Introduction to ABP (Association of Business Practitioners)

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An introduction to The Association of Business Practitioners;

The Association of Business Practitioners (ABP) is a not-for-profit organisation working in partnership with ABE as an awarding organisation.

Through this partnership we develop, accredit and administer business related, professional qualifications from Level 3 to Level 7 (Postgraduate), delivered through accredited colleges

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  • 1. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk
  • 2. ‘Their support has been outstanding, they deliver what they promise, they are very professional and have exceeded our expectations . . . ABP are approachable, accurate and customer-centric.’ Stephanie Edwards, Managing Director of Customer 1st International Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Testimonial
  • 3. The Association of Business Practitioners (ABP) is a not-for-profit UK awarding organisation. ABP develops and accredits business related, industry-relevant qualifications, from short courses to postgraduate diplomas. These qualifications are delivered through accredited colleges worldwide. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Introduction to the Association of Business Practitioners
  • 4.  To provide high quality, affordable qualifications which address the needs of learners, employers, training providers and teaching institutions.  To provide individuals with opportunities for personal and professional advancement.  ABP seeks to develop long-term working relationships with any employer or educator, who wishes to unlock the potential of their learners. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Our Mission
  • 5.  Recognised credibility of qualifications in the international marketplace  Access to a worldwide student audience  Cost effective and time efficient learning  Fast and affordable routes to Masters Degrees  The control and flexibility to deliver and assess qualifications how and when you want  High levels of customer service Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Why Choose ABP?
  • 6. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk ABP designed to support the Centre and the Student Traditional Awarding Organisations Method of qualification delivery is the same for everyone irrelevant of the centres and student’s needs Method of qualification assessment is the same for everyone even if this does not reflect the strengths of the centre or needs of the student A set timetable for assessment – small windows of opportunity for students to qualify and for centres to recruit ABP The centre can determine the method of qualification delivery to reflect the strengths of the centre and needs of the local student market Assessment can be determined by the centre to reflect the strengths of the centre and needs of the local student market Assessment can be done at any time of the year enabling centres to recruit throughout the year and students do not have to wait for the next exam window
  • 7.  Centres can differentiate themselves from their competitors and offer students a greater learning experience  Centres can tailor the qualification delivery and assessment to meet the needs of local students and employers enhancing the attractiveness of the courses  ABP’s approach enables centres to start cohorts of learners without having to wait for an examination period to end. Marketing costs are spread throughout the year enabling courses to start as soon as there are enough learners to begin the next course. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk What this means for the Centre
  • 8.  The ABP approach offers students a fantastic learning experience where they can build a portfolio of work  Learners have a greater variety of ways to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to employers and universities through a variety of assessments  Learners can enrol on courses tailored to the needs of their job market  ABP’s approach means that students will not have to wait for up to six months hanging on for the next opportunity to re- take an external assessment Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk What this means for the Student
  • 9. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Principles of ABP Responsive Flexible AffordableHigh Quality Reliable
  • 10. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk What ABP Offers Accredited Higher Level Professional Qualifications Accessible Introductory Business Qualifications Development of Bespoke Qualifications Learning & Development Qualifications Accreditation of In-House Qualifications
  • 11. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk University Progression Routes www.abp.org.uk/universities  A higher level ABP qualification can provide a fast and affordable route to a Masters degree awarded by a UK or Australian university.  ABP currently has several university progression routes which are available to ALL eligible holders of the relevant ABP qualification.  ABP regularly announce new university progression routes and work constantly to provide qualification holders with more opportunities for advancement.
  • 12. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk ABP’s Affiliation with ABE The Association of Business Executives (ABE) was established in 1973. The awarding body operates in over 100 countries. ABE is fully recognised by the UK regulatory authorities for qualifications.
  • 13. Benefits of ABP
  • 14. 'Obtaining ABP accreditation of the LCMS Diploma has enhanced the quality and credibility of the programme . . . the exciting new progression route facilitated by ABP has resulted in the programme becoming even more popular than ever!‘ Dr Datta, Vice Principal, LCMS Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Testimonial
  • 15. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Benefits to Centres Centres have the flexibility to assess their learners how and when they choose Can accredit customised programmes that meet specific needs Programmes can be delivered and assessed in languages other than English Fees are kept to an absolute minimum without compromising quality
  • 16. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Benefits to Individuals ABP qualifications are developed by experienced academics and professionals ABP offers a global and strategic management perspective Offers students a fantastic learning experience where they can build a portfolio of work for employers ABP qualifications reflect the latest occupational standards
  • 17. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Benefits to Employers Qualifications designed to fit the needs of the workplace Global and strategic management perspective Can accredit or endorse in-house training programmes Work with employers to develop bespoke programmes tailored precisely to their needs
  • 18. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Support ABP Offers  Offices in the UK and overseas  A dedicated team of syllabus and assessment writers  A broad range of resources and support materials  An enthusiastic and customer focused help desk  Online support including FAQs, resources and updates to keep students and centres fully informed
  • 19. ABP Products
  • 20. 'ABP's world class Postgraduate Diplomas are among the most practical and job oriented business qualifications available. We are proud to offer these at Centre For Management, Mumbai.' Akhil S., Director at Kaizen Management Advisors Pvt Ltd Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Testimonial
  • 21.  Available to any centre meeting the approval criteria – and continues to meet them!  Reflects the very latest industry and occupational standards.  Available in a variety of subject areas and at a range of levels  Can be delivered and assessed in local language.  Based on the levels of the UK Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk ABP Qualifications www.abp.org.uk/qualifications
  • 22. ABP offers qualifications which are awarded by ABE (a recognised Awarding Organisation) and are regulated by Ofqual the UK government department responsible for regulating qualifications. Ofqual recognition will help centres demonstrate the qualification's quality and credibility to prospective students worldwide. Qualifications developed by ABP are based on the eight levels of the UK Qualifications and Credit Framework. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Qualification Recognition www.abp.org.uk/ofqual-info
  • 23. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk ABP Qualification Framework
  • 24. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Level 7 Qualifications (Equivalent to Postgraduate Diploma) Enterprise Qualifications • Strategic Entrepreneurship • Strategic Intrapreneurship • Strategic Social Enterprise Management Sector Specific Qualifications • International Engineering and Manufacturing Management • Leadership & Management in the Health and Social Care Sector Core Business Qualifications • Marketing Management • International Finance Management • International Human Resource Management IT Qualifications • Business Computing • Information Systems • Enterprise Networks • Sustainable ICT
  • 25. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Islamic Finance Qualifications www.abp.org.uk/qualifications/islamic-finance Certificate in the Essentials of Islamic Finance and Banking (Level 7) Diploma in Applied Islamic Finance and Banking (Level 6) Certificate in the Concepts of Islamic Finance and Banking (Level 5)
  • 26. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Introductory Business Qualifications (Level 2 unless otherwise stated)  Business Basics & Finance  Sales and Marketing  Customer Service (Level 3)  Working in a Project Team  Entrepreneurship  Management Principles (Level 3)  Event Management  Information Technology for Business  Customer Service  Business Etiquette  Business Communications  People Skills  Self-Awareness & Personal Development  Time Management
  • 27. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Bespoke Qualifications We can work with clients to develop bespoke qualifications tailored specifically to the requirements of local students and employers These can be of any level or duration and can also be delivered and assessed in languages other than English. ABP Quality assurance provides improved credibility of bespoke qualifications. Bespoke qualifications will be awarded and certificates printed by ABP. They are not regulated Ofqual qualifications.
  • 28. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Bespoke Qualifications We assist in the development of bespoke qualifications in order to provide guidance in regards to; Credibility and currency within a subject / sectorial area Appropriate academic rigour in relation to assessment Suitable internal quality assurance practices
  • 29. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Bespoke Qualifications ABP is an awarding organisation dealing with assessments therefore we do not; ‘Rubber stamp’ centre-devised assessments without due regard to ABP processes Endorse training / teaching programmes
  • 30.  Level 4 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (QCF) = (PTLLS)  Level 4 Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (QCF) = (CTLLS) Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Learning & Development Qualifications
  • 31.  Linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards (NOS)  A clear work-related emphasis  A strong emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Learning & Development Qualifications
  • 32. How is Quality Assured?
  • 33. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk How is Quality Assured EQA – External Quality Assurance IQA – Internal Quality Assurers Assessors Learner Recruitment with Integrity
  • 34. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Benefits of ABP Quality Assurance Centres have tremendous flexibility about how and when they run programmes and what teaching methods they use Offers students a fantastic learning experience where they can build a portfolio of work Learners have a greater variety of ways to demonstrate their knowledge and skills at the appropriate level through assessments External quality assurance is provided by occupationally competent and qualified ABP associates, as an alternative to the traditional examinations
  • 35.  Once approved, centres will be allocated EQAs who will work with different numbers of centres depending on their specialist area, experience, and availability.  Centre allocation is determined via discussion and mutual agreement. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk External Quality Assurance (EQA)
  • 36. ABP EQAs are formal representatives of ABP and are responsible for:  Monitoring centre systems against ABP centre requirements.  Checking and ensuring the quality of centre assessment and verification practice.  Supporting centres to develop and improve the quality of their systems and assessment and verification practice.  Providing information, about the quality of centre systems and practice to ABP.  Working with ABP to ensure the quality of its own systems and practice Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk External Quality Assurance (EQA)
  • 37.  Following the initial EQA visit, ABP will provide the centre with detailed guidance on our expectations relating to the assessment and internal quality assurance of ABP programmes.  EQA visits will assess centre facilities, quality of assessments, learner support & Internal Verification processes. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Quality Assurance Visits
  • 38. 1st Visit During accreditation process 2nd Visit 2-3 months after accreditation Regular QA Visits Approx. 6 months apart Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Quality Assurance Visits
  • 39.  The Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) is an authoritative representative of the centre working in partnership with ABP to provide a regular review and development of assessment practice with respect to ABP provision.  Ensures that assessors follow the qualification assessment guidance provided by ABP Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Internal Quality Assurers
  • 40.  They are members of the programme or qualification (course) team who assess essential aspects of the learners’ work.  Very often they are the tutors/teachers/trainers/lecturers who also assess that course.  Formal qualifications for internal verification are not required for those who internally verify ABP programmes. Appropriate working knowledge of the relevant course specifications and its assessment standards are expected.  An IQA may not internally verify his/her own assessments Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Who Are IQAs?
  • 41.  Sample and observe activities, methods and records to ensure that assessment decisions are consistent and then provide assessors with constructive feedback on their decisions.  Keeps up to date records of internal quality assurance and sampling activities and ensure that these are available for ABP to see.  Raises issues of good practice in assessment and organise regular meetings between all staff involved in the process.  Ensures that any corrective actions required by the ABP external quality assurer ( EQA ) are put into place. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk The IQA Role
  • 42. Student Assessment
  • 43. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk The Assessment Process Certification Assessment against Standards Assessment Planning Learning & Development Planning & Assessment Induction Recruitment with Integrity
  • 44. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Student Assessment Methods Assessment methods should; Be consistent with the requirements of the unit. Enable the unit to be assessed individually Assess validly the skills, knowledge and / or understanding of all learning outcomes against the stated assessment criteria Require the production of sufficient evidence from learners to enable reliable and consistent judgements to be made about the achievement of all the learning outcomes
  • 45. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Student Assessment Methods ABP supports and encourages the following assessment vehicles  Case study reviews  Projects: individual and group  Essays  Presentations  Viva Voce and Oral examinations Time constrained open and closed book examinations may be used in some circumstances, but should generally be no more than 20% of the overall assessment method
  • 46. The Accreditation Process
  • 47. Accreditation is a quality assurance process to ensure a successful learning experience for potential candidates following ABP qualifications. Centres are assessed against standards to demonstrate their competence and performance capability. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk What is Accreditation
  • 48. Centre Approval – To confirm that a prospective centre has the managerial, administrative and physical resource infrastructure to credibly support student learning. Qualification Approval – To confirm that a prospective centre has the human and physical capacity to deliver subject/sector learning/teaching and carry out student assessments. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk The Focus of Accreditation
  • 49. Stages of the Accreditation Process Expression of Interest in Accreditation by Centre / Appropriate forms provided by ABP Application – Submission of Forms & Payment of Fees by Centre Review of Application by ABP Processing of Application by ABP Quality Assurance Assessment by ABP Approval
  • 50. Quality Assurance standards met in full Payment of Fees in Full Forms completed and submitted to ABP’s satisfaction including; A1 Centre Approval Form Centre Agreement Form B1 Qualification Approval Form or B2 Centre Devised Qualifications Form Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Criteria for Accreditation
  • 51. The speed of accreditation is dependent upon the centre’s ability to complete the application, pay the fees in full and reach the standards set by ABP for approval. Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk How Long Does Accreditation Take?
  • 52. To start the accreditation process Complete the no-obligation form at www.abp.org.uk/centres/centre- application or Contact your local ABP Representative via info@abp.org.uk Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk First Steps Towards Accreditation
  • 53. Further Information
  • 54. Q&A Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk Any questions?
  • 55. For more information visit or contact; The ABP Website www.abp.org.uk or E-mail: info@abp.org.uk Association of Business Practitioners www.abp.org.uk To Get Further Information