Higher National Diploma in Business is a highly popular course in UK awarded by Edexcel, the UK's largest accredited awarding body. This course is designed to provide for the needs of a wide range of individuals who wish to gain academic knowledge and understanding of how business works and to evaluate the application of business principles. The HND Level 5 qualification develops students' abilities and personal skills in management, analysis and presentation of information to enable them to progress to independent learners, and it gives them a clear route to employment and degree courses. This course equate to the first two years of a 3 year degree program and students will have an opportunity to continue their bachelors degree by studying with UK universities for additional 9 months period.
Teaching and learning activities are designed to develop student's knowledge, understanding and skills for success in a variety of administrative and management positions in business. The lessons are practical and interactive, focusing on how business theory applies in the contemporary workplace.
A continuous assessment process by assignment is used, typically two per module. The type of assignment will vary - to include a mix of formal report, group or individual presentations, display, or timed test. However there will be no closed book examinations.
The standard entry requirements are as follows:
- An A Level pass or equivalent
- English language ability
- Applicants whose educational qualifications do not meet the standard entry requirements but have at least 2 years full-time work experience will be considered on an individual basis.
About the Institution:
Established in 2009, Westford School of Management is an educational institution started with a noble aim to provide UK degrees and qualifications, which are reputed and advanced in the area of Management training to the willing and highly motivated learners in Asia and Middle East in particular.
Westford is associated with University of Wolverhampton and Pearson (Edexcel), UK Government approved university and awarding body, to provide their Postgraduate Management programs in Middle East and India.
Testimonial of former student:
"While choosing to study I was apprehensive of changing my routine from a hectic, highly competitive corporate life in the banking sector in UAE to the lecture rooms at Westford , for me it was a challenge. However contrary to my preconceived notions , westford gave me an experiential learning experience which helped me find the right balance of work and study . The MBA program enabled me to reflect on some very valuable concepts and tools that I can apply in the future and equipped me with cutting edge management techniques and a well rounded view of the global best practices The dual qualification has greatly benefited to progress in my career and I might not have attained two world class qualifications in this duration if I had chosen to pursue it separately. On top of these great experiences I was fortunate enough to have had the wonderful opportunity to explore new cultures especially during the 2 weeks study block in India...Exploring the serene charm of the back waters, pristine beauty of the coastal beaches in Kerala, an amazing combination of study and holiday which gave me a new lease of life"
- Ahmed Al Zarouni , Senior Branch Manager , HSBC
"The best thing about Westford School of Management is that it offers you an opportunity to pursue a programme progressing to an MBA from the world-renowned University of Wolverhampton, UK .That give me an edge over the others, in a world where "Time is Money". At Westford SoM, I have been able to recognise my potential by taking part in educational as well as skill development. The faculty is the best in town coupled with a well-charted course structure."
- Ruzna Jumat Singlania , EmiratesNBD
"The MBA program at Westford gave me the opportunity to broaden my skill set and provided me the ability to delve deeper into management by gaining deep insights about the most relevant management techniques and global practices. An amazing feature which I really liked in this program is the dual qualification, a truly valuable asset. I was able to attain two globally reputed and accredited qualifications at the same time. The overall learning experience at westford was amazing and invigorating especially the 2 weeks study in India gave me an out of the blue chance holiday to see and experience the stunning natural beauty of the mystic back waters of kerala and new cultures together with an engrossed learning session ...I truly feel the westford program has delivered well beyond my expectations of a conventional MBA program and now I feel empowered to confidently believe that the sky is the limit for my future"
- Khalid Ismail, Country Head , Emirates Airlines
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