Grad.Cert. Pre Masters - Graduate Certificate in Business

University of East London

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: June  2015, September  2015, February  2016
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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This is a one-semester programme aimed primarily at international students who subsequently plan to join a Masters programme at the University of East London or other UK institution who do not meet the entry criteria for those programmes. The aims of the programme are:

* To prepare graduates who do not meet the admissions requirements for direct entry to be able to study at Masters level on business/management or related programmes
* To develop participants' language, critical thinking and analytical skills to enable them to successfully complete postgraduate study.
* To prepare students without an Honours degree but with alternative qualifications and relevant work experience for Master's level study
* To be a programme for any student who meets the entry criteria for a Master's but wishes to take the Graduate Certificate (Pre-Masters) as a preparatory course for study in a UK university

The programme will consist of three new 20-credit taught modules. Outline modular content is given in Table 1 for a more complete overview of the programme.

* Business English
* Study Skills for Business
* Contemporary Business and Management


Typical duration
The length of the programme is one semester, which is 15 weeks.

The programme is taught at the Business School, a new purpose-built facility in Docklands. The Business School is one of the largest schools at the University of East London, with over 2,000 students on campus, taught by some 60 academic staff. The University of East London itself is a diverse academic community with students from over 100 different countries.

There is a very high investment in appropriate technology and the Business School has extensive computing facilities.

The learning environment sets out to promote active and reflective learning by participants, with extensive scope for group work and problem-based learning, using case studies and analyses. This is achieved through four main forms of learning and study.

* Lectures - which set the context for learning, introduce themes, and structure regular reading. The aim is an interactive experience in which programme participants can draw on - and challenge - module tutors.
* Seminars and workshops - which offer scope for exploring case studies, group work in preparing presentations, and exploring the main academic literature of the disciplines.
* Self-directed learning - based on a framework provided for each module, involving structured reading and problem-solving.
* A Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) - your independent study is supported through the use of UEL Plus, which is our online learning tool.

There is a range of assessment methods on the programme. Each module is assessed separately, using different mixes of assessment - such as coursework assignments, a learning journal, group presentations and reports, and exams. The aim is to assess a range of skills.

Assessment takes place during the semester in which the module is taught, and, as a rule, there are three assessment tasks in each taught module.
Our programmes adhere strictly to the University regulations on assessment, designed to ensure fairness and maintain the quality of our awards. All work for assessment is internally moderated and monitored by external examiners.

Students who are unsuccessful at their first attempt will be allowed to retake the relevant assessment at the next available opportunity. This is usually the following Semester.


You can apply for this programme if you:

* have a third class degree, or equivalent, in virtually any discipline
* have a 3-year Diploma in a business related area from a recognised university or college with some relevant work experience for Master's level study, which could include experience gained from part-time work or from a placement/internship
* students who have successfully completed a non-Hons degree overseas
* meet the entry criteria for a Master's (see table below) but wish to take the Graduate Certificate (Pre-Masters) as a preparatory course for study in a UK university

Applicants will also require a recognised English language qualification with5.5 in IELTS overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and speaking or its equivalent level English language qualification.
If you have other qualifications, your application will be considered on its individual merits. Students with an IELTS score - or equivalent - lower than 5.5 may be able to attend a pre-sessional English course before beginning the programme.
All of your international qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.
Admission requirements for direct entry onto our Business Masters programmes are as follows:
(A good degree = UK Hons 2:2 or equivalent)

Please note that the entry requirements for the MBA programmes are significantly different from the other MA and MSc programmes. Candidates who follow the Graduate Certificate in Business (Pre-Masters) would not automatically qualify for entry onto the MBA programmes unless they fulfilled the entry requirements detailed in the above table. The English language entry requirement for the MBA is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you wish to apply for the MBA, the English Language Centre will test your English, free of charge, following your Graduate Certificate (Pre-Masters) programme

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

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