Professional Business Diploma.

  • Are you wondering what skills you might need to start your career?

  • Are you thinking about whether to defer your university place this year?

Our course provides the answer to both questions.

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. The best jobs go to those who can demonstrate an ability to perform from day one.

  • Ambitious students who want to prepare for their career within three terms rather than three years choose this course as an alternative to university. This is perfect for anyone who would like to run their own business in the future.
  • In the increasingly competitive job market some students add this qualification to their university degree. Employers will see at interview that these 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 among their friends and other graduates when applying for jobs in this competitive job market.
  • For those students who are not sure 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.

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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

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