BA (Hons) Applied Business and Management

Why choose this course?

  • Since its launch in the autumn of 2011 the BA (Hons) in Applied Business and Management has seen some fantastic results with over one third of students so far graduating with First Class Honours.
  • You will become a real asset to your company, as many of the assignments will be based on your own organisation.
  • You will enhance your payroll skills and learning methods of best practice within the payroll profession.
  • You will develop your professional skills and abilities through the application of theory and best practice.
  • It’s an 18 month part time programme which the CIPP runs in collaboration with the University of Derby Corporate.
  • Combining workshops and self-study you can remain in employment whilst enhancing your career prospects.
  • It is ideal for you if you have completed the CIPP Foundation Degree in Payroll Management (or the superseded Diploma) or the CIPP Foundation Degree in Pensions Administration and Management (or the superseded Diploma), or their equivalents, or those who wish to further their development.
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Start date(s): September

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Course length: Part time, 18 months

Programme Level: Level 6

Number of credits: 120 credits

About this course

The BA (Hons) Applied Business and Management encourages strategic thinking. Covering payroll and pensions operations at its core, the programme also explores the wider context.

For example, the Global Business Environment Module examines the important aspects of a globalised business environment. Payroll is an operation that is central to any multinational and it is important to consider the impact on global aspects when considering interaction with accounting, auditing, tax and legal services. Even a small domestic-oriented company must be aware of its clients' international nature, particular competencies and strategic behaviour in the domestic market.

Throughout the programme you will cover the following modules and areas of study:

Managing Change (20 credits)

The process and classification of change

  • Organisational learning
  • Leadership and management of change
  • The nature of business organisations
  • The nature of governance and change
  • Power and politics in change
  • Organisational culture and change
  • Teams and organisational change
  • Structure and change
  • Change interventions
  • Management theory and strategy

Finance for Professionals (20 credits)

  • Understand the nature of accounting: financial accounts, accounting statements, adjustments, cash flow
  • Understand the nature of company finance
  • Evaluate accounting information and service
  • The facilitation of operational and financial control
  • Analysis and interpretation of financial reports
  • Management accounting

Global Business Environment (20 credits)

  • Rationale for international business
  • Global marketplace
  • A conceptual framework to explain international business and foreign direct investment
  • The organisation and the corporate social responsibility (CSR) context (theories of the firm and the ethical context) and the international context
  • Diversity in the global business environment
  • Customers and markets within a global context
  • International monetary system, currency management and foreign exchange markets
  • International business and national trade policies
  • Foreign market entry mode strategies and subsidiary types
  • International strategic alliances

Project Management (20 credits)

  • Assess the various definitions and characteristics of a project
  • Explore why organisations in different sectors need to engage in projects and consider different types of project
  • Evaluate the implications of the ‘project management triangle’ of scope, time and cost
  • Demonstrate an understanding of external business environmental factors and how they may affect a project (PESTLE)
  • Appreciate the various stages of project management and understand the various stakeholders involved
  • Examine critical success factors and ways in which projects may fail
  • Evaluate current IT availability and its application to project management

Work Based Investigation (Independent Study) (40 credits)

  • The foundations of management research and the different foundations for the development of knowledge
  • Methodology and research strategy in terms of research approach (inductive vs. deductive); types of data (qualitative vs. quantitative), access to data (e.g. sampling strategies) and quality of data (e.g. validity or situational)
  • Research methods: the tools and techniques used to identify data sources, capture data, record data, and analyse data

Through process of negotiation, you will identify a relevant area for investigation within your workplace related to your field of academic study. You will be expected to present the rationale, outline of methodological approach to the investigation and aims and objectives for the investigation along with an outline of any associated ethical issues.

How you'll learn

You will study part time by distance learning. Tutorial workshops, held at University of Derby Enterprise Centre (DE1 3LD), supplement the distance learning study packs and encourage you to get together with your fellow students to exchange ideas and experience. They also enable you to apply the understanding learnt through the study packs to practical workplace problems.

The workshops play a vital role in feedback and guidance, as well as providing an opportunity to have questions answered and areas of uncertainty clarified. They are held at the start of each module and help you to settle in to the course material. 

You will be allocated a tutor who will offer assistance, guidance and feedback whenever needed throughout the duration of each module.

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Entry requirements

You should hold either:

  • the CIPP Diploma in Payroll Management or the CIPP Diploma in Local Government Pensions Management 
  • the CIPP Foundation Degree in Payroll Management or the CIPP Foundation Degree in Pensions Administration and Management, or
  • an equivalent qualification attained at level six, for example a BA in another subject

If you do not hold any of the above qualifications, but have knowledge and experience in a strategic role you may be awarded direct access onto the course if you can demonstrate experience via Accredited Prior Learning (APL). APL can be:

  • Certified (APCL) – to give recognition of learning which has been formally assessed and for which a certificate has been awarded
  • Experiential (APEL) – to recognise that knowledge and skills can be developed through many types of experience, such as work and voluntary activities

You must hold at least three years experience within a business, payroll or pensions environment. In addition your experience should include strategic aspects such as project management, managing change and team leadership. This is subject to final assessment by the University of Derby. To enquire further, please contact CIPP.

Anything else?

During the programme you will benefit from regular CIPP updates via the CIPP e-newsletter and monthly magazine “Payroll Professional”, and discounts on short day training courses offered by CIPP.

Employer benefits

By completing the programme, not only will you benefit as an individual, but your employer will benefit too:

  • Have a highly skilled individual with business and strategic knowledge of their own organisation with a specific focus on Finance and Change Management
  • Gain an improved payroll service within their organisation
  • Help the development of their staff with assured information that is both current and valid
  • Be part of the driving force for a truly professional payroll working environment
  • Reduce the potential for incurring penalties from HMRC and other government departments.

Where will I study?

You'll study by distance learning, and at workshops.

Each module has a two day workshop which takes place at the University of Derby Enterprise Centre.

Enterprise Centre

How to apply

Please apply directly to CIPP

All applications and enquiries for this programme are dealt with by CIPP.

Visit the CIPP application website for information on how to apply.

Find out more

T: 0121 712 1000

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