Business Studies (Level 5)


Course Code EDOCBMBM36

Course Overview

A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain a Business Studies Level 5 diploma. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning Business Studies is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for a Business Studies exam or career through home study. What's more, because the distance learning Level 5 Diploma in Business Studies course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.

This Level 5 qualification builds upon prior knowledge derived from either formal academic qualifications, or via practical experience. It is an internationally recognised qualification that provides a strong foundation for Business Studies. The course in Business Studies will give you a keen understanding of Business Finance, Business Administration, Marketing and Operations Management. You will also learn valuable skills related to being a good manager, as well as running your own small business.

On successful completion of this course, the students will be awarded 240 UCAS points.


What Could I Do After Taking This Business Studies Course?

With relevant Experience and Qualification, you could go on to become a Business Advisor. As a business advisor you would give advice and support to help new businesses to start up and established businesses to grow. You might advise on a range of issues including finance and marketing. If you want to use your experience to help businesses, this job could be perfect for you.

You will need excellent spoken and written communication skills. A positive, problem solving attitude will also help you be successful in this job.

On completion of the Level 5 in Business Studies Applications course, learners can go on to study further in areas such as:




Course Features

Your Business Studies (Level 5) Course:

    The course in Business Studies Applications will give you a keen understanding of Business Finance, Business Administration, Marketing and Operations Management. You will also learn valuable skills related to being a good manager, as well as running your own small business.

Study Time

Study Hours are an approximate figure and are dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the Business Studies (Level 5) course is: 960 Hours

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Key Topics

The Level 5 Business Studies Applications course is divided into sixteen comprehensive units:

  • Unit 1: Using information, communication and technology ICT in the study of Business
  • Unit 2: Financial planning in business
  • Unit 3: Structure, risk and enterprise
  • Unit 4: Job analysis and operational management
  • Unit 5: Marketing and the competitive environment
  • Unit 6: The economy and business
  • Unit 7: Understanding the layers in business administration
  • Unit 8: Leadership: developing visionary concepts
  • Unit 9: Business consultancy
  • Unit 10: The project management perspective
  • Unit 11: Resource management
  • Unit 12: Research and writing for business
  • Unit 13: Human resource applications
  • Unit 14: Employment contracts
  • Unit 15: Managing conflicts and motivation in business applications
  • Unit 16: Recruitment and selection processes


This course is marked through a process of continuous assessment guided by your tutor following standard guidelines. This means that your qualification will be awarded according to your performance on assessments rather than by taking an exam.

When you have completed the programme, your tutor needs to verify that you have worked through all parts of any Workbooks, Activities and Exercises successfully.

Upon verification of the activities, exercises and assignments, a nationally recognised certificate will be awarded by CIE as confirmation that your written work has met all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the programme.

Entry Requirements
Level 3 Diploma

All students must be 17 years of age and above. Students should have completed a Level 3 Diploma or an A level standard course (or equivalent) before the Level 5 qualification.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.

The students are required to provide a photocopy of their Photo ID and Qualification after they enrol

Home Study Support

You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your Business Studies course. You will have your own personal tutor helping you with your course work and with any questions you may have. Plus you can contact our Student Advisors by email or phone for all the practical advice you may need – so we really are with you 100%.

What's more, you'll have access to the online student portal, where you can interact with other students, browse our resource library and manage your account.

Home Study Resources

You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your course of study. Your course fee covers all textbooks, study folders, and/or online learning aids designed for distance learning.

This Level 5 Business Studies Applications Course pack includes the Student Handbook with all relevant information that you would need to successfully complete the course.


Level 5 Diploma in Business Studies Applications

Points Awarded : 240 UCAS Points

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a accredited certificate from CIE and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed accredited by CIE. This means that the provider has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 5 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The CIE certificates involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Possible Career Path

Supervisor, Team Leader or Business Advisor

Whether you already work in management or aspire to get into this rewarding field, this course will enhance your skills and provide positive proof to an employer of your commitment to self-improvement. As such, a number of different career paths will be open to you.

What's Included

Our online courses are fully digitised so you can study on any smart device. Your learning programme is completely flexible so you can study at a pace that suits you. All our content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective. Your course of study is broken down into units and sections, each of which contains lessons, activities and test papers. Courses are delivered on our Digital Learning Environment allowing you to study from anywhere on any smart device as long as you have access to the Internet. The course concludes by preparing you for examination using past papers in your chosen subject.

As a student, your course fee covers everything you will need to successfully complete the Business Studies Applications home study course and earn your award:

  • Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the course.
  • Completion Certificate
  • Tutor marked assessments (TMAs)
  • Access to the online student portal (Student Chat, Forums and Online Support Resources)
  • NUS Extra Card (discounted membership)
  • One year educational support by e-mail.

You can also choose to pick from following while you are enrolling and avail the services at a highly discounted price for our students.


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Reordering a course pack, if you have damaged yours, can be costly. You can usually expect to pay a huge price for a copy. The 12 month insurance Cover will meet the cost for you if your pack was damaged. We will send out another Course Pack at no extra cost if you send us a proof of the damaged course.

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We support our students even after they have graduated from the college. Learning for Life Services include:

  • 1. Academic Reference: We are often asked to provide references for students by employers or colleges and universities. The aims of an academic reference are to confirm facts (confirm accuracy of statements made in any application) and to provide relevant opinion on the candidate's aptitude and ability.

  • 2. CV Refresh Service: When you successfully complete your course you will be entitled to our CV refresh service. We will update your current CV to ensure that your new skills and achievements are presented to the highest standard. We will also add your CV to databank of our sister company

  • 3. 25% off Courses: *(This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers)

    For all students who successfully complete their course, you will be entitled to 25% off any future courses through eDistance Learning or it's partners.

    Furthermore this offer will be extended to your family and friends.

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Further Information
Award Level: Level 5 Diploma

Awarding Body: CIE (Cambridge International Examinations)

Format: Online / Paper

If your course is being delivered online, please ensure you meet the minimum requirements below.

For Windows:
Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 - Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above

For Macintosh:
Mac OS X, Mac OS 9.2 - Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above

From time to time we may enrol our students with our partner sites; this is dependent on the number of students enrolling on a particular course and course material availability. If this happens, nothing changes for you other than the name of the college administering your course.  We will continue to be your point of contact; you will get the exact same course you have enrolled on with the same high level of quality content and support.

This course can be enrolled upon by students internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.



Step One: It's simple - all you need to do now is choose whether you want to pay in instalments or in full and then click on the relevant enrolment button at the top of this page.

Step Two: Once you have selected your payment option to enrol you will be redirected (this can take a few seconds) to our PayPal payment page for you to select your payment method and complete your enrolment.

Step Three: Within 7 days (normally 48 hours) your enrolment papers and course materials will be with you. A tutor and a dedicated support advisor will also be allocated to you.

That's it..... Thanks and wishing you the best of luck with your studies.

Professional Membership

About CIE (Cambridge International Examinations)

The international qualifications by CIE are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career. They deliver high-quality educational programmes that can unlock learners’ potential. Their programmes and qualifications set the global standard for international education. They are created by subject experts, rooted in academic rigour and reflect the latest educational research. They provide a strong platform for learners to progress from one stage to the next, and are well supported by teaching and learning resources.


What is a Level 4 Diploma Equivalent to?

Level 4 qualifications recognise specialist learning and involve detailed analysis of a high level of information and knowledge in an area of work or study. Learning at this level is appropriate for people working in technical and professional jobs, and/or managing and developing others. Level 4 qualifications are at a level equivalent to Certificates of Higher Education.

What is a Level 5 Diploma equivalent to?

Level 5 qualifications recognise the ability to increase the depth of knowledge and understanding of an area of work or study to enable the formulation of solutions and responses to complex problems and situations. Learning at this level involves the demonstration of high levels of knowledge, a high level of work expertise in job roles and competence in managing and training others. Qualifications at this level are appropriate for people working as higher grade technicians, professionals or managers. Level 5 qualifications are at a level equivalent to intermediate Higher Education qualifications

Can I re-sit the exam if I fail?

You can take an online exam re-sit within 3 months of taking the exam, or before the end of your course, whichever is sooner. There is a £150 charge to re-sit the exam.

What is the duration of the course?

Our Level 4 Diplomas last for 1 year from the date of enrolment. All studies and the online exam must be completed within the 1 year time frame.

Can I extend the course if I don’t finish in time?

We do offer a course extension programme where Level 4 Diploma courses can be extended for £75 per month for up to 3 months. The extension period starts from the expiry date of the course.

Can I get into university with a Level 4 Diploma?

Most universities require UCAS points to gain entry. Some universities accept Level 4 Diplomas. We urge you to check the entry requirements of your chosen college/university/employer before enrolling on a course with us.

When will I receive my course?

If you have paid in full and opted for the Online version, the course access will be emailed to you within 48 hours. The paper version will take 3 weeks after you have received the online version and are happy with the course contents.

For students, who choose to pay in instalments - you are required to complete the necessary agreement before the course is emailed to you.

Will I get a certificate on completion of my course?

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

How do I contact my tutor and submit assignments?

All our tutors are working professionals in their chosen fields and prefer to be contacted by email. In this way they can record your questions and progress.

Will my tutor answer my support requests quickly?

Yes, all tutors aim to give you feedback on your assignments within 10 working days. However, you do not usually have to wait this length of time.

Are there any exams?

Most of our courses are designed to be completed through assessments so you are not required to take exams except for A Levels and some Bookkeeping courses. However, as mentioned elsewhere, the arrangement for a centre at which to sit your exams is for you to make.

How does distance learning work?

To ensure studying is flexible and convenient, most of our courses are divided into sections. You work through each section at your own pace and time. Once completed, send the test paper back to your personal tutor for marking. You will then move onto the next section once successfully completing the previous section. The support period is dependent on the type of course you choose; our minimum support period is one year.

When can I start the course?

The answer is simple, when YOU want; you can start the course at any time we do not have any set enrolment dates. Most of our courses don’t require any previous experience or qualifications. All you need is a desire and motivation to succeed. You can even start right now - call and speak to one of our Professional Course Advisors.

How long do the courses take?

This is dependent upon your choice of course and how fast you want to learn. A full breakdown of the course is available in your course literature. We do provide estimated number of study hours; ask our course advisors for details.

I want to buy a course that is not on the course list. What do I do?

Our website has an excellent list of the most popular courses on the market. However, we do have access to a more in-depth portfolio should you not find the course you are looking for. You can call our course advisors and discuss the course you are interested in.

Do the courses have tutorial support?

Yes, You will be allocated an experienced tutor who will guide you through the course, mark your assignments and generally help you with any problems you may have. Your tutors can be contacted via email and post. Please note that some of the courses do not have tutor support. Please check the course literature for details

Is the course work done online or sent via the internet?

Most of our courses are available in both Online & Paper formats. You can choose the way your want to study and submit your course work

Is there a time limit or any deadlines?

We do like you to complete the course within the tutor support period but we can extend this for a small charge (currently £65). If you follow the recommended study hours, this will give you a good guide to complete the course withim the specified time period.

I wish to cancel my course. How do I do this?

If you have decided that this is not the right type of course for you you may cancel your course, in writing, within the first seven days of having received it. You then need to return your materials to the address printed on the course pack. This is at your own expense and we would advise that you return the materials by a traceable service, as this is your responsibility until we receive the materials. Once we have received the materials, in good condition, we will organise a refund cheque to be sent to you. Please note that an admin fee will apply. If you required your materials to be delivered abroad, the additional postage charge will not be refunded.

Do I have to buy any other materials?

Our comprehensive course materials are designed to be self-contained with all the relevant information you require to complete the course and gain the relevant certification. However some of our students undertake additional reading via relevant textbooks/study guides and/or the Internet to add value to their studies.

I’m not sure of what course I should take? Can you help?

Yes we can, it is important that you pursue a course which you will enjoy. Although we cannot make this decision for you, we employ a team of dedicated Professional Course Advisors, who will guide you towards making the right choice. Whether you want specific information, or just a chat about what’s available, contact us now.

Why choose eDistance Learning?

The breadth and depth of our portfolio of courses means that we will have a course to interest you. We are committed to your success, and offer advice and support through every step of the process. We have a dedicated team of Professional Course Advisors that can give you access to career and recruitment advice, whilst offering excellent value and quality courses.

Please contact us if you have not found the answer you are looking for.

Course Outline

How is the course structured?

The Level 5 Business Studies Applications course is divided into sixteen comprehensive units:

Unit 1: Using information, communication and technology ICT in the study of Business

Level H1

Unit description

This unit aims to raise learner awareness of the different types of ICT skills, and provide the opportunity for them to develop these skills commensurate with H4 and H5 study. The course is delivered via distance learning with no face to face contact between tutors and students, therefore understanding appropriate research techniques, portfolio skills and self-reflection is important in terms of independent study at this level as well as facilitating a positive learning experience

Students are encouraged to conduct independent research related to the Business Studies Applications using ICT skills, so that they can begin to compile their own resource list and also prepare themselves for further and more complex activities later in the course

1 Applications of ICT in the study of Business Studies Applications

  • Information, communication and technology (ICT) comprises core skills for learning.
  • Utilisation of methods , tools and strategies of ICT to establish and maintain a sound working relationship with tutors and the college.
  • Development of ICT skills in order to communicate effectively and maximise study progression.

2 ePortfolio constructs

  • Setting up an ePortfolio for use during the lifetime of the course for storage of files including coursework, self-assessment activities, independent research notes and reflective journals.
  • The ePortfolio may be requested from time to time by tutors and moderators. Learners will be asked at various points in the course to upload files for this purpose.
  • A structured system of unique information but once completed can be used as a resource for continuing professional development (CPD), and a body of revision for future studies.

3 Independent web based research

  • Independent research to equip students with confidence to source and evaluate information relevant to the core course topics within Business Studies Applications
  • Develop tools and strategies with which to begin to undertake independent research and integrate this into coursework activities, for example suggesting ways to read research articles and assimilate types of information from these.

4 Principles of self-assessment and reflective writing

  • The development of knowledge and understanding through writing skills for communicating ideas and arguments to tutors and other readers of written work.
  • Reviews of writing skills
  • Reflective writing skills and practice
  • Promotion of pro-active implementation of skills enhancement through tutor feedback and self-assessment

Unit 2: Financial planning in business

Level H1

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to give learners an opportunity to study the principles and practices of financial planning within business application. Financial planning underpins business ethos and practice, therefore learners are encouraged to develop knowledge and understanding of the core processes presented in the unit and to engage in independent research in order to expand analytical skills

Unit content

1 Cost and profit

  • Output and input
  • Assessing and monitoring cost and profit
  • Fixed, variable and semi-variable cost and profit
  • Case study examples
  • Processes for increasing revenue

2 Break even analysis

  • Overview and formulae
  • Margins of safety
  • Concepts of contribution
  • Case study examples
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the analysis and application

3 Cash flow forecasting

  • Construction of cash flow forecasts
  • Examples
  • Opening balances, cash inflows and outflows, net cash flow
  • Closing balances
  • Using cash flow forecasting as a business planning tool
  • Case study examples

4 Budgeting

  • Definition and examples
  • Control of budgets
  • Delegating responsibility
  • How budgets are set and managed
  • Benefits: organisational, motivational
  • Advantages and disadvantages of budget setting
  • Assessing start up costs using SMART objectives
  • Case studies

Unit 3: Structure, risk and enterprise

Level: H1

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to study how business is structured, its hierarchy, chain of commands and how risk and enterprise are incorporated into productivity and performance. The unit also aims to provide learners with an opportunity to learn about different processes for maintaining organisational structure and thus efficacy of business applications

Unit content

1 Enterprise

  • Outline of enterprise concepts, processes and incorporation into business applications
  • Competitor behaviour
  • Nature of demands in business
  • Cash flow and unforeseen expenditure relevant to enterprise activities
  • Control and monitoring
  • Customer reliance and its impacts

2 Variance analysis

  • Definition and application with examples
  • Favourable and adverse variances
  • Example case studies

3 Trading processes

  • Overtrading
  • Fixed and stock assets
  • Improving cash flow related to risk
  • Changes in external environments and impacts on trading
  • Measuring profits related to margins, gains and returns

4 Organisational structure

  • Hierarchy and chain of command
  • Responsibilities
  • Communication within organisations
  • Span of control
  • Delegation pathways
  • The workforces: performance, effectiveness and productivity levels

Unit 4: Job analysis and operational management

Level H1

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to explore operational management processes, procedures and practices in business applications. This involves exploration of job analyses, methods of management process and application of operational systems. Recruitment has a specific unit, and although recruitment will be briefly discussed in the context of operational management it will not be covered in detail within this unit

Unit content

1 Job analysis

  • Job structures and process
  • Job descriptions and expectations
  • Relationship of job to operational process
  • Person specifications
  • Example case studies

2 Operational targets

  • Capacity utilisation
  • Formulae and equations
  • Unit costing and examples
  • Competitiveness

3 Quality measurements

  • Production demands and spare capacity
  • Market and pricing
  • Rationalisation strategies
  • Sub-contracting strategies
  • Non-standard orders
  • Stock control strategies
  • Working with suppliers
  • Using technology

4 Quality systems

  • Objectives
  • Quality control, quality inspection, quality assurance, quality standards
  • TQM
  • Continuous improvement
  • Kaizen
  • Customer service expectations, monitoring, improvement, market research
  • Advantages and disadvantages of quality assurance
  • Case studies

Unit 5: Marketing and the competitive environment

Level H1

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to explore marketing processes, principles and practice associated with business applications, and also to consider competitive environments and their impact and influence on business practices.

Unit content

1 Principles of marketing

  • Focus of marketing
  • Aims and objectives
  • Business to business marketing
  • The Marketing Mix (4 ‘P’s)
  • Mass marketing
  • Niche marketing
  • Product development and the product lifecycle
  • Extension strategies and development
  • Product portfolio analysis and the Boston Matrix

2 Promotion

  • Sales promotion aims and objectives, processes and applications
  • Direct selling
  • Merchandising and branding
  • Public relations
  • Advertising strategies
  • Price: survival pricing penetration, price skimming, price leaders, price takers, price tactics, pricing decisions, PED formulae

3 Product placement

  • Disribution
  • Retail and mail order
  • Internet and e-commerce
  • Cost and target markets
  • Control strategies
  • Sales volume

4 Competitive processes

  • Research and development
  • Innovation, location, protectionism, free trade, globalisation and multi-site locations
  • Critical path analysis jargon, formulae and evaluation
  • Categorisation of markets and market conditions
  • Objectives and strategies related to corporate practice, functionality, stakeholder input and SMART process
  • Case study evaluation

Unit 6: The economy and business

Level H1

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to study economic practices and processes related to business applications. Learners will be encouraged to engage in independent research of current fiscal policies and European and global influences on business practice and applications related to growth and development.

Unit content

1 Principles of economic growth

  • GDP and GNP
  • The business cycle: peak or boom, recession, the multiplier effect, slump or trough, recovery and expansion
  • Economic variables: interest rates, exchange rates, effects of changes
  • Corporate objectives
  • Unemployment influences and impacts: frictional, seasonal, structural, cyclical
  • Inflation: demand pull and cost push

2 The role of government

  • Injections and withdrawals of financial support
  • Public sector goods and services
  • Fiscal policy
  • Monetary policy
  • Supply side policies
  • Disregulation
  • Privatisation

3 Technical developments

  • Advances and change
  • Network management
  • Production processes
  • Improvements in communication and collaborative processes in business applications
  • Intellectual property
  • Understanding the markets

4 The role of competition

  • Internal and external growth through mergers and takeovers
  • Vertical integration, forward integration, backward and vertical integration, horizontal integration
  • Creation of a conglomerate – historical perspectives and case study evaluation
  • The role of the Competition Commission
  • Managing change: strategic decisions, tactical decisions, Porters Five Competitive forces
  • Corporate planning
  • Contingency planning
  • Crisis management

Unit 7: Understanding the layers in business administration

Level H1

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to explore the different layers with business administration and relate practice to application, objectives and organisational structure

Unit content

1 Business personnel

  • Overview of a range of business personnel, their placement within the layers of business administration and their roles and responsibilities including: PA, office managers, human resources, general administrators and office workers

2 Skills requirements

  • Overview of each role and the skills requirement to discharge role and responsibility. Discussion relating to ability and qualification related to experience

3 Leadership

  • Origins of leadership within business administration, and within each layer
  • Direction and alignment
  • Relationships and qualities
  • Empowerment and vision
  • Mastery
  • Empathy and values

4 Future roles and responsibilities

  • Evaluation of key historical leaders and their contributions
  • Consideration of the future of business administration: attributes, aims and objectives, motivation, global influence, technological advancement, opportunity and personal perceptions and expectations

Unit 8: Leadership: developing visionary concepts

Level H1

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to examine visionary leadership practice related to theoretical concepts and models. This unit follows on from leadership discussions from unit 7 relating to business administration practices and expands the concepts and discussions to explore analytical perspectives and measurable performance strategies within visionary leadership

Unit content

1 Visionary leadership practice

  • Characteristics of innovators
  • Repetition, representation and assistance as visionary concepts
  • Effective decision making, strategic decision making, tactical decision making, operational decision making, multi criteria decision making
  • Group techniques
  • Steps in open-ended problem resolution
  • Self-directed techniques

2 Root cause analysis

  • Aims and objectives
  • Defining root cause analysis and its appropriate application
  • Steps in root cause analysis – causal factor checking, root cause identification, resolution strategies

3 Theories of leadership

  • Great Man Theory
  • Management leadership theories
  • Relationship theories
  • Process theories
  • Behavioural theories
  • Participative theories
  • Situational theories
  • Contingency theories

4 Models and approaches

  • Aims and objectives of approaches and models
  • Examples
  • Learning growth perspectives
  • Business process perspectives
  • Customer process perspectives
  • Financial process perspectives
  • Outsourcing perspectives
  • Appraisal and strategy development
  • Investment visions
  • Planning and control
  • Reporting and feedback

Unit 9: Business consultancy

Level H2
Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to study the core principles and practices of business consultancy, and explore current trends and evolutionary strategies related to globalisation and the influences of external markets

Unit content
1 Principles of management practice

  • Aims and objectives
  • Selection, qualifications and experience related to practice
  • Small business advisory services and their role
  • Client customer relations
  • Conducting consultancy assignments
  • Key attributes for consultants
  • Client expectations
2 The acquisition of skills
  • Key skills requirements
  • Communication: relevance, application, exposure, empathy, listening
  • Added value concepts
  • Delivery of assignments
  • Avoidance of arrogance
  • Indemnity and responsibility
  • Research and its relevance to acquisition of skills
3 Evolving business requirements
  • Managing and planning for change
  • Strategic development
  • Change control processes
  • Proactive and reactive processes
  • Case study reviews
4 Evaluate trends
  • Methods
  • Market changes
  • Niches
  • Networking and power networks
  • Trust and ethics related to client management and trend identification
  • Quality assurance

Unit 10: The project management perspective

Level H2
Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to explore the principles, processes and approaches of project management within a range of business applications. Learners are also encouraged to engage in independent research in order to expand understanding and develop transferable knowledge relating to practical management applications

Unit content
1 Principles of project management

  • Goal and objective setting
  • Deliverables and agreed timings
  • Stakeholder planning and procurement processes
  • Reporting, communication and feedback
  • Transparency and openness in approach
  • Responsibility and accountability
  • Client presentations
2 Problem solving
  • Techniques and approaches with case study analysis
  • Defining and prioritising problems
  • Cause and consequences in problem solving strategy development
  • Appreciation inquiry
3 Approaches
  • Task approach, process approach
  • Streamlining
  • Cost reduction
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Use of psychometrics in approach
  • Competency analysis – relevance and application
  • Growth perspectives – relevance and application
  • Control and reporting strategies
  • Case study review and analysis
4 Programming
  • Aims and objectives of programming
  • Programme design and strategy development
  • Goals, missions and baselines
  • Frameworks
  • Scheduling and estimating
  • Case study analysis

Unit 11: Resource management

Level H2
Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to study resource management, and associated processes, approaches and practices. Learners will also be encouraged to independently research applications within business where resource management skills and practices are important, for example within project management, operational management and related to financial planning

Unit content
1 Resource management

  • Overview and aims and objectives
  • Roles within resource management
  • Applications and uses related to company/business objectives
  • People, equipment and labour
  • Materials and products
  • Using matrices and other resource management tools
  • Timeline planning
  • Relevance of resource management to business applications
2 Data collection and analysis
  • Aims and objectives
  • Types of data
  • Methods of collection and analysis (observational, dialogic, documentation, numerical)
  • Investigative teams in processing
  • Analysis – paired comparisons, grids, critical incidence etc.
3 Phasing
  • Rationale and purpose related to business applications and objectives
  • Structured methods, software packages and spreadsheet approaches
  • Related workflow planning and problem solving strategy development
  • Example case study reviews
4 Dissemination and reporting
  • Differentiation and application of summative and formative
  • Aims and objectives of reporting and dissemination processes
  • Routes and relevance (to business application and objectives
  • Review of case examples

Unit 12: Research and writing for business

Level H2
Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to explore the types of research which informs business practice. Learners will also be given the opportunity to study the processes of applying research findings to technical strategies and will also encourage development of individual research skills through studying research proposals, documents and processes. The unit will also provide learners with an opportunity to explore writing skills in business applications and examine a range of formats and approaches

Unit content
1 Aims and objectives

  • Aims and objectives of business research
  • Relationship between research topics and business applications
  • Methods, sampling, data collection and analytical processes
  • Empiricism in business research
  • Differentiation between qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodology in business research
  • Discussion on the relevance and use of business research
  • Action research in business
  • Review of case studies and examples
2 Processes, methods and inquiry
  • Aims and objectives
  • Research processes related to client/business needs
  • Rigor, ethics, credibility and validity
  • Presentation and transparency
  • Research proposals and structure
3 Technical documentation
  • Aims and objectives of technical documentation
  • Applications and how to keep documentation current
  • Relevance and purpose related to content and business
  • applications
  • Structure, key wording and inclusions, peer review
  • Target audiences, efficacy of dissemination
  • Relationship to business research
4 Report documentation
  • Aims and objectives
  • Components and structure
  • Tone and style
  • Rigor and validity
  • Coherence related to intended application and audience
  • Relationship to business research

Unit 13: Human resource applications

Level H2
Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to study the historical origins of human resource practice and explore applications within business contexts. Learners will also be encouraged to engage in independent research in order to develop understanding of current Human Resource practice in relation to European and International influences and the ‘global’ markets and migration of workers

Unit content
1 Historical origins and development of human resource management (HRM)

  • Aims and objectives
  • Historical development and emergence of practices
  • Public sector development
  • Patterns of employment and the labour markers
  • Globalisation
2 Soft HRM
  • The Harvard Model
  • Employee influences on practice and business applications
  • HR resource flow
  • Rewards systems
  • Work systems
  • The four ‘C’s
  • The Guest Model
  • The Beer Model
  • Case study evaluation
  • Overlap of models and integration of techniques and strategies
3 Hard HRM
  • The Michegan Model
  • Missions, aims and objectives
  • HR systems
  • HR cycles – performance, development
  • Financial aspects and implications
  • Political, economic and social influences
  • Overlap of models and integration
  • Case study evaluation
4 European dimension
  • Historical overview
  • Aims and objectives
  • Globalisation
  • Brewster and Bournois Model
  • Internalisation

Unit 14: Employment contracts

Level H2
Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to examine employment law related to contracts of employment. As this legislated process forms an important part of business application and process, learners are encouraged to evaluate the case studies and law precedent included in the unit and to engage in independent research in order to review current reforms, changes and practice

Unit content
1 Contract law

  • Elements of the contract – offer, acceptance, considerations, terms and conditions
  • Definition of contract terms
  • Position of minors in contracts
  • Intention within contracts
  • Influence of European law
  • Identification of the Contract of Employment
  • Case study review
  • Precedent and legislative directives
  • Employee status
2 Forms of contract
  • Acts and legislation
  • Statements of terms and relationships to forms of contract
  • Implied and explicit terms
  • Trade agreements
  • Case study and precedent review
3 Responsibilities of employers and businesses
  • Remuneration and hours of work
  • Provision of work
  • Working conditions and health and safety
  • Vicarious liability
  • Case study review and precedent
4 Termination of contracts
  • Operation of law
  • Legislative directives
  • Mutual agreements between parties
  • Common law dismissal
  • Redundancy
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Conduct and capabilities

Unit 15: Managing conflicts and motivation in business applications

Level H2
Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to explore a variety of conflicts within business applications and to examine historical development of legislation and case law which provides frameworks for practice. Examples will centre on discrimination, torts and disputes.

Learners are also encouraged to evaluate case studies included within the unit in order to expand understanding of the dynamics of conflict and remedies applicable. In addition, the unit provides learners with an opportunity to study motivation within business applications and this provides balance to conflict issues as motivational strategies and tools are designed to prevent conflicts within the workplace and provide the workforce as a whole to have individual and collective goals

Unit content
1 The history of discrimination

  • Pre-legislative history
  • Post-legislative history
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 and its impact
  • UK legislative sources
  • European legislative sources
  • Articles of Treaties
  • Directives
  • Shaping of anti-discrimination practices in the workplace
2 Discrimination in the workplace
  • Differentiation – for example sex discrimination, harassment, disability discrimination, ethnicity, beliefs
  • Cultural implications in the global market and migration of workers
  • Perception and interpretation of discrimination
  • The burden of proof and vicarious liability
  • Acts and legislation
  • Case study review
3 Industrial conflict
  • History of industrial conflict
  • Trade union development
  • Corporate bodies
  • Collective bargaining and its implications
  • Intimidation and breaches of contracts
  • Public order issues
  • Torts arising
  • Conflict management processes
4 Motivation
  • Individual and collective strategies
  • Aims and objectives
  • Goal setting
  • Theories relating to motivational approaches and management principles in business applications – content theories, process theories, maslow, Herzberg
  • Intrinsic and extrinsic rewards
  • Employer’s role in motivation workforce
  • Self-motivation
  • Management motivation

Unit 16: Recruitment and selection processes

Level H2
Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to explore and evaluate recruitment and selection processes within a range of business applications; and to develop understanding of modern appraisal processes related to workplace performance

Unit content
1 Recruitment

  • Who recruits and why within large and small businesses
  • Rational, aims and objectives
  • Direct and indirect recruitment
  • Processes and procedures
  • Phases of recruitment
  • Formal and informal recruitment
  • Source of recruitment
2 Selection
  • Role relevance and business applications
  • Qualifications, experience and merit
  • Considerations for selection – criteria
  • Interview techniques and strategies
  • Types of interviews
  • Personality testing/psychometrics
  • Obtaining references – legal positions, ethics and confidentiality
  • Role of human resources in large business
  • Making the appointment
  • Internal/external appointments
3 Performance appraisal
  • Definition, aims and objectives
  • The relevance of performance appraisal in large and small businesses
  • Who conducts the appraisal, self appraisal/reflection
  • Managing for the performance cycle
  • Different forms of appraisal and outcomes/action points
  • Review strategies
  • Criticisms of performance appraisals
  • Positive use of motivation related to performance appraisal
4 Training and development
  • Individual and collective requirements, aims and objectives – related to type and size of business, applications and structure of organisation
  • Legal requirements within organisations
  • Continued professional development provisions and purpose
  • The development of a learning organisation
  • Organisational conflict related to training
  • Self- training
  • Approaches
  • Who does the training?
  • Funding and examples

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