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ABE Prospectus

of Business executives (ABE). I hope that


you will find this information helpful and decide
to study for an ABE qualification.
ABE offers a range of business qualifications
which meet the learning needs of students

Introduction

Welcome to your prospectus from the Association

like yourself, worldwide. You may be either


already in employment and wish to further your
career by studying for a professional qualification,
or alternatively, you may wish to follow the
ABE fast-track route to a university degree.
Either way ABE is here to support you and
to help you reach your goals.

Lyndon Jones
ABE Founder Chairman

Notes

Benefits of ABE membership and qualifications

Planning your career development

Why study for an ABE qualification?

ABE programmes - an overview

10


Business Management (BM) - including:


Financial Management (FM) and
the Management of Information Systems (MIS)
Pathways and the Postgraduate Diploma

Contents

14 Human Resource Management (HRM)


15 Marketing Management
16 Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management (TTHM)
17 Student Profiles
18 Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

General Enquiries
If you have read this prospectus and would like more information, the experienced
staff at ABE would be happy to help you with your queries and can be contacted at:
The Association of Business Executives
5th Floor, CI Tower
St Georges Square
High Street
New Malden
Surrey, KT3 4TE, UK

Tel: +44 (0)20 8329 2930


Fax: +44 (0)20 8329 2945
info@abeuk.com
www.abeuk.com

Benefits of ABE membership and qualifications

Benefits

Professional
Our qualifications give you the skills
to succeed and make a difference
in the workplace.
Affordable
Our fast-track route to a university
degree could save you thousands
of pounds.
Recognised
Our qualifications are recognised
by colleges, universities, employers
and governments around the world.
Quality assured
Our qualifications are recognised
and accredited by Ofqual, the UK
qualifications regulator.
Convenient
You can study your ABE qualifications
locally and your degree by
distance learning.
Flexible
You can study part-time or full-time,
whichever suits you best. You can either
join a local college or opt for self-study.

Supportive
Study materials for all programmes are
available to download or order from
ABEs website Members Area. ABE staff
and representatives are ready to help
you in the UK and around the world.
Highly valued
Higher Diploma (Level 5), Graduate/
Graduate Integrated/Extended
Diploma (Level 6) and Postgraduate
Diploma (Level 7) holders become
Associate Members of ABE and can
use the designatory letters AMABE
after their name. Higher Diploma
(Level 5) holders with four years
managerial experience and
Graduate/Graduate Integrated/
Extended Diploma (Level 6) holders
with two years managerial experience
can apply for full Membership. With
a further four years of membership,
plus a clear commitment to ABE,
Members can apply to become
Fellows. Fellows of ABE can use FABE
and full members can use MABE.

Informed
All ABE members will receive the
quarterly magazine, Student Focus,
which keeps you updated on ABE
qualifications, examinations and other
news whilst also offering study tips
and advice. All ABE members receive
Business Executive magazine which
contains articles written by leading
business people about the latest
management techniques.

Planning

Planning your career development

Whether currently employed or looking for work, ABE


qualifications allow you to get ahead of the competition.
In an increasingly competitive job market, it is essential
that you give yourself every chance to succeed. At ABE
we believe we can help you to do this by:
Developing your knowledge of business and management topics
Developing your key competencies - allowing you to tackle work projects and situations effectively
Giving you the potential to earn promotion within your organisation
Giving you the platform to progress onto Bachelors, Masters or MBA degree courses around the world

The progression route with ABE qualifications

No formal
qualifications

2 x A levels
(or a Level 3
equivalent)
or 2 years
relevant work
experience

Bachelors
degree or Level
5 qualification

Final year
of degree

MBA or Masters
degree

with relevant
work experience

ABE
Diploma
Level 4

ABE
Higher Diploma
Level 5

ABE
Graduate
Diploma
Level 6

ABE
Postgraduate
Diploma
Level 7

Advanced
entry to MBA or
Masters degree

some universities require


relevant work experience

First year
of degree

2 x A Levels
(or a Level 3
equivalent)
or 2 years
relevant work
experience

Second year
of degree

ABE
Graduate Integrated / Extended Diploma
Level 6

Honours degree
or Level 6
qualification

Final year
of degree

MBA or Masters
degree

with relevant
work experience

Why study for an ABE qualification?

Why ABE

ABE is a market leader is the cost-effective provision of high quality business and management
qualifications. These qualifications are not only highly valued in their own right but are also accepted
by universities worldwide onto the latter stages of their degree programmes.

ABE programmes are available all over the world which means you can study in your own country
and avoid the high cost of studying and living in the UK. Some of the progression agreements which
ABE holds with universities also allow you to study in your country giving you the chance to
progress from ABE to a degree without leaving home.

ABE accredits colleges around the world to offer ABE programmes. These colleges, of which there
are over 500, all have to complete a stringent accreditation application process which ensures
they offer high standards of teaching and facilities.

ABE has an international network of over 50,000 students currently studying for an ABE qualification.
We aim to support this network as much as possible and to allow our students to interact through
online forums such as Facebook and Twitter as well as face-to-face at events such as alumni
meetings and graduations.

ABE programmes allow you to study several areas of business management before deciding
what you wish to specialise in. All four ABE programmes share common units, giving you the flexibility
to transfer if and when you desire.

Students receive certification awards at every stage of the programme, which means if your
studies are discontinued (after attaining a particular level), you will still have a valuable and
recognised qualification.

Holders of certain other professional qualifications may gain exemptions from ABE Diploma subjects.
Holders of an ABE qualification may gain subject exemptions in the examinations
of other professional bodies.

ABE Level 6 Graduate, Graduate Integrated and Extended Diploma holders with relevant work
experience can gain entry onto Masters or MBA programmes (see ABE progression chart on page 7)

ABE Postgraduate Diploma holders can advance to the latter stages of Masters or MBA
programmes (see ABE progression chart on page 7)

All ABE students receive our quarterly magazine, Student Focus, which is designed to keep you
up to date with important ABE news and developments. The magazine also contains essential
study tips to help you succeed in particular ABE units as well as many other useful features.

All four ABE programmes are accredited by the Office of


Qualifications and Examinations Regulations (Ofqual) in the UK
as well as equivalent bodies worldwide. ABE programmes are
management focused and they all blend common units with
more specialist subject areas to allow greater flexibility.

Overview

ABE programmes

Business Management
including FM and MIS pathways

10

Postgraduate Diploma in
Business Management

13

Human Resource Management

14

Marketing Management

15

Travel Tourism and


Hospitality Management

16

The theory and practice of business

Business Management Programme

Why study the Business Management (BM) programme?


The BM programme is a comprehensive and detailed programme which covers the knowledge and skills required
in modern business practice. The programme provides you with an appreciation of the theoretical issues involved in
the study of business whilst also helping you to develop a range of practical skills which will enhance your value to
employers. Major topics covered in the BM programme include management, marketing, economics and accounting.

Career opportunities
The positions below are examples of jobs currently held by ABE Business Management qualification holders.
The list is not exhaustive as ABE qualifications are applicable to a wide range of vocations.
Diploma in BM - Marketing Assistant, Administration Assistant, or Accounts Assistant
Higher Diploma in BM Marketing Executive, Management Trainee, or Secretary
Graduate Diploma in BM Marketing Manager, Office Manager, or HRM Manager

Programme structure
The BM programme now comprises three pathways:
1. Business Management pathway
2. Business Management Management of Information Systems pathway
3. Business Management Financial Management pathway
Each of the pathways is split into three levels: Diploma, Higher Diploma and Graduate Diploma.
As the following page illustrates, ABE has developed the Graduate Integrated Diploma in Business Management,
comprising 13 units in one stand-alone qualification. It is accredited by Ofqual as a level 6 qualification.
The programme can still be taken as two separate qualifications at levels 5 and 6.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (BUSINESS MANAGEMENT PATHWAY)


Diploma (Level 4)

Higher Diploma (Level 5)

Units
- Introduction to Business
- Introduction to Quantitative Methods
- Introduction to Business Communication
- Introduction to Accounting

Compulsory units
- Quantitative Methods for Business Management
- The Business Environment
- Financial Accounting
- Marketing Policy, Planning and Communication
- Organisational Behaviour
- Human Resource Management

Entry requirements
Open entry, and you must be competent in
English (IELTS 5.0 minimum) and mathematics

Optional units (choose two units)


- Principles of Business Law
- Managerial Accounting
- Economics for Business
- Managing the Customer Relationship
- Entrepreneurship and Business Development
Entry requirements
One of the following:
- Any ABE Level 4 Diploma or equivalent
- Any Level 3 qualification or equivalent
- 2 years relevant work experience
And you must be competent in English
(IELTS 5.0 minimum) and Mathematics

What is a Pathway?
ABEs Level 4, 5 and 6 Diplomas in Business Management are divided into three separate Pathways.
A Pathway is a combination of units (with some options within them) which enable you to specialise
in a particular area. The three Pathways are Business Management, Financial Management and the
Management of Information Systems. All successful students will receive a Diploma in Business Management
(at the appropriate level). If you take the Financial Management or Management of Information Systems
Pathways the relevant Pathway will be shown on your award certificate. This will be especially useful if you
are considering a career in, or planning to study further in, either of these Pathway areas.

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Compulsory units
- Corporate Strategy and Planning
- Managing in Organisations
- International Business Case Study
Optional units (choose two units)
Strategic Marketing Management
- Strategic Human Resource Management
- Project Management
- Corporate Finance
Entry requirements
One of the following:
- Any ABE Level 5 Diploma or equivalent qualification
- A degree or equivalent
And you must be competent in English
(IELTS 5.0 minimum) and Mathematics

Graduate Integrated Diploma (Level 6)


Compulsory units
- Quantitative Methods for Business Management
- The Business Environment
- Financial Accounting
- Marketing Policy, Planning and Communication
- Organisational Behaviour
- Human Resource Management
- Corporate Strategy and Planning
- Managing in Organisations
- International Business Case Study
Optional units (choose two units from)
- Principles of Business Law
- Managerial Accounting
- Economics for Business
- Managing the Customer Relationship
- Entrepreneurship and Business Development
(and two units from)
- Strategic Marketing Management
- Strategic Human Resource Management
- Project Management
- Corporate Finance
Entry requirements
One of the following:
- Any ABE Level 4 Diploma or equivalent
- Any Level 3 qualification or equivalent
- 2 years relevant work experience
And you must be competent in English
(IELTS 5.0 minimum) and Mathematics

What do the levels mean?


The levels refer to the level of learning required
to complete the qualification. Qualifications
at the same level are therefore broadly similar
(or equivalent) in the level of learning required
QCF Level
Level 3
Level 4
Level 5
Level 6
Level 7

Other qualifications at the same level


UK A level, BTEC National Certificate
BTEC Professional Diploma
UK Foundation Degree, HND
Bachelors Degree, Graduate Diploma
Masters Degree, Postgraduate Diploma

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
(FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PATHWAY)

Diploma (Level 4)
Units
- Introduction to Business
- Introduction to Quantitative Methods
- Introduction to Business Communication
- Accounting for Financial Managers
Entry requirements
Open entry but you must be competent in English
(IELTS 5.0 minimum) and mathematics

Higher Diploma (Level 5)


Units
- Quantitative Methods for Business Management
- The Business Environment
- Financial Accounting
- Marketing Policy, Planning and Communication
- Organisational Behaviour
- Human Resource Management
- Systems Management and Internal Financial Controls
- Managerial Accounting
Entry requirements
One of the following:
- Any ABE Level 4 Diploma or equivalent
- Any Level 3 qualification or equivalent
- 2 years relevant work experience
And you must be competent in English
(IELTS 5.0 minimum) and Mathematics

Graduate Diploma (Level 6)


Units
- Corporate strategy and Planning
- Managing in Organisations
- International Business Case Study
- Corporate Finance
- International Business Finance and Planning
Entry requirements
One of the following:
- Any ABE Level 5 Diploma or equivalent qualification
- A degree or equivalent
And you must be competent in English
(IELTS 5.0 minimum) and Mathematics

Business Management Programme

Graduate Diploma (Level 6)

Graduate Integrated Diploma (Level 6)


Units
- Quantitative Methods for Business Management
- The Business Environment
- Financial Accounting
- Marketing Policy, Planning and Communication
- Organisational Behaviour
- Human Resource Management
- Systems Management and Internal Financial Controls
- Managerial Accounting
- Corporate strategy and Planning
- Managing in Organisations
- International Business Case Study
- Corporate Finance
- International Business Finance and Planning
Entry requirements
One of the following:
- Any ABE Level 4 Diploma or equivalent
- Any Level 3 qualification or equivalent
- 2 years relevant work experience
And you must be competent in English
(IELTS 5.0 minimum) and Mathematics

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Business Management Programme

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS PATHWAY)


Diploma (Level 4)

Graduate Diploma (Level 6)

Units
- Introduction to Business
- Introduction to Quantitative Methods
- Introduction to Business Communication
- Introduction to Management Information Systems

Units
- Corporate strategy and Planning
- Managing in Organisations
- International Business Case Study
- Project Management
- Information Systems for Strategic Management

Entry requirements
Open entry but you must be competent in English
(IELTS 5.0 minimum) and mathematics

Higher Diploma (Level 5)


Compulsory units
- Quantitative Methods for Business Management
- The Business Environment
- Financial Accounting
- Marketing Policy, Planning and Communication
- Organisational Behaviour
- Human Resource Management
Optional units (choose two units)
- Information Systems Applications for Business
- Information Systems Development
- Managing the Customer Relationship
Entry requirements
One of the following:
- Any ABE Level 4 Diploma or equivalent
- Any Level 3 qualification or equivalent
- 2 years relevant work experience
And you must be competent in English
(IELTS 5.0 minimum) and Mathematics

What do the levels mean?


The levels refer to the level of learning required
to complete the qualification. Qualifications
at the same level are therefore broadly similar
(or equivalent) in the level of learning required
QCF Level
Level 3
Level 4
Level 5
Level 6
Level 7

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Other qualifications at the same level


UK A level, BTEC National Certificate
BTEC Professional Diploma
UK Foundation Degree, HND
Bachelors Degree, Graduate Diploma
Masters Degree, Postgraduate Diploma

Entry requirements
One of the following:
- Any ABE Level 5 Diploma or equivalent qualification
- A degree or equivalent
And you must be competent in English
(IELTS 5.0 minimum) and Mathematics

Graduate Integrated Diploma (Level 6)


Compulsory units
- Quantitative Methods for Business Management
- The Business Environment
- Financial Accounting
- Marketing Policy, Planning and Communication
- Organisational Behaviour
- Human Resource Management
- Corporate Strategy and Planning
- Managing in Organisations
- International Business Case Study
- Project Management
- Information Systems for Strategic Management
Optional units (choose two units)
- Information Systems Applications for Business
- Information Systems Development
- Managing the Customer Relationship
Entry requirements
One of the following:
- Any ABE Level 4 Diploma or equivalent
One of the following:
- Any Level 3 qualification or equivalent
- 2 years relevant work experience
And you must be competent in English
(IELTS 5.0 minimum) and Mathematics

Why study the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management (BM)?


The ABE Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management offers students enhanced career prospects
as well as the opportunity to progress to Masters degree programmes at numerous universities worldwide.
This Level 7 qualification has been developed by senior university professors, utilising current academic learning
and research, as well as employer knowledge and practice. It is therefore an ideal progression route for those who:
are currently studying professional qualifications and wish to proceed to a Masters degree
in business/management
have a related Honours degree but wish to proceed to a Masters level
business/management qualification
are in employment, at managerial level, and wish to achieve a Masters level qualification

Qualification structure
The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management is comprised of five units:
1.
Strategic Business Management and Planning
2.
Management of Financial Resources and Performance
3.
Leadership, Change and People Performance
4.
Corporate Strategy, Governance and Ethics in the Global Environment
5.
Research Methods and their Application to Marketing

Where can you study the Postgraduate Diploma in BM?


Students may take the programme independently (private self-study), or through a college which has been
accredited by ABE to deliver the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management. The diagram on page 7
illustrates how progression through the ABE system and the achievement of an ABE Postgraduate Diploma in BM,
can take you to advanced stages of Masters and MBA degree programmes.

Postgraduate Diploma (Level 7)*

Progression routes

Units
- Strategic Business Management and Planning
- Management of Financial Resources
and Performance
- Leadership, Change and People Performance
- Corporate Strategy, Governance and
Ethics in the Global Environment
- Research Methods and their Application
to Marketing

ABE has agreements with the following universities


to allow our Postgraduate Diploma in BM holders
onto varying levels of their Masters and MBA
degree programmes:

Assessment
The Strategic Business Management and Planning
unit is assessed by examination. The other four units
are assessed by assignment.
Entry requirements
One of the following:
- Holders of any ABE Level 6 Diploma
- Degree holders in related subject areas
- Holders of other internationally recognised
relevant qualifications at level 6
- Five years relevant senior management
experience
- English at IELTS 6.0 (recommended)

Banasthali Vidyapith, India www.banasthali.org


Brunel University, UK www.brunel.ac.uk
Charles Sturt University, Australia www.csu.edu.au
University of Coventry, UK www.coventry.ac.uk
De Montford University, UK www.dmu.ac.uk
Deakin University, Australia www.deakin.edu.au
University of Gloucestershire, UK www.glos.ac.uk
Heriot-Watt University, UK www.ebsglobal.net
University of Hertfordshire, UK www.herts.ac.uk
Markfield Institute of Higher Education, UK
www.mihe.org.uk
University of Portsmouth, UK www.port.ac.uk
University of Tasmania, Australia www.utas.edu.au
Touro College, USA www.touro.edu
University of Wales, UK www.wales.ac.uk
University of Worcester, UK www.worc.ac.uk
You can find out more information about these
progression routes in the After ABE section of the
ABE website.

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management

Your pathway to advanced entry to Masters degree programmes

* indicates promotional title. This qualification is


regulated by Ofqual as a Diploma.

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Effective workforce management

Human Resources Management Programme

Why study the Human Resource Management (HRM) programme?


The effective management of an organisations human resources is now recognised as a critical component in the
success of public and private enterprises. This recognition has led to a demand for trained and qualified HR
professionals and to the development of a career structure rising to the highest levels of the organisation.
The HRM programme introduces you to the academic disciplines that underlie the effective management of the
human resource, and proceeds to explore the theory, practice and strategy of human resource management.

Career opportunities
The positions below are examples of jobs currently held by ABE HRM qualification holders.
The list is not exhaustive as ABE qualifications are applicable to a wide range of vocations.
Diploma in HRM working in a Personnel or HRM Department
Higher Diploma in HRM Assistant Personnel Manager or Assistant HR Manager
Graduate Diploma in HRM Personnel Manager or HR Manager

Programme structure
The Human Resource Management programme is divided into three levels: Diploma (Level 4), Higher Diploma (Level
5) and Graduate Diploma (Level 6). ABE has developed the Extended Diploma in Human Resource Management,
comprising 13 units in one stand-alone qualification. It is accredited by Ofqual as a level 6 qualification. The programme
can still be taken as two separate qualifications at levels 5 and 6.

Diploma (Level 4)

Graduate Diploma (Level 6)

Compulsory units
- Introduction to Business
- Managing People
- Personnel Administration
- Introduction to Business Communication

Compulsory units
- Strategic Human Resource Management
- Managing Organisational Change & Development
- Performance Management and Reward

Entry requirements
Open entry, and you must be competent
in English (IELTS 5.0 minimum) and Mathematics

Higher Diploma (Level 5)


Compulsory units
- The Business Environment
- Human Resource Management
- Organisational Behaviour
- Human Resource Development
- People Planning and Resourcing
- Employment Relations
Optional units (choose two)
- Principles of Business Law
- Quantitative Methods for Business Management
- Managing the Customer Relationship
- Personnel Information Systems
Entry requirements
One of the following:
- Any ABE Level 4 Diploma or equivalent
- Any Level 3 qualification or equivalent
- 2 years relevant work experience
And you must be competent in English
(IELTS 5.0 minimum) and Mathematics

What do the levels mean?


The levels refer to the level of learning required
to complete the qualification. Qualifications
at the same level are therefore broadly similar
(or equivalent) in the level of learning required
QCF Level
Level 3
Level 4
Level 5
Level 6
Level 7

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Other qualifications at the same level


UK A level, BTEC National Certificate
BTEC Professional Diploma
UK Foundation Degree, HND
Bachelors Degree, Graduate Diploma
Masters Degree, Postgraduate Diploma

Optional units (choose two)


- Corporate Strategy and Planning
- Managing in Organisations
- Project Management
Entry requirements
One of the following:
- Any ABE Level 5 Diploma or equivalent qualification
- A degree or equivalent
And you must be competent in English
(IELTS 5.0 minimum) and Mathematics

Extended Diploma (Level 6)


Compulsory units
- The Business Environment
- Human Resource Management
- Organisational Behaviour
- Human Resource Development
- People Planning and Resourcing
- Employment Relations
- Strategic Human Resource Management
- Managing Organisational Change & Development
- Performance Management and Reward
Optional units (Choose two units from)
- Principles of Business Law
- Quantitative Methods for Business Management
- Managing the Customer Relationship
- Personnel Information Systems
(and two units from)
- Corporate Strategy and Planning
- Managing in Organisations
- Project Management
Entry requirements
One of the following:
- Any ABE Level 4 Diploma or equivalent
- Any Level 3 qualification or equivalent
- 2 years relevant work experience
And you must be competent in English
(IELTS 5.0 minimum) and Mathematics

Why study the Marketing Management programme?


Marketing is an important function that brings companies and clients closer to each other.
The ABE Marketing Management programme introduces you to the crucial role that Marketing plays in business
development. Holders of our Marketing Management qualifications will have a good knowledge and understanding
of the key principles of Marketing and will be able to relate this to the workplace.

Career opportunities
The positions below are examples of jobs currently held by ABE Marketing Management qualification holders.
The list is not exhaustive as ABE qualifications are applicable to a wide range of vocations.
Diploma Level 4 in Marketing Marketing or Business Development Assistant
Diploma Level 5 in Marketing Assistant Marketing or Business Development Manager
Diploma Level 6 in Marketing Marketing or Business Development Manager

Programme structure
The Marketing Management programme is divided into three levels: Diploma (Level 4), Higher Diploma (Level 5) and
Graduate Diploma (Level 6). ABE has developed the Extended Diploma in Marketing Management, comprising 13 units
in one stand-alone qualification. It is accredited by Ofqual as a level 6 qualification. The programme can still be taken as
two separate qualifications at levels 5 and 6.

Diploma (Level 4)

Graduate Diploma (Level 6)*

Compulsory units
- Introduction to Business
- Introduction to Marketing
- Introduction to Quantitative Methods
- Introduction to Business Communication

Compulsory units
- International Marketing
- Contemporary Issues in Marketing
- Integrated Marketing Communications
- Strategic Marketing Management

Entry requirements
Open entry, and you must be competent in
English (IELTS 5.0 minimum) and Mathematics

Optional units (choose one)


- Corporate Strategy and Planning
- Project Management

Higher Diploma (Level 5)*


Compulsory units
- Marketing Policy, Planning & Communication
- The Business Environment
- Organisational Behaviour
- Managing the Customer Relationship
- Principles of Marketing
- Marketing Information Systems
Optional units (choose two)
- Principles of Business Law
- Quantitative Methods for Business Management
- Sales Management
- Economics for Business
Entry requirements
One of the following:
- Any ABE Level 4 Diploma or equivalent
- Any Level 3 qualification or equivalent
- 2 years relevant work experience
And you must be competent in English
(IELTS 5.0 minimum) and Mathematics

What do the levels mean?


The levels refer to the level of learning required
to complete the qualification. Qualifications
at the same level are therefore broadly similar
(or equivalent) in the level of learning required
QCF Level
Level 3
Level 4
Level 5
Level 6
Level 7

Other qualifications at the same level


UK A level, BTEC National Certificate
BTEC Professional Diploma
UK Foundation Degree, HND
Bachelors Degree, Graduate Diploma
Masters Degree, Postgraduate Diploma

Entry requirements
One of the following:
- Any ABE Level 5 Diploma or equivalent qualification
- A degree or equivalent
And you must be competent in English
(IELTS 5.0 minimum) and Mathematics

Extended Diploma (Level 6)


Compulsory units
- Marketing Policy, Planning and Communication
- The Business Environment
- Organisational Behaviour
- Managing the Customer Relationship
- Principles of Marketing
- Marketing Information Systems
- International Marketing
- Contemporary Issues in Marketing
- Integrated Marketing Communications
- Strategic Marketing Management

Marketing Management Programme

Finding and keeping your customers

Optional units (choose two units from)


- Principles of Business Law
- Quantitative Methods for Business Management
- Sales Management
- Economics for Business
(and one unit from)
- Corporate Strategy and Planning
- Project Management
Entry requirements
One of the following:
- Any ABE Level 4 Diploma or equivalent
- Any Level 3 qualification or equivalent
- 2 years relevant work experience
And you must be competent in English
(IELTS 5.0 minimum) and Mathematics
* indicates promotional title. These qualifications are
regulated by Ofqual as Diplomas.

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The business of tourism

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management Programme

Why study the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management (TTHM) programme?
Tourism is the worlds largest industry with revenues of over $500 billion. The TTHM programme links business
principles with sector expertise by introducing you to the principles and practice of modern tourism.
The programme goes further to explore issues such as ecotourism and sustainable development. Students holding
this qualification will be confident in applying key business and management concepts to this growing sector.

Career opportunities
The positions below are examples of jobs currently held by ABE TTHM qualification holders.
The list is not exhaustive as ABE qualifications are applicable to a wide range of vocations.
Diploma Level 4 in TTHM Hotel or Travel Agency Supervisor
Diploma Level 5 in TTHM Assistant Hotel or Travel Agency Manager
Diploma Level 6 in TTHM Hotel or Travel Agency Manager

Programme structure
The Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management programme is divided into three levels: Diploma (Level 4),
Higher Diploma (Level 5) and Graduate Diploma (Level 6). ABE has developed the Extended Diploma in Travel,
Tourism and Hospitality Management, comprising 13 units in one stand-alone qualification. It is accredited by
Ofqual as a level 6 qualification. The programme can still be taken as two separate qualifications at levels 5 and 6.

Diploma (Level 4)

Graduate Diploma (Level 6)*

Compulsory units
- Introduction to Business
- Introduction to Marketing
- Introduction to Travel, Tourism and Hospitality
- Introduction to Business Communication

Compulsory units
- Strategic Hospitality Management
- International Travel, Tourism and Hospitality
- Sustainable Tourism Planning and Development

Entry requirements:
Open entry, and you must be competent in English
(IELTS 5.0 minimum) and Mathematics

Higher Diploma (Level 5)*


Compulsory units
- The Business Environment
- Organisational Behaviour
- Travel, Tourism and Hospitality
- IT in hospitality and Tourism Operations
- Managing the Customer Relationship
- Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Operations
Management
Optional units (choose two)
- Principles of Business Law
- Human Resource Management
- Marketing Policy, Planning and Communication
- Sales Management
Entry requirements:
One of the following:
- Any ABE Level 4 Diploma or equivalent
- Any Level 3 qualification or equivalent
- 2 years relevant work experience
And you must be competent in English
(IELTS 5.0 minimum) and Mathematics

What do the levels mean?


The levels refer to the level of learning required
to complete the qualification. Qualifications
at the same level are therefore broadly similar
(or equivalent) in the level of learning required
QCF Level
Level 3
Level 4
Level 5
Level 6
Level 7

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Other qualifications at the same level


UK A level, BTEC National Certificate
BTEC Professional Diploma
UK Foundation Degree, HND
Bachelors Degree, Graduate Diploma
Masters Degree, Postgraduate Diploma

Optional units (choose two)


- Strategic Marketing Management
- Strategic Human Resource Management
- Project Management
Entry requirements:
One of the following:
- Any ABE Level 5 Diploma or equivalent qualification
- A degree or equivalent
And you must be competent in English
(IELTS 5.0 minimum) and Mathematics

Extended Diploma (Level 6)


Compulsory units
- The Business Environment
- Organisational Behaviour
- Travel, Tourism and Hospitality
- IT in hospitality and Tourism Operations
- Managing the Customer Relationship
- Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Operations Management
- Strategic Hospitality Management
- International Travel, Tourism and Hospitality
- Sustainable Tourism Planning and Development
Optional units (choose two)
- Principles of Business Law
- Human Resource Management
- Marketing Policy, Planning and Communication
- Sales Management
and two from:
- Strategic Marketing Management
- Strategic Human Resource Management
- Project Management
Entry requirements:
One of the following:
- Any ABE Level 4 Diploma or equivalent
- Any Level 3 qualification or equivalent
- 2 years relevant work experience
And you must be competent in English
(IELTS 5.0 minimum) and Mathematics
* indicates promotional title. These qualifications are
regulated by Ofqual as Diplomas.

Okwah Onome
Advanced Diploma* in Business Management
Having progressed from his previous role as Account
Manager for Sesema PR, Nigeria, Okwah is now Sales and
Service Associate at Chevy Chase Bank in Washington DC.
Okwah Onome has finished his ABE Advanced Diploma*
in Business Management through self-study.
I chose to study the Advanced Diploma in Business
Management because ABE offers me the all-round
knowledge needed to excel as a world class
business manager.
My business idea transcends Nigeria (Africa), and I want
to be a world class business manager. ABE has practically
taught me to work hard because it takes an uncommon
interest to pass eight courses with one month of self study.
Theoretically, it has equipped me with the unusual all-round
business management ability and business communication,
marketing, accounting and business law knowledge.
ABE is an all-round managerial training organisation.
Im honoured and privileged to be part of this wonderful
institution! I would continue to recommend ABE to
anybody who desires an enviable career as a world
class business manager.

Student Profiles

What our students are saying about the ABE courses

* The Advanced diploma is now the Graduate Diploma (Level 6)

Yvette Janse Van Rensburg


Diploma in Human Resource Management
Yvette Janse Van Rensburg is a Production Operative at
Getronics and a student of ABE Diploma in Human Resource
Management at Fulham and Chelsea College.
ABE has been extremely helpful in providing all the
information that I needed regarding my course and I would
recommend them any day. Being a student is not always
easy and takes a lot of hard work and dedication, but it
always pays off in the end. Winning the prize for the top mark
obtained in the ABE subject - People Planning and
Resourcing in June exams 2008 has definitely motivated me
and assured me that I can do better just by putting in a little
more effort. I hope to soon start a career in Human Resources
where I can apply what I am learning with ABE and hopefully
make a difference in the world of business.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I study for the ABE qualifications?


ABE has over 500 accredited colleges worldwide. A list is available on the ABE website: www.abeuk.com
You can either register through one of these colleges or apply direct to the ABE office.

How do I register?
If you are a first-time applicant then you can register online by clicking on the appropriate link
on the ABE website. Alternatively you can register by downloading the Student Membership
Registration Form, completing it and posting it to us at The Association of Business Executives,
5th Floor, CI Tower, High Street, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4TE, UK

What qualifications do I need to join ABE, and how do I find out


which level to register?
Diploma Level 4
There are no entry requirements but you must be competent in English (IELTS Level 5.0 minimum)
and mathematics
Diploma Level 5
You must have a level 3 qualification or equivalent and you must be competent
in English (IELTS Level 5.0 minimum) and mathematics
Diploma Level 6
You must have a Bachelors degree or level 5 qualification or equivalent and you must
be competent in English (IELTS Level 5.0 minimum) and mathematics (apart from the Graduate
Integrated / Extended Diploma which require a Level 3 qualification)
Diploma Level 7
You must have an Honours degree or level 6 qualification or equivalent and you must
be competent in English (IELTS Level 6.0 minimum) and mathematics

Am I eligible for any exemptions from the ABE examinations?


If you hold a qualification from either another professional body or University which is very similar
in content and level to the ABE qualification you could qualify for an exemption from some of the
ABE examinations. Please forward a copy of your qualification to the Registrar who will be
able to advise you further.

Does ABE offer distance learning?


No, not at the present time. Students can follow a self-study route using the ABE syllabus, study manuals,
recommended textbooks and questions and answers, which are available from the ABE website.

How do I find an ABE accredited college in my country?


Visit the College section of the ABE website to find your nearest ABE provider.

If I want to study in the UK do I need to obtain a visa?


For further information and advice for entering the UK as a Student, applying for entry clearance
and to find out up to date UK Student Visa policy and procedures please visit the following website:
www.amblercollins.com

How often are ABE examinations held?


Examinations are held worldwide twice a year in June and December.

How do I register and where do I sit my examinations?


The examinations are held in countries worldwide through Ministries of Education or the British Council.
You must already be a registered student member of ABE before you can register for our exams.
To register for the ABE examinations complete and return your examination entry form and fees either
to your college or direct to the ABE Office in London. Please ensure that your annual subscription is
up to date when you enter for the examinations.

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The Association of Business Executives


5th Floor, CI Tower, St. Georges Square,
New Malden, Surrey KT3 4TE, UK.
Tel: +44(0) 20 8329 2930
info@abeuk.com
www.abeuk.com