Programme Specification for the 2018/9 academic year

GradDip Finance (September start)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameGradDip Finance (September start) Programme codeLDP1INTINT03
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2018/9
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

Our Graduate Diploma programme at INTO University of Exeter is designed to provide you with the English, study skills, and business subject knowledge you need to progress to a master’s level programme at the University of Exeter. This programme is designed for students who have completed a first degree in business or another subject.

The programme consists of:

• Five academic content modules

• A module in English and communication skills

You will explore the academic content modules through studying and applying core concepts and principles, whilst developing the requisite technical and communication skills.

You will be offered a favourable learning environment, designed to meet your specific needs, in which to develop English language competence, study skills and an understanding of academic subject content. Learning is appropriately paced and supported with a generous allocation of teaching time (typically 20 hours per week).

The programme will give you experience of being a university student and allow you to take part in campus life, while at the same delivering benefits in the form of tuition and support.

Entry to master’s programmes at Exeter is dependent on your achieving the required academic standards and meeting the general entry requirements for the University of Exeter.


3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. to enable you to enhance your subject knowledge and study skills;
2. to help you to improve your English to the levels required for entry onto postgraduate programmes in the UK (in most cases equivalent to IELTS 7.0 or 6.5), making sure that you can use written and spoken language appropriately within an academic context;
3. to help you to develop the necessary research and study skills and approaches to learning required in master’s level study;
4. to introduce you to the culture of academic study in a UK higher education institution;
5. to provide you with the technical, communication and personal skills that you will need both in your further studies and throughout your professional career.

This programme is designed specifically to enable you to enter a master’s degree programme at the University of Exeter. The aims of the Graduate Diploma programme are:

4. Programme Structure

Your Graduate Diploma programme is a 9-month full-time programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 and is a single stage programme.  The programme consists of 120 credits at level 6.  There are four 15-credit and one 30-credit subject content modules, and a 30-credit module in English Language and Communication Skills.

Most of the input for the English and subject content modules are in terms 1 and 2 (20 hours per week).  In your third term the focus is on assessment, assignment writing and dissertation or project work.  You will be assessed by a combination of coursework and/or examinations in each module.

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 

You will study the following modules:

Human Resource Management The main purpose of this module is to develop your knowledge and skill in managing people. It will enable you to understand how to negotiate with as well as how to support and reward teams and individuals for whom you are responsible.
Finance Management You'll study the techniques used in managing the finance of a business and how to monitor and control business performance.
Operations Management The aim of this module is to develop knowledge of the role and contribution of operations management and production functions in business.
Marketing Management You will learn how to analyse the marketing processes, investigate the purpose of marketing within a business context and apply marketing to practical situations.
Fundamentals of Investment This module will equip you with a fundamental knowledge of investment theory, providing a rigorous understanding of the concepts and techniques used by finance specialists. It will enable you to apply these concepts to the practical application of investment analysis.
English language and
Communication Skills
This module will offer you the chance to develop your English language knowledge and skills. You will increase your knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation along with skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. This module will also provide you with essential skills for undertaking academic study in your chosen subject at a UK university.

Stage 1

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
INT3604 Human Resource Management 15No
INT3605 Financial Management 15No
INT3603 Operations Management 15No
INT3602 Marketing Management 15No
INT3606 Investments 30No
INT3600 English Language and Communication Skills 30Yes

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. Demonstrate acquisition and systematic understanding of key subject knowledge and theoretical principles
2. Apply analysis and synthesis skills to data, situations and concepts
3. Use the professional concepts and techniques used in the workplace
4. Operate in English effectively, including in the context of your discipline, and with the skills necessary for an academic context

ILOs 1- 4 are developed through:

  • Lecture input
  • Group discussion and individual homework tasks followed by tutor feedback
  • Online resources and tasks
  • Reading and reflection

ILOs 1- 4 are developed through:

  • Written essays
  • On-line tests
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Exam
  • dissertation

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:

5. Critically evaluate concepts, arguments, data and case
6. Demonstrate appropriate academic literacy practices, using citation and providing bibliographies correctly
7. Communicate information, ideas, problems, and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences in the domain of management/finance

ILOs 5-7 are developed through:

  • Lecture input
  • small group /team work;
  • Group discussion and individual homework tasks followed by tutor feedback
  • Case study analysis
  • Online resources and tasks
  • Reading and reflection

ILOs 5-7 are assessed through:

  • Written essays
  • On-line tests
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Exam
  • dissertation

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:

8. apply theory to practice
9. set personal objectives, and manage time tasks
10. evaluate your performance against given criteria
11. learn independently and cooperatively using appropriate learning technologies e g Exeter Learning Environment (ELE)

ILOs are developed through:

  • small group /team work;
  • group discussion and case study analysis;
  • role-play
  • self-reflective exercises followed by tutor feedback
  • Online resources and tasks
  • Reading and reflection

ILOs are assessed through:

  • Written essays
  • Exam
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Reflective writing & logs
  • Dissertation

7. Programme Regulations


The programme consists of 120 credits, with a division of 30 credits for English and 90 for subject content. The pass mark for all modules is 40%.

To achieve the Graduate Diploma you are required to achieve 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 and condoned modules.

Condonement is the process that allows you to pass a stage should you fail to achieve the required number of credits in any stage. However, you must pass the modules marked with a 'Yes' in the 'non-condonable' column in the tables above. You will not be given the opportunity of reassessment in the condoned credit. Furthermore, you should note that you will not be able to progress to the University of Exeter degree programmes with any condoned modules (see below).


For entry to a degree at Exeter, no modules are condonable.  In addition you must achieve a minimum of

  • an average of 65% in academic content subjects;
  • 65% in English Language and Communication Skills

Assessment and Awards

In case of non-progression to a degree at the University of Exeter, assessment of this single stage programme contributes to the summative classification of the award.


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

Distinction: 70% overall in academic content subjects + 70% in English Language and Communication Skills

Merit :  60-69%

Pass:    40-59%



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

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

Other resources for the programme are published on ELE

where there are separate areas for each of the programme modules. Resources include:


•Course programmes / schedules

•Coursework tasks, schedules and marking criteria

•Past exam papers

•Extra academic resources to support your studies

•Links to useful web sites


Personal tutoring: 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 can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff. A University-wide statement personal tutoring is included in the University’s Personal Tutor Code of Practice at


and is supported by resources for personal tutors at:


All Graduate Diploma students will be allocated a personal tutor. You will have a formal meeting with your personal tutor on a regular basis (at least once per semester). 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. In addition, tutors on the Graduate Diploma will hold regular meetings with their students to discuss academic matters and will be available on a one-to-one basis.


Learning Resources


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

•Its own computer suites, and printing facilities

•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.

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

•Dedicated support for applications for further study.

•Dedicated online resources on ELE for each programme and module

•Language counsellors who can communicate in the student's own native language and who may help to provide pastoral care

•A social programme specifically for INTO University of Exeter students


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

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.

Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of INTO University of Exeter.

Applications from students with a disability are welcome.  On application, details will be passed to the Centre's Disability Officer for assessment of support needs. 

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.


12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

INTO University of Exeter ensures that students studying on the Graduate Diploma programme meet the standards required by the receiving Colleges for entry into a master’s degree programme through representation at Examination Boards and through joint College/INTO Boards of Studies. An INTO/University Academic Board oversees implementation of the University’s quality assurance mechanisms.

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. (

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution


16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by


18. Final Award

GradDip Finance (September start)

19. UCAS Code


20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits


ECTS credits


22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] General business and management

23. Dates

Origin Date


Date of last revision