Since its introduction at the start of the last academic year, 19 students enrolled on our Business degrees have already achieved a level 5 certificate in leadership and management from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).
The qualification and package of benefits - from one of the UK’s largest providers of vocational professional management qualifications - is aimed at those in the early stages of their career and final-year university students.
The award has received a lot of positive feedback from its first cohort of students, with many citing that the accreditation has helped them stand out in the graduate job market or will help them when it comes to entering the workplace.
Emily Moore, who finished her undergraduate studies and gained the ILM accreditation this year, said: “It is definitely a worthwhile qualification to have, as the skills I have learned are transferable into any industry that I may well end up working in throughout my career.”
For Harper students, another advantage of the ILM qualification is that it is not necessary to complete any additional assignments or classes. This is because core elements of Harper’s Business degrees have been mapped against the requirements of the Level 5 ILM qualification.
To receive the award, a parchment certificate, and a Digital Credential, students only need to pay a one-off fee of £143. Digital Credentials are electronic badges of achievement that can be added to Social Media accounts as well as email footers.
These Digital Credentials are an up-and-coming way to share qualifications - and are increasingly important in the job market as approximately 20,000 recruitment agencies worldwide search for candidates via their Digital Credentials.
Alongside this, ILM students can access additional learning resources with one year of free student membership to continue their learning around leadership and management.
“Our mutual understanding of the benefits of both academic and vocational qualifications helps our students find successful careers - and as we are a highly vocational university, with a strong track record of placing students in industry, the ILM Accreditation supports and enhances the work the students do while here at Harper Adams,” says Course Manager and Senior Lecturer in Business & Management, Geoff Underwood.
The accreditation also shows commitment to shared values with the awarding bodies, as well as a willingness to strengthen vocational development alongside academic study.
The relationship between the ILM and Harper Adams is set to continue - and grow - as there is the potential for the Level 5 qualification to be offered to other courses and for a Level 6 qualification to be introduced to the University.
To find out more about our accredited business courses ahead of our Open Day on October 9th, 2021 please click here.