Grad.Cert. Pre Masters - Graduate Certificate in Business

University of East London

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: February  2015, June  2015, September  2015
  • 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.

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