If your management career already has a well-established trajectory you have undoubtedly given close thought to the question of whether to embark on an MBA programme. The advantages of advanced business management training courses are manifest: the chance to become properly conversant with current thinking on matters of leadership and strategic decision making, thus preparing you for the big step up into higher management and executive positions.
However, given the pressures of work your current position is likely to entail, you may also be concerned as to whether you will be able to make commitment in terms of time and energy (not to mention money) that the MBA demands.
How to Get an Extended Diploma in MBA
One solution to this problem may be to look at management courses online. Falling within the national Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), the Edexcel BTEC Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership is a Masters Level course which can be ‘topped-up’. Each module you complete on the Edexcel course gains you exemption credits from the MBA, since the modules are the same. With 130 credits available on the Extended Diploma, only 50 more are required for the 180 credits you need to be awarded an MBA.
Essentially the Extended Diploma is the MBA minus the dissertation. Students who complete their Extended Diploma with the Brighton School of Business and Management are able to apply for direct entry with advanced standing onto the dissertation phase of the MBA at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff.
Many professionals find management training online the ideal mode of study, since it offers total flexibility, enabling them to study whenever and wherever they choose. In addition an online course has no set time limit for completion, so there is no concern about dropping off the course because one just can’t find time right now. The modular nature of the programme also gives a clear and comprehensible structure to your studies.
Moodle, the online learning environment used at the Brighton School, enables students to receive constant real-time support and guidance from tutors.
Not Ready for the Extended Diploma? No Problem!
If your business knowledge and experience is not yet sufficient to tackle the Extended Diploma, then there is the choice to start with the Edexcel BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership, gaining 50 QCF credits, which in turn give exemptions from parts of the Level 7 course.
With a range of eminently affordable courses available, the ease and thoroughness of the online study option is sure to appeal to growing numbers of hard-pressed managers.