Programme Specification for the 2018/9 academic year

Cert HE International Year 1 in Management & Business Economics, leading to the award of Certificate of Higher Education in Management and Business Economics

1. Programme Details

Programme nameCert HE International Year 1 in Management & Business Economics, leading to the award of Certificate of Higher Education in Management and Business Economics Programme codeLDC1INTINT14
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2018/9
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award4 (Certificate)

2. Description of the Programme

This is a full-time learner-centred academic programme that offers you the opportunity to increase your knowledge of academic theory and practice to enable advanced entry to year two of an undergraduate degree programme at the University of Exeter Business School. You will be helped to develop the necessary research and study skills and to improve your language skills in preparation for second year and third year undergraduate study.

You will experience a favourable learning environment designed to meet your specific needs, both from the point of view of English language and study skills development and the delivery of academic subject teaching, which is appropriately paced and supported, with a generous allocation of teaching time (on average 22 hours each week).

Entry to the second year at Exeter is through UCAS application and depending upon you achieving the required academic standards (55% average in academic subjects plus 65% in English Language Skills for Academic Study plus 55% in the academic subject(s) to which progressing) and meeting the general entry requirements for the University of Exeter. 

The programme is validated by the University of Exeter and students are registered as undergraduates with the University, enjoying the same privileges and responsibilities as all other undergraduates including access to the library and to a wide range of sporting, cultural and social facilities and activities. 

INTO University of Exeter provides the highest level of academic and pastoral support including (but not limited to) modern on-campus accommodation with residential mentors, professional support and help with university applications & visas.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

This programme runs in parallel with the first-year undergraduate programme at the University of Exeter Business School and aims to help students progress seamlessly into their second and third years of undergraduate study. A broad range of learning & teaching methods is used, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work in small teams and online support. Students are treated as partners in the learning process and should expect to be active contributors in seminars, tutorials and virtual learning environments. The learning environment is modern, purpose-built and provided with up-to-date virtual learning facilities to support the student. INTO University of Exeter provides a complete student experience with substantial one-on-one support, small class sizes and tailored learning.

4. Programme Structure

The International Diploma in Accounting and Finance programme is a one year programme of study consisting of 120 credits at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 4. This programme is divided into 2Semesters of 12 weeks each. The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work. There are six modules of 15 credits and one 30-credit module. There are no elective modules.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

Semester 1

INT1001 - 30 Credits

INT1013 - 15 Credits

INT1005 - 15 Credits

INT1011 - 15 Credits

Semester 2

INT1001 - 30 Credits

INT1014 - 15 Credits

INT1003 - 15 Credits

INT1012 - 15 Credits

Award of Certificate of Higher Education.

Progression to University of Exeter Business School: Year two of either BA Business & Management or BA Business Economics or BA Management with Marketing  

 

 

Stage 1


The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules for each pathway. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the INTO web site: http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-exeter.aspx

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
INT1001 English Language Skills for Undergraduate Studies English Language Skills for Academic Study30Yes
INT1013 Principles of Economics (Microeconomics) Principles of Economics (Microeconomics)15No
INT1005 Management Concepts and Practice Management Concepts and Practice15No
INT1011 Accounting for Management and Economics (AME) Accounting for Management and Economics 15No

Stage 2


Compulsory Modules

Modules may be condoned for pass/fail purposes only. Progression to the University of Exeter Business School is not possible with condoned modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
INT1001 English Language Skills for Undergraduate Studies English Language Skills for Academic Study (Continued from Semester 1)30Yes
INT1014 Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics) Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics)15No
INT1003 Introduction to Statistics Introduction to Statistics15No
INT1012 Fundamentals of Marketing Fundamentals of Marketing15No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Understand issues relating to the financial management of business, together with the legal and social environment within which accounting operates
2. Appreciate discourse on markets, accounting, consumers and marketing, its importance to the management of changing environments and the technical language and practices of accounting
3. Comprehend issues relating to organization studies and the management of people within organizations, both quantitatively and qualitatively
4. Evaluate the role of operations and information management within an organization
5. Evaluate an organization’s macroeconomic environment and evidence an awareness of strategy
6. Be aware of contemporary issues in management, such as the management of change, ethics and marketing
7. Evaluate and summarise transactions and other economic events, including projections, performance measurement and management control

ILOs 1-7 are developed through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, assigned reading & guided research and formative assessment

ILOs 1-7 are assessed through a mixture of individual/group assessed essays/reports and, where appropriate,

presentations, multiple choice tests and written examinations

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

8. Apply a range of methodological skills, including statistical and research techniques that are used to carry out primary and secondary research. Locate, extract and evaluate data from multiple sources, including the acknowledgment of such sources
9. Apply skills of academic writing appropriate for Business, including the relation of theory to practice. Develop and justify structured and coherent arguments providing evidence of the ability to evaluate and interpret different assumptions and perspectives
10. Demonstrate an appropriate degree of proficiency in spoken and written English in the Business context

ILOs 8 and 9 are developed throughout the programme via practical classes, lectures, seminars, tutorials and guided self-study.

ILO 10 will be supported by English Language Skills for Academic Study classes employing a variety of activities and teaching methods. These include teacher-led group work, student presentations, seminars, set tasks and online resources

ILOs 8 & 9 are assessed by a combination of written examinations and continuous assessment essays.

 

ILO 10 is assessed by a group presentation, listening and note-taking tasks, seminars and written tasks (including note-taking, summarising, paraphrasing and academic referencing)

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

11. Think independently and creatively and make sound judgements
12. Identify and solve complex problems confidently and flexibly
13. Use a range of IT tools effectively; access information from a range of sources and evaluate its validity
14. Interact effectively within a group
15. Manage yourself effectively, including independent learning, time-management, insightful reflection and evaluation, seeking and responding to feedback, taking responsibility for own learning
16. Communicate effectively using a wide range of media

ILOs 11, 12 and 13 are developed through the process of acquiring subject knowledge and core academic skills (see A and B above).

 

ILO 14 is developed through group discussions and through working in groups in academic seminars and tutorials, including the planning and delivery of group presentations.

 

ILO 15 is developed as students progress through a programme that becomes gradually more self-managed, assisted by the Personal Tutorial and Personal Development Planning (PDP) system. Independent and guided self-study, supported by electronic resources, form a major part of our learning and teaching methods.

 

ILO 16 is incorporated into the English Language Skills for Academic Study module.

ILOs 11, 12 and 13 are assessed primarily through continuous assessment essays, assignments are reports.

 

ILOs 14 and 15 are indirectly assessed: where modules require these skills it would be difficult to achieve a good mark and to progress without having developed them.

 

ILO 16 is explicitly assessed in the English Language Skills for Academic Study module and is implicit in the continuous assessment of many other modular assessments.

7. Programme Regulations

Credit

The programme consists of 120 credits. The pass mark for all modules is 40%.

Progression

You can progress to Year 2 of a first degree at the University of Exeter Business School if you achieve 120 credits, with an overall average of 55% in all modules except INT1001 English Language Skills for Academic Study, plus 65% in INT1001 in English Language Skills for Academic Study itself. Students progressing to BA Business and Management also require 55% in INT1005 Management Concepts and Practice. Students progressing to BA Business Economics also require an average of 55% in INT1013 Principles of Economics and INT1014 Principles of Economics. Students progressing to BA Management with Marketing also require an average of 55% in INT1005 Management Concepts and Practice and INT1012 Fundamentals of Marketing.

Note: If progressing, assessment of this programme does not contribute to the overall classification of the final degree.

Condonement. To achieve the Higher Education Certificate you are required to achieve 90-120 credits in this single-stage programme. Up to 30 credits can be condoned, provided you have achieved an average mark of at least 40% across the 120 credits of assessment, including the marks for any failed or condoned modules.

Condonementis the process that allows you to pass a stage should you fail to achieve the required number of credits at any stage. However, you must pass the modules marked with a 'Yes' in the 'non-condonable' column in the tables above. The pass mark for these modules is 40%. You will not be allowed reassessment in the condoned credit.

Note: Progression to the University of Exeter Business School is not possible with condoned modules.

Assessment and Awards

Passing the Programme will result in the award of a Certificate of Higher Education.

 

Classification

The marking of modules and the classification of awards broadly corresponds to the following percentage marks:

Distinction:    A final credit-weighted mark greater or equal to 69.50%, or a final credit-weighted mark greater than or equal to 68% (including English) and modules to the value of at least 50% with a module mark greater than or equal to 70%

Merit:             A final credit-weighted mark greater or equal to 59.50%, or a final credit-weighted mark greater than or equal to 58% (including English) and modules to the value of at least 50% with a module mark greater than or equal to 60%.

Pass:             A final credit-weighted mark greater than or equal to 40%

Full details of assessment regulations for UG programmes and PGT programmes assessment regulations can be found in the Teaching Quality Assurance Manual (TQA) on the University of Exeter website. Generic marking criteria are also published here.

Please see the Teaching and Quality Assurance Manual for further guidance.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

All INTO students will be allocated a personal tutor and will normally retain the same tutor throughout their time at INTO. The role of personal tutors at INTO is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You will have a formal meeting with your personal tutor on a regular basis (at least once per semester). You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff. Personal tutors liaise with the Programme Manager, who takes responsibility for the programme as a whole and provides a second line of support to students. A university-wide statement on personal tutoring is included in the university’s Personal Tutor Code of Practice at http://as.Exeter.ac.uk/support/academic/tls/tqa/Part%206/6B(2010)Personal%Tutor%20System%20CoP%20FINAL.pdf

And this is supported by resources for personal tutors at http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/staffdevelopment/aspectsofacademicpractice/personaltutoring

 

Each student will be issued with a Programme Handbook which contains information on:

 

Programme Staff

Programme dates

Programme structure and modules

Attendance

Assessment, including submission and marking

Sickness, absence and mitigation procedures

Other general important information

 

The programme handbook can be found here: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/international/into/current_students/centre_handbook/

Learning Resources: In addition to the centrally-provided services detailed below, INTO University of Exeter also provides:

 Ø  Its own computer suites and printing facilities.

Ø  Students with specific physical and learning needs will have a support package put in place. We also liaise with AccessAbility, who can provide further information and resources. However, for International Students there may be cost implications for some support elements.

Ø  One-to-one language tutorials to support subject assignments.

Ø  Dedicated support for applications for further study.

Ø  Dedicated on-line resources on the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE) for each module.

Ø  Language counsellors who speak a range of languages, can communicate in the student’s native language and provide pastoral care.

Ø  A social programme specifically for INTO University of Exeter students.

 

Staff/Student Liaison Committee enables students and staff to participate jointly in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

Learning Resources The University Library maintains its principal collections in the main library buildings on the Streatham campus.

 

 IT Services provide a wide range of services throughout the Exeter campuses including open access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

 

  • Student Counselling Service - available free of charge, to provide confidential help and support.
  • Student Health Centre   
  • Study Skills Service - can provide one-to-one guidance and information on all aspects of academic study and skills. Additionally INTO University of Exeter has its own staff members who specialize in this area of support.  
  • Family Centre (Streatham campus)provides high quality care and education for early-years children of students and staff. 
  • Student Advice Centre (the Forum) is your first port of call for free, impartial and confidential advice on a range of issues: housing, finance, and academic matters. INTO University of Exeter also has housing officers who can facilitate accommodation either in INTO rooms or through homestay arrangements.
  • Students’ Guild is the students' union of the University of Exeter. 
  • Student complaints procedure.
  • Chaplaincy supports and encourages students from Christian and non-Christian faiths.  
  • The International Student Support Office supports non UK students across all University of Exeter campuses. INTO University of Exeter also supports students through a dedicated team of advisors and support workers.   
  • AccessAbility (Previously called the Disability Resource Centre [DRC]) aims to provide advice, guidance, signposting to other services and, in some cases, face-to-face assistance for those in need. The University is committed to supporting disabled students, staff and visitors on all its campuses. Additionally, INTO University of Exeter has professional advisors in the area of specific learning differences.
  • Employability and Graduate Developmenthas over 40 staff working to help you improve your chances of getting a great job after you graduate. They provide expert advice to enable you to plan your future through: guidance interviews, psychometric testing, employer presentations, skills events, practice job interviews and CV preparation.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

INTO University of Exeter is required to comply with all of the University of Exeter’s Quality Assurance standards.

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of educational provision. The College documents the performance in each of its taught programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Programme Monitoring cycle:

  • Admissions, progression and completion data
  • In Year Analysis data
  • Previous monitoring report
  • Monitoring of core (and optional) modules
  • External examiner's reports and University and College responses (reported to SSLC)
  • Any Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body/accrediting body or other external reports
  • Consultation with employers and former students
  • Staff evaluation
  • Student evaluation
  • Programme aims

Subject areas are reviewed every four years through a periodic subject review scheme that includes external contributions. (http://admin.exeter.ac.uk/academic/tls/tqa/Part%209/9JREVISEDPSRSCHEME.pdf)

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

INTO

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

Not applicable to this programme.

18. Final Award

Cert HE International Year 1 in Management & Business Economics, leading to the award of Certificate of Higher Education in Management and Business Economics

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

4 (Certificate)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

120

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

20/06/2014

Date of last revision

24/09/2018