School Business Management Programmes

Frequently Asked Questions

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Aspiring SBMs

What computer technical specifications will I need when studying?

All SBM Programmes are essentially distance learning and therefore you should be comfortable using a computer and the internet, and have access to a computer with a broadband internet connection.

For our online learning platform to work correctly it requires the minimum internet browser version or above as listed below:

Browser Min version Recommended version
Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 Latest version
Mozilla Firefox 25.0 Latest version
Google Chrome 30.0 Latest version
Apple Safari 6 Latest version

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What software will I need?

All resources are created in standard Microsoft office software, for Example, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Some resources are PDF documents so you will need Adobe Reader.

Note: some participants have experienced problems accessing the online learning platform and resources when using school computers due to firewall issues. It may be worth investigating this with your IT Manager prior to commencing the course.

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How will I access my learning resources

Programme resources are uploaded onto the online learning area. You will be provided with individual log in details at the start of the programme.

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Where can I find a copy of the NASBM Professional Standards?

You can find a copy of the NASBM professional standards on the NASBM website.

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Can I pay by instalments?

Yes, for details of costs, please see the Price List.

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Can I choose where my invoice is sent?

When you make your application to us you must specify whether you want your course fee to be invoiced to either you or your school/employer.

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Can I use my MOD Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) towards the cost of the Level 4/Level 5 Diploma?

Anglia Ruskin University is currently the only ELCAS approved provider of the SBM Programmes. As such, we are pleased to confirm that you are able to use your ELCs towards the cost of the Level 4 or Level 5 Diploma programmes.

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What is blended learning?

Blended learning is a term which is used to describe when a learner engages in different teaching and learning methods, eg taught elements, self-directed learning, online study etc.

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What is a local programme?

If an organisation has a sufficient number of people in their area that want to study either the Level 4 or Level 5 Diploma then we can arrange a “local programme” for them.

The structure and content of a local programme is exactly the same as all other programme deliveries.  The main reasons participants like “local programmes” are they do not need to travel far to attend the workshops and they are studying with other similar people from their own area.

The host organisation is responsible for the marketing and recruitment of participants (minimum numbers are required) and they also provide the training venue (normally school premises or local authority training centre) and refreshments/catering for the face-to-face workshops.  We will support the host organisation with the marketing and recruitment of participants by, for example, providing information and marketing literature and by answering any queries from potential participants.

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How am I assessed?

For both the Level 4 and Level 5 Diploma programmes, assessment is by written assignments which are submitted at the end of each Level 4 Unit or Level 5 Phase.

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What’s a Webinar/WebEx

WebEx is simply a secure online/web conferencing facility which allows two or more people to participate in a telephone meeting/conference and share information on a computer at the same time. This is also sometimes referred to as a webinar.

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How much time do I need to commit?

Please note you will be expected to continue your studies throughout the entire year, including school holiday periods, i.e. they are not term-time only.

You need to commit to around 10 hours of study per week for the duration of the programme, including school holiday periods. This time commitment will vary though, for example if you have not studied for a number of years you may need to devote extra time in early stages of the programme as you develop your individual learning routine. The amount of time you will need to commit may fluctuate during the year, for example you could expect to commit extra hours near to hand in deadlines or you may need less time if you are very familiar with the subject matter of a specific unit/phase.

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What happens if my school doesn’t provide the support I need once I’ve started the programme?

Prior to commencing an SBM Programme we strongly recommend that you have a detailed discussion with your Headteacher to ensure you are both fully aware of what commitments you are undertaking, e.g. what the course involves, what information you will need access to, the amount of time you will need to devote to your studies, what support you may need from other members of staff, financial implications of withdrawing etc.

When we make you an offer of a place we will send you an Offer Response Form to complete. The Headteacher at your supporting school is required to sign this Form to confirm that they have agreed to support you for the entire duration of the programme, including assigning a mentor and giving you access to all the school information that you need to enable you to complete the coursework.  At this point we would also strongly recommend that you and your Headteacher look closely at the hand in deadlines to assess how these map against your work commitments/workload and to agree what adjustments will be made around these key dates to ensure that you can meet required deadlines.

If a participant subsequently has to withdraw from the programme as the school has not provided the support agreed then the course fee is still payable, regardless of whether the individual or the school has been invoiced. Financial implications of withdrawing are explained in the terms and conditions.

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I already have a degree (or higher qualification) or professional qualification - will this exempt me from any elements of the programme?

Although you may have for example a business management, accounting or HR qualification, these studies were not specifically related to a school setting and, therefore, this work will not map directly to the SBM Programme assessment criteria.

Your previous qualification will not, therefore, exempt you from any elements of the SBM Programmes, although it may prove very helpful when you complete the work for particular Level 4 Diploma units or Level 5 Diploma phases.

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I have previously completed part of the Level 4 Diploma - will this count when I complete the remainder of the qualification?

The ILM requires all elements of a programme to be completed within a three year period.  It may, therefore, be possible for you to achieve accreditation if any elements from previous study and the remainder of the programme are all completed within a three year period.

If any changes have been made to the programme within that period then you may need to complete some additional work for recognition of prior learning (RPL) purposes.

If any previous study was completed outside of this time period, or with another training provider, then you may need to complete some additional work for recognition of prior learning (RPL) purposes.

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I work in a school based overseas. Are the SBM Programmes suitable for me?

If your school is using the English Curriculum then you can apply for an SBM Programme (distance learning study option). You would need to consider time differences regarding communication with your facilitators, online engagement and hand in deadlines.

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I work in a Further Education (FE) setting. Are the SBM Programmes suitable for me?

The SBM programme content is based around the working practises, policies and procedures of primary/secondary schools and academies.  You should therefore apply as an aspiring SBM and identify a mainstream school that can support you for the duration of the programme.

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I work in an Early Years (EY) setting. Are the SBM Programmes suitable for me?

The SBM programme content is based around the working practises, policies and procedures of primary/secondary schools and academies.

Generally speaking, quite a bit of the Level 4 Diploma would apply to an EY setting, however most settings would not be able to provide the full support/access to information required to complete the whole qualification.  You should therefore apply as an aspiring SBM and identify a mainstream school that can support you for the duration of the programme.

There is limited scope for the Level 5 Diploma in EY settings so you should therefore apply as an aspiring SBM and identify a mainstream school that can support you for the duration of the programme.

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I am an aspiring SBM - what if I have not been able to find a support school in time to start the programme?

If you do not have a support school then you will be unable to complete the coursework and, therefore, you will not be able to start the programme as planned. However, we can roll over your application to the next intake to give you more time to secure and support school and prepare for your studies.

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Where can I find additional information about the Level 4 Diploma

Level 4 Fact Sheet

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Where can I find additional information about the Level 5 Diploma

Level 5 Fact Sheet

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Where can I find the SBM Terms and Conditions

Download the Terms and Conditions sheet.

SBM Programme Terms and Conditions

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Where can I find additional information to give to my School

Download the information for Head teachers and Governors fact sheet.

Information for Head Teachers and Chair of Governors

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