The details
Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: CertHE Indicative duration: 16 months
Start date: January 2020 Tuition fee: £6,167 (learn more) Funding options: Call +44 (0) 1206 489 358 Taught by: Kaplan Open Learning

Gain fundamental management skills and an appreciation of the modern business world with this short online course that introduces key business concepts.

Available as the first step towards either of our full undergraduate business degrees, but also beneficial as a standalone qualification, you will study topics such as:

  • establishing effective working teams
  • marketing fundamentals and the impact on consumers
  • the economic environment within which businesses operate
  • financial and management accounting

This short course also includes an introduction to online learning and best practices for getting the most from your study opportunities. With engaging discussion forums, live Q&As and reflective journal entries, you will have a lot of ways to consolidate your learning and apply it to situations that arise within your own personal and professional life.

Why we’re great

  • Gain a recognised qualification in just 16 months.
  • Each student is assigned a dedicated Student Support Adviser who acts as their mentor and guide from admission through to graduation.
  • Global recognition and validation by the University of Essex rated 29th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

The CertHE Business and Management is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 120 credits.

Level 4 modules:

Upon completion of your CertHE Business and Management, we offer the opportunity for you to progress on to study for a full Bachelors degree (360 credits).

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

Teaching Methods

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.

Our courses are delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you will have access to your study materials 24/7, including:

  • multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments
  • discussion forums for you to chat about the course content with fellow students
  • live Q&A sessions with your tutors
  • a comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals
  • support from academic staff and your personal Student Adviser

To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.

 

Assessment Methods

Rather than fretting about exams, you will be assessed exclusively through assignments. This can be by engaging in discussion forums throughout your modules, completing reflective journal entries, or by submitting longer written pieces.

We are committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback through the following ways:

  • Our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent.
  • You will always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start of the programme.
  • You will be able to view your marks clearly in your gradebook whenever you log onto the learning platform.
  • There is a 7-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work.
  • You will have regular contact with your Student Adviser, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise.

 

Study Duration

Our CertHE Business and Management course has an indicative study duration of 16 months, which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.

It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year.

On successful completion of your degree, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

The skills and knowledge gained through this short course can be applied to virtually any career, as a good business acumen is an incredibly transferable skill. In particular, roles within finance, consultancy, human resource management, marketing, operations management and accounting are well-suited for our students, and of course general management positions.

If you wish to further improve your business skillset and knowledge, then progressing onto one of our full Bachelors degrees in management or marketing could prove to be a solid choice.

We believe that education should be accessible for everyone. That’s why we offer an Open Entry Route – meaning you don’t need any prior academic or work experience in order to start studying with us. You will also need to meet our English Language Requirements.

You will need to pass your first assignment set within the first three weeks of the course in order to continue with your studies.

 

English Language Requirements

As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Full tuition fee: £6,167
Monthly tuition fee: £385

  • Designated for undergraduate student loans in England.
  • Simple monthly payment plan available, enabling you to spread the cost over the duration of your studies.
  • Full payment discount of 10% of the tuition fee if you pay upfront.
  • International scholarship of 10% of the tuition fee if you are based outside the EU.

Please note that the up-front payment discount can be used in combination with the Alumni discount or international/Executive Scholarships. The Alumni discount cannot be used in combination with the international/Executive Scholarships.

Find out more information about our discounts and scholarships here.

Our course fees are fully inclusive – all teaching materials and required reading are included, and there are no hidden charges for assessments or resits. We also charge the same fee for domestic and international students.

Name: Dewi Lloyd 
Programme: BA (Hons) Business and Marketing  

Dewi is an experienced business & management lecturer, working on a freelance basis for a number of UK universities & other educational organisations. His areas of specialisation are in the fields of business strategy, operations management, lean manufacturing & project management. He has nearly 25 years industrial experience working in the UK automotive industry & 20 years experience as a lecturer.  His key skills are in classroom lecturing, online lecturing, tutoring, programme design, materials authoring, assessment/examinations, & dissertation supervision. He is experienced in working at various levels, in particular on foundation degrees & on masters programmes.

 

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

Chris holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Exeter and is also a Member of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Engineer, and a Chartered IT Professional. He has also been awarded the Honorary Member of City and Guilds for services to vocational education, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Chris has business experience ranging from Systems Adviser to Managing Director Granada Learning Professional Development, and academic experience ranging from lecturing to Governor at the Royal National College for the Blind. Chris focuses his research interests on CRM development, IT services procurement and the development and delivery of in-house training for Further Education middle managers.

 

Name: Alan Kay 
Programme: BA (Hons) Business and Marketing 

Over a 20 year career, Alan has built up a wealth of experience in the advertising, marketing and research industries working for a number of advertising agencies in both media planning/buying and account management.  Alan has advertised and marketed many well-known and household brands including Green Isle Foods, Hewlett Packard, McDonalds, Zurich Insurance, Aer Lingus, Specsavers and Land Rover.  He has also worked for the Irish national broadcaster, RTÉ and the independent station, TV3 in research and analytical roles. Alan graduated from the University of Leicester in 2010 with a MSc. Hons degree in Marketing to add to a number of marketing qualifications. He is a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and has lectured at Masters Level with the National College of Ireland. With the University of Essex Online, Alan tutors a number of marketing modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level including Fundamentals of Marketing, International Marketing Strategy, Marketing Communications, Consumer Behaviour and Services Marketing. Alan has also worked on the design and development of modules along with mentoring new tutors and thoroughly enjoys his interaction with students as they progress through their studies.

What our students say

testimonials

- CertHE Business and Management

Donna Daly - CertHE Business and Management

Completing this degree has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Although I was apprehensive prior to starting the degree (I was never an A* student!) I quickly became familiar with the format and deadlines and actually started enjoying the course. Studying has not always been easy and sacrifices had to be made. All of that said, completing this degree has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have shown myself and others that I am capable of something really special and moreover, I gained a Distinction for every module completed bar one, which even now I still cannot believe. I never thought that I could achieve at this level but now that I have, nothing can stop me or hold me back.

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Paul Nicholson - BA (Hons) Business and Management

I was a project leader in the oil and gas industry, wanting to take my career to the next level. Learning through an online programme provided me with the flexibility I needed to manage my work and family life. Studying in the evenings and at weekends worked well for me, but without the support and understanding of my wife and daughter, it could have been very difficult. Summer holidays saw me sitting in air-conditioned rooms writing assignments while my family entertained themselves. I would say family ‘buy-in’ and support is crucial to succeed! However, while I've made sacrifices, I'll definitely reap the rewards in the long term.

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