A groundbreaking academic qualification is available from the UK’s leading professional body for those involved in international trade.
Developed in collaboration between the Institute of Export and International Trade and Anglia Ruskin University, the Foundation Degree in Professional Practice of International Trade is a two-year course aimed at those looking to develop their career and pursue further academic qualifications.
The course has successfully seen a high number of students participating since launch at the end of 2011 at a time of major change in the UK’s higher education system, with a Government White Paper calling for greater involvement from outside bodies in providing university qualifications and business groups growing increasingly concerned that courses are failing to teach relevant business skills.
Lesley Batchelor, Director General of the Institute of Export and International Trade, said: “In a rapidly changing global economy, we face a skills crisis as businesses find staff increasingly lacking the practical knowledge needed in international trade. This foundation degree is designed to equip graduates for real-life situations, with assignments and tutors focused on the situations faced every day in the workplace.
“The course enables flexible learning at a pace appropriate to each individual, while ensuring graduates are equipped to tackle the challenges of modern business and equally ensure their careers develop as fully as possible.”
Designed to fit around full-time employment, the course underpins current industry knowledge with academic theory and skills and is taught through a mixture of online tutorials, podcasts and work-based assignments. It is intended to bridge the gap between the Institute’s NVQ qualification range and degree courses – offering significant benefits to both employees and employers.
Chairman of the Rail Freight Group, Lord Berkeley, said: “Britain’s future is as a trading nation, with a thriving export sector and businesses with global connections. This qualification offers students a potent combination of expertise built up by those on the front-line of international trade with the academic rigor of a university course – something I am sure many others will seek to replicate in different fields.”
Tony Howard, Head of Higher Skills @ Work at Anglia Ruskin University, said; “These qualifications fit the University's strategic mission to engage closely with employers, professional organisations and practitioners to create programmes that blend academic learning with practical, sector based knowledge.
“Given the sector expertise of the Institute of Export and Anglia Ruskin's experience in delivering work related learning, we hope that in time these awards will define the industry’s learning benchmark”
The course entails two levels, covering a range of modules including marketing, finance, logistics and management and takes two years to complete. A Certificate of Higher Education will be awarded for completion of the first year only. All learning is supported by tutors from Anglia Ruskin University and the Institute of Export.
Available to any individual over 16 who meets the entrance requirements, enrollment is open now.
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