation deployments Implement virtualisation deployments Manage virtualisation environments

15. Wide Area Networking Technologies


Impact of WAN technologies Design WAN infrastructures Implement WAN infrastructures Manage WAN infrastructures

Enrolment dates
November, February, May and August

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: Copies of your relevant certificates and/or transcripts. One suitable reference. Please note we can only accept academic and/or professional work references. Copy of you CV detailing your work history (if you do not have A Levels).

8.Networking Infrastructure
Principles of network infrastructure management Design complex network infrastructure systems Implement complex network infrastructure ` systems Test complex network infrastructure systems

16. Project Design, Implementation and Evaluations


Formulate a project Implement the project Evaluate the project outcomes Present the project outcomes

Mode
Online distance learning

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Course Content (Modules)


Comprises 8 units for the HNC and a further 8 units for the HND:

Assessment
Assessment is via a mix of assignments, one examination and a project.

1. Business Skills for e-Commerce


Structure and aims of business organisations Impact of e-commerce Design e-commerce solutions

9. Information Systems in Organisations


Information needs within different functional areas of organisations Compare information systems Use information systems to produce management information

Duration of Programme
The BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development is normally studied over a period of two years but can be extended to a maximum of four years. The maximum study period for each module is up to 6 months.

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Successful completion of the programme may allow you entry to: University of Teesside BSc (Hons) Business Computing (Final Year Top-up)

2. Computer Systems
Function of computer systems Design computer systems Build and configure computer systems Undertake routine maintenance on computer systems

10. Systems Analysis and Design


Understand different systems life cycles Understand the importance of a feasibility study Be able to perform a systems investigation

Entry requirements
The standard entry requirements are as follows: An A Level pass or equivalent. English language ability equivalent to IELTS 5.5 Applicants whose educational qualifications do not meet the standard entry requirements but have at least two years full-time work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

3. Employability & Professional Development


Personal and professional development Interpersonal and transferable skills Dynamics of working with others Strategies for problem solving

11. Local Area Networking Technologies


Impact of LAN technologies Design LAN infrastructures Implement LAN infrastructures Manage LAN infrastructures

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MBA (Finance) University of Wales


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Finance). responded to change Synthesise and analyse the links between knowledge management, knowledge tracking and knowledge migration in organisational/change management Design strategies to deal with resistance to change

Online-based distance learning

Awarding Body
This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK. For further details regarding the University and its validation services, please log on to www.wales.ac.uk/ validation or email validation@wales.ac.uk.

2. Financial Management
This module will provide you with the tools to enable you to interpret and evaluate financial information and utilise financial information for decision-making purposes. After completing this module you will be able to: Draft financial statements. Critically analyse information contained in published financial statements. Select and apply financial decision-making techniques to appraise projects. Evaluate complex investment decisions. Utilise spreadsheets to present and analyse financial information. Appreciate differences between financial decision-making in the public and not for profit sectors as compared to the private sector. Apply appropriate techniques to protect against currency loss.

Course Description
The University of Wales MBA programme is designed to equip you with essential modern management skills and knowledge and prepare you with an enterprising spirit grounded on solid business practices. The programme also aims to provide you with analytical and decision making capabilities in order to face different kinds of new challenges resulting from the rapid changes seen in todays growing business environment. You will study tools and techniques that will help you develop end manage products and services that will be competitive internationally. The programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop specific expertise in finance

awareness of the contribution the human resource can make to workplace effectiveness. It will develop your ability to apply theoretical human resource models and concepts to a wide variety of work situations. This module is also designed to stimulate your thought on how organisation design can impact on the effectiveness of people. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically appraise the contribution people can make to an organisation. Analyse how factors concerning the management of human resource vary within an organisation and across situations. Compare and contrast the concepts of management and leadership. Demonstrate how to lead and develop effective teams. Analyse a human resource problem and apply appropriate models to develop solutions.

7. Performance Management
This module will provide you with an understanding of the nature and role of strategic planning within an organisation and of the impact of wider global and non-financial issues on this process. You will be able to critically examine a wide range of strategic performance measurement techniques and models including non-financial performance indicators. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically analyse and apply a range of strategic planning models Respond to the differing control needs within a product or service life cycle and within divisions of an organisation Calculate and interpret a range of strategic performance measures such as Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) and Return on Investment (ROI). Use financial models to predict potential business failure. Appreciate the impact of strategic performance measurement on the human resource within an organisation

9. Dissertation
You will be required to undertake a 20,000-word dissertation.

Exemptions
For this qualification we may allow you to count credit for relevant study you have already done elsewhere. For example, holders for the BTEC Level 7 Advanced Professional Diploma in Management Studies will be eligible for advanced standing. For other equivalent qualifications exemptions are considered on an individual basis when you submit an application form. Please note that we cannot consider work experience alone for exemptions.

Assessment
You will complete one formal examination (in exam conditions), one timed online assessment, which you will complete within 24 hours (similar to an open-book examination) and six assignments of not less than 4,000 words each. You will also complete a 20,000-word dissertation.

Enrolment Dates
October, January, April and July

Duration of Programme
Variable but a maximum of four years. The maximum study period for each module is up to 9 months.

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form If you have a recognised undergraduate degree: Original or certified copies of your degree certificate and/or transcripts. Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English. One suitable reference. Please note we can only accept professional academic or work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (must demonstrate at last two years professional full-time work experience) If you are applying on the basis of your management experience: Two suitable references (covering a five year period). Please note we can only accept professional work references. Copy your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years).

Entry Requirements
An undergraduate degree from an approved university, plus at least two years professional full-time work experience. Applications from mature candidates without an undergraduate degree are welcomed provided they can demonstrate a minimum of five years professional management experience supported by references covering the five year period. English ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5, for overseas candidates who have not previously studied in English Please note that a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters degree alone (without an undergraduate degree or 5 years managerial work experience) will not be sufficient to allow entry to this programme.

5. Strategic Management
This module will introduce you to the strategy process in a range of organisational contexts. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically analyse a range of strategic decisionmaking models. Undertake a strategic analysis of an organisation. Apply a range of strategic choice frameworks to generate and evaluate an organisations strategic options. Demonstrate the need to reflect cultural, structural and behavioural issues in the strategic process. Develop and justify plans for the implementation of agreed strategies.

8. Research Methods
This module will provide you with a conceptual framework from which research philosophies, strategies and methods associated with business management can be critically reviewed. You will develop research competencies, in particular those relating to data collection and analysis, that will enable you to design, undertake and evaluate independent research in an organisational setting. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically appraise research undertaken by others. Propose and justify a report for a research project in business management that will stand up to critical scrutiny. Critically appraise the contribution primary and secondary data sources can make to research studies, particularly with respect to sampling, statistical analysis and data presentation techniques. Synthesize research findings to improve the quality of decisions in management.

3. Marketing Management
You will investigate the role and function of marketing within the context of changing markets and increasing international competition. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically evaluate the information needs of the marketing function in terms of its contribution to the strategic processes and tactical decision-making. Integrate marketing decision-making with organisational strategy. Establish a broad base of marketing knowledge and the strategic implications. Develop and implement marketing plans for a product or service. Reflect an international perspective and the global context of decision-making in marketing planning. Evaluate the appropriateness of e-business strategies.

Mode
Online distance learning

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises an induction and eight modules:

1. Managing Change in Organisations


This module will provide you with an understanding of the nature of organisational change; the role of a manager in dealing with that change; and skills which will allow them to contribute positively to the change process. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically evaluate and define the nature of the change process Apply a range of appropriate conceptual tools applicable to the management of change situations Critically review how organisations have

Whats Included
All online study materials and student handbooks are supplied. You will be allocated a tutor for academic support who you can contact as often as you like by telephone and email. You will also have access to a student support co-ordinator for administrative support. You will also complete an online induction and have access to an online Virtual Campus.

6. Strategic Investment Management


This module will provide you with opportunities to anticipate risk and develop risk management strategies to minimise it. After completing this module you will be able to: Analyse a situation to indentify key contractual risks. Demonstrate an understanding of relevant legal principles. Identify alternative methods to minimise risk. Contribute to management decision making.

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Workload
We recommend an average of 12-15 hours study time per week for this programme

4. Managing the Human Resource


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Finance & Accounting Pathway

BA (Hons) Accounting & Financial Management (Final Year Top-up) University of Sunderland
Qualification
On successful completion of this programme you will be awarded the University of Sunderland BA (Hons) Accountancy and Financial Management.

Distance Learning Stand alone course or combine with the Edexcel HND Business (Finance) to form 3 year degree

1. Financial Management
You will examine and critically evaluate the key strategic decisions that a business may have to make and appreciate how accounting and finance can assist in making and evaluating those decisions. You will gain an understanding of specific analytical skills in key decision areas within strategy and finance at local and international level. You will also gain an understanding of the limitations of the current state of financial theory in making strategic business decisions.

framework as a paradigm for accounting. You will evaluate the uses and limits of financial information. You will also analyse and interpret financial reports for strategic decision-making.

Duration of Programme
Minimum 12 months. However, this can be extended to a maximum of three years.

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form,: Original or certified copies of your degree certificate and/or transcripts . One suitable reference. Please note we can only accept academic and/or professional work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years). Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English.

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5. Managing Projects
This module will enable you to understand the processes of project planning, financing and implementation using a variety of techniques covering: Effective project definition Activity and time planning Cost and quality evaluations Risk management Management and leadership of project teams This module will introduce a good mix of operational skills and analysis of major strategic projects from around the world. This is an integrative module drawing down from a range of business functions and skills typical of the way businesses are increasingly being managed today.

Entry Requirements
A HND in a relevant subject. The BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Accounting) allows direct entry to this programme.

Awarding Body
University of Sunderland

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Course Description
The BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management is designed to allow the key areas of accounting and financial management to be integrated within a business context. You will be encouraged to evaluate the ways that module ideas can be used to improve your understanding of the financial management of business and the role of the manager as one who is responsible for financial resources. The programme also generates integrative ways of looking at work problems. The University of Sunderland BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management (Final Year Top-up) can be studied as a stand-alone programme for those who already have an HND in Business, which contains elements of accounting and finance, or can form part of a three-year degree programme The University of Sunderland BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management.

Whats Included
All study materials, core textbooks and student handbooks are supplied. You will be allocated a personal tutor for academic support who you can contact as often as you like by telephone and email. You will have access to a programme co-ordinator for administrative support. You will also have access to an online Virtual Campus.

2. Strategic Management Accounting


You will critically evaluate a range of key strategic management accounting models and concepts. You will gain an understanding of specific analytical skills in key areas within management accounting at local and international level. You will also gain an understanding of the role and limitations of management accounting theory.

What you could study next


Successful completion of the programme may allow you entry to: University of Bradford MBA University of Wales MBA BTEC Level 7 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership

Workload
We recommend an average of 12 hours study time per week for this programme.

Exemptions
No exemptions are allowed for this programme.

3. Business Modelling for DecisionMakers


You will examine the key models used to aid decision-making and profit maximisation in business organisations. This will include an examination of linear programming models, project planning and planning networks, inventory control, modelling for decisionmaking and simulations. You will examine these in the context of maximising the financial efficiency and effectiveness of the business.

6. Contemporary Developments in Business and Management


You will explore some of the key issues of enterprise including: innovation, effective corporate governance and social responsibility. You will then review the effective management of knowledge and intellectual capital of the organisation. This module also examines the contribution that small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) make to the economy in terms of innovation and knowledge creation.

Mode
Text-based distance learning. Tutor supported.

Assessment
There is one assessment for each module (six in total) these are a mix of reports and assignments.

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises six modules:

4. International Financial Reporting


You will gain an appreciation of the current key issues in international financial reporting. You will gain an understanding of the conceptual

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Finance & Accounting Pathway

BA (Hons) Business (Finance) (Final Year Top-up) University of Wales


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a BA (Hons) Business (Finance) understanding of techniques of management accounting and assess their limitations. You will also use management accounting information as an aid to decision making.

Online-based distance learning

BA (Hons) Business (Banking) (Final Year Top-up) University of Wales


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a BA (Hons) Business (Banking)

Online-based distance learning

Awarding Body
This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK. For further details regarding the University and its validation services, please log on to www.wales.ac.uk/ validation or email validation@wales.ac.uk

5. Managing Self and Others


This module will reinforce your study skills and give you an opportunity to reflect on your own wider skill set and future needs. It will then develop your understanding of working with and managing people. This will include reviewing the key policy variables that make up a human resources strategy including: performance management, human resource development, employee relations, strategic recruitment and retention.

Course Description
Individuals who have successfully completed BTEC HND Business (Finance), or equivalent, are eligible to apply for admission onto the BA (Hons) in Business (Finance). You will undertake a rigorous study of theories, business techniques and issues and acquire the practical skills that are essential within the changing business environment to enable you to pursue a business career or further academic study.

information, such as assessment instructions, whenever and wherever you are. Tutor support - Tutors use live chats and forums to stimulate discussions, request input and highlight external sources. External resources - Links to external sources can include key journal articles, your universitys online library, sites of topical interest, etc. Discussion with other students - Forums allow students to come together, share thoughts and ideas and you can initiate topics that you want to discuss with your fellow students.

5. Managing Self and Others


This module will reinforce your study skills and give you an opportunity to reflect on your own wider skill set and future needs. It will then develop your understanding of working with and managing people. This will include reviewing the key policy variables that make up a human resources strategy including: performance management, human resource development, employee relations, strategic recruitment and retention.

Awarding Body
This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK. For further details regarding the University and its validation services, please log on to www.wales.ac.uk/ validation or email validation@wales.ac.uk.

sources can include key journal articles, your universitys online library, sites of topical interest, etc. Discussion with other students - Forums allow students to come together, share thoughts and ideas and you can initiate topics that you want to discuss with your fellow students.

Workload
We recommend an average of 12 hours study time per week for this programme.

Course Description
Individuals who have successfully completed BTEC HND Business (Finance), or equivalent, are eligible to apply for admission onto the BA (Hons) in Business (Banking). You will undertake a rigorous study of theories, business techniques and issues and acquire the practical skills that are essential within the changing business environment to enable you to pursue a business career or further academic study.

6. Project Management
This module will enable you to understand the processes of project planning, financing and implementation using a variety of techniques covering: Effective project definition Activity and time planning Cost and quality evaluations Risk management Management and leadership of project teams This module will introduce a good mix of operational skills and analysis of major strategic projects from around the world. This is an integrative module drawing down from a range of business functions and skills typical of the way businesses are increasingly being managed today.

Exemptions
No exemptions are allowed for this programme.

Workload
We recommend an average of 12 hours study time per week for this programme.

6. Project Management
This module will enable you to understand the processes of project planning, financing and implementation using a variety of techniques covering: Effective project definition Activity and time planning Cost and quality evaluations Risk management Management and leadership of project teams This module will introduce a good mix of operational skills and analysis of major strategic projects from around the world. This is an integrative module drawing down from a range of business functions and skills typical of the way businesses are increasingly being managed today.

How to Apply
In addition to the completed application form: Copies of your relevant certificates and/or transcripts One suitable reference. Please note we can only accept academic and/or professional work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history covering the last five years) Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language

Exemptions
No exemptions are allowed for this programme.

How to Apply
In addition to the completed application form: Copies of your relevant certificates and/or transcripts One suitable reference. Please note we can only accept academic and/or professional work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history covering the last five years) Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language

Mode
Online distance learning

Mode
Online distance learning

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises an induction and six modules:

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises an induction and six modules:

1. Strategic Management
This module will help you develop the skills needed to create business plans in line with corporate strategic plans and communicate them to stakeholders. An international casebased approach to tracking businesses through the cycle of growth from start-up to mature market will be taken.

1. Strategic Management
This module will help you develop the skills needed to create business plans in line with corporate strategic plans and communicate them to stakeholders. An international casebased approach to tracking businesses through the cycle of growth from start-up to mature market will be taken.

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Assessment
You will complete one formal examination (in exam conditions), one timed online assessment, which you will complete within 24 hours (similar to an open-book examination) and four assignments of 3,500 words each

Assessment
You will complete one formal examination (in exam conditions), two timed online assessments, which you will complete within 24 hours (similar to an open-book examination) and three assignments of 3,500 words each.

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2. Financial Decision Making


This module will explore aspects of internal resource management while examining the broader financial context in which companies operate. Budgetary control, working capital management and investment appraisal will also be investigated. The emphasis of this module will be on the analysis and interpretation of financial data to aid decision-making rather than technical preparation of data.

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2. Financial Decision Making


This module will explore aspects of internal resource management while examining the broader financial context in which companies operate. Budgetary control, working capital management and investment appraisal will also be investigated. The emphasis of this module will be on the analysis and interpretation of financial data to aid decision-making rather than technical preparation of data.

Duration of Programme
Variable but a maximum of three years. The maximum study period for each module is up to 9 months.

What You Could Study Next


Successful completion of the programme may allow you entry to: University of Bradford MBA University of Wales MBA BTEC Level 7 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership

Duration of Programme
Variable but a maximum of three years. The maximum study period for each module is up to 9 months.

What You Could Study Next


Successful completion of the programme may allow you entry to: University of Bradford MBA University of Wales MBA BTEC Level 7 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership

Entry Requirements
BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Accounting). English ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0.

Entry Requirements
BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Accounting) English ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0.

Whats Included
RDIs Online University ilearn is used to deliver all resources for this course including: Study materials - Access electronic copies of your learning materials and important information, such as assessment instructions, whenever and wherever you are. Tutor support - Tutors use live chats and forums to stimulate discussions, request input and highlight external sources. External resources - Links to external
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3. Financial Reporting
This module will evaluate the needs of stakeholders when preparing financial statements. You will interpret and analyse financial statements to aid decision making.

3. Managing Risk in Banking


In this module you will identify key issues of risk and contribute to the management of it.

Whats Included
RDIs Online University ilearn is used to deliver all resources for this course including: Study materials - Access electronic copies of your learning materials and important

4. Banking Management
In this module you will identify and apply key principles of banking management. You will form a judgement on the security of a bank from an analysis of financial statements.

4. Financial Management & Control


In this module you will apply your knowledge and

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BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Accounting) Edexcel


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Accounting).

Online-based distance learning Stand alone course or part of 3 year degree

HNC (total 8 units)


1. Marketing Principles Concept and process of marketing Concepts of segmentation, targeting and positioning Individual elements of the extended marketing mix The marketing mix in different contexts 2. Managing Financial Resources and Decisions Sources of finance available to a business The implications of finance as a resource within a business Make financial decisions based on financial information Evaluate the financial performance of a business 3. Organisations and Behaviour Relationship between organisational structure and culture Different approaches to management and leadership Motivational theories in organisations Mechanisms for developing effective teamwork in organisations 4. Business Environment Organisational purposes of businesses Nature of the national environment in which businesses operate Behaviour or organisations in their market environment Significance of the global factors that shape national business activities 5. Personal and Professional Development Self-managed learning Personal and professional development Personal and professional development plan Interpersonal and transferable skills 6. Aspects of Contract and Negligence for Business Essential elements of a valid contract in a business context Elements of a contract in business situations Principles of liability in negligence in business activities

Awarding Body
Edexcel

7. Human Resource Management Difference between personnel management and human resource management How to recruit employees How to reward employees in order to motivate and retain them Mechanisms for cessation of employment 8. Business Decision Making Sources for the collection of primary and secondary data Techniques to analyse data effectively for business purposes Produce information in appropriate formats for decision making in an organisational context Software-generated information

Course Description
The HND Diploma in Business (Accounting) is designed for those who wish to develop their professional expertise and skills across a range of essential business and finance areas. The HND Diploma in Business (Accounting) can be studied as stand-alone programme or can form part of a three-year degree programme leading to the University of Sunderland BA (Hons) Accountancy & Financial Management, or University of Wales BA (Hons) Business (Finance). Successful completion of the HND allows direct entry to a one-year top-up to Honours Degree.

13. Taxation Duties and responsibilities of the tax practitioner in the UK tax environment Calculate personal tax liabilities for individuals and partnerships Calculate corporation tax liabilities for companies Calculate capital gains tax payable for individuals and businesses 14. Project Management for Business Project management principles Manage a projects human resources Apply project processes and procedures 15. Business Strategy Organisations purposes of businesses Nature of the national environment in which businesses operate Behaviour of organisations in their market environment Global factors that shape national business activities 16. Research Project Formulate a research specification Implement the research project Evaluate research outcomes Present research outcomes

Assessment
Assessment is via a mix of assignments, one examination and a project.

Workload
We recommend an average of 8-10 hours study time per week for this programme.

Duration of Programme
The BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Accounting) is normally studied over a period of two years but can be extended to a maximum of four years. The maximum study period for each module is up to 6 months.

Exemptions
No exemptions are allowed for this programme.

Enrolment dates
November, February, May and August.

HND (total 8 units)


9. Management, Accounting: Costing and Budgeting Analyse cost information within a business Propose methods to reduce costs and enhance value within a business Prepare forecasts and budgets for a business Monitor performance against budgets within a business 10. Financial Accounting and Reporting Regulatory framework for financial reporting Prepare financial statements from complete or incomplete records Present financial information in accepted formats for publication Interpret financial statements 11. Financial Systems and Auditing Importance of keeping effective accounting systems within a business Analyse the management control systems of a business Contribute to the planning and conduct of an audit assignment Prepare audit reports 12. Marketing Planning Compile marketing audits Main barriers to marketing planning Formulate a marketing plan for a product or service Ethical issues in marketing

Entry Requirements
The standard entry requirements are as follows: An A Level pass or equivalent. English language ability equivalent to IELTS 5.5 Applicants whose educational qualifications do not meet the standard entry requirements but have at least two years full-time work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: Copies of your relevant certificates and/or transcripts. One suitable reference. Please note we can only accept academic and/or professional work references. Copy of you CV detailing your work history (if you do not have A Levels).

Mode
Online distance learning

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises 8 units for the HNC and a further 8 units for the HND:

Whats Included
All online study materials and student handbooks are supplied. You will be allocated a tutor for academic support who you can contact as often as you like by telephone and email. You will also have access to a student support co-ordinator for administrative support. You will also complete an online induction and have access to an online Virtual Campus.

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Marketing Pathway

BA (Hons) Business (Marketing) University of Wales


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a BA (Hons) Business (Marketing)

(Final Year Top-up)

Online-based distance learning

4. Marketing Strategy
This module will enable you to appreciate how marketing strategies can contribute to the success of the business. You will consider the mechanics of marketing strategy i.e. the models and concepts that are used in developing and implementing valid strategies. In exploring how marketing strategies are developed you will engage with contemporary marketing themes and issues such as relationship marketing, branding and e-marketing.

Whats Included
RDIs Online University ilearn is used to deliver all resources for this course including: Study materials - Access electronic copies of your learning materials and important information, such as assessment instructions, whenever and wherever you are. Tutor support - Tutors use live chats and forums to stimulate discussions, request input and highlight external sources. External resources - Links to external sources can include key journal articles, your universitys online library, sites of topical interest, etc. Discussion with other students - Forums allow students to come together, share thoughts and ideas and you can initiate topics that you want to discuss with your fellow students.

Awarding Body
This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK. For further details regarding the University and its validation services, please log on to www.wales.ac.uk/ validation or email validation@wales.ac.uk.

Course Description
Individuals who have successfully completed BTEC HND Business (Marketing), or equivalent, are eligible to apply for admission onto the BA (Hons) in Business (Marketing). You will undertake a rigorous study of theories, business techniques and issues and acquire the practical skills that are essential within the changing business environment to enable you to pursue a business career or further academic study.

5. Project Management
This module will enable you to understand the processes of project planning, financing and implementation using a variety of techniques covering: Effective project definition Activity and time planning Cost and quality evaluations Risk management Management and leadership of project teams This module will introduce a good mix of operational skills and analysis of major strategic projects from around the world. This is an integrative module drawing down from a range of business functions and skills typical of the way businesses are increasingly being managed today.

Workload
We recommend an average of 12 hours study time per week for this programme.

Mode
Online distance learning

Exemptions
No exemptions are allowed for this programme.

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises an induction and six modules:

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: Copies of your relevant certificates and transcripts. Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English. One suitable reference. Please note we can only accept professional academic or work references.

1. Strategic Management
This module will help you develop the skills needed to create business plans in line with corporate strategic plans and communicate them to stakeholders. An international casebased approach to tracking businesses through the cycle of growth from start-up to mature market will be taken.

6. Emerging Business Themes


In this module you will explore some of the current trends in business and management. These will include globalisation, sustainability, corporate governance, and the not for profit sector

Assessment
You will complete one formal examination (in exam conditions) and five assignments of 3,500 words each.

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2. Marketing Planning
This module will provide you with understanding and knowledge of the development and use of the marketing process in different contexts. You will critically analyse the marketing process for a range of products or services.

Duration of Programme
Variable but a maximum of three years. The maximum study period for each module is up to 9 months.

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What You Could Study Next


Successful completion of the programme may allow you entry to: University of Bradford MBA University of Wales MBA BTEC Level 7 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership

3. Marketing Communication
This module will demonstrate the significance of communication as part of the marketing process. You will effectively implement a consumer focused marketing plan.

Entry Requirements
BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Marketing) English ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0.

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BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Marketing) Edexcel


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Marketing). 2. Managing Financial Resources and Decisions Sources of finance available to a business The implications of finance as a resource within a business Make financial decisions based on financial information Evaluate the financial performance of a business 3. Organisations and Behaviour Relationship between organisational structure and culture Different approaches to management and leadership Motivational theories in organisations Mechanisms for developing effective teamwork in organisations 4. Business Environment Organisational purposes of businesses Nature of the national environment in which businesses operate Behaviour or organisations in their market environment Significance of the global factors that shape national business activities 5. Personal and Professional Development Self-managed learning Personal and professional development Personal and professional development plan Interpersonal and transferable skills 6. Aspects of Contract and Negligence for Business Essential elements of a valid contract in a business context Elements of a contract in business situations Principles of liability in negligence in business activities

Online -based distance learning Stand alone course or part of 3 year degree

Awarding Body
Edexcel

7. Human Resource Management Difference between personnel management and human resource management How to recruit employees How to reward employees in order to motivate and retain them Mechanisms for cessation of employment 8. Business Decision Making Sources for the collection of primary and secondary data Techniques to analyse data effectively for business purposes Produce information in appropriate formats for decision making in an organisational context Software-generated information

12. Marketing Planning Compile marketing audits Main barriers to marketing planning Formulate a marketing plan for a product or service Ethical issues in marketing 13. Sales Planning and Operations Role of personal selling within the overall marketing strategy Apply the principles of the selling process to a product or service Role and objectives of sales management Plan sales activity for a product or service 14. Project Management for Business Project management principles Manage a projects human resources Apply project processes and procedures 15. Business Strategy Organisations purposes of businesses Nature of the national environment in which businesses operate Behaviour of organisations in their market environment Global factors that shape national business activities 16. Research Project Formulate a research specification Implement the research project Evaluate research outcomes Present research outcomes

I have spoken to many conventional university graduates about this course and they all say the same thing - that if they could go back to university now, they would appreciate it much more than they did back then. In fact, many of my friends are actually doing just that, and re-training for new careers by distance learning. Im really enjoying it!

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Duration of Programme
The BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Marketing) is normally studied over a period of two years but can be extended to a maximum of four years. The maximum study period for each module is up to 6 months.

Course Description
The HND Diploma in Business (Marketing) is designed for those who wish to develop their professional expertise and skills across a range of essential business and marketing areas. The HND Diploma in Business (Marketing) can be studied as stand-alone programme or can form part of a three-year degree programme leading to the University of Wales BA (Hons) Business (Marketing). Successful completion of the HND allows direct entry to a one-year topup to Honours Degree.

Workload
We recommend an average of 8-10 hours study time per week for this programme.

Exemptions
No exemptions are allowed for this programme.

HND (total 8 units):


9. Working With an Leading People Recruitment, selection and retention procedures Styles and impact of leadership Teamworking Asessing the work and development needs of individuals 10. Advertising and Promotion in Business Scope of marketing communications Role and importance of advertising Below-the-line techniques and how they are used Plan integrated promotional strategies 11. Marketing Intelligence Understand buyer behaviour and the purchase decision-making process Use marketing research techniques Assesss market size and future demand Measure customer satisfaction

Entry Requirements
The standard entry requirements are as follows: An A Level pass or equivalent. English language ability equivalent to IELTS 5.5 Applicants whose educational qualifications do not meet the standard entry requirements but have at least two years full-time work experience will be considered on an individual basis. Candidates should have English language ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 5.5

Enrolment dates
November, February, May and August.

How to apply
In addition to a completed application form: Copies of your relevant certificates and/or transcripts. One suitable reference. Please note we can only accept academic and/or professional work references. Copy of you CV detailing your work history (if you do not have A Levels).

Mode
Online distance learning

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises 8 units for the HNC and a further 8 units for the HND:

Whats Included
All online study materials and student handbooks are supplied. You will be allocated a tutor for academic support who you can contact as often as you like by telephone and email. You will also have access to a student support co-ordinator for administrative support. You will also complete an online induction and have access to an online Virtual Campus.

HNC (total 8 units):


1. Marketing Principles Concept and process of marketing Concepts of segmentation, targeting and positioning Individual elements of the extended marketing mix The marketing mix in different contexts

Assessment
Assessment is via a mix of assignments, one examination and a project.

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Service Excellence Pathway

MBA (Service Excellence) University of Wales


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Service Excellence). Synthesise and analyse the links between knowledge management, knowledge tracking and knowledge migration in organisational/change management. Design strategies to deal with resistance to change.

Online-based distance learning

Awarding Body
This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK. For further details regarding the University and its validation services, please log on to www.wales.ac.uk/ validation or email validation@wales.ac.uk.

2. Financial Management
This module will provide you with the tools to enable you to interpret and evaluate financial information and utilise financial information for decision-making purposes. After completing this module you will be able to: Draft financial statements. Critically analyse information contained in published financial statements. Select and apply financial decision-making techniques to appraise projects. Evaluate complex investment decisions. Utilise spreadsheets to present and analyse financial information. Appreciate differences between financial decision-making in the public and not for profit sectors as compared to the private sector. Apply appropriate techniques to protect against currency loss.

Course Description
The University of Wales MBA programme is designed to equip you with essential modern management skills and knowledge and prepare you with an enterprising spirit grounded on solid business practices. The programme also aims to provide you with analytical and decision making capabilities in order to face different kinds of new challenges resulting from the rapid changes seen in todays growing business environment. You will study tools and techniques that will help you develop and manage products and services that will be competitive internationally. The programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop specific expertise in service excellence.

resource can make to workplace effectiveness. It will develop your ability to apply theoretical human resource models and concepts to a wide variety of work situations. This module is also designed to stimulate your thought on how an organisation design can impact on the effectiveness of people. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically appraise the contribution people can make to an organisation. Analyse how factors concerning the management of human resource vary within an organisation and across situations. Compare and contrast the concepts of management and leadership. Demonstrate how to lead and develop effective teams. Analyse a human resource problem and apply appropriate models to develop solutions.

quality control. Develop strategies to maximise customer loyalty through customer care.

Assessment
You will complete one formal examination (in exam conditions), one timed online assessment, which you will complete within 24 hours (similar to an open-book examination) and six assignments of not less than 4,000 words each. You will also complete a 20,000-word dissertation.

Workload
We recommend an average of 12-15 hours study time per week for this programme.

7. Quality Management
This module will develop your knowledge and critical skills in applying principles in quality management systems in manufacturing and service based organisations. It will develop your ability to apply quality management tools when responding to business needs and objectives. After completing this module you will be able to: Apply the concepts and principles of total quality management in different commercial environments. Apply a range of quality management tools and techniques to both diagnose the effectiveness of, and improve systems and processes. Incorporate quality initiatives in the implementation of business objectives.

Exemptions
For this qualification we may allow you to count credit for relevant study you have already done elsewhere. For example, holders for the BTEC DMS will be eligible for advanced standing. For other equivalent qualifications exemptions are considered on an individual basis when you submit an application form. Please note that we cannot consider work experience alone for exemptions.

Duration of Programme
Variable but a maximum of four years. The maximum study period for each module is up to 9 months.

Entry Requirements
An undergraduate degree from an approved university, plus at least two years professional full-time work experience. Applications from mature candidates without an undergraduate degree are welcomed provided they can demonstrate a minimum of five years professional management experience supported by references covering the five year period. English ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5, for overseas candidates who have not previously studied in English Please note that a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters degree alone (without an undergraduate degree or 5 years managerial work experience) will not be sufficient to allow entry to this programme.

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: If you have a recognised undergraduate degree: Original or certified copies of your degree certificate and/or transcripts. Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English. One suitable reference. Please note we can only accept professional academic or work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (must demonstrate at last two years professional full-time work experience) If you are applying on the basis of your management experience: Copy of your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years). Professional work references covering at least a five year period of your management career.

5. Strategic Management
This module will introduce you to the strategy process in a range of organisational contexts. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically analyse a range of strategic decisionmaking models. Undertake a strategic analysis of an organisation. Apply a range of strategic choice frameworks to generate and evaluate an organisations strategic options. Demonstrate the need to reflect cultural, structural and behavioural issues in the strategic process. Develop and justify plans for the implementation of agreed strategies.

8. Research Methods
This module will provide you with a conceptual framework from which research philosophies, strategies and methods associated with business management can be critically reviewed. You will develop research competencies, in particular those relating to data collection and analysis, that will enable you to design, undertake and evaluate independent research in an organisational setting. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically appraise research undertaken by others. Propose and justify a report for a research project in business management that will stand up to critical scrutiny. Critically appraise the contribution primary and secondary data sources can make to research studies, particularly with respect to sampling, statistical analysis and data presentation techniques. Synthesize research findings to improve the quality of decisions in management.

3. Marketing Management
You will investigate the role and function of marketing within the context of changing markets and increasing international competition. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically evaluate the information needs of the marketing function in terms of its contribution to the strategic processes and tactical decision-making. Integrate marketing decision-making with organisational strategy. Establish a broad base of marketing knowledge and the strategic implications. Develop and implement marketing plans for a product or service. Reflect an international perspective and the global context of decision-making in marketing planning. Evaluate the appropriateness of e-business strategies.

Mode
Online distance learning

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises an induction and eight modules:

Whats Included
RDIs Online University ilearn is used to deliver all resources for this course including: Study materials - Access electronic copies of your learning materials and important information, such as assessment instructions, whenever and wherever you are. Tutor support - Tutors use live chats and forums to stimulate discussions, request input and highlight external sources. External resources - Links to external sources can include key journal articles, your universitys online library, sites of topical interest, etc. Discussion with other students - Forums allow students to come together, share thoughts and ideas and you can initiate topics that you want to discuss with your fellow students.

1. Managing Change in Organisations


This module will provide you with an understanding of the nature of organisational change; the role of a manager in dealing with that change; and skills which will allow them to contribute positively to the change process. After completing this module you will be able to: Critically evaluate and define the nature of the change process. Apply a range of appropriate conceptual tools applicable to the management of change situations. Critically review how organisations have responded to change.

6. Quality and Excellence


This module will provide you with an understanding of the need for service excellence. You will identify appropriate methods to develop service excellence & create strategies to maximise customer retention. After completing this module you will be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of the strategic importance of service excellence. Differentiate between the roles of management and employees in seeking service excellence. Identify and respond to training needs to ensure quality. Critically assess methods for achieving

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9. Dissertation
You will be required to undertake a 20,000-word dissertation.

4. Managing the Human Resource


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Tourism & Hospitality Pathway

MSc International Hospitality Management Sheffield Hallam University


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a MSc International Hospitality Management. of present-day management theories and techniques. The programme is designed for professionals wishing to develop their management skills in preparation for more senior positions in the international hospitality industry. It is also suitable for self-employed hospitality business people wanting to further develop their businesses.

Online-based distance learning

Awarding Body
Sheffield Hallam University Sheffield Hallam University is one of the UKs most progressive and innovative universities. With more than 28,000 students, over 3,000 staff and around 650 courses, it is one of the countrys largest universities. As one of the UKs leading universities in e-learning, it offers a range of distance learning and part-time courses as well as the more traditional full time courses. The university is recognised as a Centre of Excellence for teaching and learning, e-learning and employability. In the subjects of tourism and hospitality, the Quality Assurance Agency on behalf of the Higher Education funding Council for England, awarded the university the maximum score of 24 out of 24 for its teaching quality, demonstrating that it provides an excellent service to its students. Its degree programmes are designed to put students at the very centre of the learning experience and focus in particular on the development of students professional experience.

Mode
Online distance learning

Hospitality Concepts and Innovation In this module you will develop your understanding of specific concepts and the range of operational competencies relevant to the diversity of the hospitality industry. You will assess how innovations occur in the hospitality industry, and analyse and evaluate strategies for achieving operational excellence through human and facilities planning using appropriate methods of resourcing. You will also research the hospitality industry to identify new concepts and innovations using applied subject matter and relevant literature. Hospitality Organisational Excellence You will gain an understanding of the concept and value of hospitality organisational excellence. This will help you to develop those management skills needed to achieve organisational excellence and business development within hospitality outlets. You will analyse and evaluate strategies for achieving organisational excellence through effective management of resources human and physical and through appropriate business development, planning and quality systems.

Leadership and Entrepreneurship in Hospitality and Tourism You will explore the role and contribution of leadership and entrepreneurship in the hospitality and tourism industries. You will gain an understanding of the theories and concept of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurs, leadership and leaders. You will look at the similarities, differences and relationships between these theories and concepts and how they apply to the hospitality and tourism industries. You will also undertake feasibility testing activities to develop actual entrepreneurial skills. Strategic International Hospitality Management You will gain knowledge of trends and issues affecting international hospitality organisations and their impact on business policy and strategic decision-making. Your understanding of strategic growth within hospitality and related management issues will be developed. You will gain technical skills to enable you to critically evaluate hospitality corporations strategies and make management decisions. Applied Management Project The applied management project provides you with an opportunity to design, implement and evaluate a practical project within your sector. You will consider management of change within organisations and apply management theory to a real world task or organisational issue. You will develop skills in problem-solving and project management and gain experience in formulating professional reports.

Stage 3: MSc
Dissertation The dissertation provides an invaluable opportunity for you to undertake a major research-based project on a topic relevant to your work or your interests. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have gained, and develop your research skills.

your universitys online library, sites of topical interest, etc. Discussion with other students - Forums allow students to come together, share thoughts and ideas and you can initiate topics that you want to discuss with your fellow students.

Workload
We recommend 10 - 12 hours study time per week for the MSc International Hospitality Management.

Assessment
Assessment is by assignments. You will be required to reflect on the implications of your learning in the context of your own workplace practice. You will also complete a dissertation.

Exemptions
For this qualification, we may allow you to count credit for study you have already done elsewhere. Exemptions are considered on an individual basis when you submit an application form. Note that we cannot consider work experience for exemptions.

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises eight modules plus a dissertation

Duration of Programme
The programme is normally studied over three years, but this may be extended to suit your individual needs for up to a maximum of five years.

Stage 1: Postgraduate Certificate


Critical Thinking and Investigation Methods As soon as you begin your course, you will start developing the skills you need for studying and carrying out research at Masters level. You will improve your analytical skills and develop your communication skills. You will gain an understanding of different research methods which will help you with your own research projects and dissertation. You will be encouraged to take control of your own learning and look at ways of managing your learning effectively. Organisational Environment In this module you will look at different organisational environments and internal and external business environments relevant to the hospitality and tourism industries. You will learn to predict and understand global economic trends and carry out a project analysis on one of these industries.

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: Copies of your relevant certificates and/or transcripts Two suitable references. Please note we can only accept academic and/or professional work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years) Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English.

Entry Requirements
Normally an honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification. Applicants with few or no formal qualifications but with substantial management experience in the industry may also be considered. Proof of English may be required if English is not your first language

Stage 2: Postgraduate Diploma


Marketing for Hospitality You will be introduced to a range of advanced marketing concepts, building on a basic understanding of marketing within the hospitality and tourism industries. You develop an understanding of consumer behaviour and advanced market segmentation techniques. You will look at the links between advanced marketing concepts and the building of relationships with customers and consumers to achieve long term success.

Whats Included
RDIs Online University ilearn is used to deliver all resources for this course including: Study materials - Access electronic copies of your learning materials and important information, such as assessment instructions, whenever and wherever you are. Tutor support - Tutors use live chats and forums to stimulate discussions, request input and highlight external sources. External resources - Links to external sources can include key journal articles,

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Course Description
This programme explores the issues that affect the hospitality industry such as marketing, service quality and entrepreneurship and innovation, leadership and globalisation of the industry. It will develop your understanding

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Tourism & Hospitality

BSc (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management


(Final Year Top-up)

Online-based distance learning

Sheffield Hallam University


Qualification
On successful completion of this programme you will be awarded the Sheffield Hallam University BSc (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management. quality, the business events industry, terrorism and crisis management. You will be encouraged to explore these in relation to your own work place, organisation, culture and experience by accessing recent information and using this to develop coherent and objective responses to the likely impact of these issues. Ethical challenges in tourism Technological developments in tourism Tourism marketing across national boundaries The future of tourism marketing

Assessment
You will complete a summative piece of assessment for each module, but you will also find in each module that there are activities that develop your understanding and that there is ongoing feedback built into the learning materials

Workload
We recommend an average of 12 hours study time per week for this programme.

What You Could Study Next


Successful completion of the programme may allow you entry to: Sheffield Hallam University MSc International Hospitality Management University of Bradford MBA University of Wales MBA BTEC Level 7 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership

Exemptions
For this qualification, we may allow you to transfer credit for relevant study completed elsewhere. However, this only applies to stages 1 and 2. No exemptions are allowed from the final year top-up (stage 3). Exemptions are considered on an individual basis when you submit an application form. Please note that we cannot consider work experience alone for exemptions.

Awarding Body
Sheffield Hallam University

4. Strategic Management
This module will be delivered through an integrated series of learning activities underpinned by appropriate organisational development using a virtual learning environment. You will be asked to reflect on your own working practice and organisations of which you are a member, have been a member or are familiar with. There will be formative activities with generic feedback and a summative piece of coursework that will reflect the experiential learning the module activities encourage.

Course Description
The BSc (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management will provide you with personal, professional and transferable skills that will equip you for a career in a rapidly evolving tourism and hospitality business environment and provide a foundation for continuous development of these skills. The Sheffield Hallam University BSc (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management can be studied by those who hold an HND or FdA or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject (hospitality management or tourism management or travel and tourism or similar). Successful completion of the HND Tourism & Hospitality Management allows direct entry to this programme as part of a three year degree pathway.

2. International Hospitality Management


This module introduces the international hospitality industrys macro environment, key business policy models and principles of corporate strategy related to international hospitality. In particular, the module will focus on; Environmental analysis and decision-making Strategic options, evaluation and formulation Strategies for growth Franchising and management contracts and the role of consortia in the international hospitality industry Technology within the international hospitality environment, e.g. yield management CRS, e-commerce Marketing and key financial issues International hospitality in the 21st century key trends

Duration of Programme
Minimum 12 months for the Sheffield Hallam University BSc Top-Up. However, this programme is flexible and can be extended to a period of at least five years.

Entry Requirements
An HND, FdA or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject (hospitality management or tourism management or travel and tourism or similar) The HND Tourism & Hospitality Management allows direct entry to this programme. Overseas students whose first language is not English are required to have an IELTS score of 6.0 or a TOEFL score of 570 (old) or 235 (new) or equivalent.

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: Copies of your relevant certificates and/or transcripts One suitable reference. Please note we can only accept academic and/or professional work references. Copy of your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years) Proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL), if English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English.

5. Organisational Behaviour
Three key areas are examined The individual (personality, individual differences, motivation, ethics), the interpersonal (groups, inter/intragroup behaviour, group dynamics and development) and the organisational (leadership, management style, communication).

Whats Included
RDIs Online University ilearn is used to deliver all resources for this course including: Study materials - Access electronic copies of your learning materials and important information, such as assessment instructions, whenever and wherever you are. Tutor support - Tutors use live chats and forums to stimulate discussions, request input and highlight external sources. External resources - Links to external sources can include key journal articles, your universitys online library, sites of topical interest, etc. Discussion with other students - Forums allow students to come together, share thoughts and ideas and you can initiate topics that you want to discuss with your fellow students.

Mode
Online distance learning

6. Project
The aims of this module are to develop knowledge, understanding and analytic approaches to a research problem in an ethical manner, select, critique and review relevant literature, select and apply an appropriate method of investigation to solve the problem; and develop skills in independent and interdependent learning.

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Course Content (Modules)


Comprises six modules

3. Tourism Marketing
This module focuses on the role of marketing in tourism and develops these themes Marketing in the different sectors of tourism Marketing and the different types of tourism organisation Understanding the purchasing decisionmaking process in tourism Marketing research in tourism Quality and tourist satisfaction Competition and tourism

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1. Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism Management


This module focuses on a range of issues that have an impact on the tourism and hospitality industry sectors now and in the future. These issues include corporate social responsibility and sustainability, health and lifestyle issues, service

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Tourism & Hospitality

BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Travel and Tourism Edexcel


Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Travel and Tourism. 4. Legislation and Ethics in the Travel and Tourism Sector Legal and regulatory framework Legislation and regulations relating to health, safety and security Consumer protection legislation Role of business ethics 5. Marketing in Travel and Tourism Concepts and principles of marketing Role of marketing as a management tool Role of the marketing mix Promotional mix 6. Contemporary Issues in Travel and Tourism Current issues driving change Current trends How the travel and tourism sector responds to change Impacts of change 7. Tourist Destinations Scope of key UK and worldwide tourist destinations Cultural, social and physical features of tourist destinations How the characteristics of destinations affect their appeal to tourists Issues likely to affect the popularity of tourist destinations 8. Finance and Funding in the Travel and Tourism Sector Importance of cost, volume and profit for management decision-making Management accounting information as a decision-making tool Interpret financial accounts to assist decisionmaking Sources and distribution of funding for public and non-public tourism development

Online-based distance learning Stand alone course or part of 3 year degree

Awarding Body
Edexcel

10. Public Relations & Promotions in Travel in Tourism Role and importance of effective public relations Public relations and promotions skills Use of media in public relations Create a public relations plan 11. Sustainable Tourism Development Rationale for planning in the travel and tourism industry Different approaches to tourism planning and development Planning for sustainable tourism Current issues related to tourism development planning Socio-cultural, environmental and economic impacts of tourism in developing countries and emerging destinations. 12. The Developing Manager Principles and practices of management bahaviour Review your potential as a prospective manager Managerial skills Create a career development plan 13. Business Health Check The focuses of a business Develop plans for businesses Evaluate and develop skills of management and staff 14. Tour Operations Management The tour operators industry Stages involved in creating holidays Brochures and methods of distribution used to sell holidays Strategic and tactical decision making for tour operators 15. Human Resource Management for Service Industries Human resource management Effect of employee relations and employment law on service industries businesses Recruitment and selection process Training and development in service industries businesses 16. Research Project Formulate a research specification Implement the research project Evaluate research outcomes Present research outcomes

Assessment
Assessment is via a mix of assignments, one examination and a project.

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Duration of programme
The BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Travel and Tourism is normally studied over a period of two years but can be extended to a maximum of four years. The maximum study period for each module is up to 6 months.

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Course Description
The HND Diploma in Travel & Tourism is designed for those who wish to enter into or progress within employment in the travel and tourism sector. The programme will enable you to apply your professional expertise and practical skills in the workplace. The HND Diploma in Travel & Tourism can be studied as stand-alone programme or can form part of a three-year degree programme leading to the Sheffield Hallam University BSc (Hons) Tourism & Hospitality Management. Successful completion of the HND allows direct entry to a one-year topup to Honours Degree.

What You Could Study Next


Successful completion of the programme may allow you entry to: Sheffield Hallam University BSc (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Entry Requirements
The standard entry requirements are as follows: An A Level pass or equivalent. English language ability equivalent to IELTS 5.5 Applicants whose educational qualifications do not meet the standard entry requirements but have at least two years full-time work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Mode
Online distance learning

Whats Included
All online study materials and student handbooks are supplied. You will be allocated a tutor for academic support who you can contact as often as you like by telephone and email. You will also have access to a student support co-ordinator for administrative support. You will also complete an online induction and have access to an online Virtual Campus.

Course Content (Modules)


Comprises 8 units for the HNC and a further 8 units for the HND:

HNC (total 8 units):


1. The Travel & Tourism Sector History and structure Influence of local and national governments and international agencies Effects of supply and demand Impacts of tourism 2. Hospitality Provision in the Travel and Tourism Sector Role of the hospitality industry Impact of integration within the hospitality industry Plan the development of hospitality businesses 3. Personal and Professional Development Self-managed learning Personal and professional development Personal and professional development plan Interpersonal and transferable skills

Workload
We recommend an average of 8-10 hours study time per week for this programme.

Exemptions
No exemptions are allowed for this programme.

Enrolment dates HND (total 8 units):


9. Visitor Attraction Management Scope and importance of visitor attractions Visitor types, impacts and tourist motivation theories Issues affecting the development process in visitor attraction management Application of management techniques and their impact on sustainability November, February, May and August.

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: Copies of your relevant certificates and/or transcripts. One suitable reference. Please note we can only accept academic and/or professional work references. Copy of you CV detailing your work history (if you do not have A Levels).

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Supply Chain Management Pathway


To move up my chosen career path at work it was necessary for me to become a member of a professional body, to do so meant starting a diploma course. At first I was dubious about distance learning, however due to work, family and social commitments I needed flexibility with study time. Distance provided that flexibility. I looked around at a number learning through certainly came out on top. They of distance learning methods and provided the full package I was looking for. The study material, support and administration are all excellent. All the staff are very friendly and helpful, and I know I can rely on their support team to resolve any problems I encounter.

CIPS The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply


Qualification
For UK Students:
CIPS Certificate in Purchasing and Supply -Level 3 CIPS Foundation Diploma in Purchasing and Supply - Level 4 CIPS Advanced Diploma in Purchasing and Supply - Level 5 CIPS Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply Level 6

Text-based distance learning

Tony Davis, CIPS


International Students Only
CIPS International Certificate in Purchasing and Supply
The objectives of the International Certificate and International Advanced Certificate are to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the broad basic principles of purchasing and supply, and with a basic understanding of the wider business environment in order to meet the needs of employers. The International Certificate and International Advanced Certificate are ideal for those who are new to or have limited experience of the profession, but wish to pursue a career in purchasing and supply. You must complete the International Certificate programme before starting the International Advanced Certificate programme. This is an integrated scheme, as issues introduced at the International Certificate level are developed at the International Advanced Certificate level. On completion of the International Advanced Certificate you can then progress onto Level 5. The International Certificate programme consists of five units, and all are compulsory: Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Understanding Purchasing Principles Selecting the Right Supplier Effective Negotiation in Purchasing and Supply Unit 4 Managing Inventory Unit 5 The Business Environment for Purchasing and Supply Unit 10 Measuring Performance in Purchasing and Supply Management

Mode
Text-based distance learning

CIPS Advanced Diploma in Purchasing and Supply Level 5


The new Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Purchasing & Supply is aimed at those with managerial and specialist roles. The Advanced Diploma programme consists of five units, three compulsory plus two optional units: Compulsory Units: Unit 1 Management in the Purchasing Function Unit 2 Risk Management and Supply Chain Vulnerability Unit 3 Improving Supply Chain Performance Plus your choice of two units from three options: Option 1 Marketing for Purchasers Option 2 Storage & Distribution Option 3 Operations Management in the Supply Chain

Whats Included
All study materials, core textbooks and student handbooks are supplied. CIPS membership is also included. You will be allocated a tutor for academic support who you can contact as often as you like by telephone and email. You will also have access to a programme co-ordinator for administrative support.

Course Content
Level 3 comprises five units Level 4 comprises five units Level 5 comprises five units Level 6 comprises five units

Assessment
Each unit is assessed 100% by examination. Examinations are offered twice a year in May and November. To take examinations, you need to have registered with CIPS.

UK Students Only
CIPS Certificate in Purchasing and Supply - Level 3
The new Level 3 Certificate in Purchasing & Supply is designed to equip those new to learning or currently employed in a junior technical role with essential information need to provide effective operational support in purchasing. Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4 Unit 5 Understanding the Purchasing Environment Purchasing Operations Client and Suppliers Relationship Securing Supply Purchasing in Action

Duration of Programme
It is intended that each level can be completed in one year.

Workload
We recommend an average of 8-10 hours study time per week for each level.

For international students:


CIPS International Certificate in Purchasing and Supply CIPS International Advanced Certificate in Purchasing and Supply

Entry Requirements
There are no entry requirements to join the Level 3 Certificate in Purchasing and Supply or International Certificate in Purchasing and Supply. However, you must complete the International Certificate programme before starting the International Advanced Certificate programme. The Level 4 Foundation Diploma entry requirements are 3 A Levels or equivalent. If you are aged 21 years or over, you may apply if you have no formal educational qualifications, but have a minimum of 2 years relevant work experience, you will be asked to provide a reference from your employer. You must complete or be exempt from the Level 4 Foundation Diploma to gain entry on to the Level 5 Advanced Diploma. To gain entry on to the Level 6 Graduate Diploma you must have completed or been exempted from the Level 5 Advanced Diploma. Please contact CIPS directly to confirm your standing regarding exemptions before submitting your application. Telephone: 01780 756777 Website: www.cips.org If you are an existing CIPS student you should receive a personalised statement detailing how to transfer to the new qualifications.

Exemptions
You may be eligible to receive exemptions for study you have already done elsewhere. Please contact CIPS directly to confirm your standing before submitting your application form to RDI.

Awarding Body
The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS)

Course Description
CIPS has announced a new ladder of qualifications, designed to be more relevant, wide ranging, innovative and flexible, to meet the needs of a variety of learners. The ladder offers something for everyone, whether in a junior role, a part-time role or whether an individual is striving to reach the very top of their profession. Each level has been designed to equate to specific job roles and to match the skills and core competencies at that level of responsibility in the work place. To obtain the CIPS Graduate Diploma, students will have to study (or be exempt from) levels 4 and 5 and then complete level 6 (the new Graduate Diploma Award). Together with three years relevant work experience, this will lead to full membership and the designatory letters MCIPS. These levels are made up of 15 units as follows: Level 4 Five compulsory units Level 5 Three compulsory plus two choice units from three options Level 6 Three compulsory plus two choice units from three options

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form, provide one reference, preferably from a current employer, and proof of qualifications.

CIPS Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply - Level 6


The new Level 6 Graduate Diploma in Purchasing & Supply is equivalent to an honours degree and is designed for senior managers and specialist professionals in purchasing who are working at a strategic level. The Graduate Diploma programme consists of five units, three compulsory plus two optional units: Compulsory Units: Unit 1 Leading and Influencing in Purchasing Unit 2 Strategic Supply Chain Management Unit 3 Supply Chain Management in Practice Plus your choice of two units from three options: Option 1 Legal Aspects in Purchasing and Supply Option 2 Advanced Project Management Option 3 Finance for Purchasers

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CIPS Foundation Diploma in Purchasing and Supply - Level 4


The new Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Purchasing & Supply is designed to provide the necessary purchasing skills to those in operations or junior management role or who are new to the profession. The Foundation Diploma programme consists of five units, and all are compulsory: Unit 1 Effective Negotiation in Purchasing & Supply Unit 2 Developing Contracts in Purchasing & Supply Unit 3 Measuring Purchasing Performance Unit 4 Managing Purchasing & Supply Relationships Unit 5 Purchasing Contexts

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Successful completion of the programme may allow you entry to: University of Bradford MBA University of Sunderland MBA University of Wales MBA

CIPS International Advanced Certificate in Purchasing and Supply (1 Year)


The International Advanced Certificate programme consists of five units, and all are compulsory: Unit 6 Unit 7 Unit 8 Unit 9 Analysing the Supply Market An Introduction to Purchasing Strategy Preparing and Managing Contracts International Logistics

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