Friday 24 June 2011

CIMA qualification time cut with launch of fully sponsored degree

Three female students sitting around a table
Students will work full-time at a company throughout their three-year degree

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The BA (Hons) in Leadership and Finance incorporates a CIMA qualification
This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain a degree and their CIMA qualification seamlessly, whilst working for highly respected employers.
Eileen Roddy, Head of Partnerships and Registrations, Education Directorate at CIMA

Nottingham Business School has launched a fully sponsored degree programme with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), which offers students the chance to work full-time within a company, receive an entry level salary and have the cost of their tuition fees covered by the employer.

The new BA (Hons) in Management and Finance incorporating CIMA will also significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to gain a full CIMA qualification, as the programme is available for companies to offer the sponsored degree and a professional qualification at the same time.

Throughout their degree, students will work full-time in a finance related role. In addition to work based learning, tuition will be delivered by Nottingham Business School, part of Nottingham Trent University, through a number of intensive study weeks, along with tutor visits and online support.

Nottingham Business School is currently in discussion with companies interested in the programme, which can be run in cooperation with any organisation that currently has an established placement or graduate scheme related to the financial services sector. As well as benefiting from the students' role within the business, the company will also have the opportunity to select modules relating to their sector.

In addition, Nottingham Business School has launched a BA (Hons) in Management and Leadership option, which will be launched in autumn 2011 with 15 students joining Experian, the global financial services firm.

Dean of Nottingham Business School, Professor Baback Yazdani, said: "These new degrees are not only great for students who will be in a good financial position and will hit the ground running when they graduate, but also for businesses who are interested in talent attraction and developing their graduate level workforce. Once again Nottingham Business School leads the way in collaborating with business, developing and delivering programmes that produce world-class professionals and which have an immediate impact on industry across Europe and beyond. This is a great ticket for global success."

Eileen Roddy, Head of Partnerships and Registrations, Education Directorate at CIMA, said: "This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain a degree and their CIMA qualification seamlessly, whilst working for highly respected employers with whom they will experience the challenge of the workplace and be paid a salary; thereby substantially reducing their levels of student debt."

The new programmes build on Nottingham Business School's successful BA (Hons) in Business Management (In-company). This was the first course of its kind when it was launched in 1998 and features a full-time company placement for the second and third years of study at top companies such as Rolls Royce, Toyota, Boots, Proctor and Gamble and Barclays Bank amongst others.

Dr Dawn Albery, Head of Commercial Activities and Executive Education at Nottingham Business School, said: "Working and studying simultaneously allows the students to maximise their learning and develop their employability skills. Graduates will be able to use this degree in all walks of life because it's of interest to any employer who wants work-ready graduates to join their business."

As with traditional degrees, entrance to this programme requires suitable A-level results. Applications will be made directly to the partner company who will work with Nottingham Business School to ensure that applicants meet the usual entry criteria for its degrees, rather than through UCAS.

Further information on sponsored degree options can be found on the Nottingham Business School website.

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