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Northumbria University

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A new way of doing business

“I am working in logistics at Nissan. I’ve learnt so much within my first year of placement and my biggest achievement to date is being offered and accepting a full time position. It’s great to know that my talent and hard work have been recognised and I have a future with an organisation I already feel part of.”

Sarah Noble, on Work Based Learning Partnership with Nissan

The degree offered me the opportunity to do more than just study – I could get a career out of it too!”

Natalie French, Senior Project Manager, Roundhouse

The Business Leadership and Corporate Management degree at Northumbria University takes a fresh approach to business education by combining study with salaried employment. This enables students to graduate with two years invaluable ‘hands-on’ business experience.

This programme is specifically designed to enhance career prospects by developing appropriate skills, competencies and knowledge in the context of a responsible role in a business organisation. Student development is accelerated, equipping graduates for early career progression in business management.

“The advantages of this programme are that students are given a strong grounding in business in their first year and join us hungry to put this knowledge into a practical context.” Dianne Sharp, Managing Director, SCM Pharma

The degree is delivered over three years. Students learn the core disciplines of business in their first year whilst engaging in consultancy projects, working in teams with employers such as P&G, Nissan, Newcastle Airport and John Lewis. Students are then recruited and employed by a company, spending their second and third years working full-time in a salaried role, with intensive blocks of study at the University. All assessments are work-based and students are supported by an academic tutor and their line manager. Individual student profiling helps identify particular development needs, providing a focus for personal development.

The University has developed very strong relationships with employers and participating companies including Ernst & Young, Barclays Bank, Nissan, and SCM Pharma, as well as smaller regional businesses. The programme provides an innovative approach to talent recruitment. Three quarters of graduates are in management roles six months after graduating with many students continuing employment with their placement organisation. Through challenging university and work based learning, this programme promotes academic, personal and professional development to equip students for their future careers.

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