Certificate of Higher Education Business Management Cert HE

Course Overview

Our CHE is attractive to those interested in innovative teaching and assessment approaches. It is an ideal, higher qualification for the current or aspiring operational manager in the public, private or third sector. The Certificate of Higher Education is a one-year programme that can be studied full-time over two semesters or part-time over three semesters. However, it is anticipated that the programme will be most suitable and attractive to individuals who cannot, for various reasons, commit to a full-time course.

In particular the CHE can offer a flexible route for individuals: to gain a level 4 qualification that will enhance their employability; to formalise the experience of individuals already in full time employment in jobs relevant to management; and provides an opportunity for career development. It also offers a highly regarded award for individuals who are unable for other reasons to commit to a full time course.

The CHE provides every opportunity for qualifying students to progress to a 'top-up? HND or degree within the School. In this way the programme will provide a flexible approach to fostering a student's personal and intellectual development, enabling the achievement of a valuable qualification in its own right (the CHE) and potentially a HND/BA as well.

Key Features

The programme integrates theoretical study and application to real world cases, in each module's teaching strategy but also in direct interaction with the University's external partnerships, including employers' organisations, professional associations, international partners and spin off entrepreneurial activities. In particular our business management graduates have analytical, research, information technology, interpersonal, cross cultural communication and empathetic skills.

The skills of managing ICT, communication to peers and external organisations, numeracy, problem solving, interacting in teams, ethical reasoning, critical appraisal, self-management and leadership have been particularly applauded. Students' progress through the programme ensures that they become increasingly self-confident and capable of managing their own learning. Graduates will have developed self-confidence and the ability to work in diverse environments and communicate to a wide variety of levels.

All subjects studied on the programme are relevant to the world of work, across specialist disciplines and sectors. The skills developed to achieve academic success are also those required by employers and for study at higher levels. The flexibility of the programme allows students opportunities to specialise or to maintain their general studies to keep their options open depending on the trends in the job market.

The involvement of employers, visiting speakers and other organisations in the delivery of the programme gives opportunities to students to interact with external networks and see the relevance of their studies.


Year 1 provides an introduction to the key business disciplines and development of vital skills. Students will work with an external organisation to see theory in action and acquire valuable skills.

Professional Accreditations

This programme offers an academically challenging, vocational experience which incorporates innovative teaching and assessment methods. Students will be expected to be active in managing their learning experience, to be creative and to take initiatives to develop themselves. The opportunity to study business and management in action is a rewarding intellectual experience which also provides a well-grounded base for future career development.

The University's international perspective and integration with employers and professional associations guarantee relevant and current content. The wide range of extracurricular activities both subject related and social, further enhance the student experience

Course Tutor(s)

  • Michael Davies
  • Dr Sandra P L Dettmer
  • Richard Dunstan
  • Will Fleming
  • Vic Saunders
  • Huw Thomas
  • Chris Thomas
  • Jayne Williams


This programme offers an academically challenging, vocational experience which incorporates innovative teaching and assessment methods. Students will be expected to be active in managing their learning experience, to be creative and to take initiatives to develop themselves.

Career Opportunities

Graduates exit with significant subject knowledge and up to date skills designed for the modern workplace. Possible careers are very diverse including entry to the management professions, management trainee programmes in financial institutions, services or manufacturing, management in public and 3rd sector organisations, self-employment or further study at higher degree or postgraduate level.

The programme's interaction with employers, the possibility of integration of work based learning and internships further accentuate the employability of graduates and the currency of the programme content. The integration of UK, EU and international students and a strong Alumni association allows networking and the establishment of long standing friendships. Many of our graduates now work outside the UK and EU for international companies.

A significant number of graduates also progress to higher level degree study at this and other universities.

Further Information

The friendly approach of the University allows early diagnosis of learning needs and support for skill enhancement. This includes respect for specialist needs. There is a learning support team who run regular workshops and tutorials in basic and advanced skill development. The close working relationships between tutors and students and students and their classmates allows a positive active learning environment.

Welsh (40 credits of study available at all levels)

Related Courses

  • HND Business Management
  • Foundation Degree Business Management
Cert HE Award
Full-time Study Mode
1 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry Criteria

32 UCAS Points.

The course is suitable for those who have studied other subject areas prior to entry as well as those applicants who have studied this subject in the past Applicants with work experience, but few formal qualifications, may also join the programme following assessment of aptitude. In particular, the programme welcomes applicants who have A level and Edexcel awards as well as a range of other certificates at this level from UK, EU and International bodies.

Other equivalent qualifications are accepted and the admissions panel will consider each application on an individual basis. Please note also that our offers are not based solely on your academic achievements; we take into account your full range of skills, experience and attainments when considering your application.

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

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