Professional Business Diploma.
This 9 month course teaches students the advanced workplace skills they need to start any role in any business sector. With over 40 years’ experience we know that in the working world practical hands-on skills are the key to success and the best jobs go to those who can demonstrate an ability to perform from day one.
Ambitious students who are looking for a fast track to a career within three terms rather than three years choose this course as an alternative to university.
In the increasingly competitive job market for fewer graduate programmes some students choose to add this qualification to their university degree. Employers will see at interview that graduates can offer something more valuable to them over and above their academic qualifications. This added qualification and experience enables them to stand out and be seen amongst their friends and other graduates when applying for jobs.
For those students who are not sure of what they want to do after leaving school this is the perfect practical and positive Gap Year where they can live and study in Oxford for a year.
Recognising the trends:
From September 2019 the Executive PA Diploma has been renamed to the Professional Business Diploma. The course content remains the same. This title change better reflects the students’ future career paths.
This intensive course teaches in breadth and depth the following elements:
Microsoft Office: all packages – Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook
IT Skills: advanced document creation using Word; key problem solving with Excel; professional presentations using PowerPoint; database marketing with Access; Outlook diary, email and contact management.
Marketing Skills: online marketing methods, customer relationship management; social media and digital marketing; website SEO, analytics and content marketing; cloud computing; online advertising, etc.
Business Skills: financial reporting; meeting procedures; processing systems; business analysis; project management; monitoring and forecasting, etc.
Office Skills: fast notetaking; fast and accurate keyboarding; giving the best presentations; customer service skills, etc.
Personal Development Planning: production of a first class CV; job-search and interview skills; Myers Briggs personality profiling; job and business sector analysis; personal planning skills, etc.
We keep our group sizes to an absolute minimum with an emphasis on securing as much personal tutor contact as possible. This helps students progress rapidly by addressing challenges as and when they occur.
Format: The course is intensive with 21 hours teaching per week, Monday to Friday – we finish at 1 pm on Friday to allow students to start the weekend early.
Assessment: there are no external examinations; every student is continually assessed from day one in each of their subjects. Each student has a 6 weekly appraisal which outlines their performance and progress to date. At the end of each term Testimonials are awarded based on students achieving the following:
Distinction with Honours – each subject grade must be a minimum of 80% plus attendance of 95% and over
Distinction – average of subject grades 75% and over plus attendance of 90% and over
Merit – average of subject grades 60% and over plus attendance of 85% and over
Pass – average of subject grades 50% and over plus attendance of 80% and over.
From September 2019 – Professional Business Diploma