CertCE Business Studies

Location: Online Qualification: CertCE Mode of study: Part-time Indicative duration: 8 months Places available: September 2016 Tuition fee: See our fees page Funding available: Call 0800 0527 526 Taught by: Kaplan Open Learning

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CertCE Business Studies

Location: Online Qualification: CertCE Mode of study: Part-time Indicative duration: 8 months Places available: September 2016 Tuition fee: See our fees page Funding available: Call 0800 0527 526 Taught by: Kaplan Open Learning

Apply now

Student testimonials

Andrea Matthews
CertCE Business Studies

When my children flew the nest I was looking to utilise my new-found independence and improve my ... Read more

Alison Butterill
CertCE Business Studies

With a seven-year-old son and a mortgage, the idea of studying for a degree seemed unrealistic. The ... Read more

Maria Potocnakova
CertCE Business Studies

The older I got and the more work experience I gained, the more I realised that having a degree is a ... Read more

Tutor biographies

Paul Matthews BA Hons, MA, Dip MRS, FIAM
BA (Hons) Business and Management

Paul holds an MA in Marketing, BA Hons in Marketing, Diploma of the Market Research Society, Fellow ... Read more

Maxine Shaverin MBA, PGCE, BSc (Hons), MCMI
BA (Hons) Business and Management

Maxine achieved a range of professional and academic qualifications before launching her own ... Read more

Chris West BSc, MBCS, CITP, CEng
BA (Hons) Business and Management

Chris holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Exeter and is also a Member of the British ... Read more

Overview

Our CertCE Business Studies course online can be achieved as a stand-alone qualification or used as a stepping stone towards a Diploma or Bachelors degree. Designed to give you practical and usable skills for both current and future employment roles, study is based around specific business-related issues within the context of cross-functional modules that develop communications, presentation, writing, analytical and critical-thinking skills.

This course introduces you to a number of key and practical skills that can form the basis for ongoing career development. You’ll learn about the structure and dynamics of different types of organisations, understand different leadership and managerial approaches, become adept at analysing, evaluating and interpreting information and data and discover techniques to solve a range of business problems.

Course structure

The CertCE Business Studies is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 60 credits.

Level 4 modules:

Upon completion of your CertCE Business Studies we offer the opportunity for you to progress on to study for a Bachelors degree (360 credits).

* These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

Learning and assessment

Introduction

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

All of our online courses have an indicative study duration but it’s possible to complete your studies faster than the standard course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

Teaching methods and style

As we are a 100% online university, we utilise a virtual learning environment instead of a traditional campus. The system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials.

This learning platform allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and you can listen to, and view, live lectures and seminars over the internet.

You are supported throughout your course by a dedicated Student Adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor.

Assessment

We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. Business studies assignments are based on real-life work experience and assessed by tutors on an ongoing basis.

You are always aware of your current provisional grade right from the start of the programme, allowing you to evaluate the success of your current study methods and clearly identify areas to improve.

We believe that this transparency gives you the information you need to make the most of your course. We achieve this by:

  • showing your marks clearly in your gradebook, which can be viewed whenever you log onto the learning platform
  • the rapid turnaround of work assessed to ensure that your gradebook is always up to date
  • assessing your work throughout the module rather than waiting for end of year exams
  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser
  • the simplicity and transparency in the design of our assessment criteria

We also have a policy of ensuring that work submitted by students is authentic. As well as the fact that all work is frequently assessed, we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

Career prospects

We are dedicated to improving employability amongst our graduates. Our online courses give you the opportunity to improve your career prospects and earning potential with a mix of key skills that are directly transferable to the workplace.

A business studies certificate will equip you with a wide range of skills making you highly prized by employers in a variety of industries and professions.

The in-depth understanding our graduates gain in their studies has led to careers in areas as such as consultancy, human resources management, operations management, marketing, finance and accounting, as well as general management.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

We believe that education should be accessible for everyone, so you do not need any previous academic qualifications to start our CertCE Business Studies course.

You will be allowed to start the CertCE Business Studies course and make an assessment of whether it is right for you during the first three weeks. You must pass your first assignment set during this time in order to continue with your studies.

If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0.

21-day money back guarantee

You may be eligible for a government-backed tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of your CertCE Business Studies course. If you do not progress after the first 21 days, your loan will not be activated and you won’t be charged. If you have paid for the course yourself you will receive a full refund.