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

Do you want to understand the mind, brain and behaviour but also want to run your own business? Do you want to mix the fields of business and psychology? Then take a look at our introduction course to both.

You’ll learn the key business and psychology concepts and skillsets, including awareness of psychological theory, and how this applies to a business context, an introduction to cognitive and social psychology and effective human resource management.

You’ll also learn to use specific business-related issues within the context of cross-functional modules to develop your communications, presentation, writing, analytical and critical-thinking skills.

Highlights within our business psychology modules include:

  • the theories and methods in the field of social psychology
  • understanding the importance of leadership and teamwork in theory and practice
  • the techniques and methods used through various stages of research
  • why people differ from one another and how it is possible to measure those differences

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

Why we’re great

  • Our courses involve a range of technical competencies which can be applied immediately to the real world, making you an asset to any team or employer.
  • Graduates of the course will have a holistic understanding of both business and psychology in addition to a wide range of transferable skills including critical thinking, research, self-motivation and communication.
  • You’ll be able to fit your education around your work and family commitments as you study 100% online and part-time.

The CertHE Business Psychology 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 Psychology 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.

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 Psychology 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.

Our business psychology degree will equip you with a wide range of skills making you highly prized by employers in a variety of industries and professions.

From this degree you can expect to gain a sound educational foundation for working in applied psychology with the potential to pursue a career in: organizational psychology, management, human resources, business development, business consultancy, staff training and development, careers counselling, marketing/advertising, market research and finance.

We know that many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses! That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English Language Requirements.

Additionally, 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 or annually.
  • 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.

We want to give everyone the opportunity to experience a University of Essex Online course. We think you’ll love it! But if, within the first 21 days, you decide it’s not for you, you’ll receive a full refund.

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.

 
Name: Clare Walker 
Programme: BA (Hons) Business and Management

Clare graduated from University of Edinburgh in 1998, with a BSc Honours degree, before completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management at Newcastle Business School, leading to Chartered Membership of the CIPD.  An interest in personality and self-awareness has shaped her continued development, with practitioner qualifications in coaching, NLP, MBTI and Belbin. Clare has worked primarily within the third sector as a Learning and Development specialist, supporting managers and business leaders to define and plan employee development, including management induction, ILM qualifications and leadership programmes.  Since 2013, Clare has been self-employed, working with a range of businesses to develop management skills and leadership effectiveness.

Name: Dr Alex Forsythe 
Programme: BSc (Hons) Psychology 

Dr Alex Forsythe is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, Senior Lecturer and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has recently been appointed as Head of Standards and Certification for the Association of Business psychologists and she is Director of the Masters in Research Methods at the University of Liverpool. Alex supports online students across the world in their academic studies at Undergraduate, Masters and PhD level. Recognizing how critical it is that students have the best support materials to guide their learning, Alex has provided freelance support, designing and writing teaching materials at Undergraduate and Post Graduate level. Areas include individual differences, the history of psychology, the psychology of learning, research methods, leadership, coaching and global talent management. Alex Forsythe has advanced professional standing in several areas relating to human performance, all of which require demonstrable evidence of diagnostic skills, problem-solving capacities, and diverse applied experience. She has special interests in all facets of measurement. From the measurement of human performance to the measurement very small things such as icons, symbols and repeating patterns, to very large things such as buildings. Her work measuring role that small repeating patterns, known as fractals, play in aesthetic experience and the potential the early diagnosis of Dementia has been discussed in the Wall Street Journal, The New Scientist, The Times, Guardian and by the BBC. Alex has received funding from the Kings Funds to evaluate the design of palliative care settings and was awarded a European Fellowship to advise architects involved in the design of healing environments and to build industry-university partnerships.

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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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