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If you do not currently meet the entry requirements to study one of our Masters programmes, the Graduate Certificate in Business is designed to help you gain the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to successfully transition to Masters-level study.

Upon successfully completing the course and subject to specific requirements, you will be able to join one of our range of Masters programmes with a detailed understanding of how business works.

Key facts

  • Learn the skills to prepare yourself for postgraduate study
  • Upon successful completion (subject to progression requirements) you will be guaranteed a place on a Masters programme with Northumbria
  • Also available to study at our London Campus
  • Progress on to Masters programmes at our Newcastle or London campuses
  • Part of a select group of business schools worldwide, following accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting – the first in Europe to gain the double accreditation
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Course information

Level of study: Pre-Masters – NQF Level 6
Fee: £6,250 - 2017/18 (International)
Leads to: Postgraduate degrees in Business, Mass Communications, Computing and Information Technology
Entry requirements: Third class, pass or ordinary degree from a UK university, or equivalent
English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 with no single element below 5.5, or equivalent
Minimum age: 21 years
Duration: 1 semester
Class hours per week: Average 15 – 18 hours per week
Average class size: 12-15
Assessment methods: Coursework and exams
Scholarship or bursaries: Not available
Payment plan: Not available
Starts: January (London only), May (London only), September
Next application deadline: TBC
About this course

What will I study?

The Graduate Certificate in Business consists of 2 modules that will prepare you for the transition into our Masters programmes. These modules are designed to build your skills, knowledge and the confidence needed to study successfully at a postgraduate level. One has a focus on business strategy and examines a number of case studies to apply theory to useful real-world examples. The other module develops a range of academic and analytical skills required to be able to successfully critique business journal articles and theories at masters’ level.

You can expect to participate in highly interactive lectures and seminars to help you understand how to apply the theory into practice and we use a range of materials and case studies to support your learning during your studies.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Throughout the course you will be expected to attend and engage in lectures and seminars.

By participating in the mix of lectures, seminars and group project work that will form the basis of your course, you will build skills that are important for your future career alongside intercultural skills to help integrate with UK student life.

Throughout the course you will be expected to spend time on independent study through self-directed learning. You will have access to the University’s online electronic learning portal (Blackboard) where you will be able to access a range of learning materials to support your learning.

Assessments take place through a mix of assignments, exams and a presentation.

This course is available both at our Newcastle Campus and our London Campus and offers the opportunity to progress on to Masters programmes running at either of our campuses. Find out more about our London Campus here.

Meet your Programme Leader, Dr Yevhen Baranchenko.

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Studying our Graduate Certificate is the ideal preparation for studying one of our Masters programmes.

Upon successful completion and subject to specific entry requirements, you can go on to study one of our postgraduate degrees in Newcastle. Please note that our postgraduate degrees are currently being reviewed, however, we have previously offered the opportunity for students to progress on to the following courses in Newcastle:

Your target course Graduate Certificate pass mark required
MSc Business with Entrepreneurship 50%
MSc Business with Financial Management 50%
MSc Business with Hospitality and Tourism Management 50%
MSc Business with Human Resource Management 50%
MSc Business with International Management 50%
MSc Business with Logistics and Supply Chain Management 50%
MSc Business with Management 50%
MSc Business with Marketing Management 50%
MSc Computing and Information Technology 50%
MSc Global Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management 50%
MSc International Development 50%
MSc International Sport Management 50%
MSc Mass Communication Management 50%
MSc Project Management 50%
MSc Psychology 50%
MA TESOL 50% and demonstration of a keen interest to teach English to speakers of other languages

For those hoping to experience student life in another of the UK’s cities, you will also be able to progress on to the following courses at our London Campus:

Your target course Graduate Certificate pass mark required
MA Design Management 50%
MSc Business with Financial Management 50%
MSc Business with Financial Management with Advanced Practice 50%
MSc Business with International Management 50%
MSc Business with International Management with Advanced Practice 50%
MSc Business with Marketing Management 50%
MSc Business with Marketing Management with Advanced Practice 50%
MSc Computing and Information Technology 50%
MSc Digital Marketing 50%
MSc Mass Communication Management 50%
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Applicants should have the following:

Academic requirements

  • A pass degree, this may also be known as an ordinary degree, a degree without honours in England, in Scotland an ordinary degree is a three year degree pass. If you have studied in England, this will be a third class degree.

Depending on your chosen degree course, specific subject requirements may apply. Our team will be able to help confirm the details for you.

For other country specific entry requirements, please check our Entry Requirements. Alternatively, please contact our team who will be able to help you.

English language requirements

Students require IELTS 6.5 with no single element below 5.5, or equivalent.

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Both modules are core.

This module develops students’ ability to critically analyse journal articles and texts. It encourages critical debate and analysis – two crucial skills at postgraduate level.

The module covers the following skills: researching information, analysing relevance of source materials, compiling a relevant literature review and understanding the requirements of academic referencing and more complex integration of citations/sources. In addition to this, students will learn to develop critical writing in response to texts and analyse more critically.

All of these elements are considered in the specific context of business and management to allow students to enhance their knowledge in this area, develop their vocabulary and understand how to apply theory to practice.

Students will be introduced to the complexities of the business environment and the various approaches to strategic management that can be used by firms to compete and survive in an international and dynamic environment.

This module covers a wide range of areas including; the strategic position of the organisation, evaluating financial data and organisational reports, critically analysing business models, logistics, leadership, business ethics, marketing, managing strategic change and evaluating organisational performance.

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Tuition fee 2017/18

International students: £6,250

Tuition fee 2018/19

International students: £6,750

If you choose to progress on to one of our Masters programmes upon successful completion of your Graduate Certificate, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships, bursaries, or payment plans. Please speak to one of our team for more information.


How to find out more

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How to apply

When you are ready, you can apply online to study the Graduate Certificate in Business. Applying online allows you to upload all of your supporting documents and you will automatically receive your student application number.

When applying you will need to choose the postgraduate degree course that you intend to progress on to after your Graduate Certificate and you must state this on the application form.

Apply online – Newcastle – Sept only Apply online – London

If you are accepted you will receive one offer letter for the Graduate Certificate followed by the appropriate degree programme. Once you have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate and achieved the required grades, you can gain direct admission on to your chosen postgraduate degree at Northumbria.

We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study your programme. After receiving your offer it can take time to arrange your finances and apply for your visa (if required) and it is important that you arrive in good time to enrol on to your course. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.

If you are unable to apply online, then you can download a PDF application form and email it to pathway.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk.

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Supporting documents

For us to assess your application in a timely manner, it is important that you provide us with the following documents:

  • Fully completed application form
  • Personal email address must be included on the application form
  • Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not in English)
  • Passport – copy of personal details page
  • Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
  • Reference
  • Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable

You can check more information on how to apply here, including guidelines for the application forms.

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