Key course information
Business, Finance and Management
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This apprenticeship programme, leading to a BA (Hons) in Business and Management Practice, is delivered at the College’s Chippenham campus in partnership with Oxford Brookes University. It provides a practical business education programme over three years with up to a further year for the End Point Assessment for those employees who wish to study at Higher Education level in their local area whilst continuing to be employed within their organisation. The programme is designed for chartered managers who can take responsibility for people, projects, operations and/or services to deliver long term organisational success with the professional recognition of their ability to deliver impact, behave ethically and demonstrate their commitment to continual learning and development. The occupational profile of prospective applicants is expected to be that of professional managers in the private, public or third sector and all sizes of organisation. Specific job roles may include Manager, Senior Manager, Head of Department, Operations Manager or those with significant management responsibilities
What will I learn?
Within your first year, you are introduced to areas including criticality and academic writing in addition to developing a portfolio to support your professional development. In the second year, you will focus on research skills and developing your skills of enquiry in preparation for your final year Business Project (work-based focused). This also helps prepare you for your Honours year modules as set out below.
For the September 2021 intake, Year 1 modules may include:
• Introduction to Marketing
• Business and Management Concepts
• Digital Information for Business
• Personal Development
• Managing Business Operations
• Accounting for Business
• Internal and External Customer Communications
Year 2 modules may include:
• Managing Work Performance
• Project Management
• Business Project
• Strategic Management
• Business and Finance
• Developing Management Capabilities
• Human Resource Management
Year 3 top-up units could include Managing Quality and Risk, Strategic Future Insight and Design and Leading and Managing Change as well as a Work Based Project module.
Throughout the three-year degree, you will collect ‘showcase’ workplace evidence to build your portfolio at each level before accessing your End Point Assessment in year 4.
Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. Most candidates will have A Levels (or equivalent) or existing relevant Level 3 qualifications and English, Maths and ICT at Level 2. Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative.
English and Maths - English and Maths will be required to be demonstrated at a minimum of Level 2.
Level: This apprenticeship standard is at level 6.
Link to professional registration - Successful apprentices will become chartered members of the Chartered Management Institute (CMgr MCMI).
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
Apprenticeship learners will be expected to work on degree assessments, projects and collate evidence from their workplace during working hours to support 20 per cent off the job training. Apprentice will attend College for one day a week during the length of the degree programme with up to a further year required for the completion of the End Point Assessment (EPA).
This course emphasises active learning and facilitative teaching. It is an interactive course and so you will work in small groups and receive frequent and informal feedback. It encourages a participative approach to learning including collaborative learning and peer review.
Assessment plays a key role in ensuring that you develop and demonstrate the required knowledge and skills to complete your programme. Each assessment is written so that you can show that you have achieved the learning outcomes for the module and for the whole programme. The range, type and timing of assessment have been carefully chosen to enable you to become independent and reflective learners. Modules are assessed either by coursework and full details are given in the module descriptors.
Successful apprentices will achieve a BA (Hons) degree in Business and Management Practice and full chartered membership of the CMI incorporating vocational and academic elements.
What Could I Do Next?
On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses
As well as their degree (at the end of year three), successful apprentices will achieve full chartered membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) incorporating vocational and academic elements (at the end of year four). You may have the opportunity to study at a postgraduate level and access to promotional opportunities in the workplace. The typical duration for this apprenticeship is four years but will depend on the previous experience of the apprentice.