Graduate Apprenticeship in BA (Hons)
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The course provides the necessary underpinning in core business management knowledge, skills and competencies, as well as developing an appreciation of future business issues facing individuals and organisations, allowing students to contribute positively to their employing organisation in a range of ways, bringing their studies to life.
Year 1Developing knowledge and academic skills to identify and understand the business environment in which organisations operate, purposes, structures, functions, governance, law, core values and ethics, role of HR, introduction to financial and management accounting and application to business scenarios.
Year 2Widening appreciation and analysis skills to determine scope of management operations, business development, marketing and sales, operational strategies, principles of procurement, significance of collaboration in supply chain management, key sources of finance, basic financial concepts and applications to practical business situations.
Year 3Increasing abilities to critically analyse management practices: project management within organisations, purpose, tools and techniques, risk and compliance management, management of change, impact of models for organisational development, digital business and data analysis, principles of cybersecurity and management of IT systems.
Year 4Undertaking extended research and study into a specialist area of management in a work-based and business related topic, impact of external environmental forces on contemporary strategic thinking, strategic decision-making in specific organisational settings, principal concepts of innovation, drivers within business, society and economy.
Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.
To be eligible for this course students must be recruited/employed by a partner employer of the university.
Activity summaryThis course is delivered through supported online study using our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), CampusMoodle. CampusMoodle offers the flexibility of where and when students choose to study and gives them full open access to tutors and other class members. Students will have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity of participating in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides course materials which include:
- Online activities
- Discussion forums - student and tutor led
- Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
- User friendly material
There will be on-campus workshops scheduled during your course of study providing the opportunity to grow your professional network, share insights and experiences and engage with staff in the campus setting.
- Webinars: 20 (may increase to 40) students per group for up to 2 hours per week over 9 weeks
- Tutorial: online activities for 3 hours per week per module
- Project supervision: As agreed between student and supervisor
- Practical class or workshop: 20 (may increase to 40) students for 1 full day once per module
- Independent study: 3 hours online or reading per week per module
- Ongoing work based learning with Workplace Mentor
ODL delivery using VLE for Blackboard Collaborate sessions for up to 2 hours per week along with additional enhancement materials.Modules are 10 weeks in length running sequentially for 40 weeks (4 x modules per year) and do not adhere to the traditional semester calendar.
Independent StudyMost independent study will be done with the employer in the workplace, however students have full access to library, labs, and support services.
STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSEAcademic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds, are ‘business-connected’ and use professional networks and their academic research to ensure teaching is professionally relevant and cutting edge.
Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. In addition, many have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.
Employers assign a Workplace Mentor whose role will be to oversee the work based learning undertaken by the student. In addition to mentoring support for students, supplementary support may be provided by the employer, for example when subject matter experts are brought in to provide specific business or technical expertise or through access to other departments within the organisation. This ensures that the curriculum is fully covered as the student progresses in their studies.
During the first year of study as a Graduate Apprentice, access is provided to a dedicated Graduate Apprenticeship Success Coach to help make the most of all learning opportunities.
Typically students are assessed each year:
- 4 reports
- 1 portfolio
- 1 x 2 hours written exam
- 2 reports
- 1 portfolio
- 3 reports
- 1 portfolio
- 2 reports
- 1 dissertation
As well as the summative assessment students will undertake a range of formative work based learning activities which will be contextualised within their own workplaces.
FeedbackWe aim to provide feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
ACADEMIC SUPPORTThe Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
ONLINE LEARNING SUPPORTAll undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. Students are provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with class members and tutors for discussion and support.
STUDY SKILLS SUPPORTThe Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:
- Academic writing
- Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
- Maths and statistics
- English language
- Information technology support
Library SupportThe Library offers support for the course, including the books, eBooks, and journals the student will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.
PlacementsStudents will be in full-time employment throughout the duration of the course, therefore extensive use is made of work-based learning.
Job ProspectsA Graduate Apprenticeship synchronises theoretical learning with practical experience. With each course tailored to the company, the Graduate Apprenticeship programme offers benefits to both the employee and the employer, meeting the long term development needs of both business and student. CAREERS
SQA Higher: BBBC
Alternative QualificationsWe welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications or work experience which equip them with an equivalent starting point for the course. For those applicants who do not meet our Standard Course Entry Requirements, applications may be considered from those who possess one years’ relevant work experience and where the applicant has demonstrated the development of key skills evidenced through a detailed CV. Applications from students with non- standard qualifications (including Foundation Apprenticeships, Modern Apprenticeships, SVQs/NVQs and access programmes) or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.
Advanced EntryApplicants who are interested in applying for advanced (or flexible) entry will be considered on an individual basis. Attention is drawn to the university's process for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Tuition fees are covered by Skills Development Scotland.
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
Graduate Apprenticeship courses include an on-campus induction, together with one or two on-campus day(s) per module, therefore employers supporting Graduate Apprenticeship students need to plan for this time away from the workplace together with any associated travel and accommodation costs.
Subject to meeting course entry and employer eligibility criteria, a number of fully-funded places are available for this course. As a paid employee, apprentices would not be eligible for SAAS funding such as bursaries and student loans.
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Graduate Apprenticeship students will have full RGU University student status and may make use of the University’s excellent physical facilities when they wish.
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The university has moved to home teaching and working following official COVID-19 guidance from the Scottish Government. Our staff will continue to process applications and respond to enquiries about your course during this time.
Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Graduate Apprenticeship team and they'll do their best to help.
Have an employee who would like to take this course? Contact the Graduate Apprenticeship team for further information.
Are you an individual who is not currently employed, but you're still interested in this Graduate Apprenticeship?