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Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration

The Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration programme (“PGCBA”) is the stepping- stone towards an MBA qualification. On completion of this postgraduate certificate students have two options:

  • continue to a Postgraduate Diploma with LEB carrying a 120 credit exemption which can go towards an MBA top-up degree with an LEB partner university; or
  • enroll on an MBA with an LEB associated university in the US with 12 credits transfer. These flexible pathways enable students to choose their preferred pathway and degree to meet their individual needs.

Overall Programme Outcomes

On successful completion of the  programme, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate   critical   understanding   of   management   theories,   current    issues  of management, the development of conceptual frameworks to   guide their application within organisations.
  • Acquire a strong foundation in key functional areas of business management to enable them to succeed as effective managers/leaders  in an increasingly complex and dynamic environment.
  • Acquire and use a range of concepts, tools and techniques for problem   solving and decision-making for analyzing complex and inter-related  business scenarios.
  • Demonstrate   and   apply   independent   research   and   critical   skills    enabling  the investigation and evaluation of valid and relevant  management issues and practices.


Varied assessment tasks and/or instruments will be employed in assessing learning outcomes as set out below.

(a)     Multiple Choice Questions.

(b)     Reflective Learning Log.

(c)     Management Report.

Entry Requirement

  • A Bachelor’s Degree qualification in any subject from a recognised institution.
  • A professional qualification equivalent to a degree and a minimum of   two years of working experience.
  • Mature and high potential candidates without a  degree  or equivalent  qualifications but  hold  Diplomas  or Advanced  Diplomas  with  more   than  six  years  of  work experience of which at least two years are at supervisory / managerial level.
  • Mature and high potential candidates without Diploma qualifications but with more than 8 years of work experience of which at least 3 years are at supervisory /managerial levels.
  • Demonstrate English Language proficiency in order to participate in the programme taught in English.

Advanced Standing / Exemptions / Credits Transfer (APL)

Consideration for the above for students admitted onto the programme may be considered either at the beginning of  a programme, or beyond the beginning of   a  programme,  through  an assessment of that student’s prior learning, whether  certificated or un-certificated. The process for making such a decision is known  as the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is a matter of academic judgment   exercised by the appointed panel considering applications and approvals of APL.

Where cohorts of students are to be admitted with advanced standing on a regular  basis,   the arrangement should be subject to an Academic Progression  Agreement.

Programme Structure

The PGCBA accrues 60 credits over four (4) modules as set out as mentioned below.

  1. Managing Business Strategy (15 credits)
  2. Marketing Management (15 credits)
  3. Project Management (15 credits)
  4. Managing Human Capital (15 credits)

Overview of the Programme Structure

  • All students undergo an online induction workshop, which is not assessed and aimed at acquiring e-learning skills for the use of the o nline learning portal. In addition, academic expectations, regulations and the concept of independent learning are also covered, and an induction will be delivered through a pre-recorded video.
  • There are four modules of 15 credits each.
  • To complete the programme and gain the PGCBA award, students must successfully complete and earn a total of 60 credits.
  • Generally, each semester/term will be delivered over duration of 3 weeks per module where the cycle of delivery will follow a prescribed unit planner over a 12 week duration.
  • Those who are unable to fully complete the PGCBA qualification can receive transcript with level 7 credits earned. Students are required to complete their PGCBA between a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 6 months from the time of enrolment as a student.

Module 1: Managing Business Strategy

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Apply the appropriate models, techniques and theories to produce an environmental audit of the external and internal environment for an organisation.
  • Identify issues and challenges associated with developing an effective corporate strategy.
  • Assess the major strategic management theories and concepts concerning the processes of strategic planning and implementation.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the alternative strategic directions an organisation may consider to employ and propose the most appropriate  strategic option for execution.
  • Formulate a Strategic Plan.

Module content includes:

  • The  Concept  of Strategy  and  how  it  benefits  the organization  vision,  mission and objectives.
  • Transformation of the External Strategic Environment and the Consequences and the Influence of the Internal  Environment on Current  Practice.
  • Key Strategic Techniques for Analysis.
  • Strategic   Development,   namely   Acquisitions   and   Mergers,   Joint    ventures  and Alliances, and Divestment.
  • Strategy Implementation.
  • Strategic Performance Analysis.
  • Strategic Plan

Module 2 – Managing Human Capital

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding that to engage successfully in processes of human capital management, their thinking needs to go beyond such dualisms as thinking  and  acting,  structure  and  culture,  strategy and implementation, and see each of these as different facets of unified processes in human and organisational life;
  • Analyse  and  evaluate  the  choices  presented  in  approaches  to  human  capital management  practices  and  how  these  relate   to  the  overall   strategic way an organisation handles its changing environment and the   range of stakeholders with which it deals; and
  • Critically appraise current managerial practices to inform the way they can contribute to the strategic direction of human capital resourcing, and   develop appropriate and relevant solutions to employment management  issues in their organisations.

Module content includes:

  • Historical view of work, work today and workers’ psychological contract.
  • Essence of organisational strategy, human capital strategy.
  • Human Capital Management (HCM) roles in structures, culture and policy as well as strategic Human Capital (HC) partnership and alliance.
  • The Workplace Relations.
  • New Roles and Challenges for HCM including Talent Management.
  • Human Capital Trends and Organisation Culture

Module 3 – Marketing Management

Upon completion of this unit, learners will be able to:

  • Undertake  a   situation  analysis  such  that  it  is   possible  to  develop  a  concise understanding of the marketing environment.
  • Use  situation  analysis  findings  to  formulate  a  marketing  strategy  that   will fit the company and its environment link to the Marketing Mix.
  • Formulate a marketing plan that provides for the implementation and control of chosen strategies.

Module content includes:

  • Introduction to Marketing Management.
  • The Environment Influence and its Management.
  • Marketing Strategies.
  • Product Planning & Screening.
  • Promotion Strategy.
  • Advertising Strategies.
  • Global Marketing.
  • Pricing Policies & Strategies.
  • Marketing Analysis and Formulating a Marketing Plan.
  • Implementation, Evaluation & Control.

Module 4 – Project Management

  • Upon completion of this unit, learners will be able to:
  • Develop and define project scope.
  • Apply project management knowledge in a practical setting.
  • Use project planning and management techniques.

Module content includes:

  • The nature of projects.
  • Scoping and initiation.
  • Risk Management.
  • Time and activity planning.
  • Links to motivation, team management and other theories.
  • Project selection.
  • Managing the project lifecycle.
  • Project documentation.

Mode of Delivery

Fully Taught Mode
Each taught unit will not have a total of less than 12 hours of face-to-face lectures and tutorials per module. Online access to the Module Leader is also available.
Blended Learning Mode
Face-to-Face lasses conducted with not less than 12 hours of classes per module at a learning centre
Each taught unit will have a total of 18 hours of Online Learning, tutorials and interactions with the Module Leader. Pre-recorded video lectures for each unit will be provided.Learners are encouraged to participate in online discussions with other learners and their tutors for at least 18 hours per module


For the Blended Mode and Face to Face Fully Taught Mode please Contact Us to find an Approved Learning Centre near you

Please note we are constantly adding LEB Approved Centres

For the Fully Online Mode please enrol now to sign up for the next available intake

Notional Hours

Notional hours are defined in terms of the amount of time it should take a learner to achieve the learning outcomes.  Each credit requires on average 10 notional hours of a learner’s time

Guide to Learning Hours / Student Learning Time

The Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration accrues 60 UK credits spread over 4 modules or 600 notional hours in total.  Each module therefore equates to 150 notional hours. This programme should take between 4 to 8 months to complete

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