Graduate Certificate in Business

1 semester (3 months)

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Response to Covid-19: Our focus is on providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for our students. Our priority is on ensuring continued access to learning.

As a result of Covid-19 and social distancing requirements, we are intending to teach this course using a mix of on-campus and online learning activities. More information about our response to Covid-19 and FAQs are available here.

All information is accurate at the time of sharing. Courses starting in 2022 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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
About this course

*Please note: The Graduate Certificate in Business is undergoing revalidation in October 2021. Changes are anticipated to course content and modules and will come into effect for the January 2022 intake. Please refer to this course page for the most up-to-date information. As soon as the updates are confirmed we will update this course page and inform applicants at the earliest opportunity.

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.

The business components of the programme introduces you to core business processes and the complex external environment in which organisations operate. A key purpose of this part of the programme is to develop your academic skills in areas such as enhancing your academic writing, learning styles, working in teams, developing critical thinking skills, understanding research and how to make effective use out of journal articles. All of these areas are considered in the specific context of business and management to allow you to enhance your knowledge in this area, develop your business and academic vocabulary and understand how to apply theory into practice.

The modules have been developed to meet the specific needs of the students and are research-informed and highly contemporary, with appropriate links to enhancing employability signposted throughout. Lectures and seminars are interactive to ensure that you understand how to apply the theories that you have learned and give you the opportunity to demonstrate your learning and appreciation of business issues.

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?

  • Teaching on this programme is delivered through interactive lectures and seminars, totalling around 10 hours per week.
  • You will also be expected to engage in independent study involving directed and self-directed learning, around 30 hours per week.
  • 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.
  • Assessments take place through a mix of assignments, exams and a presentation.
  • Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.
  • Build skills that are important for your future career alongside intercultural skills to help integrate with UK student life

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.

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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 progression course Graduate Certificate pass mark required
MSc Business with Entrepreneurship 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 Computer Science 50%
MSc Global Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management 50%
MSc International Development 50%
MSc International Sport Management 50%
MSc Project Management 50%
MSc Psychology 50%
MA TESOL 50% and demonstration of 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 progression course Graduate Certificate pass mark required
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 Technology 50%
MSc Digital Marketing 50%
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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

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

Age requirements

  • You must be over 21 years old.
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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 2021/22 & 2022/23

International students: £6,750

Please note that your tuition fees do not include the cost of course books that you may choose to purchase, stationery, printing and photocopying, accommodation, living expenses, travel or any other extracurricular activities. As a Northumbria University Pathway student, you will have full access to our online digital library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals.

The modules you will study do not require you to purchase additional textbooks.

Scholarships and bursaries for international students

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

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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.

Course information

Level of study:
Pre-Masters - NQF Level 6
International Fee:
£6,750 (2021/22)
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
IELTS requirements:
IELTS 6.5 with no single element below 5.5, or equivalent
1 semester (3 months)
Class hours per week:
Average 10 hours per week
Average class size:
Assessment methods:
Coursework and exams
Scholarship or bursaries:
Not available
Payment plan:
Not available
January (London only), May (London only), September
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