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  • Northampton Business School Part Time Postgraduate and Professional Courses 2010/2011 Transforming lives, inspiring change
  • CONTENTS Every effort has been made to ensure that all of the information contained in this prospectus is correct at the time of going to press (July 2010). Please note that The University of Northampton accepts no liability for the accuracy of statements in this and other marketing publications.
  • INTRODUCTION 2 ACCOUNTING 10 BUSINESS 18 & FINANCE COMPUTING Accounting Foundation Degree 10 Business Computing Systems, 18 OUR HISTORY 5 ACCA (Association of Chartered 11 IT Service Management 19 Certified Accountants) WHICH COURSE 6 CIMA (Chartered Institute of 12 IS RIGHT FOR YOU? Management Accountants) HUMAN 20 MSc Accounting & Finance 13 RESOURCES MANAGEMENT GUEST 8 Certificate in Human Resource 20 SPEAKERS BUSINESS 14 Management Business Qualifications 14 Diploma/MA HRM (Chartered 21 Enterprise Foundation Degree 16 Institute of Personnel and COURSES 10 Development) DPSI (Health or Law) 17 MA HRM Top up 22 MANAGEMENT 23 CMS (Certificate in Management 23 Studies) DMS (Diploma in Management 24 Studies) MBA (Master of Business 25 Administration) Top up MBA (Master of Business 26 Administration) BSc Construction Management 27 MA Leadership and Management 28 MARKETING 29 CIM (Chartered Institute of 29 Marketing) Professional Certificate in Marketing CIM (Chartered Institute of 30 Marketing) Professional Diploma in Marketing CIM (Chartered Institute of 31 Marketing) Chartered Postgraduate Diploma MA Marketing Top up 32 CORPORATE 35 Student Placements 35 Management Development for 37 Corporate Clients T 01604 892036 HOW TO FIND US 38 E business@northampton.ac.uk W www.northampton.ac.uk/business COME AND FIND 40 OUT MORE 1
  • INTRODUCTION With 35 years experience, Northampton Business School (NBS) is renowned for high quality teaching and research that is supported by strong links with industry and commerce. The School is home to more than 70 staff drawing expertise from Accounting, Business, Economics, Enterprise, Human Resources, IT, Languages, Leisure, Management, and Marketing. It has an international reputation for research and teaching and the staff’s significant professional and commercial experience underpins all the School’s activities. NBS has invaluable close links with external organisations through consultancy and research. Strong links with the commercial sector and an emphasis on vocational learning has resulted in a number of courses within the School receiving professional body recognition. Northampton Business School offers a wide range of full and part time certificate, diploma, degree and Masters level courses in all areas of business and management. With busy lifestyles and existing commitments, we understand that flexibility is vital and our courses are designed and delivered with this in mind. Many of our postgraduate and professional courses can be studied part time, around other commitments. With our virtual e-learning environment, highly accessible resources and academic support, we aim to ensure you get the most from your studies with us. Northampton Business School is home to two thriving research centres and engages with business and the public sector through consultancy and knowledge transfer. Specialising in applied research, the Centre for Learning and Enterprise in Organisations has received over £3m in grants since 2004 to develop and apply new methods of supporting enterprise. Specialist areas of research include business creation, social enterprise, business incubation, corporate governance and leadership. The China & Transitional Economics Research Centre is dedicated to research in the political economy of China, Chinese environmental protection, agriculture and rural development and issues of property rights and corporate governance in the transitional economies of Eastern Europe, Russia and China. Recognised locally as a valuable resource, the Centre provides consultancy and research to both public and private organisations in the region. Northampton Business School now has over 3000 students and a truly international reach, with over 700 students from outside of the EU. The School is working with partners in the PR China (including Hong Kong), India and the Middle East. 2
  • Northampton Business School is the proud recipient of a number of accolades including being a CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) accredited ‘Learning Through Partnership’ provider; an ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) ‘Premier Registered Tuition Provider’, CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) ‘Accredited Study Centre; and an approved study centre for the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development). In addition, the School is a member of the Association of Business Schools.
  • OUR HISTORY In the course of its history, The University of Northampton has changed significantly – not only in the number of students it teaches, but also in the range and level of courses offered and in the quality of performance in nationally benchmarked assessments of both teaching and research. Formed as Nene College in 1975 through the merger of Northampton’s Colleges of Education, Technology, and Art and Design, the College expanded rapidly. The first department of Business & Management was established at this time. In 1977, when the Leathersellers College was transferred from London to Northampton, it became the national centre of education and training for the leather industry. In 1993 the College incorporated the St Andrew’s School of Occupational Therapy followed in 1994 by the Sir Gordon Roberts College of Nursing and Midwifery to form the basis for the School of Health. During the 1990’s, as first Nene College then University College Northampton (1999), student numbers rose from around 4,000 to 9,000. In 1993 the College was granted taught degree awarding powers from the Privy Council and in 2005 was awarded full university status with research degree awarding powers becoming The University of Northampton. We now have over 13,000 full and part time students, with many from overseas, accessing courses from the Schools of Arts, Business, Education, Health, Social Sciences, and Science & Technology. The University operates from two campuses in Northampton and is investing millions in its estates and facilities in order to ensure students and staff have the best possible learning and research environment in the future. 5
  • “While having been in various management positions in a number of countries over the last 15 years I have never gained any formal management qualification. On my recent appointment it was suggested that I enrol on the CMS to remedy this situation. A colleague completed the course at The University of Northampton last year and after discussing this as an option with him I chose to join the course. The course is perfect for anyone who has not undertaken any formal education for a number of years and eases you back into study. I have found having the opportunity to discuss real events in a “safe” environment and the interaction with other participants particularly MA Marketing helpful and stimulating. Top up)* I would not hesitate to recommend this course to anyone looking to gain foundation knowledge of general management principles or as a step to either the DMS or all the way to the MBA.” Darren Stenlake Certificate in Management Studies “Studying part time for a professional qualification in Marketing helped me quickly progress from Assistant level to Officer grade, opening up a wide choice of job opportunities for me to apply for along with a major step-up in salary. The tutors at the University were very supportive and encouraging throughout the programme.” Professional Development Advice Cassia Hickman CIM If you are unsure about which course suits you and would like an informal telephone conversation or personal interview to discuss your professional development please telephone 01604 892036 or email business@northampton.ac.uk. 7
  • GUEST SPEAKERS Gary Hoffman Allan Fraser Rush Claire Young CEO of Northern Rock Managing Director of Apprentice 2008 finalist and formerly Group Vice TEQUILA London and business woman Chairman, Barclays plc “I am completely delighted that The The University of Northampton’s University of Northampton have the Business School was delighted to host What is it that turns a competent faith in me to make me a visiting a guest lecture by Apprentice 2008 manager into a great leader? Professor”. finalist and business woman Claire Gary Hoffman was welcomed to Young. Claire addressed an audience Northampton Business School to “The simple reason for me involving of Northampton Business School try and answer that very question in myself more with the academic students, staff and University Alumni front of an audience of students and programme at Northampton Business about her career, how to start your academic staff. School is to bring to the students a own business and what it was like to little of the real world. NBS does a be in the boardroom with Sir Alan Gary focused on the key themes of great job in teaching the theoretical Sugar! colleagues, customers, company and base of the discipline and trys to bring community. “A leader should create as much of the real world into the Claire, who runs her business Elegant and champion their organisation’s courses as possible, but the reality is Venues from Northamptonshire, vision, and convey an inspired sense that it is different out in ‘Agency land’. commented: of purpose behind it” he commented. We use our own phraseology, we have “They also serve as champions of our own processes and potentially ‘’Since starting a business in Daventry, customer and colleagues, creating for a young graduate entering our I have been keen to get involved in commitment and trust through clear business, can be quite terrifying. the local Northants community, so direction and honest feedback on Without the programme we have in I was delighted when the University performance.” place students could only imagine contacted me to visit and talk to the what life was like in an agency. What students at Northampton Business Gary’s career with Barclays spans we have done is shown them. Not School. After thoroughly enjoying 24 years and includes many notable only how we work, but how we think, my university experience, I find it achievements including setting up the disciplines we cover and how we refreshing to take a couple of hours both Barclays telephone and internet work with one another. All of which will out of the ‘business world’ to step banking services. better position them to have a great back into education and appreciate chance of securing the marketing role the grounding it gave me. I work they want.” with universities across the country on a regular basis and the quality of Northants students I met during the event really stood out - they were articulate, proactive and passionate - I have no doubt they will go on to succeed!’’ 8
  • Sir Digby Jones Sir Bobby Charlton Former Director General Patron of the China & of the CBI Transitional Economies Research Centre Sir Digby Jones served as Director General of the Confederation of Footballing legend Sir Bobby British Industry from 1 January Charlton gave The University 2000 to 30 June 2006. During this of Northampton a glowing period he carried the British business endorsement following his message to 70 different countries - installation as Patron of the meeting key political, business and University’s China Centre. Sir Bobby media figures in the UK and around has an unrivalled international the world. reputation as a footballer and is well known and much respected in Sir Digby’s visit was part of a year China where he has travelled on long programme of celebrations to many occasions in a sporting and mark the institution’s achievement of business capacity. Sir Bobby said: full University status and Research Degree awarding powers. “I’m delighted to take on the position of patron of The University of His presence offered an excellent Northampton China Centre.” endorsement for the work of Northampton Business School and our role in the business community in Northamptonshire and beyond. “If we are to keep the role of universities at the value added, quality end of the game, businesses should use and benefit from the facilities of their university - commission work and research.” 9
  • Accounting ACCOUNTING FOUNDATION DEGREE (NHS) (TOP UP FROM AAT OR CAT) Designed as a Top up for fully qualified AAT/CAT (Association of Accounting Technicians/Certified Accounting Technician) graduates employed in the NHS. 1 year work-based & distance learning Course Aims Course Content Assessment The course develops technical proficiency The accounting function plays a vital role in The assessment is based in the work place in accounting and combines this with the NHS. Employers value those with technical and is flexibly managed to fit in with full or the acquisition of other relevant skills – proficiency in accounting, but are also looking part time employment. Units are assessed problem solving, team working and effective for those with other skills – for example, the separately using a mixture of coursework and communication. This course has been drawn ability to work in a team and to communicate projects. up in close collaboration with the AAT and the effectively, both verbally and in written form. NHS. It covers the areas expected of an AAT The course therefore has a strong accounting Career Opportunities graduate and extends knowledge of finance base, complemented by modules which Holders of the Foundation Degree will have and human resource management. develop other skills that are essential for the demonstrated to employers that they have workplace. skills, knowledge and understanding of the The FdA can be a stepping stone for further importance of finance. It should give them qualifications, allowing advanced entry to This Top up programme is delivered by additional openings and opportunities for other full degree programmes at The supported distance learning and consists of career advancement. University of Northampton. four modules. Two modules consist of work based learning; the remainder are delivered by Entry Requirements Special Course Features e-based distance learning. AAT Level 4 or CAT equivalent. Flexible learning mode theory linked to practice Work based learning Advanced entry for AAT/ CAT graduates. 10
  • Accounting ASSOCIATION OF CHARTERED CERTIFIED ACCOUNTANTS (ACCA) ACCA is the largest and fastest growing international accountancy body with over 490,000 students and members in 170 countries. Case study “The University of Northampton offered ACCA tuition at a time that was convenient for both me and my employer. 1-3 years part time The University seemed to be well structured and organised and I have to say out of all Course Aims Level One - ACCA Fundamentals the studying I have done in my life, this had The ACCA qualification is highly regarded There are nine papers at this level: Three definitely been my favourite to date. This and opens up opportunities in a variety of Knowledge papers introduce fundamental would I am sure be partly down to the fact organisations in the private and public sectors. concepts needed by an accountant in business. I was at a very focused stage in my life, and was keen to move forward and further my Six Skills papers develop skills and expertise in career, but also down to the lecturers I had. Special Course Features key technical accounting and finance domains. The University of Northampton is recognised The course itself was set out with plenty of by ACCA as a Gold Registered tuition Typical Modules Include time to cover the subject leaving a good provider. The course prepares students for Advanced Taxation portion of revision time at the end, which I the professional examinations. On successful Management Accounting find so important. I found that I was going completion, there is the opportunity to Corporate Reporting into my exams feeling confident.. progress onto the MSc Accounting & Finance Financial Management Top up programme. Financial Reporting The University also did that little bit extra Performance Management than some places, for example holding an Course Content Audit and Assurance awards event each year to recognise the The course consists of papers at two levels. Business Analysis hard work and success of their students. I ACCA Fundamentals develops the essential The Accountant in Business was lucky enough to receive an award for skills and techniques of accounting, business one of my grades in the first year, and this and finance. ACCA Professional builds on Assessment opened up an opportunity for me to speak those skills and requires students to apply The course is externally assessed, in the to a senior partner of Grant Thornton, one them in a professional context. In order form of two and three hour written papers. of the leading accountancy firms. to qualify, you are required to pass the Computer based assessment is available for examinations and also gain relevant practical some papers at Fundamentals Level. I was lucky enough to get offered a job with experience. The ACCA course aims to develop them and I can now see my career ahead a comprehensive understanding of the Career Opportunities of me. Without a doubt this opportunity knowledge, skills and techniques required by This is a valuable accountancy qualification, for me came from The University of the professional accountant. The broad range suitable for a wide range of environments Northampton and the lecturers working of subjects are designed to ensure a depth – private practice, industry, commerce and there, giving me the grounding and advice of high quality and relevant knowledge. The the public sector. ACCA is a flexible and I needed to help me progress through my qualification offers a choice of examination international qualification for those wishing to career as an accountant. and work experience competences to allow progress their career in accountancy. students and their employers to tailor I have nothing but good words to say the qualification to suit their needs and Entry Requirements about the University and would happily aspirations. It is divided into two levels, ACCA A minimum of two A-Levels is required for recommend it to anyone thinking of Fundamentals and ACCA Professional. entry onto the course, although many other studying there.” equivalent qualifications are accepted. ACCA offers special entry rules for mature students Will Hamilton (aged over 21). ACCA 11
  • Accounting CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANTS (CIMA) In order to make maximum progress in a career in management accountancy, it is essential to become a full member of a recognised accountancy body. 1-3 years part time Course Aims Typical Modules Include In order to make maximum progress in Business Law Case study a career in management accountancy, it Business Mathematics is essential to become a full member of Economics for Business “I found the course very helpful, not only in a recognised accountancy body. CIMA Financial Accounting and Tax Principles furthering my career as an accountant but (Chartered Institute of Management Integrated Management by also broadening my knowledge to cover Accountants) is a most sought after Management Accounting Fundamentals various other aspects of business (such as HR, qualification for accountants in industry and Management Accounting Performance marketing and IS) to give me a much wider commerce both in the private and public Evaluation understanding and a better base to help me sectors. It is recognised as the UK’s leading Management Accounting Strategy progress to a managerial level. Accountancy management accounting qualification. Organisational Management and Information is not the easiest of subjects to teach but the Systems lecturers made the classes interesting and Special Course Features informative, making the learning experience Northampton Business School is a CIMA Assessment easier and much more enjoyable.” approved centre under the CIMA Learning The course is externally assessed by traditional Scheme. Northampton Business School has three hour exams for all papers within the Scott Freeman had impressive examination pass rates in professional level. CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management recent years. Accountants) Career Opportunities Course Content There is an opportunity to progress onto The CIMA course commencing in September the MSc Accounting & Finance Top up prepares students for the May examinations. programme. The accountancy press constantly The Business School offers a comprehensive extol the worth of the CIMA qualification. range of CIMA papers at professional level. Advertised vacancies for middle and senior financial positions almost invariably seek professionally qualified accountants. Entry Requirements The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) requires a minimum of two A-Levels for entry, although other equivalents are considered. 12
  • Accounting MSc ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE from ACCA/CIMA/AIA/CIPFA/ICAEW Fully qualified professionals in Accounting can Top up to a Masters degree provided their qualification has been undertaken by examination. Approximately 12 months part time or distance learning Course Aims web based material with the support of a tutor The subject area for the dissertation will The degree is designed to enhance your utilising phone and email. Supervision of the be in the area of accountancy and finance existing professional qualification through dissertation is therefore available at a distance and can be directly related to work or on exposure to strategic, financial and or in person for those within travelling distance a more theoretical topic of your choosing. management issues. Student will be expected of Northampton. Examples include accounting and ethics, to complete a dissertation that can be related auditing, corporate governance, internal to issues in the work place or more generally Managing Strategic Change control systems, risk management and market on topics that are currently topical in the Particular regard within this module will be efficiency. Students are required to identify a finance research domain. The management upon abilities and skills to conceptualise the topic of their choosing, with guidance from the of change is an essential area of expertise strategic development of organisations – to subject tutor, of sufficient breadth and depth to for many people seeking high level careers in recognise key strategic issues and to enhance undertake research and produce a dissertation the professions, commerce or academia. This abilities to manage strategic change. Strategic of approximately 15,000 words. course will provide students with a theoretical thinking is about processes of strategic background and applied knowledge at management and change, and the ability Assessment Masters level. It is designed to enhance to take holistic and long term views of the Coursework and dissertations. intellectual and transferable skills, including organisation in the context of its environment presentation, research, analysis and appraisal. is an important attribute of a senior manager. Entry Requirements On completion, postgraduate students will The strategies adopted must have regard for Full Professional qualifications such as ACCA, be conversant with theoretical issues in the internal capabilities, power structures CIMA, AIA, CIPFA, ICA or equivalent finance Management and finance, and be able to and culture of the organisation as well as qualifications such as IFS, The qualification apply theory and practice to real issues faced the external opportunities and uncertainties must be obtained by formal assessment and in day-to-day operations. exposed by environmental analysis. candidates should have three years’ relevant work based experience. Course Content Dissertation All students take modules in Managing An important feature of a Master’s Strategic Change and a dissertation programme is the development of a student’s (incorporating a research methods ability to work independently. The dissertation programme). Delivery is either on campus or module therefore starts with the introduction by distance learning. For those taking the Top to research methods and provides knowledge up programme delivered by distance learning of and insight into the main research tools individual students need to be prepared to available. study independently using CD ROM’s and/or 13
  • Business PART TIME BUSINESS PROGRAMME • Foundation Degree Business (FdA) • BA (Hons) Business and Management 3-5 years part time (the HNC Business is available after 2nd year) Course Aims Course Content Mode of Attendance The programme is designed to provide a Students who wish to study to honours degree During the first three years (FdA) students means for students who are in full time level can achieve this in four or five years. They must attend The University of Northampton employment to study towards a variety of should enrol first on the Foundation degree in for approximately three hours per week for 25 business qualifications. Employers emphasise Business (FdA). The Foundation degree involves weeks. In addition students are also advised, the need for their employees to possess a three years of study, with four modules per on average, to set aside at least two additional range of business skills and to understand year. There are a maximum of two taught evenings or half days per week for working issues across the varied functional areas modules per year to ensure that students only through distance learning materials, work of business. Modules have been chosen to need to attend on one night per week. based assessments and completing reading specifically meet these needs. and assessments relating to the taught Successful students from the FdA can modules. In addition to the increasingly multi then progress to the BA (Hons) Business & disciplinary nature of work, many employees Management Top up course. This takes the Currently, attendance on the Foundation are encouraged to take an active role in the form of distance learning modules, although degree is as follows: development of their careers. Work-based students may substitute modules from the Year 1 Monday evening learning modules help in this regard by full-time programme if they wish and are able Year 2/3 Tuesday evening allowing students to reflect upon their to attend University. learning within the workplace; they also These dates are subject to confirmation. facilitate the academic recognition of tasks We recognise that there are many demands Workshops (approx. two per term) in relation and projects completed at work. on the time of ambitious people, therefore, to work-based learning modules will be individuals who have successfully completed scheduled on your normal day of attendance. All modules on the FdA Business are the first two years of the FdA and who do not work-place orientated, ensuring that students feel able to commit to three years of study The Business and Management Top up develop a vocationally relevant understanding can accept a “fallback” award of the HNC in course is either all distance-learning or a of business and acquire the essential skills Business. hybrid of distance-learning modules and required within commerce and industry in the modules from the full-time course. This may 21st century. The Top up degree has a mix It is also possible to register for a smaller be completed in “standard” mode over of vocational and more academic modules, number of modules each year and build to an 15 months or in “flexible” mode over 27 consistent with the expectations of a UK award over an extended period. months. Normally, it involves the completion honours degree. of four distance-learning modules (Strategic All modules are subject to student demand Management, Accounting and Finance for and staff availability. Managers, Marketing Management and Critical Perspectives on Management). In addition, students must complete a Business Dissertation which requires a significant amount of independent study, with advice and support from your supervisor. 14
  • Business The University of Northampton offers a part time business programme route enabling you to study up to Honours degree level. The Foundation Degree in Business (FdA Business) is a three year award which consists of a carefully selected sequence of business and management taught modules, involving attendance on one evening a week. These taught modules are combined with work-based and distance learning modules, and the award will greatly assist you in developing your career to its maximum potential, whatever your area of work. Students may then progress to the award of the BA (Honours) Business and Management Top up (BAM). This is a distance learning award which can be spread over 15 or 27 months (depending upon work commitments). Assessment Coursework, exams and work based projects. Case study Career Opportunities ‘Attending the course has been easy and As well as career progression for those already convenient and I’ve met a great group of in a job, the programme provides a very good people to share ideas with. The learning has basis for a range of careers requiring a general been challenging but interesting and has management perspective. The Honours degree already been put to good use within my work, is increasingly recognised as a requirement increasing my confidence in my capabilities for promotion to middle management and, and enabling me to take on new projects.’ thereafter, onto postgraduate study and senior management. Stephanie Westwood FdA Business Entry Requirements Dependent on level of entry. Please enquire for further details. 15
  • Business ENTERPRISE (BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT) FOUNDATION DEGREE The Foundation Degree Enterprise (Business Development) offers a unique experience for course participants. 2-3 years part time Course Aims the new business, together with studying Typical Modules Include The Foundation Degree Enterprise (Business entrepreneurship and key issues in small Accounting Development) offers a unique experience for business management. They are also given Customers and Clients course participants. It has several features guidance in developing as an entrepreneur, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship which enable the entrepreneurs of tomorrow with opportunities to meet successful local Issues in Small Business not only learn how to succeed, but also entrepreneurs and interact with the regional Marketing demonstrate that they can do so because business community via the Enterprise Club. students will be given the opportunity to start Students have a choice of starting their own Assessment their own new business venture while studying. business (or developing an existing one), or The course is designed to allow both classroom We particularly welcome students with a deep working in an existing business to research learning and learning from experience. As desire to develop their ideas into successful potential business opportunities. In either such, it uses a wide range of assessments, businesses. case, the project work is customised to suit including: negotiated projects; business plans; your needs, and the learning is supported by research reports; self-development plans; Special Course Features the Business School’s Office of Work Based business presentations; investigative essays Students can start their own business (or Learning team (based within Northampton and exams. further develop a fledgling business) whilst Business School), who are deeply involved in studying and can be supported by Business supporting students in a working environment. Career Opportunities Link and The University of Northampton’s Course participants have access to a wide Many graduates enjoy self-employment, with Enterprise Club. range of support services. the more entrepreneurial going on to start many businesses throughout their lives. For Course Content Level Two those that choose a ‘corporate’ career, the The programme is designed to support At Level Two, further studies focus on course instills an entrepreneurial approach, participants in either: starting their own managing a growing business. Elements which many employers seek. business; growing their existing business; or include: looking after customers, managing perhaps developing a new venture within their money, and small business growth strategies. Entry Requirements employer’s organisation. Again, participants will be supported in their This course requires the equivalent of one personal development, this time with a focus A-Level (please contact our Admissions Level One on management skills. The project work will department for further details of equivalent At Level One, the focus is on the early stages of focus on developing/growing the business, and qualifications). If you are over 21, and developing a business venture. Students spend will again be customised to your requirements, have some experience of successful studies eight hours per week (classroom time) learning with support provided by the Office of Work beyond school, then we would welcome about the practical application of business Based Learning. the opportunity to talk with you about your principles, such as marketing and funding particular situation and future aspirations. 16
  • Business DIPLOMA IN PUBLIC SERVICE INTERPRETING (HEALTH OR LAW) This course is aimed at those who want to work as public service interpreters in the health or law sectors. 1 year distance learning Course Aims Course Content Unit 2: Sight Translation into English and This course is aimed at those who want to On completion of the course, students will the Other Language (approx. 20 minutes) work as public service interpreters in the have the skills, knowledge and understanding • Task 2A: Sight translation into English. health or law sectors and prepares students required to become a qualified public service for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting interpreter working in the health or law • Task 2B: Sight translation into the (DPSI) examinations organised by the Institute sectors. Students will be able to: Other Language. of Linguists. The DPSI is the main qualification Unit 3: Written Translation into English and • Accurately interpret interviews across for interpreters who work in public services, the Other Language (2 hours) the range of their chosen public service including legal, health and local government specialism (Health or Law). • Task 3A: Translation into English. sectors. • Produce accurate written translations, • Task 3B: Translation into the Other Successful students can apply for membership both into and out of English, on subjects Language. of the National Register of Public Service related to the health and law sectors. Interpreters (NRPSI). This is the register of • Recall the structure, procedures and Career Opportunities qualified interpreters used by the British associated vocabulary of all areas of The course is designed for those who want to criminal justices system and other public the Health and Law sectors. prepare themselves for playing an important services to recruit interpreters. Once role within their community whilst also taking registered, students will be available for Assessment the first step on a new career path as a selection to work in the British judicial system, Assessment is by way of examinations, professional interpreter. hospitals and other areas. The DPSI is organised by the Institute of Linguists and held accredited at NVQ level 6 by the Qualifications mid/ end of June. Entry Requirements and Curriculum Authority. Applicants must be fluent in English and their The examination consists of three units: Other Language. They should be able to speak Special Course Features and write in both languages at a level equal Unit 1: Consecutive and whispered to degree standard. We appreciate that some • Distance learning with guided self study interpreting (approx. 30 minutes) applicants have acquired their knowledge of and tutor support. • Task 1A: Role-play English or their Other Language informally • Compulsory workshop sessions for Two-way consecutive interpreting and through practice and do not hold formal practice activities with language tutors whispered interpreting from the Other qualifications. This is taken into account when as well as assessment tasks to monitor Language into English. assessing applications and we do consider progress. applicants from non-academic backgrounds. • Task 1B: Role-play • A wide range of languages on offer. Two-way consecutive interpreting and whispered interpreting from English into Applicants must be a resident of the United the Other Language. Kingdom. 17
  • Computing & IT BUSINESS COMPUTING SYSTEMS PART TIME PROGRAMME • HNC - 2 years part time • Foundation Degree (FdSc) • BSc Hons Degree The course provides students with the knowledge and skills that make them ‘industry ready’. A combination of software, website, systems analysis and database development modules are combined with service management, IS strategy and project management to create the ‘hybrid’ graduate that companies need. Additionally all modules are underpinned by the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA), the essential key skills recognised by the IT industry. 2-4 years part time Course Aims studying. HNC (Higher National Certificate) • Business Intelligence The course provides a broad foundation for students may also opt to complete work based • Consultancy and Development Projects entry to a career in the Business Computing units. • Web enables organisations industry. The aim is to supply industry with • Foundations of programming employees who can develop, implement and Year One maintain systems in business and commerce. During Level One students must attend for one Assessment day per week for two years. There are extended Coursework including portfolios, essays, The course allows students to develop their workshops for additional support, alongside presentations, reports, practical work, and some strengths and interests in developing software some intensive study supported by e-learning. examinations. through programming, website development and databases, and also in the support and Year Two Career Opportunities maintenance of IT. The course is further Students at Level 2 will attend one day per week In addition to the increasingly multidisciplinary enhanced by providing service management, for two years with additional workshop time and nature of work, many employees are strategic IT and project management modules support online. encouraged to take an active role in the that enable students to emerge with the development of their careers. Work based knowledge and skills that make them highly Completion of Level 1 and Level 2 modules learning modules help in this regard by employable in the IT industry. leads to the award of the HNC. The Foundation allowing students to contextualise and reflect Degree (FdSc) is awarded when all work based upon their learning within the workplace. In Special Course Features units are completed. Students may continue into addition all modules have been aligned to the Flexible study route the Top up year, Level 3, to obtain the degree. Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) Nationally recognised endorsed by the British Computer Society (BCS), Top up to degree available Year Three The Institute for the Management of Information On completion of the FdSc students can enrol on Systems (IMIS) and the ITSMF in relation to the Course Content the Top up BSc degree. The final year will involve skills of IS professionals. This course focuses on the development of a major research project. programming skills, exploration of database Entry Requirements and systems analysis techniques, together with Typical Modules Include For the HNC Year 1 applicants must: Human Factors and website development. - be suitably employed in a business environment • Service Management Students opting for this award would typically - have one pass at A-Level (or equivalent) • Database Implementation and be looking to specialise in areas such as - or be over the age of 21 with relevant Management programming, website development, database experience and motivation. • Systems Analysis and Design management or service management. Students Techniques may join and leave the course at various stages Direct entry into Year 3, Foundation Degree, • Web Application Development depending on their qualifications. Successful with a HNC in related discipline. • Quality and Security Management students may continue their studies in Year 4 up Direct entry into Year 4, degree with a HND or • Human Factors to degree level. For the award of the Foundation Foundation Degree in related discipline. • Strategic IS Degree students have to complete work based • Project Management (including modules and therefore need to be in work while PRINCE2®) 18
  • Computing & IT IT SERVICE MANAGEMENT • MSc - 2 years flexible or distance learning • Postgraduate Certificate - 1 year flexible or distance learning IT Service Management is at the core of an organisation’s IT activity. Our programme was the winner of itSMF Innovation Award in 2008 for providing the first ITSM course in the world. It is underpinned by industry standards such as ITIL®v3 and Prince2®. Accreditation is given to students with ITIL ® qualifications and modules are aligned to Skills for the Information Age (SFIA). The programme can be offered as a fully integrated distance learning programme worldwide. Course Aims Bank (ECB) UN World Food Programme, NHS, Assessment This course has been designed to meet the Serco, HP, IBM International, National Audit A mixture of coursework, projects, and need for competent and qualified staff that can Office (NAO), Universities of Nottingham assessments supplemented by video and enable organisations to maximise the value of and Northampton, as well as regional tele-conferencing, shared spaces and one to one IS and IT Services. It is suitable for any student councils and police forces. We aim to tailor support. wishing to move into IT Service Management. It assignments around work based experiences covers processes, security, governance, quality, where possible, to add value and enhance the Career Opportunities project and change management and the students experience. It is the perfect course A range of managerial and supervisory strategic implementation of IS. for IT students wishing to move into IT Service positions in Service Management, specific areas Management , which offers expanding job could involve the implementation of ITIL® It is recognised that information is the most opportunities. Course tutors are ITIL® and processes, continual service improvement, important strategic resource that any Prince2® trained. Another first is that the project and change management, Service Desk organisation has to manage, and that this university has aligned its learning outcomes provision and embedding frameworks and information is not managed or exploited if IT to SFIA so as to ensure students have the standards. The programme will ensure that systems and services are below the required building blocks to support Continual Personal students are offered a versatile portfolio of quality. The emergence of a global body – itSMF Development as well as enhance their skill set. experience and study. - which through its membership gathers shared experiences and participates in the continuous Course Content Entry Requirements development and promotion of best practice The course encompasses IT Service Candidates will normally hold a recognised First and standards underpins the importance of Management through a series of progressive or Second class Honours degree (or equivalent), IT Service Management and the quality of Units, developing the student’s knowledge or a postgraduate qualification for which a staff employed within this profession. This from fundamental concepts, through to IS degree or HND qualification was a necessary course addresses the need to understand the Strategy, Management Information, Quality entry requirement. Applicants with relevant responsibilities, components and opportunities Management, Application Development, work experience and an aptitude for Information for IT Service Management which has skill Service, Strategy, Design, Transition, Operation Technology, but a lower level of qualification with shortages in the modern world of business and Continual Service Development. The course professional qualifications, will be considered on computing and service delivery. The rationale for also includes People and Operational Issues an individual basis. the course is based on the recognition that the for implementing IT Service Management effectiveness of all IT Services is a vital aspect to frameworks (ITILv3) and standards including ISO Distance learning programmes are now the prosperity of any organisation. The course 38500:2008, ISO 20000, and ISO 9000:2000. available for the PG Cert, PG Diploma and embraces best practice from leading service the Full MSc. The ITIL Manager’s Certificate providers, and by continual reassessment, Typical Modules Include gives students exemption for 20M level credits. ensures all material is relevant to today’s Implementing Service Management ITIL Expert gives a further 20M level credits. computing and management expectations. Information Systems Development Exemptions for the new ITILv3 lifecycle and Project and Change Management capability modules are also available. Students Special Course Features Quality and IT Management wishing to study for a Post graduate Certificate Current and past students bring their Strategic Information Systems in ITSM are required to study three specified experiences to the course and come from Quality Management modules, while the Post graduate Diploma national and global companies around the Security and Knowledge based implementation necessitates the completion of six modules world, including BBC, BT, Marval Prudential, (excluding the dissertation). The full MSc Northgate Managed Services, European Central includes a dissertation. 19
  • Human Resource Management CERTIFICATE IN HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (AWAITING CIPD APPROVAL) 1 year part time Course Aims Course Content managing people and to create and maintain The course is designed for those already The course is of one year duration and covers effective working relationships. You will have employed in a HR function or department. You the following modules: the opportunity to develop the skills needed may have already completed the Certificate to analyse and evaluate Human Resource in Personnel Practice (CPP) or have completed Managing People Management activities and processes within the other qualifications or NVQ’s at Level 3 Will develop the knowledge and skills required regulatory framework. or higher. The aims of this course are to for the creation of effective working relationships increase your knowledge and understanding and the management of people. Assessment of management in general and in particular The course has a mixture of assessment Human Resource Management. You will have The Human Resource Function: Context & involving essays, reports on seminars, portfolios the opportunity to develop your self-awareness Roles and oral presentations. The emphasis is on and confidence and thereby improve your line Will develop the knowledge and understanding assessment by coursework. management skills to become a more effective required for good Human Resource HR manager. This course runs in parallel with Management practice. Entry Requirements the Certificate in Management which is the Applicants should be educated to GCSE or same level and size but suitable for those Introduction to Employment Law BTEC National Diploma level or equivalent interested in a more general management Will develop the knowledge and skills of Level 3. The CIPD Certificate in Personnel qualification. students to enable them to prevent employment Practice (CPP) is an ideal entry qualification. law problems arising and to be aware of the Applicants should be acquiring or have acquired The course is benchmarked against the new potential consequences of non-adherence. three years experience in a HR administration CIPD Level 5 Diploma and the University will or management post. For those in work the apply for CIPD approval. The Business School Personal Development primary focus will be the job held by the is already an accredited tuition centre and has Provides learners with a basis for continuing applicant and their experience. Successful delivered CIPD programmes over many years. self-development with a view to enabling completion will allow you to be considered for The course will enable participants to explore participants to become more effective in their the Postgraduate Diploma / MA in HRM which their potential and provide progression if you current and future line management roles. receives CIPD recognition for those with suitable wish to the MA / Post graduate Diploma Human experience for membership. Resource Management which is recognised by Management Report the CIPD. Will develop your ability to use a range of techniques and skills to identify, investigate, and critically evaluate a HR management problem and present a business case for improvement. The course is designed to develop the necessary personal and interpersonal skills required for 20
  • Human Resource Management MA/PG DIPLOMA HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (CIPD) This course is aimed at providing Masters level qualification’s for those working in the HRM field as well as those wanting to develop a career in this area. This qualification leads to membership with the CIPD. 2 years part time Course Aims Course Content Students are introduced to CIPD requirements The aim of the programme is to develop The programme provides a strong foundation for CPD at the beginning of the programme and your potential and to maximise personal and in general business and management, with given appropriate guidance on membership and professional development to enhance your a particular emphasis on understanding the support throughout the programme to maximise employability. The course will develop your strategic significance of HRM in a variety their career development opportunities. understanding of the HR activities, strategies of organisational contexts. It incorporates and plans that underpin sustainable business a range of specialist HRM modules which Entry Requirements performance and develop the analytical and develop the knowledge, understanding, skills The part time award is aimed at those already diagnostic skills required of HR professionals. and competencies required of effective HR in work, with recent experience, and who are professionals. interested in their Continuous Professional Special Course Features Development (CPD). Applicants for the Professional accreditation has been applied for Typical Modules Include: MA require a degree from a recognised UK and is pending CIPD approval. The Chartered HRM in Context university at Lower Second class or higher or Institute of Personnel and Development Leading, Managing and Developing People equivalent. Candidates without a First degree (CIPD) is Europe’s largest HR development Investigating a Business Issue will normally be enrolled on to the PG Diploma professional body supporting and developing Leadership and Management Skills HRM but will be eligible to transfer to the MA those responsible for the management and Performance Management on successful completion of 60 credits. The development of people within organisations. Strategic HRM minimum entry requirements for the PG Dip In 2009 the CIPD launched its Professional Employment Relations HRM will be a recognised CIPD qualification Map for the HRM profession which identified Dissertation (for the MA) (CPP or CTP or equivalent) or similar Level 5/6 the specialisms, levels of competence and qualification and at least 12 months’ current behaviours required of HR professionals at Career Opportunities working experience within a personnel/HR different levels. The MA/PG Diploma reflects The MA/PG Dip HRM opens the way for a department or related area. and incorporates CIPD knowledge and career in HRM. Whilst it is possible to work competence requirements. Completing the MA/ in the HR field without a CIPD accredited PG Dip HRM will provide students with the qualification, increasingly employers are seeking underpinning knowledge required for Chartered individuals who are CIPD qualified or working CIPD membership. Those with the relevant towards a CIPD qualification. Many career experience can then apply for a membership opportunities are only open to CIPD members, assessment based on their workplace activities both in the public sector and a range of and behaviours through the CIPD. commercial organisations. 21
  • Human Resource Management MA HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT TOP UP 1 year part time or distance learning Course Aims Course Content Assessment The programme aims to enable students to Three modules are studied, each with specific The programme is assessed through a understand and analyse the key strategic learning outcomes. combination of individual and group factors that impact upon contemporary assignments and the production of the organisations and to investigate the human Managing Strategic Change: Provides an dissertation. resource and wider business implications of insight into wider business issues and how these. The research to be undertaken provides change and advancement are called for in Entry Requirements students with the opportunity to investigate today’s competitive business environment. To gain a place on this Top up Degree issues of strategic importance within the HRM Students study a variety of potential methods candidates must be full members of the CIPD arena. for managing change and investigate the and have passed the whole of the CIPD’s contextual factors that are likely to influence professional education programme. Once Delivery method their relative effectiveness. Normally students these criteria have been attained the three The programme can be taken by Distance from different disciplines (i.e. HRM, Marketing, modules provide the additional educational Learning (DL) or by part time attendance with Finance etc) work together on case studies to credit points to ’top up’ to an MA award. classes normally being one evening a week enhance learning. for 21 weeks. Classes are each of 3 hours duration whilst DL students work from a CD Research Methods: This module provides with accompanied reading. The programme students with the skills and tools to enable commences in September/ October. them to be effective in their dissertation work. The range of research methods are discussed and analysed in terms of their appropriateness and value for different types of research. 22
  • Management CERTIFICATE IN MANAGEMENT STUDIES (CMS) CMS aims to develop the general management skills and knowledge of people who hold or are about to progress to first-line management responsibilities. . 1 year part time or distance learning Course Aims Course Content Assessment CMS aims to develop the general management The course aims to encourage participants to The course has a mixture of assessment skills and knowledge of people who hold or are explore their potential and increase their self involving essays, reports on seminars, portfolios about to progress to first-line management awareness and confidence, to become more and oral presentations. The emphasis is on responsibilities. It will appeal to a wide variety assessment by coursework. of people with experience in private and public effective in their management roles and finally sectors, large and small companies. The CMS to provide progression opportunities to more Career Opportunities is a practical course for those seeking a more advanced study programmes. Students will Especially useful for those who are keen to traditional approach to study, while providing be developed as practicing managers using give their career a boost, or are finding they a progression route on to a postgraduate level problem solving and participative techniques. have increasing responsibility for supervising for people with no previous undergraduate The award requires students to complete seven others or running a small section. Successful academic record. written assignments. They also undertake a completion of the CMS allows entry into the work-based management project, submit a Diploma of Management Studies Course (DMS). The primary aims of the course are to promote written report, and make an oral presentation personal and career development by increasing on their main findings. Successful CMS Entry Requirements the participant’s knowledge and understanding students would be eligible for admission to The primary focus will be the job held by the of management. It will develop management the DMS (Diploma in Management Studies) applicant and their experience. However, in skills relevant to first-line management positions and could progress to the Masters of Business general, students will be over 23, be in full and provide participants with a basis for further Administration (MBA). time or part time employment and have been self-development and to encourage them to take educated to Level 3 with work experience. responsibility for both their own development Longer work experience can compensate for the and for those for whom they are responsible. Typical Modules Include absence of prior academic achievement. • Managing Finance Special Course Features • Managing Information • Its direct link with, and understanding of, the working environment • Managing Operations • The assignments can be used as reports • Managing People at work • Personal Development • It takes what you already know in • Communication Skills practice and provides a framework of supporting academic knowledge 23
  • Management DIPLOMA IN MANAGEMENT STUDIES (DMS) This programme is a long established and very successful nationally recognised general management qualification. 2 years part time or distance learning Course Aims The overall aim of the course is to develop Assessment The Diploma is a nationally recognised general management expertise through the Assessments include both oral and written management qualification. This two year examination and application of modern assignments, examinations and projects. programme has been designed to meet the management concepts and techniques. needs of either practising managers or suitably For this purpose, the programme of study Career Opportunities qualified/experienced men and women is linked to the students’ organisations and This course is designed for those with work aspiring to a management position. underpinned with work-based assignments experience and takes the manager from and projects. Typically, at the end of the the certificate level through to diploma Successful completion of the DMS allows direct course students are more confident in and on to the MBA Top up available part entry into the MBA Top up programme to their managerial ability and have acquired time or distance learning. Delegates will convert to a Masters degree. skills to improve both their own and their consequently be at various stages in their organisation’s performance. The MBA Top up career. This diversity, together with the variety Special Course Features programme runs separately but alongside the of organisations represented, private/public • Nationally recognised award in the well-established part time MBA course and is and large/small, creates a rich learning private and public sectors. available only to those candidates who have environment. satisfactorily completed a DMS or equivalent • Leads onto the MBA to-up award. qualification. Entry Requirements • The course content is completely For entry onto the DMS consideration will geared to, and immediately usable in, Typical Modules Include be given to: Applicants holding a degree, the working environment. • Accounting and Finance for or equivalent; a CMS; an HND or HNC; or Managers 1 an appropriate grade of membership of Course Content an approved professional body. Applicants The course offers a flexible form of study and • Accounting and Finance for not holding a formal qualification but who successful completion of Level 1 can lead to Managers 2 are 25 years or over with at least four years the award of the Postgraduate Certificate • Individual Management Project relevant experience in a post of professional or in Management Studies. Continuation into • Managing Operations administrative responsibility will be considered. Level 2 leads to the Diploma in Management Applicants should normally be in full time Studies, which then permits progression to a • Marketing Principles and Management employment. Top up programme for those interested, which • Organisational Strategy within a further year, leads to the Master of • People in Organisations Business Administration (MBA). • The Effective Manager 24
  • Management MBA TOP UP PROGRAMME From Edexcel, ILM, CMI, NCC, ABE 1 year part time or distance learning Course Aims or in person for those within travelling distance Dissertation Strategic management and change are of Northampton. Fully qualified managers with Students are required to identify a topic of their essential areas of expertise for many people a Level 7 qualification and three years work choosing, with guidance from the subject tutor, seeking high level careers in the professions, experience need to complete one module on of sufficient breadth and depth to undertake commerce or academia. This course will Managing Strategic Change plus Research research and produce a dissertation of provide students with a theoretical background Methods and dissertation. Some individuals approximately 15,000 words. Research may and applied knowledge at Masters level. may need to take extra modules depending on be based within your own organisation or be It is designed to enhance intellectual and their previous qualifications. on more generic issues within your subject transferable skills, including research, analysis area. and appraisal. On completion, postgraduate Managing Strategic Change students will be conversant with theoretical Particular regard within this module will be Assessment issues in Management, and be able to apply upon abilities and skills to conceptualise the Coursework and dissertations. theory and practice to real issues faced in day- strategic development of organisations – to to-day operations. recognise key strategic issues and to enhance Entry Requirements abilities to manage strategic change. Strategic Applicants are welcome from those with Level Course Content thinking is about processes of strategic 7 professional qualifications from Edexcel, As a part-time course students take the management and change, and the ability ILM, CMI, NCC ABE. The amount of credit module in Managing Strategic Change. to take holistic and long term views of the given as an exception depends on the Level 7 Supervision for the dissertation is provided in organisation in the context of its environment qualification and options taken. Northampton (or at a distance if you prefer). is an important attribute of a senior manager. For those taking the Top up programme The strategies adopted must have regard for delivered by distance learning individual the internal capabilities, power structures students need to be prepared to study and culture of the organisation as well as independently using CD ROM’s and or web the external opportunities and uncertainties based material with the support of a tutor exposed by environmental analysis. utilising phone and e-mail. Supervision of the dissertation is therefore available at a distance 25
  • Management MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (MBA) The MBA is the leading internationally recognised qualification for practising managers. Case study “My confidence has grown greatly and I have been able to apply my theory into practice at 2-3 years part time or distance learning work. It’s important to have a good work/life balance whilst studying and working and it’s really about getting into the flow of it. Flexible Course Aims Course Content learning part time was the best route for me.” The MBA is the leading internationally The MBA (part time) enables participants to recognised qualification for practising consider issues in an organisation wide or total Lee Jones, managers. This is a part time programme business context. Skills in analysing business MBA Business Administration with designed to meet the needs of senior or and organisational problems are emphasised, Distinction potential senior managers in all sectors as is the ability to recognise and exploit of employment. All the evidence indicates opportunities. The development of strategies that British managers increasingly need and plans for business or departmental comprehensive professional education improvement is a major theme. Throughout and development. The MBA (part time) the course interpersonal and communication Programme provides a major opportunity to skills are highlighted and developed, together help meet those needs for managers within with links between the course content to the region, nationally and internationally. The participants’ own job roles and workplaces. programme has been designed not only to Such links are particularly evident in the give participants a thorough understanding of assessment programme through the use of job business and management processes, but also based projects and assignments. Assessment to enable them to develop their effectiveness Coursework assignments, examinations and a as practising managers. It will create many The MBA (part time) covers all the core dissertation. opportunities for participants and their elements of Accounting, Marketing and organisations to improve performance. Human Resource Management that you would Career Opportunities expect in a comprehensive management With a sound knowledge of the theories and As a postgraduate degree, this course development programme. The fundamental techniques of management and increased is demanding both in terms of entry aspect of strategy development is fully confidence in dealing with other management qualifications and the rigour and workload addressed in the Strategic Management professionals, graduates’ management associated with the course, and so requires module. competences will be significantly improved commitment and dedication from participants. on completion leading to enhanced career The method of teaching is participative, progression opportunities. enabling students to contribute from their Typical Modules Include experience and abilities as well as learn from • Accounting and Finance for Managers Entry Requirements others in the group. Dissertation Applicants will normally be expected to hold a first or second class Honours Special Course Features • Managing Operations degree of a British university or equivalent • The course content is completely • Managing Strategic Change and have a minimum of 2 years relevant geared towards, and immediately • Marketing: Principles and Management management experience. HNC/HND or Dip usable in, the working environment HE qualifications or their equivalent will be • Organisational Strategy considered, as will applicants with significant • Assignments and reports can be used • People in Organisations work experience following the successful in the workplace completion of a GMAT or other appropriate • Research Methods for Business • The Effective Manager aptitude test. 26
  • Management BSC (HONS) CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT (Top up FROM HND OR FDSC) This course aims to provide progression to Honours degree for students who have completed the HND/FdSc in Construction Management. . Course Aims Course Content Assessment To provide progression to Honours degree for Delivery of the course is shared between the Coursework, examinations and project. students who have completed the HND/FdSc technical staff in the Construction Department in Construction Management. This course is at Moulton College and the Management Career Opportunities offered in partnership with Moulton College. staff in Northampton Business School at The This course is designed for those already It will concentrate on developing the student’s University of Northampton. working in the construction industry. The aim is managerial ability to face the challenges in to enhance career progression into supervisory the construction industry in the 21 century. Typical Modules Include and management jobs including on site The course will cover operational management • Project Management and office management roles, and project issues and innovations in the industry as well management. as sustainability. • Sustainability & Innovation • Operations Management Entry Requirements Special Course Features • IT Applications in Construction HND/FdSc Construction Management. • Part time programme • Project • Designed for those already working in the construction and related industries • Varied assessment including case studies, reports, presentations and exams 27
  • Management MA LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT Incorporating Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate Via distance learning Introduction Structure Entry Requirements The award is aimed at those already in The programme is available via distance • A first degree and / or professional work, who are interested in their Continuous learning and learners would normally take 30 qualifications at level 5 or higher with Professional Development (CPD). A wide range credits per semester (60 credits per year) work experience. of people find themselves requiring formal Year 1 = Postgraduate Certificate of 60 qualifications in order to progress their career. credits • Applicants for the distance learning are Unfortunately CPD may become fragmented Year 2 = Postgraduate Diploma of 60 credits expected to be in suitable employment. with qualifications, part qualifications, short Year 3 = MA 60 credits (dissertation). • Applicants who do not clearly meet the courses, and internal training. This flexible above requirements for entry on to the qualification is designed to fit with the The Programme facilitates flexible study for Masters programme may be consider qualifications and CPD provided by the main individuals and allows applicants to tailor their for initial entry on to the Pg Cert stage. UK providers and professional bodies. programme from a wide choice of modules • English Language requirements for via negotiation with the course leader. The those whose first language is not English is Students completing the programme can course is ideal for those with professional IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent. expect to have a career boost whether in the postgraduate (level 7) Diplomas from such public services or commercial organisations. bodies as the ILM, CMI, Edexcel, ABE, or NCC Blended Learning (typically for corporate It is the aim of this course that graduates for example. Such applicants will normally clients) will eventually become senior managers receive at least 60 credits in exemptions from This programme is available for Corporate in their organisation. The course provides the Certificate stage and progress directly to Clients who are able to negotiate a opportunities for managers to develop higher the Diploma stage. The main themes within programme for between 15 and 25 learners specialist and advanced level knowledge, skills the programme are: leadership, change per cohort. A client based programme is and leadership capacities. The course equips management, IT systems management, typically 60 credits normally leading to a Pg students with the knowledge and skills for organisation strategy and functional Cert. Successful individuals may continue to advancement in leadership and management operations. the Pg Dip and MA via distance learning. and it is expected that the programme will considerably enhance the career pathways for Blended learning modules are delivered these students. usually in sequence (one every two or three months) and include one or two workshops in each module followed by directed study and supported by self study material, usually drawn from the distance learning pack. The assignment is usually tailored to the working or professional environment. 28
  • Marketing PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE IN MARKETING (CIM) The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the recognised professional body for marketing practitioners. 1 year part time Course Aims Assessing the Marketing relationships effectively, in terms of utilising The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is Environment (AME) a marketing mix that influences and satisfies the recognised professional body for marketing The aim of this unit is to provide an stakeholder needs in line with the organisation’s practitioners. Its professional qualifications are understanding of the nature and scope of the business and marketing objectives. recognised within the UK, the European Union internal and external marketing environment and other parts of the world. Northampton with broad consideration of the impact of Assessment Business School is an Accredited Study Centre international and global marketing. The unit Assessment is by coursework and examination. of the CIM. seeks to provide an overview of the significance of the marketing environment within the Career Opportunities The prime aim of the CIM Professional confines of the PESTEL model, but with As the professional body representing marketing Certificate is to provide non-business consideration of issues including environmental managers who are in practice in a variety of graduates, or those with practical marketing and economic sustainability. organisations, CIM offers qualifications for those experience, with a sound understanding who want to progress their career in marketing of the fundamentals of effective marketing Marketing Information and or related disciplines – sales, advertising, market management at the operational level. The Research (MIR) research, product and service development and programme provides a route into the CIM This unit focuses on the importance of marketing commercial management. Professional Diploma in Marketing. information in gaining a more in-depth understanding of both the market in which the Entry Requirements Special Course Features organisation operates and the customers it Entry requirements are determined by The seeks to serve. Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). As a • Qualifications recognised throughout the world minimum, two ‘A’ levels are required or any It aims to provide an understanding of how general Bachelors or Masters degree or an • Route to Professional Postgraduate marketing information supports marketing equivalent such as: Diploma decisions within the organisation and how information contributes to the overall marketing • CIM Introductory Certificate (Level 2 or Marketing Essentials (ME) process. The unit explores different research 3 versions will be accepted) The aim of this unit is to provide a detailed methodologies and encourages consideration • NVQ/SVQ Level 3 in Marketing explanation of the key theories and practice of complementary approaches to collecting a (equivalent to NQF Level 3) behind marketing as an exchange process range of market and customer information. and a business function, but also as a means • NVQ/SVQ Level 4 in any other subject (UK) of creating customer value in the short to (equivalent to NQF Level 4 and above) Stakeholder Marketing (SM) medium term. This unit introduces individuals The focus of this unit is to recognise the nature • International baccalaureate (equivalent to to the importance of the marketing planning and scope of an organisation’s diverse range NQF Level 3 and above) process and the role of marketing across the of stakeholders (including customers) and their organisation. relative importance to the marketing process Business and/or marketing experience in a and the market oriented organisation. support role would be advantageous but is not The unit considers how to manage stakeholder essential. 29
  • Marketing PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA IN MARKETING (CIM) The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the recognised professional body for marketing practitioners. 1 year part time Course Aims Delivering Customer Value through Marketing concurrently managing the associated risk of The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is (CV) implementing particular plans. the recognised professional body for marketing The unit’s primary focus is the development practitioners. Its professional qualifications are and execution of marketing activities that have Assessment recognised within the UK, the European Union been designed to achieve customer satisfaction Assessment is by course work and examination. and other parts of the world. Northampton and meet organisational objectives, through Business School is an Accredited Study Centre effective marketing mix strategies which Career Opportunities of the CIM. The aim of this qualification is to deliver stakeholder value. The unit includes As the professional body representing Marketing provide the knowledge, skills and ‘ability to do’ the development of the product portfolio, managers who are in practice in a variety of that a typical Marketing manager would need. managing marketing channels, managing the organisations, CIM offers qualifications for those Employers will be expecting those who communications mix and managing the service who want to progress their career in marketing complete this qualification to be able to expectations of customers. or related disciplines – sales, advertising, market demonstrate skills such as planning, balancing research, product and service development and needs and interests of all stakeholders. Managing Marketing (MM) commercial management. The focus of this unit is developing the Special Course Features marketer as a manager, including giving them Entry Requirements • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of the knowledge and understanding required As a minimum, the following qualifications or Marketing to develop and manage the marketing experience is recommended as the prerequisite • Intended for the aspiring strategic marketer infrastructure and the organisation’s talent for entry onto the Professional Diploma in development, capability and capacity. This Marketing: • Progression onto the Chartered includes developing effective quality systems Postgraduate Diploma • The CIM Professional Certificate in and processes to support compliance and approaches to measuring and monitoring Marketing (either the 2002 syllabus Course Content or the 2008 syllabus) marketing activities. The unit also includes The course consists of four units, the syllabus for developing and managing marketing teams, OR which is specified by CIM. which includes co-ordinating the human, • Any business or marketing Bachelors or financial and physical resources within the team Masters Degree (or an equivalent The Marketing Planning Process (MP) effectively. qualification) where a minimum of one This unit is designed to provide a detailed understanding of marketing planning, including third of the credits come from Marketing (i.e. Project Management in Marketing (PM) 120 credits in Bachelors degrees or 60 the synergistic planning process and its links This unit will focus on the proactive development credits with Masters Degrees) with the delivery of marketing strategy. It and delivery of a justified management process also considers a thorough assessment of the OR to support the initiation, implementation dynamic and complex nature of the marketing and control of marketing projects, including • Experience in a marketing management role environment and its impact on developing the use of research and information and that has provided potential students with marketing plans to achieve strategic outcomes preparing proposals and briefs to identify needs ability to evidence that they can meet the and competitive advantage in the market place. comprehensively. The unit will also focus upon learning outcomes of the CIM Professional evaluating marketing project proposals and Certificate in Marketing if required to do so prioritising them on the basis of fit with market and is sufficient to pass the Entry Test conditions, organisational capacity, competitor to Level 6. activity and strategic management, while 30
  • Marketing CHARTERED POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN MARKETING (CIM) The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the recognised professional body for marketing practitioners. 1 year part time Course Content Managing Corporate Reputation Entry Requirements This new qualification will consist of two stages. This unit looks closely at the strategic role of As a minimum, the following qualifications and Stage 1 will comprise four units. The aim is to marketing communications in managing the experience are recommended as a prerequisite provide the knowledge, skills and know-how for organisation’s reputation, including the corporate for entry: senior marketing managers, giving them an brand and corporate positioning. This unit has CIM Professional Postgraduate Diploma in insight into defining the organisation’s strategic a significant amount of new content, which Marketing. focus, and developing marketing strategies and moves CIM forward in its coverage of marketing the corporate communications plan. communications, making it more dynamic, • CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing relevant and leading edge. The unit looks at (either the 2003 syllabus or the 2009 Emerging Themes (ET) the nature and characteristics of reputational syllabus) or the CIM Advanced This unit should challenge your conceptual management, and at managing the dimensions Certificate in Marketing thinking and encourage you to consider how of an organisation’s reputation. businesses need to respond to emerging themes OR Upon successful completion of this programme, from a marketing perspective. As well as • A business or marketing Bachelors or the student will have gained60 credits and is establishing academic robustness from the onset, Masters degree (or an equivalent awarded the Professional Postgraduate Diploma the unit will give students an insight into the qualification) where the minimum of half in Marketing and MCIM status. latest issues that are impacting upon of the credits come from Marketing (i.e. 180 marketing in both today’s and tomorrow’s Stage 2, Leading Marketing, is a very substantial credits in Bachelor degrees and 90 credits dynamic and changeable business environment. work-based project, designed to develop the in Masters degrees) A unique feature of this unit is that the emerging professional skills and competencies required themes covered will be updated annually. to implement research and/or business projects AND successfully. Part of the process will be to evaluate • A range of experience working at Senior Analysis and Decision (A&D) the role of these skills in the project, as well as Marketing Management level that has This unit prepares students to undertake a whether the project successfully achieved the provided potential students with the ability strategic audit of the organisation in order intended outcomes. It will also enable students to evidence that they can meet the learning to assess its ability to deliver its business and to evaluate behavioural changes in order to outcomes of the CIM Professional Diploma in marketing strategy, and to make strategic choices develop their skills for interactions at a higher Marketing if required to do so and is and decisions based on that audit within the level, i.e. at a strategic and/or board level. Upon sufficient to pass the Entry Test to Level 7. context of a dynamic global market place. The completion of Stage 2 (which is not compulsory), unit focuses on the tools for strategic decision the successful student will have gained a further A range of experience working at Senior making of this type, including financial and risk 60 credits and been awarded the Chartered Marketing Management level that has provided analysis for each decision. Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing. Once potential students with ability to evidence of relevant experience is gained through a CPD competence in managing marketing resources Marketing Leadership and Planning (MLP) process, Chartered Marketer status is achieved. and contributing to business decisions from a The purpose of this unit is to develop the skills marketing perspective. to evaluate options, make strategic decisions Assessment and develop strategic plans based on a clear Assessment is by course work and examination. Students should be in a position (preferably understanding of the organisation’s need for working) to plan, agree and implement a work- change and how best to manage it, providing based project that is relevant to their business clear and strong leadership. context. 31
  • Marketing MA MARKETING Masters Top up Programme Approximately 12 months part time or distance learning Course Aims either on campus or by distance learning. For Dissertation The degree is designed to enhance your those taking the Top up programme delivered An important feature of a Master’s programme existing professional qualification such as by distance learning individual students need is the development of a student’s ability to the CIM Postgraduate Professional Diploma to be prepared to study independently using work independently. The dissertation module through exposure to strategic marketing, and CD ROM’s and/or web based material with the therefore starts with the introduction to research management issues. Students will be expected support of a tutor utilising phone and e-mail. methods and provides knowledge of and insight to complete a dissertation that can be related Supervision of the dissertation is therefore into the main research tools available. to issues in the work place or more generally available at a distance or in person for those on topics that are currently topical in the within travelling distance of Northampton. The subject area for the dissertation will be finance research domain. The management in the area of marketing and can be directly of change is an essential areas of expertise related to work or on a more theoretical topic of for many people seeking high level careers Managing Strategic Change your choosing. Students are required to identify in the professions, commerce or academia. Particular regard within this module will be upon a topic of their choosing, with guidance from the This course will provide students with a abilities and skills to conceptualise the strategic subject tutor, of sufficient breadth and depth to theoretical background and applied knowledge development of organisations – to recognise undertake research and produce a dissertation at Masters level. It is designed to enhance key strategic issues and to enhance abilities to of approximately 15,000 words. intellectual and transferable skills, including manage strategic change. Strategic thinking is presentation, research, analysis and appraisal. about processes of strategic management and Assessment On completion, postgraduate students will change, and the ability to take holistic and long Coursework and dissertations. be conversant with theoretical issues in term views of the organisation in the context Management and Marketing, and be able to of its environment is an important attribute Entry Requirements apply theory and practice to real issues faced in of a senior manager. The strategies adopted Full and relevant Level 7 Professional day-to-day operations. must have regard for the internal capabilities, qualification such as the CIM Postgraduate power structures and culture of the organisation Professional Diploma, The qualification must be Course Content as well as the external opportunities and obtained by formal assessment and candidates All students take modules in Managing Strategic uncertainties exposed by environmental should have three years’ relevant work based Change and a dissertation (incorporating a analysis. experience. research methods programme). Delivery is 32
  • Corporate DEVELOP YOUR BUSINESS THROUGH STUDENT PLACEMENTS studies and complete the fourth and final year of their degree. Centre for Work-Based Organisations currently employing these students include a learning wide range of sectors and industries. Local companies such as Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Cummins, Avon Cosmetics, Whitworths Local and available - keen, bright and and Milton Keynes Council have employed students in a variety of roles as have organisations further a field such as IBM, Hotel enthusiastic students who can be Chocolát, Microsoft, Network Rail, The National Trust and employed on a fixed term contract. Swarovski. Undergraduate Part Time Employment Whether you are a small, medium or large organisation, we have First degree courses now offer the option of a formal ‘work-based students available who are keen to work hard, contribute to their learning’ module. Many students work part time to help pay for employer, develop new skills and knowledge and bring fresh their studies. Now they are able to learn from such experiences ideas and concepts into your business. by studying in the work-place and completing assessed projects, with the employer’s permission. The University also helps match Your organisation benefits by selecting from a source of, bright employers seeking part time staff to students seeking work and and enthusiastic students who can be employed on a fixed term has a “Job Shop” to support this activity. Employers who wish contract. There are three main types of placement from which to recruit students as part time workers should contact the your organisation may benefit. University’s Job Shop on studentcentre@northampton.ac.uk Undergraduate Sandwich Year – 12 months full time placement For further information on employing placement All our single honours degree programmes now offer students student’s contact: the opportunity to undertake a one year period of work-based learning during the third year of their studies. These students join The Centre for Work Based Learning a wide variety of organisations from large blue chip companies Telephone: 01604 892036 to SMEs. They find employment in the public, private and Email: business@northampton.ac.uk voluntary sectors, mainly in the UK but some students do work internationally. As full time employees they are available for work from July at the end of their second year of study through to the September of the following year when they rejoin their full time 35
  • Corporate MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT FOR CORPORATE CLIENTS Corporate Programmes Dedicated to providing flexible and All programmes can be tailored to individual client needs or we value for money solutions for all can recommend joining a consortia programme to share the costs with others. The following are examples of programmes our clients - large or small; public or and levels: private. 1) Needs Analysis to evaluate training and staff development Northampton Business School (NBS) is a leading provider of gaps. training, consultancy and business qualification programmes for executives, professionals and all levels of management. Our 2) Certificate in Leadership and Management either training programmes have been designed to meet the needs of general programme or tailored for specific sectors. both public and private sector clients and can be tailored to your specific industry or business. 3) Foundation Degree in Leadership and Management customised to your needs and delivered in the workplace. Can Our dedicated e-learning team develop electronic study incorporate ILM Level 5. materials to support the learning process and make blended/ distance learning possible. 4) Management Development Programme aimed at experienced middle managers or those working towards that We pride ourselves on our flexibility and whilst we have excellent level resulting in a Postgraduate Certificate in Management. facilities here on site, it is not unusual for our trainers to travel anywhere in the country to suit the client. 5) Graduate Management Training Programme designed for those new graduates who need to be accelerated through We work closely with our customers in the development of their their first few years of development, leads to a Postgraduate people and delivery of solutions. NBS has gained a reputation for Certificate in Management. excellence throughout the UK and is able to accredit corporate management development programmes through The University of Northampton. Further Information For further information please contact Mike Fearey, So what makes us different? Management Trainer on 01604 892036 All of our consultants and trainers have a combination of proven or email business@northampton.ac.uk business experience and relevant professional qualifications. • Provable return on investment. Our model for developing and evaluating our programmes ensures that our development schemes have a direct effect in the workplace. • Specialist knowledge. We only deliver training in subjects where we have direct experience and qualifications. • Client focus. We are led by the client and their needs and aim to develop close and long standing relationships. 37
  • HOW TO FIND US From the South: Leave the M1 at junction 15 and follow the signs for Northampton (3rd exit). Leave the A45 at the Queen Eleanor Interchange (3rd exit), signed town centre. Stay in the middle lane on the slip road and take the 2nd exit off the roundabout signed town centre (London Road, A508). Continue forward for approximately 1 mile following signposts for the town centre through several sets of traffic lights. At the Carlsberg brewery (on the left hand side) bear left at the traffic lights towards the train station and Daventry. Move to the right hand lane. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit signed Market Harborough A508. Continue forward through several sets of traffic lights following signs for Market Harborough continue forward for Park Campus. After 3/4 mile you will reach the Cock Hotel Junction, continue forward and move into the right hand lane. Continue forward through several sets of traffic lights following signs for The University of Northampton, Park Campus. Immediately after the shops, turn right opposite the Frog and Fiddler pub onto Boughton Green road. Continue up the hill (crossing 2 roundabouts) until you reach the campus on the right hand side (approx 3/4 mile). From the North: Leave the M1 at junction 16 and take the 1st exit off the roundabout towards Northampton (A45). Go straight on at the roundabout (2nd exit), signposted Northampton and through a complex set of traffic lights. At the large roundabout take the left lane and 1st exit towards Duston (A428). Follow signs for Kingsthorpe and continue straight over at roundabouts and traffic lights until you cross the River Nene. Continue to the Cock Hotel junction; turn left for Park Campus. Move into the right hand lane. Continue forward through several sets of traffic lights following signs for The University of Northampton, Park Campus. Immediately after the shops, turn right opposite the Frog and Fiddler pub onto Boughton Green road. Continue up the hill (crossing 2 roundabouts) until you reach the campus on the right hand side. From the East: From the A45 leave at the junction with A43 Northampton and Kettering. Take the 3rd exit off the roundabout signed Kettering and Corby. Continue forward signed A43 Kettering and Corby. At the first roundabout take the 2nd exit (straight) signed Thorplands, Boothville (A43 Kettering, Corby). At the next 3 roundabouts take the 2nd exits signed Market Harborough. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit signed The University of Northampton. Turn left into the campus at the mini roundabout. Northampton Business School The University of Northampton Cottesbrooke Building Park Campus Boughton Green Road Northampton Northamptonshire NN2 7AL 38
  • COME AND FIND OUT MORE Professional Development Advice If you are unsure about which course suits you and would like an informal telephone conversation or personal interview to discuss your professional development please telephone 01604 892036 or email business@northampton.ac.uk Northampton Business School The University of Northampton Cottesbrooke Building Park Campus Boughton Green Road Kingsthorpe Northampton NN2 7AL Further information about business courses and The University of Northampton can be obtained from our web www.northampton.ac.uk 40
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