Response to Covid-19: Our focus is on providing a safe and welcoming learning environment and ensuring continued access to learning.

As a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and resulting social distancing requirements, we are intending to teach this course using a mix of on-campus and online learning activities. We continue to be guided by the Government to ensure our campus is Covid-secure. More information about our response to Covid-19 and FAQs are available here.

All information is accurate at the time of sharing. Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

Overview

Graduate Certificate in Business is designed to build your knowledge and skills to bridge the gap between your current qualifications and masters level study. Upon successfully completing the course and subject to specific requirements, you will be able to join one of our range of Masters programmes with a detailed understanding of how business works.

Key facts

  • Designed for students who require additional support before joining a masters programme
  • Prepare yourself for postgraduate study
  • Upon successful completion with a 50% pass rate, you will be ready to join one of our business Masters programmes
  • Progress on to Masters programmes at our London or Newcastle campuses

What will I study?

The Graduate Certificate in Business consists of two modules that will prepare you for the transition into our Masters programmes. These modules are designed to build your skills, knowledge and the confidence needed to study successfully at a postgraduate level.

You can expect to participate in highly interactive lectures and seminars to help you understand how to apply the theory into practice and we use a range of materials and case studies to support your learning throughout the course.

How will I be taught and assessed?

  • Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars and workshops totalling 10 hours per week
  • You’re expected to engage in independent study, around 33 hours per week
  • Assessments take place through a mix of assignments, exams and a presentation.
  • Taught by experienced lecturers and academics who use their industry experience to demonstrate how theories translate into real-life situations.
  • Technology-enhanced learning is embedded throughout the course to guide your preparation for seminars and independent research
  • Benefit from weekly academic support sessions designed to build your ability and confidence as an academic learner

Further study

Studying the Graduate Certificate at our London Campus is the ideal preparation for studying one of our MSc programmes.

Upon successful completion with a 50% pass rate, and subject to specific entry requirements, you can go on to study the following postgraduate degrees at our London Campus:

Newcastle

For those hoping to experience student life in another of the UK’s cities, subject to meeting specific entry requirements, you will also be able to progress on to courses at our main campus in Newcastle. Examples of courses that you could progress on to include:

Meet your Programme Leader, Modjeh Mehrganrad

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Academic requirements

  • A pass degree, this may also be known as an ordinary degree. If you have studied in the UK, this will be a third-class degree.

Please visit our entry requirements page for country-specific qualifications.

English language requirements

Students require IELTS 6.5 with no single element below 5.5, or equivalent.

If you have IELTS 5.5 – 6.0, you may be eligible to join our Pre-Sessional English before starting this programme.

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All modules are core 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

This module covers areas such as enhancing academic writing skills, learning styles, working in teams, developing critical thinking skills, understanding research and how to make effective use out of journal articles.

All of these areas are considered in the specific context of business and management to allow you to enhance your knowledge in this area, develop your vocabulary and understand how to apply theory to practice.

Students will be introduced to the complexities of the business environment and the various approaches to strategic management that can be used by firms to compete and survive in an international and dynamic environment.

This module covers a wide range of areas including; the strategic position of the organisation, evaluating financial data and organisational reports, critically analysing business models, logistics, leadership, business ethics, marketing, managing strategic change and evaluating organisational performance.

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Tuition fees 2021/22 & 2022/23

  • UK/Home students: £3,495
  • International students: £6,750

Please note that your tuition fees do not include the cost of course books that you may choose to purchase, stationery, printing and photocopying, accommodation, living expenses, travel or any other extracurricular activities. As a Northumbria University London Campus student, you will have full access to our online digital library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals.

The modules you will study do not require you to purchase additional textbooks.

Your tuition fees cover far more than your time in class with our expert academics, it covers the cost of providing you with excellent services and student experience.

  • Contact time in class – typically in lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • Access to facilities, including computers, on-campus Wi-Fi, printers, vending machines, quiet study spaces
  • The support of our Careers & Employment Service who help you to become more employable, secure placements and run workshops
  • Academic support – our ACE Team run multiple sessions on academic writing, presenting, exam techniques throughout the semester, as well as 1-2-1 appointments and drop-in sessions
  • Student support services such as our Ask4Help Service. Find out more about the services available to you on our Student Support page
  • Access to online resources, including 24/ 7 Library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals.

If you choose to progress on to one of our Masters programmes upon successful completion of your Graduate Certificate, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships, bursaries, or payment plans.

Scholarships and bursaries

Payment plans

How to find out more

Enquire now to find out more information about the course, studying with us, the application process, and to ask any other questions you may have.

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How to apply

Once you’re ready to apply, you can apply online to study the Graduate Certificate. This method allows you to upload your supporting documents at the time of application and automatically receive your student application number. Please note: when applying to study on the Graduate Certificate you will need to indicate which course you intend to progress on to once you have completed the programme.

Apply online

We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study your course. After receiving an offer it can take time to arrange your finances and apply for your visa (if required) and it is important that you arrive in good time to enrol onto your course. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.

If you are unable to apply online, then you can download a PDF application form and email it to london.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk.

International students application form
UK/Home students application form

Supporting documents

For us to assess your application in a timely manner, it is important that you provide us with the following documents:

  • Fully completed application form
  • Personal email address must be included on the application form
  • Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not in English)
  • Passport – copy of personal details page
  • Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
  • Reference
  • Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable

You can check more information on how to apply here, including guidelines for the application forms.

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Course information

Level of study:

Pre-Masters

2021/22 Tuition fee:

UK/Home Fee: £3,495
International Fee: £6,750

Entry requirements:

Minimum of a third class pass or ordinary degree from a UK university or equivalent

English language requirements:

IELTS 6.5 with no single element below 5.5, or equivalent

Mode of study:

Full-time classroom

Duration:

4 months

Assessment methods:

Coursework and exams

Scholarship or bursaries:

Not available

Student finance:

Not available

Payment plan:

Not available

Starts:

January, May, September

Next application deadline

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