Diploma in Business Management

Our Diploma in Business Management is a recognised level 4, 5 and 6 Diploma and is equivalent to the first three years respectively of a 4-year US business degree. Therefore, on completion, students can progress to the final year of a degree course at Northwood University in the USA. Taught in small groups in our virtual online classroom, the courses offer an attractive, economical, and time-saving route to a US degree. Northwood pathways are aligned to the requirements of the UK regulator Ofqual.

In line with Northwood University’s business degrees, the UniHaven Diploma in Business Management is designed to be worth up to 84 college credits towards a Northwood University degree. At Northwood University, students will complete the remaining 39 college credits towards the total 123 credits required to graduate. This provides students with a three-year pathway degree.

These programmes combine an academic perspective with a practical approach to the contemporary global business world, helping students to develop knowledge and understanding in a range of subject areas which are relevant to management roles within organisations. The units are closely linked to current day real world and work challenges and will test and develop student’s workplace experience and abilities.

The Diploma courses will help students to fast track their degree studies towards a full US degree. Lessons are supported by a wide range of excellent resources, and we ensure that all students are given a high level of individual help and guidance.

Course Structure

Level 4 / Year One

Level 4 is a 132-credit (US) qualification. To obtain the Extended Diploma in Business and Management Level 4, learners must study and pass 11 core units.

Level 5 / Year Two

Level 5 is a 132-credit (US) qualification. To obtain the Extended Diploma in Business and Management Level 5, learners must study and pass 11 core     units.

Level 6 / Accelerated Year Three

Level 6 is a 90-credit (US) qualification. To progress onto the Northwood Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Management, learners    must study and pass 6 core units.

Level 4 Diploma / Year One

 Introduction to Business Economics                                                                                                                                          

The aim of this unit is to give learners an understanding of the basic concepts and issues in business economics, exploring how they are applied.

Research and Academic Writing                                                                                                                                          

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop effective research plans, to evaluate different research methods, to use a high standard of academic writing, and to use independent learning techniques to support their self-development.

Introduction to Business Communication                                                                                                                                          

The aim of this unit is to enhance learners’ business communication skills and enable them to operate confidently in the business world. Learners will be able to:

  • make persuasive presentations
  • negotiate convincingly
  • write reports that address and/or solve strategic problems
  • write promotional material
  • enhance their cultural awareness
  • enhance their understanding of cross-cultural communication, and the role of languages in

Essentials of Management                                                                                                                                          

This unit covers the principles and functions of management, teaching students the key elements in planning and decision making and the significance of different controls required in an organisation.

Financial Accounting and Analysis                                                                                                                                          

This unit provides students with an understanding of the basic accounting principles and techniques involved in the preparation of accounts and analysis required for the organisation.

Logic and Critical Thinking/Design and Creative Thinking                                                                                                                                          

To provide study skills training at the postgraduate level, including critical thinking, academic writing, referencing, discussion and oral presentation skills. To provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of sciences in maritime affairs to equip students with a   thorough knowledge of research design, data collection, the principal methods of analysing quantitative and qualitative data and ethical issues.

Management Accounting                                                                                                                                          

The aim of the unit is for learners to develop their skills in management accounting, including preparation of budgets, costing, capital expenditure appraisal, and to apply these skills to a real- world case or case study.

 Cultural Perspectives                                                                                                                                          

This unit provides learners with an introduction to the concepts of cultural intelligence and its impact on individuals and organisations. Learners will gain knowledge and understanding of culture, ethics and globalisation and how they impact on the business environment.

Applied Statistics                                                                                                                                          

The unit aims to provide learners with an introduction to applied statistics. The learners will learn numerical and algebraic methods before using these techniques to process data and design an investigation using inferential testing.

Corporate Social Responsibility                                                                                                                                          

To develop an understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues and impacts of CSR policy. Learners will be able to use their knowledge and understanding to make recommendations for responsible business practice.

Life Sciences in Business                                                                                                                                          

This unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of natural selection, disease prevention and genetically engineered organisms. These principles are the basis for organisations operating in the life sciences.

Level 5 Diploma / Year Two

 Marketing Principles and Practices

To develop knowledge and understanding of general marketing principles and their application in business.

Applied Economics for Business

To develop knowledge and understanding of elements of applied economics and the impact of the concepts on organisations.

Business Ethics

This unit will enable the learner to develop knowledge and understanding of business ethics and the effects ethics can have on organisations, including planning and the management of their goals and activities

Business Law                                                                                                                                          

This unit aims to enable learners to develop knowledge and understanding of some of the main aspects of business law which impact on organisations.

Business Organisations in a Global Context

This unit develops learners’ understanding of the issues organisations face operating within a global context. This understanding will allow learners to review the issues currently impacting on business organisations.

Finance for Managers                                                                                                                                          

The unit aims to equip learners with the knowledge and understanding of the sources and use of finance in organisations and how to evaluate and interpret financial data.

Managing Communication                                                                                                                                          

This unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of communication within and between organisations. Learners will also review their own communication skills in an organisational context.

Management and Organisational Behaviour                                                                                                                                          

The aim of this unit is to introduce to students to the role of manager, and to provide knowledge of and exposure to concepts, theories and their application in the field of management.

Management Information Systems

The aim of this unit is to give learners an understanding of how an organisation uses information to design, implement, maintain and manage secure information systems to support its operations. This unit examines how systems can be used to support core business functions and enable organisations to be more productive and competitive within the global marketplace.

Principles of Business Operations                                                                                                                                          

This module helps students to appreciate and understand business operations in both the manufacturing and services sectors. It will cover the basic principles of operations within a global context from three key perspectives: understanding operations, designing operations and managing operations.

Human Resource Management                                                                                                                                          

The aim of this unit is to introduce learners to Human Resource theory and skills that underpin Human Resource Management (HRM) practices through a range of case studies.

Level 6 Diploma / Year Three

Financial Decision Making                                                                                                                                          

The aim of this unit is to demonstrate the links between business decision making, risk assessment and financial information. Learners will understand how businesses are financed through their fixed and working capital requirements and how the financial management of each organisation is influenced by its governance and ownership structure.

Sustainable Business Practices                                                                                                                                          

The aim of this unit is to raise learners’ awareness of sustainable development issues and how they impact on the strategic development of businesses. Learners will be expected to demonstrate their understanding of sustainability and its effect on business organisations.

Managing Quality and Service Delivery                                                                                                                                          

To enable learners to develop the knowledge and understanding required to manage and deliver excellent customer service.

Leadership and Management                                                                                                                                          

The aim of this unit is to enable the learner to understand the role of leadership and management in organisations; and the use of leadership and management skills to improve organisational performance.

Project Management                                                                                                                                    

The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ understanding and skills relating to the project management principles, methodologies, tools and techniques that are used in business.

Research Project                                                                                                                                          

The aim of this unit is to develop the skills required for the learner to formulate an appropriate research question and to design and undertake a research project to answer that research question. The learner will also need to interpret the outcomes of their research and present them to an audience.

Programme Length

Each diploma is taught over a 12-month period. The three levels can be completed in 48 months. The diplomas are designed to be standalone qualifications where students are awarded a diploma at the end of each year. We understand that some students might want to commence their studies in the US sooner and this means that on successful completion of a Level 4, 5 or 6 diploma students can enrol at Northwood University, with a diploma that has credit recognition towards their undergraduate degree studies.

Starting Dates

Programme begins in September and January of each year.

Entry Requirements

a. Academic

Have successfully completed UniHaven Foundation Level 3, or equivalent internationally recognised foundation programme or ‚ÄėA‚Äô Levels or vocational awards (see Table 4).

 b. English Language

Students must be able to show English language ability with an IELTS score of 5.5 with no single element below 5.0 or equivalent (see Table 2) prior to entry. For students who do not have this level of English, Pre-Sessional courses are available. Please see Preparation for University Studies РUniHaven to find out more. We also offer One to One Tutoring for IELTS preparation. Please see HERE to find out more!

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