Why choose this course?
As a student on this programme you will develop core business skills in key areas such as problem solving, decision making, team working and communications and will be encouraged to put theory into practice throughout your studies. The course explores the complex and challenging nature of the business environment to expose you to long-standing theories and progressive 21st century concepts, and to ensure you obtain the critical skills and understanding of those matters affecting today’s business leaders.
You will develop a critical understanding of the forces influencing the broader economy, and be able to evaluate the role of core management functions, their application and contribution to quality and performance, as well as understand the relevance of strategic plans to respond to the changing demands of the business environment.
How is this program taught?
Depending upon your chosen mode of study, some or all modules include web and digital based elements to promote the flexibility of today’s progressive study environment. Business students are often required to engage with business networks or industry participants in order to complete assessments and show evidence of topical understanding and aptitude.
Formal hours of study usually range from 12-16hrs per week, with some additional classroom sessions for full-time campus students, and research and project work for distance-learning students.
How will I be assessed?
Depending upon which university you successfully progress to for the final year of your Degree studies, you may find a varied approach to assessment which will ultimately develop your abilities even further.
Hours & credits
If you progress into the final year of the Bachelor’s Degree with one of our partner universities you will complete the final 120 credits to receive the full Degree.
UK A-levels, International Baccalaureate, an international equivalent
For students who have the equivalent of the GCSE (or iGCSE) level qualification, or if you didn’t achieve satisfactory pass grades in senior school, and need to complete a Foundation Year, you may enrol into the intensive first-year Foundation program to complete the initial 120 credits. Successful completion of this program allows you progress directly into the 2nd year of the course.
To progress into the final year of the Bachelors Degree with a partner university you must also meet their respective entry requirements, such as satisfactory grades in your first 2 years of study with Axial, and the requisite English language ability for your chosen course of study (each university has individual requirements, and details can be provided to students at the time of their initial application to Axial).
Where will this course take me?
Because of the equal focus on business operations and general management, our graduates are highly employable in a wide range of business areas throughout industry, commerce, the public sector and non-profit-making organisations.
You may also have the opportunity to study abroad, if you select an international campus of Axial or of one of our university partners. This could take you to the Middle East, Cyprus, or even as far as Africa. Students who attend an Axial International Study Centre in a growing number of locations around the world may also consider options for completing the final phase of their studies right here in London!
As a foundation for further study to complete the Bachelors Degree, our current agreements provide the opportunity for Majors in areas of study such as:
BA Hons in Business, International Business, or Management studies, and then progress further to complete Postgraduate studies including MA in Strategic Management or the MBA with our partner Universities.
Distance learning fees start at just £199 per subject (for the 16 subject level 5 programme). We also offer an initial enrolment-pack, which gets you enrolled as a distance-learning student with Axial and registered on the UK system, plus your first unit fees and learning material, for £549 (includes a tablet PC set up for e-Learning, all application fees, Awarding-Body registration, and tuition fees for Unit-1).
What will I learn?
The 8 core units in the level 5 programme are listed below and all of these must be completed, along with 8 elective subjects, in order to achieve the 240 credits required for the final award. By expanding each unit you can read details of content to be covered in each subject:
|Organisations have a variety of purposes that depend on why they were established. Some operate for profit, whilst others do not. Business entities structure themselves and operate in ways that allow their objectives to be met, and the aim of this unit is to provide learners with an understanding of different types of organisations, the influence of stakeholders, and the relationship between businesses and the local, national and global environments.|
|Managing Financial Resources & Decisions||HDB-2||15|
|This unit is designed to give learners a broad understanding of the sources and availability of finance for a business organisation, and students will learn how to evaluate these different sources and compare how they are used. The course will provide an understanding of where and how to access sources of finance for a business, as well as the skills necessary to use financial information for decision making.|
|This unit explores the behaviour of individuals and groups within organisations, and examines current theories and their application in managing behaviour in the workplace. It also examines the links between the structure and culture of organisations and how these influence the behaviour of the workforce, and the ways in which an organisation structures and organises its workforce for a positive impact on the culture to develop within the organisation.|
|This is a broad-based unit which gives students the opportunity apply the key principles of Marketing, and aims to provide learners with understanding and skills relating to the fundamental concepts and principles that underpin the marketing process. Students will consider the use of environmental analysis in marketing; they will investigate the importance of market segmentation and how this leads to the identification and full specification of target groups, and; they will consider buyer behaviour and positioning.|
|Aspects of Contracts & Negligence||HDB-5||15|
|The aim of this unit is to provide an introduction to the law of contract, with a particular focus on the formation and operation of a business contract. Learners are encouraged to explore the contents of such an agreement and, in particular, to appreciate the practical application of standard-form business contracts. Additionally, the unit enables learners to understand how the Law of Tort differs from the law of contract and examines the Tort of Negligence and issues of liability pertinent to business.|
|Business Decision Making||HDB-6||15|
|In business, good decision making requires the effective use of information. This unit gives learners the opportunity to examine a variety of sources and develop techniques for four aspects of information: data gathering, data storage, and the tools available to create useful information and present it. Computers are widely used in business to carry out much of this work and an appreciation and use of appropriate ICT software is central to completion of this unit. Specifically, learners will use spreadsheets and other software for data analysis and the preparation of information. You will also gain an appreciation of information systems currently used at all levels in an organisation as aids to decision making.|
|The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ abilities to evaluate and select strategies appropriate to business organisations. This will involve an analysis of the impacts of the external operating environment and the need to plan organisational strategies to ensure effective business performance.|
This unit is designed to introduce learners to the techniques and methods of research. The unit addresses a variety of research methodologies, including the opportunity to carry out interventionist or action research.
Learners will be required to produce a project report based on independent research into an area of professional business practice that interests them and will add to their professional development.
You should use both primary and secondary sources of information, and should be an exploration of a current major issue. The study undertaken should build on knowledge, skills and understanding that have been achieved in other units.
- Delivery mode: Distance Learning (London)
On campus: Study Centres
- Duration: 2 years (Full-time)
Flexible Distance Learning
- Award Level: Level 5 (Undergraduate)
- Final award: Extended Diploma (UK)
Higher National Diploma (UK)
- Progression: Final year of BA (Hons) Degrees:
Business Administration, and more!