Available to payroll and pensions professionals who wish to further enhance their work based skills and knowledge in relation to generic business and management, the BA (Hons) Applied Business and Management (CIPP - Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals) has been developed to demonstrate the link between payroll/pensions and business strategy.
It does not focus on the legislation or technical skills associated with payroll and pensions as these are assumed, instead it covers topics such as project management and how to manage change successfully within an organisation.
The qualification is designed for individuals who:
- Are strategic business managers responsible for leading and managing change
- Are involved in project management who wish to ensure successful planning and implementation
- Have completed the CIPP’s Foundation Degree in Payroll Management or Foundation Degree in Pensions Administration and Management (or preceding qualifications) and wish to further develop their business management skills
- Hold an equivalent level qualification and wish to enhance their knowledge of business management
- Are in a strategic role within their organisation and have been qualified through experience, but wish to achieve a formal qualification to prove their skills and ability
On completion of the qualification you will:
- Improve your knowledge and confidence within your role
- Confidently be able to question why things are done and make recommendations which will improve effectiveness and efficiencies
Work based project and assignments allow you to apply what you have learned to your daily role, so benefiting your organisation.
Once qualified, you will be invited to become a Fellow member of the CIPP.
Keep up to date with the latest issues in your profession
During the course you will benefit from regular CIPP updates via the CIPP e-newsletter and monthly magazine “Professional in Payroll, Pensions and Reward”, and may be offered discounts on short day training courses offered by CIPP.
If you do not hold an existing CIPP or equivalent qualification you can still apply through recognition of your prior learning. Details can be obtained from the CIPP by emailing email@example.com.
What you will cover
The BA (Hons) Applied Business and Management encourages strategic thinking. It includes modules and areas of study such as:
Managing Change (20 credits)
In this module you will cover:
- Organisational learning
- Leadership and management
- 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
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
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
Work Based Investigation (Independent Study) (40 credits)
- The basis 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 and any associated ethical issues.
How you will learn
The BA (Hons) Applied Business and Management (CIPP) is delivered by blended learning which is a mix of access to online core study materials and tools, with face to face tutorials.
Each modules has a two day tutorial which takes place at the University of Derby Enterprise Centre (DE1 3LD).
Module interaction requires discussion, debate and application of real work based issues. The workshops and tutorials 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.
Your module tutor will offer assistance, guidance and feedback whenever needed throughout the duration of each topic.
See module dates under on the CIPP website.
Benefits for your employer
By completing the course, 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 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 business working environment
- Reduce the potential for incurring penalties from HMRC and other government departments.
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
- 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.
£1,155 per module
This course is run through the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP). Please visit their course information for the latest fees.
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