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Graduate Certificate International Pre-Masters in Business and English

This course is for international students seeking to improve study and research skills, academic English and business knowledge, and provides a first step to a masters qualification. Completing the course enables you to study a postgraduate course in business, management, finance or related areas.

Course length 12 Weeks
Location City Campus

Course description

The International Pre-Masters Certificate in Business and English is designed to prepare non-native English speaking students for postgraduate study in business related disciplines.

The aims of the course are to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to confidently achieve at postgraduate level in a business discipline.

The course aims to develop your understanding of key business vocabulary, theories and concepts integral to postgraduate business courses, and your linguistic competence in specific Business English to enable successful study at postgraduate level. It also aims to develop your academic, cognitive, meta-cognitive and professional skills required for successful study at postgraduate level in a business-related area, and to provide you with the necessary personal, professional, interpersonal and key skills to enable development as independent, autonomous learners in preparation for postgraduate study.

The course is delivered in two modules

• Study and Research Skills for Business develops your language, academic and study skills
• Principles of Business provides you with a broad exploration of key contemporary business issues

You have the opportunity to carry out research projects with local and regional organisations, which will be an enriching cultural experience and enhance your employment prospects.

Successfully completing the course enables you to choose from a range of postgraduate courses to suit your interests and career development needs. These are available at Sheffield Hallam and other academic institutions.

Sheffield Business School runs postgraduate courses in

accounting, banking and finance
business and management
food and nutrition
tourism, hospitality and events

If you successfully complete this course you will be eligible for a discount on your fees on a full-time Sheffield Business School postgraduate beginning in September.

The course focuses on three areas of skills and knowledge

• Academic and Business English
• Academic skills for postgraduate study in a Business context
• Principles of Business

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

This course is for you if

• you did not achieve the grades you needed in your first degree for postgraduate study
• your first degree is not business related
• you would like or need to improve your academic English, including academic writing and before you begin postgraduate study
• you would like to or need to improve your academic skills, including research skills and critical analysis
• you are unfamiliar with the UK academic culture and plan to study at postgraduate level
• you have been a long time out of the academic world and would like to study for a postgraduate qualification

These are the minimum standard for entry on to postgraduate business and finance courses.

To study this course, you must have an English language skill of at least IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 minimum score in all skill areas and

• three year diploma in a relevant subject
• two year diploma (or equivalent) with relevant work experience
• five years professional experience

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more.

If you successfully complete this course, we will make you an unconditional offer to study one of our postgraduate courses in

business and management
facilities management
finance
food and nutrition
languages
tourism, hospitality and events management

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 5.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score in order to progress onto the Graduate Diploma in Business and English. Students who pass a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course will receive a 10% discount on the course fee for the Graduate Diploma in Business and English.

2018 entry requirements

This course is for you if

• you did not achieve the grades you needed in your first degree for postgraduate study
• your first degree is not business related
• you would like or need to improve your academic English, including academic writing and before you begin postgraduate study
• you would like to or need to improve your academic skills, including research skills and critical analysis
• you are unfamiliar with the UK academic culture and plan to study at postgraduate level
• you have been a long time out of the academic world and would like to study for a postgraduate qualification

These are the minimum standard for entry on to postgraduate business and finance courses.

To study this course, you must have an English language skill of at least IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 minimum score in all skill areas and

• three year diploma in a relevant subject
• two year diploma (or equivalent) with relevant work experience
• five years professional experience

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more.

If you successfully complete this course, we will make you an unconditional offer to study one of our postgraduate courses in

business and management
facilities management
finance
food and nutrition
languages
tourism, hospitality and events management

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 5.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score in order to progress onto the Graduate Diploma in Business and English. Students who pass a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course will receive a 10% discount on the course fee for the Graduate Diploma in Business and English.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Full-time – 12 weeks

September to December for masters courses starting in January.

Typical modules may include

Course content

Study and Research Skills for Business

The Study and Research Skills for Business module constitutes the larger proportion of the two modules during the twelve week course. In this module you will

• acquire and apply academic skills, such as researching, referencing, critical reading and writing to a level equivalent to IELTS level 6
• develop listening skills in the context of academic settings, such as lectures, and business settings, such as meetings, debates and news broadcasts to a level equivalent to IELTS level 6
• develop oral communication skills for business negotiation and presentation to a level equivalent to IELTS level 6
• develop employability skills: apply your business knowledge, theory and understanding in a real work context in an assessed project collaboration with a local business

Typical activities in this module include

• discussion and listening comprehensions based on topics from course business modules
• discussion and listening comprehensions based on business current affairs• debate simulations based on current business news and course business module themes in which you express and defend opinions
• reading business module related case studies for understanding of key business concepts and as the basis of discussion for decision making
• extensive and intensive reading of academic business texts
• primary research skills including data collection techniques
• secondary research skills including academic and business sources
• synthesis and critical analysis of primary and secondary data
• academic writing skills
• step-by-step report writing skills
• drafting and redrafting texts
• presentation skills
• graphical data presentation skill
• developing vocabulary specific to the requirements of this module and course business modules
• writing summaries and formative discussion paragraphs
• understanding of university and academic regulations with regard to referencing and academic conduct

Principles of Business

The Principles of Business module provides you with fundamentals of Business Strategy, Global Business and Finance. The module is designed to give students an understanding and appreciation of the contemporary issues faced by businesses, both within national and international markets.

It will interlink three broad subject areas: Strategic Management, Business Practice and Financial Management and will introduce students to the fundamental features and concepts of business management. For those students who do possess some business experience the module will provide academic underpinning to their business practise.

By engaging successfully with this module a student will be able to appreciate and appraise different theories and frameworks in the context of Business and Management, evaluate real life company situations by applying conceptual knowledge and understanding of business practice, and apply theories, concepts and frameworks to analyse and evaluate practical management solutions and formulate operational strategies.

Employability

This is a pre-masters course which allows you to progress to a postgraduate course leading to many careers in all business-related areas.

If you successfully complete this course you will be eligible for a discount on your fees for a full-time Sheffield Business School postgraduate beginning in September.

The course is designed in such a way that it contributes towards Sheffield Hallam University Postgraduate attributes. High level transferable skills, such as knowledge application, creative and critical thinking, research and enquiry are integral to the course. You will be encouraged to develop skills that will underpin your future academic and professional development. For example, during the assessed debate students propose a new sales strategy for a UK company, and present and defend their idea to their peers who take on the role of directors of different departments of the company, understanding the different drivers from each area of the company in the decision-making process.

The modules include case studies, team working and industry examples. Module content and related assessment will focus on past and present business scenarios and will form a vital chain in connecting theory with practice. These situations and practice led examples will enhance the student experience and will count towards greater student employability.

A major enhancement to the course will be the opportunity for you to carry out an assessed project based on real-world business problems faced by local organisations, which will be supported by the Venture Matrix team and by module tutors. The project aims to enhance your business awareness and take an enquiry-based approach to learning. The opportunity to visit and communicate regularly with a company will be particularly beneficial to you as an international student from the point of view of business engagement and real-life practical experience. You will be supported through this experience by the module teaching team to propose research-led solutions to a real business issue for a real company.

Examples of previous projects have included market research for a luxury snack company, researching new markets for a local engineering manufacturer, investigating the potential for a sportswear start-up and a competitor analysis for an online service provider.

Fees

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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

This course is intended for international students only.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £5,475 for the course.

If you successfully complete this course you will be eligible for a 25% discount on your fees on a full-time Sheffield Business School postgraduate beginning in January 2018.

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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