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The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the world’s largest professional marketing body. It provides membership, qualifications and training to marketing professionals around the world. Read more
The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the world’s largest professional marketing body. It provides membership, qualifications and training to marketing professionals around the world.

The accredited CIM qualifications available at the University of South Wales are for those looking to acquire professional recognition, while gaining both practical and strategic marketing skills and knowledge.

The CIM Chartered Postgraduate Diploma is a Level 7 qualification that has been designed for marketing managers working at, or aspiring to work at strategic level. The focus is on strategic aspects of marketing management. This qualification is increasingly seen as the benchmark of competence at the highest level.

The University of South Wales is a CIM accredited study centre, and our pass rates consistently exceed the national average.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1276-chartered-institute-of-marketing-cim-chartered-postgraduate-diploma

What you will study

The Chartered Postgraduate Diploma provides the opportunity to examine future strategic options and consider best marketing practice. You will appreciate how your organisation can differentiate in a competitive world.

The course includes four compulsory modules:
- Emerging Themes
- Analysis and Decision
- Marketing Leadership and Planning
- Managing Corporate Reputation

Learning and teaching methods

Work related assignments, projects and examinations.

Employment Prospects

Students who have achieved this qualification have secured senior positions as marketing managers that involve the creation and implementation of a marketing strategy.

Some students choose to go on to the postgraduate degree qualifications available at the university, such as our MBA (Master of Business Administration) or specialist Marketing Masters programmes such as the MSc Marketing and the MSc Strategic Digital Marketing qualifications.

Assessment methods

A mix of assignments and exams including a pre-seen case study exam.

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management gives rapid access to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) Advanced Level Diploma, CIPD Associate Membership and the opportunity to upgrade to CIPD Chartered status. Read more
The Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management gives rapid access to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) Advanced Level Diploma, CIPD Associate Membership and the opportunity to upgrade to CIPD Chartered status. This course is suitable for existing HR practitioners and those keen to enter the profession. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

Moorgate in the City of London is the centre of world business and where you will study. Success in completing our Postgraduate Diploma in HRM in one year full-time or 18 months part-time will enable you to obtain the Advanced Level Diploma from HR’s professional body, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The CIPD’s Advanced Level Diploma is the highest professional award you can gain in the HR field. With this, and your own professional experience, you can achieve full recognition of your own abilities by applying for CIPD Chartered Member or Fellow status.

Besides our Leading, managing and developing people and Contextualising management core modules, the PG Dip HRM course offers you the opportunity to examine Resourcing and Talent Management, Learning and Talent Development, Employment Law and Practice, Managing Employee Relations in Contemporary Organisations and Employee Engagement through specialist academic option modules which include an international strategic perspective. You might wish to consider taking one or two of these PG Dip HRM option modules as short courses to give you a taster of the full PG Dip.

Your PG Dip HRM course leads you to propose changes in your organisation through your own research, through the production of a Management Research Report, and enables you to reflect on your own development as a change manager. Successful completion of the PG DIP HRM, in conjunction with joining the CIPD, leads to the CIPD’s Advanced Level Diploma, the highest educational award offered by the professional body under its current qualifications scheme. This Advanced Level Diploma plus relevant experience enables you to apply to upgrade to a professional (Chartered) level of CIPD membership. Achieving the CIPD’s Advanced Level Diploma is of major significance in gaining HR roles not only in the UK but also abroad. Upgrading to Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD enables you to use the designate letters CMCIPD or CFCIPD, further enhancing your employability. Our dedicated CIPD professional adviser can guide you on your application to upgrade to Chartered status. We look forward to you joining our many successful alumni who, through their engagement with the academic and professional development of Human Resource Management, have contributed to the economic and social development of their chosen spheres of influence fully justifying their Chartered Membership and Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

The CIPD has commended the following for this University’s CIPD-related courses:
-High level of commitment and support;
-Currency and quality of curriculum;
-High standard of teaching and learning;
-Use of action learning sets;
-Strong ethos and benefits of formative feedback.

Our staff are highly research active, bringing their cutting edge research into their teaching. The work of our research centres, the Centre for Progressive Leadership (CPL) and the Working Lives Research Institute (WLRI), along with our excellent libraries, including our specialist Trades Union Congress (TUC) Library, inform much of the work of your lecturers and tutors and thus support your course; you are welcome to participate in their activities too. For example, you will be able to attend many additional seminars on subjects such as: the impact of globalisation; equality, human rights and social justice; public policy; sustainability and corporate social responsibility as well as HRM and business law issues such as engagement, talent management, reward, work-life balance, work organisation and employment rights. In addition, a programme of guest speakers drawn from private industry, the public sector, not-for-profit, consultancy and authors of eminent works is incorporated into your course.

Assessment is both formative and summative. It is designed to appeal to - and test - students from a wide range of traditions. Methods are varied and include assignments written in report and essay format, comparative analyses, case studies, a skills development portfolio and learning log, presentations and group work. There are also two exams. The exams take place only in the first semester and are required by the CIPD across all approved programmes. Exam briefing is given to help prepare you for these internally set assessments. There is also a 7,500 word Management Research Report.

Professional accreditation

Students gain Associate Membership of the CIPD and you can apply for professional upgrading with the Institute linked to your professional experience to achieve Chartered Membership or Fellowship following successful completion of your programme of study. Our dedicated CIPD professional adviser can guide you on your application to upgrade to Chartered status.

You will need to join the CIPD when you begin your course.

Upgrading to Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD enables you to use the designate letters CMCIPD or CFCIPD, further enhancing your employability.

Modular structure

The course consists of six taught modules. In the first semester only, there is also one Saturday team skills workshop, one afternoon/evening assessment preparation/taught session and a two-day (Friday and Saturday) block release to address business and HRM strategy and exam preparation.

Core modules:
-Leading, Managing and Developing People (20 credits)
-Contextualising Management (20 credits)
-The Reflective Practitioner (30 credits)
-Consultancy, Change and Professional Development (10 credits)

Optional modules - choose two from the following:
-HRM: Resourcing and Talent Management(20 credits)
-Employment Law and Practice (20 credits)
-Managing Employment Relations in Contemporary Organisations (20 credits)
-Learning and Talent Development (20 credits)
-Employee Engagement (20 credits)

The 7,500 word management Research Report and action learning set presentation, which carries 30 credits, is contained within the Reflective Practitioner module. (30 credits)

Modules usually run in the evenings with daytime delivery depending. Delivery of all option modules also depends on their being sufficient demand for them.

After the course

Successful completion of the PG DIP HRM, in conjunction with joining the CIPD, leads to the CIPD's Advanced Level Diploma, the highest educational award offered by the professional body under its current qualifications scheme.

This Advanced Level Diploma plus relevant experience enables you to apply for membership assessment via CIPD, and you can be upgraded to a professional (Chartered) level of CIPD membership.

Achieving the CIPD's Advanced Level Diploma is of major significance in gaining HR roles not only in the UK but also abroad.

Upgrading to Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD enables you to use the designate letters CMCIPD or CFCIPD, further enhancing your employability.

Completing the Postgraduate Diploma in HRM at London Metropolitan University leads to significant career advantage: on the strength of their Management Research Reports recent students have gained full-time posts from their placements in financial services, leisure and tourism and major international charities. Many have gained significant promotion for instance in the health sector. Alumni in higher education for example have developed their careers significantly leading to positions such as the head of HR. In the private sector, students have moved from general administrative and PA positions to heading strategic HR project team initiatives while others have moved up into international HR management positions for global companies.

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The ACA qualification is from the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). ICAEW Chartered Accountants are always in demand and the ACA Qualification equips students to perform at the highest levels of accountancy, business and finance. Read more
The ACA qualification is from the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). ICAEW Chartered Accountants are always in demand and the ACA Qualification equips students to perform at the highest levels of accountancy, business and finance.

The majority of ACA trainees work in accounting practice and the qualification has a strong practice subject focus (audit, taxation) as well as covering other key technical accounting areas. An increasing number of students are now training in other sectors too.Once qualified, ICAEW Chartered Accountants work in all sectors, from accounting practices to commercial organisations, financial institutions, not for profit organisations and the public sector.

We offer tuition for the ACA Qualification at our Newport and Cardiff campuses. We offer a flexible portfolio of ACA courses that appeal to large or small training organisations (day release and block delivery) and we are an ICAEW Partner in Learning (City Campus Newport; Cardiff Campus application pending).

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1224-institute-of-chartered-accountants-in-england-and-wales-icaew

What you will study

To qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant students are required to complete:
• 15 examinations
• 450 days of technical work experience, which you gain by obtaining a training contract with an appropriate employer
• Professional development (delivered through ICAEW or your employer)
• Ethics and professional scepticism programme (delivered through ICAEW)

The ACA Qualification comprises three examination levels: Certificate, Professional and Advanced. A Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (ICAEW CFAB) qualification is available upon completion of the Certificate Level, which is an excellent qualification in its own right for non-financial managers.

At the Advanced Level students are required to study a number of technical areas, which are then examined together in the Corporate Reporting and Strategic Business Management papers. These papers aim to simulate real-life business and accounting practice environments, and the concept is taken further with a final case study examination.

Certificate Level #
- Accounting
- Assurance
- Law
- Principles of Taxation
- Business and Finance
- Management Information

Professional Level *
- Audit and Assurance
- Tax Compliance
- Financial Accounting and Reporting
- Financial Management
- Business Planning: Taxation
- Business Strategy

Advanced Level **
- Corporate Reporting
- Strategic Business Management
- Case Study

#Only available at City Campus, Newport

*Available in block delivery mode (from 2016) at Cardiff Campus; available in day release mode at City Campus, Newport

**Available in block delivery mode (from 2017) at Cardiff Campus; available in day release mode at City Campus, Newport

How you will study

We offer a flexible portfolio of ACA courses that appeal to large or small training organisations.Our average student pass rate on our ACA course since its inception in 2012 has been 83%.

Weekly day release tuition (with block revision):
• Available at City Campus, Newport for all Levels (Certificate, Professional, Advanced)
• Papers taught for one day per week, with a block revision period at the end
• Typical tuition period lengths:
• Certificate Level papers – 10 weeks plus revision block
• Professional Level papers – 11-14 weeks plus revision block
• Advanced Level – 18 weeks plus revision block
• Advantages: Knowledge built up and exam question practice undertaken week on week. Students build skills gradually and sustainably, and are not absent from their work place for long periods of time (which is particularly important for smaller accounting practices)

Full block delivery:
• Available at Atlantic House, Cardiff for Professional and Advanced Levels
• For example, students study two papers at a time at Professional Level and attend tuition for four whole weeks, spaced across a number of months
• 2-3 days spent on each paper per week
• Four tuition weeks: two focus on knowledge building, one on question practice, and one on revision

Assessment methods

Certificate level:
Each assessment is 1.5 hours long and each exam will be e-assessed.

Professional level:
Modules will be assessed by paper based exams. Each will be 2.5 hours long, with the exception of the Financial Accounting and Reporting paper which will be assessed by a three hour exam.

Advanced level:
Consists of two technical integration papers and a case study:

• Technical integration papers will be 3.5 hours long
• Case Study will be four hours long

Learning and teaching methods

Students will attend workshops which will contain lecture, tutorial and question practice elements.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

ACA students enjoy early responsibility and excellent career progression. Many ACA students double their salary during training. Salaries for newly qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountants are on a par with careers in law and banking and many become partners or financial directors early in their careers, leading to a greater variety of opportunities.

ICAEW Chartered Accountants work at the highest levels of some of the world’s largest organisations; 80% of UK FTSE 100 companies have an ICAEW Chartered Accountant on their board.

Why study ACA at USW?

The University of South Wales has a rich history of providing first class tuition for ACA, ACCA and CIMA Professional Qualifications and we typically teach 300-350 part-time professional accountancy students each year. We also franchise AAT tuition to local further education colleges.

Our Professional Tuition Hub is a key element of the School of Law, Accounting & Finance with a focus on professional tuition. We have over 40 years experience of teaching ACCA and CIMA and we launched our ACA course in 2012, working closely with ICAEW.

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The Chartered Banker MBA is a ground breaking new qualification which allows individuals to gain a top MBA in Banking as well as ‘Chartered Banker’ status, awarded by the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Scotland. Read more

The Chartered Banker MBA is a ground breaking new qualification which allows individuals to gain a top MBA in Banking as well as ‘Chartered Banker’ status, awarded by the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Scotland. This is the highest award available to bankers. Bangor Business School is the only institution in the UK which can offer this dual qualification.

The Chartered Banker MBA will typically take two years, with intakes in January and July each year, providing online learning and a combination of face-to-face and online revision sessions, enabling students to study for this qualification while minimising disruption to their careers. The Chartered Banker MBA is aimed at managers and executives in banking and financial institutions to extend their knowledge in the specialist areas of finance, financial management, credit and risk management and to supplement these with knowledge of key business competences such as Corporate Strategy and Organisational Behaviour. It is an ideal opportunity for individuals to keep abreast of key developments - not only in their area of specialism - but in all areas of banking.



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The MA Human Resource Management is of particular interest to those professionals who wish to further their careers and assume senior HR positions. Read more
The MA Human Resource Management is of particular interest to those professionals who wish to further their careers and assume senior HR positions. The course is suited both to those already working in HR (at any level) as well as those who aspire to do so. Successful completion of the course, not only gives you the award of the MA HRM but also gives you the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) Advanced Level Diploma, CIPD Associate Membership and the opportunity to apply to upgrade to CIPD Chartered status. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

If you want to advance your career by gaining appropriate professional qualifications within the field of human resource management and recognition for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) own awards, then this is the ideal course.

Based in Moorgate in the City of London, this course enables you to engage with research-led contemporary knowledge and build your own competencies in a global context based in the heart of this exciting world city.

Besides our leading, managing and developing people and contextualising management core modules, the MA HRM course offers you the opportunity to examine Resourcing and Talent Management, Learning and Talent Development, Employment Law and Practice, Managing Employee Relations in Contemporary Organisations and Employee Engagement through specialist academic option modules which include an international perspective. You might wish to consider taking one or two of these MA HRM option modules as short courses to give you a taster of the full MA. Besides these modules, we also offer a specialist cross-cultural management option module within the MA HRM to widen and deepen your knowledge in the HRM field.

Your dissertation will enable you to focus on an area of research and its practical application within organisations – such focus will mark you as an expert in your field and significantly enhances your employability. The dissertation is a key is a key cornerstone of the MA qualification. Before you embark on your dissertation, you will study a ‘Research Methods’ module which provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct your research. You will also be assigned a personal supervisor who will guide and help you throughout your dissertation.

Successful completion of the MA HRM, in conjunction with joining the CIPD, leads to the CIPD’s Advanced Level Diploma, the highest educational award offered by the professional body under its current qualifications scheme. This Advanced Level Diploma plus relevant experience enables you to apply for membership assessment via CIPD, and you can be upgraded to a professional (Chartered) level of CIPD membership.

Achieving the CIPD’s Advanced Level Diploma is of major significance in gaining HR roles not only in the UK but also abroad. Upgrading to Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD enables you to use the designate letters CMCIPD or CFCIPD, further enhancing your employability.

Our dedicated CIPD professional adviser can guide you on your application to upgrade to charted status. We look forward to you joining our many successful alumni who, through their engagement with the academic and professional development of Human Resource Management, have contributed to the economic and social development of their chosen spheres of influence fully justifying their Charted Membership and Fellowship of the Charted Institute of Personal and Development.

As a teaching team we place particular emphasis on promoting a friendly, supportive environment. We realise that undertaking a Masters qualification can seem daunting at first and therefore, as academics, we aim to provide an approachable, helpful and enabling culture throughout.

The CIPD has commended the following for this University’s CIPD-related courses:
-High level of commitment and support
-Currency and quality of curriculum
-High standard of teaching and learning
-Use of action learning sets
-Strong ethos and benefits of formative feedback

Our staff are highly research active, bringing their cutting edge research into their teaching. The work of our research centres, the Centre for Progressive Leadership (CPL) and the Working Lives Research Institute (WLRI), along with our excellent libraries, including our specialist Trades Union Congress (TUC) Library, inform much of the work of your lecturers and tutors and thus support your course; you are welcome to participate in their activities too. For example, you will be able to attend many additional seminars on subjects such as: the impact of globalisation; equality, human rights and social justice; public policy; sustainability and corporate social responsibility as well as HRM and business law issues such as engagement, talent management, reward, work-life balance, work organisation and employment rights. In addition, a programme of guest speakers drawn from private industry, the public sector, not-for-profit, consultancy and authors of eminent works is incorporated into your course.

Assessment is both formative and summative. It is designed to appeal to – and test – students from wide range of traditions. Methods are varied and include assignments written in report and essay format, comparative analyses, case studies, a skills development portfolio, presentations and group work. There are also two exams. The exams take place only in the first semester and are required by the CIPD across all approved programmes. Exam briefing is given is giving to help prepare you for these assessments.

There will also be a dissertation which carries 60 credits. The dissertation requires you to conduct a piece of empirical research on a topic of your choice (and approved by your tutor). Most students choose to conduct their research on a key ‘people management’ issue within their own organisation.

Professional accreditation

Students gain Associate Membership of the CIPD and you can apply for professional upgrading with the Institute linked to your professional experience to achieve Chartered Membership or Fellowship following successful completion of your programme of study. Our dedicated CIPD professional adviser can guide you on your application to upgrade to Chartered status.

You will need to join the CIPD when you begin your course.

Upgrading to Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD enables you to use the designate letters CMCIPD or CFCIPD, further enhancing your employability.

Modular structure

The MA Human Resource Management course consists of six taught modules and a dissertation. In the first semester only, there is also one Saturday team skills workshop, one afternoon/evening assessment preparation/taught session and a two-day (Friday and Saturday) block release to address business and HRM strategy and exam preparation.

Core modules:
-Leading, Managing and Developing People (20 credits)
-Contextualising Management (20 credits)
-Research Methods in Human Resource Management (20 credits)

Subject-related option choices (a) – choose three from the following:
-HRM: Resourcing and Talent Management (20 credits)
-Employment Law and Practice (20 credits)
-Managing Employment Relations in Contemporary Organisations (20 credits)
-Employee Engagement (20 credits)
-Learning and Talent Development (20 credits)

Students may choose to take one extension of knowledge option (b) from the list below in place of one of the subject-related option choices above:
-Cross-Cultural Management (20 credits) (delivered during the day only)
-Strategic International Human Resource Management (20 credits) (delivered during the day only)
-Diversity and Inclusion: Policy, Practice and the Law (20 credits)

Students may elect to take Cross-Cultural Management (20 credits, delivered during the day only) in place of one of these subject related option choices. Modules usually run in the evenings with daytime delivery depending on demand. Delivery of all option modules also depends on their being sufficient demand for them.

After the course

For candidates who already work in HR or who wish to specialise in particular fields within this profession: successful completion of this CIPD approved Masters Programme and attainment of Chartered Membership or Fellowship of the CIPD is often a vital component to career progression and advancement, either within your current organisation or within another organisation.

For candidates wishing to enter HR: in today’s marketplace, successful completion of this CIPD approved Masters Programme and attainment of Associate CIPD Membership is often a pre-requisite to successful entry to the field of HR within organisations.

Candidates on the MA HRM programme are employed in a variety of organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

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The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Professional Diploma is a Level 6 Qualification that has been designed for mid level marketers looking to acquire professional recognition whilst gaining both practical and strategic marketing skills. Read more
The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Professional Diploma is a Level 6 Qualification that has been designed for mid level marketers looking to acquire professional recognition whilst gaining both practical and strategic marketing skills. The course attracts students from a variety of sectors including private, public, tourism, retail, education and B2B. People studying the course might be:

• Operational marketers
• Departmental managers
• Functional managers
• Product/brand managers
• Account managers
• Agency managers
• Marketing executives
• Business development managers

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the world’s largest professional marketing body. It provides membership, qualifications and training to marketing professionals around the world. The accredited CIM qualifications available at the University of South Wales, are for those looking to acquire professional recognition whilst gaining both practical and strategic marketing skills and knowledge.

During the course you will develop the ability to prepare a marketing plan for a business/organisation and learn to examine opportunities for an organisation to show how it can gain a greater understanding of customers and how it can add value to the customer experience.

We have been acclaimed for the excellence of our professional marketing tuition for over 20 years. We are a Chartered Institute of Marketing accredited study centre and our pass rates consistently exceed national averages.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1278-chartered-institute-of-marketing-cim-level-6-diploma-in-professional-marketing

What you will study

You will study two core compulsory modules and one optional module from a choice of two:

Core Compulsory Modules:
- Strategic Marketing
- Mastering Metrics

Optional Modules:
- Digital Strategy or Driving Innovation

Learning and teaching methods

Teaching sessions are designed to allow students to engage in regular group discussions about the marketing activity and strategy of their respective organisations. This creates an excellent thinking space for students to acquire new ideas and share good practice.

Employment Prospects

In an increasingly competitive workplace and job market, CIM qualifications can be seen as a differentiator. Both as recognition of achievement, and as a way to further develop marketing skills and knowledge, enhancing your career, CV and prospects.

Assessment methods

Work related assignments, projects and examinations.

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This well established and popular 'dual award' programme is designed to meet the needs of accounting graduates who wish to pursue a career as an Irish Chartered Accountant. Read more

This well established and popular 'dual award' programme is designed to meet the needs of accounting graduates who wish to pursue a career as an Irish Chartered Accountant. It is an academically challenging one-year taught programme which encompasses both professional and conceptual material, enabling accounting graduates to study for a master's award and at the same time gain exemptions from professional examinations of Chartered Accountants Ireland. It is one of the leading programmes of its kind in Ireland and is the result of close collaboration with CAI, and the in-depth experience and expertise of the course team.

It is an aim of the programme to develop the high level of skills, understanding and leadership capability considered necessary for embarking on a career as a Chartered Accountant, and to obtain a deeper understanding of the contemporary problems and issues faced by accounting and business professionals. The master's dissertation element of the programme will enable students to develop their research and analytical skills further by completing a piece of primary research.

A highly desirable feature of the programme is the level of sponsorship provided by employers. Students being sponsored on the programme receive payment of tuition fees, generous book allowances and in some instances loans and laptops.

Recent employers and sponsors of graduates include BDO, Deloitte, EY, FPM, KPMG and PwC.

Attendance

Over the course of one academic year, lectures and seminars are scheduled during the University working day, and typically spread over four days per week during each semester. Typically 16 contact hours per week with the remainder of the time allocated to independent study.

Career options

Employment prospects for students completing this programme are excellent, with typically close to 100% of students securing training contracts with Chartered Accountancy firms.

The programme is highly regarded by employers, with many of the large and medium sized chartered accountancy firms sponsoring students on the programme. See Fees & Funding.

On successful completion of the programme, students not only gain a postgraduate qualification but also full CAP2 exemptions. With pass rates typically at 100%, students only have to complete the final FAE examinations in order to qualify as a Chartered Accountant.

The goal of the programme is to produce high-calibre graduates who will progress quickly through their professional training and advance to senior management positions within the accountancy profession.

Career opportunities for Chartered Accountants have never been better. Currently, two thirds of CAI members are working in industry, business or finance. Many leading companies in Ireland have a Chartered Accountant as their Financial Director or Chief Executive. A third of members are currently working in practice. International recognition brings global mobility for members with over 3,500 members working outside Ireland (e.g. Australia, USA, Canada, Caribbean).

Professional recognition

Chartered Accountants Ireland  

Accredited by Chartered Accountants Ireland for the purpose of exemption from some professional exams.



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The MSc in Human Resource Management is a one-year, full-time programme. It's for those of you who aim to pursue a career in the field of human resource management.. Read more

Why this course?

The MSc in Human Resource Management is a one-year, full-time programme. It's for those of you who aim to pursue a career in the field of human resource management.

Mixing theory and practice, this programme offers you the opportunity for in-depth study of organisations and the management of work. It allows you to work towards a professional level of membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

- Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
The Department of Human Resource Management is a CIPD Approved Centre. The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) stage of this programme is accredited as meeting the knowledge requirements for Professional Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) at Associate, Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/humanresourcemanagement/

You’ll study

You’ll undertake a curriculum based on the following compulsory and optional taught modules. If you meet the eligibility requirements on the Postgraduate Diploma then you’re allowed to proceed to the dissertation to complete the Masters stage.

Business Skills Development sessions take place over both semesters.

- Management Research Report
During the second semester, you’ll produce a management research report based on analysing a human resources issue in an organisation.
You’ll require access to an organisation to carry out this research. You’re encouraged to use your own contacts to arrange this, although assistance will be given by the department.

- Dissertation
MSc students also complete a dissertation on an approved topic over the period of June to August.

Accreditation

The Postgraduate Diploma stage of this programme is accredited as meeting the knowledge requirements for Professional Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) at Associate, Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

Pre-Masters Preparation Course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at the University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.
To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Students on this programme are also required to become Student Members of CIPD at the start of the programme. The admission fee and the membership fee is paid by you directly to CIPD. Membership fees are due annually in July. More information will be provided at the start of the programme but information about student membership can be found on the CIPD website https://www.cipd.co.uk/Membership/ .

Learning & teaching

There'll be a series of taught modules, seminars, guest lecturers by distinguished HR professionals, and a business skills development programme.

Assessment

The course modules are assessed by various methods which include essays, individual and group projects and final exams. The exams are generally held in January and April/May. Formal approval to proceed to the MSc stage is given by the end of June. The MSc stage requires the completion of the Dissertation. 

- Management Research Report
During the second semester, you’ll produce a management research report based on analysing a human resources issue in an organisation.
You’ll require access to an organisation to carry out this research. You’re encouraged to use your own contacts to arrange this, although assistance will be given by the department.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Record

You’ll keep a CPD Record that describes all your important learning activities and experiences during the course. Submission of a satisfactory CPD Record is a requirement for completion of the course.

Careers

- How much will I earn?
According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the average salary for a graduate-level human resources (HR) officer is £24,375. HR officers with some experience can expect to earn in the region of £30,000+.*

- Where are they now?
Many our graduates are in work or further study in the area of HR.**

*information is intended only as a guide

**Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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The MSc Global Supply Chain Management is an exciting and focussed programme for those considering a career in supply chain or logistics. Read more

About the course

The MSc Global Supply Chain Management is an exciting and focussed programme for those considering a career in supply chain or logistics.

You will study issues relating to the development of supplier relationships, operations improvement, procurement strategies, inventory control, logistics operations, sustainability, as well as contemporary issues affecting these areas.

Our students come from a number of countries, including Brazil, Mexico, USA, Canada, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Germany, France, Greece, Turkey, China and South Korea. Typically Brunel students have work experience in the supply chain or logistics areas or are those seeking employment in these areas.

Aims

This programme will equip students with the tools, techniques and skills necessary to secure employment in this exciting and increasingly important area. Specifically, you will be able to:

Explain and critically apply theories on logistics and supply chain management, operations and project management, business modelling and simulation.
Integrate theories and appraise strategies on managing supply chain operations (stemming from logistics and operations management frameworks) within the context of global business management.
Understand the inter-relationship between logistics and supply chain management and contemporary social issues.
Gain insightful knowledge into the development of outsourcing and the role played by outsourcing organisations.

Course Content

The MSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Compulsory Modules:

Business intelligence
Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Procurement Fundamentals
Business Modelling and Simulation in Supply Chains
Operations and Project Management
Global Outsourcing
International Marketing
Understanding Business and Management Research
Dissertation

Optional Modules:

Strategic Management
International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
International Business Strategy
Knowledge Management, Social Networks and Innovation

Special Features

Brunel Business School won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013

The programme includes a series of guest lectures, supply chain and procurement conferences, company visits and employability workshops.Past visits have included site tours of Mini and Jaguar car plants, as well as visits from LEAN specialists at Rolls Royce and Wiles Greenworld.

In addition, on completion of the MSc GSCM programme, successful graduates can apply to become full members of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, subject to having satisfied the three year relevant work experience requirement.

Also, graduates successfully completing this degree will have met the educational requirements for Chartered Membership (CMILT) of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. When applying for Chartered Membership, applicants will be required to demonstrate that they meet the experience requirements of four years relevant experience including two years at senior level.

This is one of the few supply chain master's programmes in the United Kingdom to have received accreditation from the top Supply Chain and Logistics bodies.

The course is taught by internationally recognised academics and industry practitioners who are active members of world-class Operation and Information Systems Management Research Group (OISM).

Students will acquire a wealth of networking and knowledge opportunities to bring them close to a growing supply chain community.

They will also get the opportunity to present research to industry specialists.

Accreditation

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport – Academic Partner
The Brunel MSc Global Supply Chain Management is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and for the past two years it is an academic partner to the Institute. This academic partnership allows student membership and participation in industry events. Students have access to the knowledge centre of the CILT that has a large collection of industry-specific resources for logistics and transport.

Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)
The Brunel MSc Global Supply Chain Management is one of a small number of programmes in the United Kingdom to receive accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Students on this programme will have the opportunity to become members of these organisations and receive invites to procurement and supply chain activities in and around London.

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
A number of Associate memberships to the CMI are open to graduates of Brunel Business School postgraduate programmes, offering discounted full membership rates upon application. Members of the CMI may use the following letters as appropriate:'ACMI', Members 'MCMI' and Fellows 'FCMI'.

Operations and Information Systems Management Research Group (OISM)
Based on accumulated knowledge and resources in two previously successful research centres of the Business School (ISEing led by Habin Lee and Ray Hackney; and OASIS previously led by Amir Sharif and David Gallear), OISM has the ambition to be a leading research group specialised in responsible and sustainable operation management - exploring information systems, operations research, management science, and general and strategic management knowledge, using approaches across public and private industry sectors.

Modes of Study

1-year full-time in September: The taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules; delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation.

Assessment

Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment, or an examination in May.

Teaching methods include lectures and informal small study groups.

Coursework and examinations place considerable stress on the ability to think and reason critically, but constructively.

The dissertation (12,000 words) is the capstone demonstration of these skills, requiring students to conceive, justify, design and execute a major project.

Individual and/or group presentations using laptops, PCs and digital projectors.

UK Industrial and Commercial Visits

Where possible, events and external visits are arranged with UK organisations to help demonstrate theory in practice.

Graduate School Workshops

In addition to the events and training sessions organised within the Business School, master's students have exclusive access to the workshops and skills training provided by Brunel University London’s Graduate School.

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In recent years corporate governance has experienced a considerable growth in popularity and recognition. Good corporate governance is a crucial part of corporate performance and accountability particularly during periods of economic downturn. Read more

Why take this course?

In recent years corporate governance has experienced a considerable growth in popularity and recognition. Good corporate governance is a crucial part of corporate performance and accountability particularly during periods of economic downturn.

The LLM is designed for law and non-law graduates, practising lawyers and business professionals who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of corporate governance, risk and compliance and gain the GradICSA qualification from ICSA, the international membership and qualifying body for chartered secretaries and other governance professionals, and a world-leading authority on governance, risk and compliance. Those with the relevant work experience can apply for chartered secretary status and use the post nominal ACIS. The University of Portsmouth is an ICSA University Partner.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Choose to take this course in full-time or part-time mode – whichever suits you best
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection
Benefit from an accelerated route to a senior position in business once this course is completed

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course is designed to give you a thorough grounding in corporate governance, vital legal regulation governing commerce and finance. It is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrations, and also ICSA which will be of particular interest if you want a professional qualification and career as a chartered secretary.

Qualifying as a chartered secretary is the route to a rewarding career that offers variety, challenge, influence and opportunity. You will be qualified to undertake a variety of senior roles in a number of sectors, both private and public. Moreover your qualification will have international recognition and provide opportunities for working overseas.

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice is offered as an option for law graduates on our LLM programmes, giving you the opportunity to obtain its Graduate Fast Track Diploma together with your postgraduate law degree. After graduating this will enable you to apply for work as a legal executive or paralegal and following three years of qualifying employment, you can apply to be admitted as a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives.

Module Details

The full-time mode of this course lasts for one year:

Law Route

Those who hold a UK law degree or equivalent will undertake the following compulsory units:

Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
Corporate Secretarial Practice and Strategy
Financial Reporting, Analysis and Decision-making
Dissertation

Optional units include:

CILEX Level 6 (this unit is only available to those who hold a qualifying law degree)
Community Legal Research Project
Employment Law (this unit is compulsory if you have not studied Employment Law at undergraduate level)
Global Corporate Responsibility
Intellectual Property Law
International and European Business Law
International Commercial Arbitration
Work-based Learning

Non-Law Route

Those who do not hold a UK law degree or equivalent will be enrolled on the non-law route and will undertake the following units:

Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
Corporate Secretarial Practice and Strategy
Financial Reporting, Analysis and Decision-making
Legal Approach to Business
Dissertation or Corporate Secretarial Case Study

Please note that those who undertake the non-law route will not be able to choose an optional unit.

The part-time mode of this course lasts three years:

Law Route

Those who hold a UK law degree or equivalent will undertake the following units:

Year One

You will undertake the following compulsory unit:

Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice

Optional units include:

CILEX Level 6 (this unit is only available to those who hold a qualifying law degree)
Community Legal Research Project
Employment Law (this unit is compulsory if you have not studied Employment Law at undergraduate level)
Global Corporate Responsibility
Intellectual Property Law
International and European Business Law
International Commercial Arbitration
Work-based Learning Unit

Year Two

You will undertake the following compulsory units:

Corporate Secretarial Practice and Strategy
Financial Reporting, Analysis and Decision-making

Year Three

In the final year, you will complete and submit your dissertation.

Non-Law Route

Those who do not hold a UK law degree or equivalent will be enrolled on the non-law route and will undertake the following units:

Year One

You will undertake the following compulsory units:

Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
Legal Approach to Business

Year Two

You will undertake the following compulsory units:

Corporate Secretarial Practice and Strategy
Financial Reporting, Analysis and Decision-making

Year Three

In the final year, students will complete and submit their dissertation.

Programme Assessment

You will be expected to attend eight hours of class time per week if you are on the full-time course whereas for the part-time course you attend approximately four hours per week. You will be encouraged to undertake independent study with time also devoted to group problem solving, discussion and debate.

The majority of the units will be assessed via exams, however much of your time will also be spend researching and writing your dissertation which concentrates on a topic of your choice.

Student Destinations

Chartered Secretaries are a primary source of advice on the conduct of business, from advice on legal issues through to the development of strategy and corporate planning. They are, in effect, an organisation's 'corporate conscience' and are highly valued by employers in all sectors. The profession is highly versatile with a variety of well-remunerated roles.

Once you graduate from this course and upon joining ICSA, which will require you to pay a fee, you will be entitled to use 'LLM' and 'GradICSA' after your name. You’ll be qualified as a Chartered Secretary and fully equipped to apply for a variety of roles in both the private and the public sectors. As well as providing a diverse and interesting career, the financial rewards for Chartered Secretaries is high. You can expect to be in demand across all sectors. Moreover your qualification will have international recognition and provide opportunities for working overseas.

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This new CIPR qualification will allow you to gain an advanced understanding of professional practice, including PR strategy and planning, content management, media and engagement, measurement and evaluation, and PR leadership. Read more

This new CIPR qualification will allow you to gain an advanced understanding of professional practice, including PR strategy and planning, content management, media and engagement, measurement and evaluation, and PR leadership. All underpinned by reference to ethics and the code of conduct.

You’ll also put your learning into practice, evaluating a wide range of PR concepts and techniques and applying them practically to your own work and sector. The course is for experienced PR professionals who are ready to progress towards a senior management position, or individuals who have previously studied the CIPR Advanced Certificate in Public Relations.

Teaching, learning and assessment

On campus teaching comprises a variety of approaches including lectures, workshops, case study and group work. The course is split into three units and you will submit one assignment for each.

Teaching hours and attendance

Teaching is normally delivered in one or two day blocks six times a year.

Links with industry/professional bodies

Students on the course are eligible for student membership of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and, on graduation, can upgrade their membership to full or associate status depending on professional experience.

Further information is available on the CIPR website at http://www.cipr.co.uk/content/ qualifications/public-affairs-diploma.

Modules

The CIPR Professional PR Diploma syllabus is based on professional practice underpinned by core PR principles, models and concepts.

The syllabus incorporates three separate units.

  • The first unit is focused on the PR strategy and planning process, with an emphasis on research that establishes robust communication objectives, related to the organisation’s goals.
  • The second unit is focused on communication and engagement, with an emphasis on content, which reflects employers’ views that management of content across the organisation is an essential competence.
  • The third unit is focused on leadership of PR activities, with an emphasis on management of projects, campaigns and resources; internal stakeholders, the PR team and key suppliers; and on measurement and evaluation.

Careers

The CIPR Professional Public Relations Diploma is recognised as the benchmark for professional practice in PR by employers in the private and public sectors. It helps participants to develop or diversify their careers by fostering a strategic approach to managing PR, as well as extending knowledge of areas such as internal communications, corporate culture and research. QMU graduates have gone on to progress their careers in a number of ways – graduates occupy a wide range of senior positions.

Quick Facts

  • QMU has a long history of teaching the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Professional Public Relations Diploma and remains the only Scottish Institution to deliver it.
  • QMU is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).
  • At QMU you will be taught by some of the world’s best known PR academics as well as professionals with a depth of PR experience.
  • Through our intensive workshops you will build a network of your own peers which will aid your continuing professional development.




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The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the world’s largest professional marketing body. It provides membership, qualifications and training to marketing professionals around the world. Read more
The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the world’s largest professional marketing body. It provides membership, qualifications and training to marketing professionals around the world.

The accredited CIM qualifications available at the University of South Wales are for marketers looking to aquire professional recognition whilst gaining both practical and strategic marketing skills and knowledge.

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Professional Certificate is a Level 4 qualification, designed for junior marketers who want to gain knowledge in the basics of marketing. It also provides an understanding of tactical considerations which will help students progress their careers in marketing.

The University of South Wales is a CIM accredited study centre, and our pass rates consistently exceed the national average. We have achieved accolades and continually receive positive feedback from students, employers and the CIM.

The key benefits of the CIM Professional Certificate at Newport include:

• Developing an understanding of key concepts in marketing.
• Relating your studies to your work & examining current marketing practice.
• Providing a solid foundation in marketing study, and enabling understanding of marketing principles.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1277-chartered-institute-of-marketing-cim-level-4-certificate-in-professional-marketing

What you will study

You will study two core compulsory modules and one optional module from a choice of two:

Compulsory modules
- Marketing
- Integrated Marketing Communications

Optional modules
- Digital Marketing or Customer Experience

Learning and teaching methods

Students are provided with a range of learning materials which are available 24/7 on line. They will be required to read ahead and during the workshop sessions to apply to given contexts and scenarios. The application of current marketing practice to different marketing situations is used to build understanding of best practice, which is then applied to the students’ own organisation.

Assessment methods

The compulsory Marketing module is assessed by an examination. All other modules are assessed through work based projects on the students’ own organisation.

Employment Prospects

In an increasingly competitive workplace and job market, CIM qualifications can be seen as a differentiator. They are both a recognition of achievement, and a way to further develop marketing skills and knowledge, enhancing your career, CV and prospects.

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What is special about this course?. The Chartered Management Institute Management and Leadership qualifications were developed to support the needs of middle managers and those aspiring to senior management. Read more

What is special about this course?

The Chartered Management Institute Management and Leadership qualifications were developed to support the needs of middle managers and those aspiring to senior management.

These SCQF level 8 qualifications are designed for practising middle managers who wish to develop their core management skills and practices. You will have the opportunity to focus on your own management capabilities and competencies. 

The Management and Leadership qualifications are all available on a part-time flexible basis.

Special features

  • You will automatically be given student membership to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and access to their resources
  • You can study part time and online, allowing you to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
  • You can study individual modules to suit your own learning needs. You can work torwards an Award, Certificate and the full Diploma by building up credits in a flexible way


Award

The SCQF level 8 Award lets you strengthen and develop your knowledge of middle management by focusing on specific management areas that are applicable to your job. You can tailor content of this course, and topics may include:

  • Personal development
  • Managing information
  • Recruitment and selection


Certificate

A more extensive qualification, the level 8 Certificate gives you a broader knowledge of middle management skills while focussing on the specific leadership areas appropriate to you and your workplace. Topics may include:

  • Performance management
  • Resource management
  • Quality procedures


Diploma

With a more comprehensive structure, the level 8 Diploma gives you the key skills and competencies you will need to become an effective middle manager. A Diploma in Management and Leadership is the benchmark qualification for full CMI membership, taking you another step towards Chartered Manager status.



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The Construction Project Management MSc prepares you for complex construction projects in a constantly changing globalised industry. Read more
The Construction Project Management MSc prepares you for complex construction projects in a constantly changing globalised industry. Such an industry calls for skilled professionals who can deal with the challenges ahead.

What's covered in the course?

Accredited by RICS and CIOB, this course gives you a broad yet rigorous grounding in the fundamentals of organising and managing construction projects, and provides you with the knowledge and skills needed as a project manager. Our Construction Project Management postgraduates are highly sought-after and have secured positions with companies such as Turner & Townsend, Miller Construction and Acivico.

The MSc Construction Project Management course will enable graduates with degrees in surveying, construction, architecture, civil engineering and real estate to enter the construction management profession. Practitioners with extensive construction work experience but without a first degree will also be considered, subject to entrance exam and interview.

The course gives you a broad knowledge of the challenges of a changing construction industry. You’ll cover law and contract, sustainability, business management, project management and innovation. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is embedded in the course for integrated project delivery. An overseas study trip is an exciting opportunity to look at construction project management in a globalised construction environment.

Professional staff with industry experience will offer support and guidance. We are constantly reviewing and researching the most up-to-date construction developments to be able to pass on the latest industry knowledge. This is supported by guest speakers such as Andrew Hornby, one of our graduates, who now works for Arcadis. We also have excellent links with companies in the region, including Willmott Dixon, Galliford Try and Birmingham City Council.

This course is located in the prestigious £114m Millennium Point building – part of our City Centre Campus – with technology and facilities that reflect advanced professional practice. Our City Centre Campus location is an inspirational place to learn. Birmingham’s Big City Plan, regenerating and developing the city, means there are plenty of opportunities within the built environment. And you’ll have the added advantage of being based near construction sites, including our new Conservatoire development and the new high speed rail track, HS2, giving you invaluable insight into the construction industry.

Why choose us?

The course is fully accredited by both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Successful completion of the course will lead to Professional Membership after the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

On completion of the course you’ll have covered both the core content and areas of specialism needed for the opportunity to register for the membership of RICS and CIOB.

You’ll take part in workshops with students from other built environment postgraduate courses. This leads to genuinely multi-professional learning and develops your understanding of all aspects of this industry.

Our strong industry links help you make vital contacts and gain practical experience to back up theory.

Course in depth

The overall teaching, learning and assessment strategy of this course is that you are at the centre of learning and teaching, which has a particular focus on the reflective learner and the development of professional skills and applied research. To achieve this and to ensure that you are exposed to a wide range of learning and teaching methods, we use lectures, seminars, workshops, action learning sets, group work, problem based activities, guest speakers, on-line learning via Moodle, site visits, study trips and discussion forums.

Our teaching is very interactive, and you are encouraged to share your experience and opinions with your peers. Critical thinking is vital in Master’s study, and you are required to develop your own ideas and come up with solutions to problems based on solid evidence and logical analysis. You’ll also be expected to complete reading and assignments outside of class hours.

Although this programme is module based, each module forms part of one of the programme themes. This ensures that module design and associated teaching and assessments link together in progressive subject development. Our part-time students attend lectures on day-release basis, and share the modules with our full-time students.

Modules
-Construction Law and Contract 20 credits
-Project Management Methods 20 credits
-Business Management 20 credits
-Sustainable Construction 20 credits
-Innovation in Construction 20 credits
-Integrated Project Delivery 20 credits
-Dissertation 60 credits

This course is accredited by:

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
The course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Successful completion of the course will lead to Professional Membership after the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
The Chartered Institute of Building is at the heart of a management career in construction. Its focus is on those entering and already in a management career in construction, by delivering qualifications and certifications that meet the needs of a changing industry. It works with members, employers, academia and governments across the globe to drive forward the science, practice and importance of management in construction.

Enhancing your employability skills

This course is fully accredited by both The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). All their required competences / learning outcomes are covered in this course.

We have a very close working relationship with our accreditation professional bodies RICS and CIOB. We have annual partnership meetings with them to steer the development of our course. You can participate in regional events such as seminars and site visits as a student member to not only get updated industry knowledge but also network with the practitioners. A visit to RICS HQ during our domestic study trip will provide you with very useful insights into your future career development.

We also work very closely with our industrial partners such as Willmott Dixon, Galliford Try and Birmingham City Council. They are not only actively involved in our course development, teaching and assessment but also contribute in various ways as guest speakers, as well as offering site visits, summer placements, research projects and employment.

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We work with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) to provide an alternative route to becoming a qualified lawyer. Our CILEx courses are taken part-time, so that you can continue to work while studying towards your qualification. Read more
We work with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) to provide an alternative route to becoming a qualified lawyer. Our CILEx courses are taken part-time, so that you can continue to work while studying towards your qualification.

The CILEx education and training programme is recognised by the Ministry of Justice as one of the three main routes to becoming a qualified lawyer in England and Wales.

What is CILEx?

CILEx is an established legal professional body that represents over 20,000 trainee and practising legal executives in England and Wales.

An important feature of CILEx study is that it is open access. This means that students who have no previous legal experience or academic qualifications can start their legal education at Level 3 (equivalent to A Level standard), while those who have already completed a law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law are qualified to take the CILEx Graduate Fast-Track or CILEx Level 6 qualifications. We offer all of these at the University of Westminster.

The flexibility of the CILEx programme is increasingly popular with students and with employers, who are able to train their staff in a variety of ways – from selecting individual parts of the training for staff they want to develop in just one area of law or practice, to full training and qualification as a legal executive, and supporting staff with law degrees.

There are CILEx-qualified lawyers at most top law firms. Some go on to become partners, while others have been appointed as district judges and tribunal chairmen, or become specialist advocates.

What is a chartered legal executive lawyer?

A chartered legal executive lawyer specialises in a particular area of law. Fully qualified and experienced chartered legal executive lawyers undertake many of the legal activities that solicitors do. For example, they will have their own clients (with full conduct of cases) and can undertake representation in court.

Qualify as a chartered legal executive lawyer

To undertake the academic stage of training as a chartered legal executive lawyer, you must be over 16 years old and have registered as a member with CILEx. The academic stage of qualification as a chartered legal executive lawyer can be broken down into the following phases (depending on your entry level):
-CILEx Level 3 Certificate and the Diploma in Law and Practice
These two awards, each taking one year to study, form the academic stage of training. You can study for these awards without any previous legal experience or qualifications, but you need both to continue to the Level 6 academic stage of your training.
-CILEx Level 6 Higher Diploma in Law and Practice
This two-year, part-time course forms the second academic stage to becoming a chartered legal executive lawyer.
Once you have completed the Level 3 stage of your academic training you will become an associate member of CILEx; after you complete the Level 6 stage you will become a graduate member of CILEx.

Alternatively, if you already hold a qualifying law degree, the University of Westminster also offers a CILEx Level 6 Graduate Fast Track Diploma. This one-year course will equip you with the practice and professional skills you need to enter into the legal sector.

Whichever academic training route you take, you will also need to complete three years’ qualifying employment to become a fellow of CILEx. For further details, please see the CILEx website on qualifying employment.

Use the CILEx qualification to become a solicitor

To become a solicitor you must study at graduate level (the academic training stage) and postgraduate level (the vocational training stage), as well as gaining an approved level of work experience. The rules on how to qualify as a solicitor are set by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and explained in their Training Regulations 2011.

Although the 'traditional' route to becoming a solicitor is to complete the academic training stage by taking a law degree, alternative routes to qualification – particularly the chartered legal executive route – are increasingly popular.

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