Earn as you learn: Greenwich launches part-time Business degree
If you wish to study while you earn, and enhance your career prospects at the same time, the University of Greenwich may have the perfect course for you.
The university is launching its new part-time Business BSc degree in September, primarily aimed at people who wish to gain an honours degree but need to remain in employment. The programme includes distance learning and online study, supervised by university tutors, combined with face-to-face, classroom sessions at the university once every three weeks.
Students will have full access to the university’s range of excellent facilities, both online and at its campuses in Greenwich, Avery Hill and Medway. This includes use of its libraries and all the other sporting and social discounts and benefits of belonging to the university’s Students’ Union.
The classroom sessions will take place at the Greenwich Campus every third Saturday in term time. Students can choose to start in either September 2012 or January 2013.
Tim Barry from the university’s Business School, who has helped to launch the new degree, says: "Business is a modern, evolving subject and our Business BSc is perfectly suited to a flexible way of studying, which can fit around the needs of both workers and employers.
"Research tells us that this type of degree is highly valued by companies. The mixture of academic study alongside employment means that students will easily be able to relate the theory of their lessons to business practice, and will quickly give them an advantage in the workplace.
"The classroom sessions will be valuable as they present the chance to work with tutors and fellow students, but the time and expense that goes into travelling to university will be minimal compared to many other degrees. Furthermore, there is no need to interrupt your degree if you move or change job.”
The core content is the same as a full-time business degree at Greenwich. Topics include business planning and development, personal and professional development, economics, project management, creativity in business, innovation, management and e-business.
Mr Barry added that the new course offers a win-win opportunity for staff and employers alike. "It is the perfect opportunity to reshape a career, or move into a more senior or high profile role, and we believe our students will develop their communication and organisational skills right from the start.
"From an employers’ perspective, staff will quickly acquire new skills and knowledge, but since they will not need to be released during the day, there will be no disruption to the working day,” he says.
Applications to the programme can be made directly to the university, rather than through the usual UCAS procedure, which means that people can still apply right up until the summer.
The University of Greenwich’s Business School was ranked highly for overall student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey.
The School is a vibrant part of the university with a truly international flavour, offering a range of programmes from accountancy and finance to marketing, public relations and personnel management. It has more than 4,500 students and around 250 full and part-time academic staff, and enjoys strong links with industry and a wide range of employers.
The Business School prides itself on the career advice and personal support it gives students. This includes helping them find placements and internships, preparing them for assessment centres and interviews and giving practical help on writing first-class CVs.
The latest Sunday Times University Guide (2012) rated Greenwich as the best university in London for teaching excellence, while the same guide also ranked Economics at Greenwich top in the UK for teaching excellence.
For further details about the part-time Business BSc: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/ug/bus/bus-part-time
Alternatively, contact Sonia Mankad at S.Y.Mankad@gre.ac.uk or on 020 8331 8815.
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