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Chance to study for professional qualifications without quitting work


Full-time workers are being offered a chance to gain recognised and respected professional body qualifications – without having to quit their job.

Qualifications offered by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) can be studied on a part-time basis at University of Derby Corporate (UDC), giving people the chance to build their skills and enhance their career.

And, on Thursday, June 26, from 6.30pm-7.30pm, UDC will be explaining more about these courses at a public open evening in Derby.

Carol Steed, Acting Head of UDC, said: “By completing one of these courses, people can accelerate their career progression by earning an industry-leading professional qualification. Our courses are designed to fit around existing work commitments and the content is delivered by expert tutors who bring their real-world experience in to the classroom.

“Our pass rates are consistently above the national average thanks to our excellent teaching team.”

She added: “At our open evening, visitors will be able to talk to programme leaders about the courses and the impact they will have on their professional development and also learn about the syllabus content, how the sessions are delivered and the support they will be given.”

Courses can be started in September or January.

UDC’s CIM courses have received eight commendations for excellent pass rates in the past 12 months. ACCA and CIMA courses regularly achieve pass rates above the national average, and CIPS has assessed UDC as a Centre of Excellence.

One woman who successfully completed a CIM Diploma has talked about how she has benefitted.

Lynsey Buxton, Client Relationship Manager at Interfleet Technology Ltd at Pride Park, Derby, said: “Undertaking the CIM Diploma has given me the opportunity to apply theory in practice and has helped to broaden and develop my skills and understanding of the organisation as a whole whilst enhancing my career prospects in sales and marketing.

“Attending this course at UDC has given me exposure to other professionals that share similar problems, and I feel discussing these subjects as a group has been a great help as part of the learning process.”

The open evening will include a short welcome presentation followed by a whistle-stop tour of the state-of-the-art Enterprise Centre where classes would take place. Tutors will be on-hand to talk about the learning opportunities open to busy professionals and will be available to answer any course queries directly.


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