I decided to study the Business Management Programme as I had an idea for a small business and wanted to gain some further knowledge about the components involved in setting up and running a business.
Although I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and background in marketing and administration, after researching the papers the programme consisted of and what alternatives were available as far as business management study, I decided that it was a great option for me. There were also other attractive features of the business management programme, such as it being a distance based study path which you could incorporate into work and family life. It is also a zero fees NZQA approved qualification.
The programme is set up to take approximately 12 months to complete, however you can finish the papers in a shorter time frame if desired.
Having just completed the certificate I am extremely satisfied and impressed with the structure of the programme, the support available, resources and time frames and standard of feedback on assignments. After the registration process the first workbook was sent out to me very promptly in a professional leather compendium, which is extremely useful as well to keep all your notes together.
The programme consists of 8 papers; Introduction to Management, Workplace Communication, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Human Resources, Introduction to Marketing, Introduction to Finance, Law and Small Business and Enterprise Research Project. Each paper has assignments which have a due date for completion.
The workbooks contain most of the information you need to complete your assignments and the Programme Team provide a very useful and informative student website and Facebook page, where students can ask questions and connect with other people. Karen Tindall, who is the manager of the programme also provides useful tips and articles on the Facebook page and is very prompt at replying to student enquiries and offers a high level of support and assistance if required.
I learnt something new in all of the papers and I find myself using the problem solving and decision making strategies on a daily basis. The Finance, Law and Small Business and Enterprise Research Projects I found challenging but invaluable as they were new study areas for me. The knowledge and confidence gained exceeded my expectations and I will now be able to incorporate this into my future business plans.
I think there is something for everyone in this programme, whether your aim is to upskill yourself with managerial skills and knowledge, looking to move into entry level management, or already in a management position and seeking a formal qualification. If you are looking for a recognised, flexible, high quality and relevant programme and a supportive learning environment, then look no further than the Business Management Programme.
Article written by graduate, Kate Barrett