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Your guide to courses and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities at Staffordshire University. Call 0800 169 2148 or email


“In a globally competitive economy, developing skills that lead to innovation and creativity is increasingly important for you and your organisation. Our flexible and responsive approach to delivering training means that you can immediately apply the learning and your new found knowledge to your role - making an impact along the way. Staffordshire University For Business takes a consultative approach to understanding your requirements, working with and supporting you. In partnership we can create learning solutions, courses and programmes to develop specific skills that enable you achieve the results you want.�

INTRODUCTION Staffordshire University has a long and proud history of providing high quality, progressive and inclusive higher education for people in both the UK and internationally. We have 17,000 students studying in the UK either on campus or in the work place and an additional 5,000 students studying our awards through partners internationally. For many years we have worked with employers to ensure that their workforce forms part of their competitive advantage through access to the most up to date thinking, delivered in a relevant and timely way. This is achieved by close long term partnerships with employers. Our adaptive and flexible approach means we have developed a blue chip portfolio across many sectors and clients. The University has in place a comprehensive Quality Assurance system that ensures that the quality of its services and awards are monitored and managed in line with Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). A range of specialist courses have been selected across a variety of disciplines relevant to your business and its employees and are presented in this brochure, along with a range of further information to inform and support your decision making process. Additional courses, testimonials, campus and facility information can be found online at

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The University has a proud heritage of delivering inspiring, vocationally led education for 100 years at the heart of a county renowned for its legacy of pioneering and creative industrialists. The university has evolved into the modern, forward thinking organisation it is today and remains a constant source of creative, technological and scientific knowledge and skills for the future prosperity of the region.

Our Business School has provided high calibre business, management, accounting, tourism and events education for over thirty years. Our Centre for Applied Business Research (CABR) provides a wide range of expertise and knowledge transfer to private and public sector clients.

4 3 BIG BRAND PARTNERS We have close links with national and international brands including Hewlett Packard, CISCO, GE, Alstom, Stoke City Football Club, Britvic, BT, The British Ceramic Industry, Serco, Veolia and the RAF.


EXCITING, RELEVANT & INSPIRING COURSES Our courses span a range of specialisms including Aeronautical, Automotive, Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering, Business, Management, Marketing, I.T., Computing and Design. Our lecturers have relevant, up-to-date experience so they know what you’ll need to succeed.

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We have the facilities to further your future. We have recently opened our new £30m Science Centre and The School of Engineering is benefiting from part of the £10m investment by the University in its Engineering laboratories on the Stoke campus. Our laboratories and technology centres are equipped with state-of-the-art software and hardware, which reflect the latest developments in industry.

The courses available to work-based learners offer you flexible ways to study – enabling you to balance, work, life and family commitments. Day release, shortcourses, distance learning, fast-track degrees, “top-ups” and part-time study options are just some of the ways you can choose to study depending on your course.

7 SUPPORTING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE Our Institute for the Environment, Sustainability and Regeneration (ISER) conducts research and provides consultancy advice across a range of related areas including biodiversity, integrated pollution prevention and control, low carbon initiatives and energy innovation.

9 RESEARCH EXCELLENCE Study with us and you will learn from tutors with a reputation for research. Our research includes a £7.3m project that will help establish the University as a centre of excellence in biomass and renewable energy. Our Applied Research Centres (ARCs) within the Schools of Computing and Engineering provide thematic leadership in research direction and management across a range of projects and have been recognised as both nationally and internationally as “excellent” by the Government’s independent Research Assessment Exercise.

8 SHARING KNOWLEDGE We collaborate, and undertake commissions on a wide range of research areas. As an example, as part of the Renewable Energies Transfer System (RETS) project, Staffordshire University is one of 12 organisations from 9 countries working to develop knowledge and insight to improve the wider understanding and competencies of local and regional policy makers in renewable energy systems.

10 ONE OF THE TOP 20 GREENEST UNIVERSITIES IN THE UK Staffordshire University was ranked 16 out of 143 institutions within the People and Planet Green League 2013 published in the Guardian for its continued commitment to renewal energy, waste reduction and sustainable food agenda.

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ACCREDITATION We recognise the value of the partnerships and accreditations that many of our courses have, some of which include: Institute of Leadership and management (ILM)

Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)

Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Institute of Professional Development (CIPD)

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS)

The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)


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PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Here at Staffordshire University we recognise the role of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in the workplace to ensure employers can offer effective training for their teams, and for employees it provides career development opportunities and a chance to strengthen knowledge, learn new skills or gain qualifications. Our package of short courses, professional qualifications, Degrees and Postgraduate qualifications allow work-based learners of any entry level, age or industry background to take the next steps when assessing the routes available to them to support lifelong learning. Our teaching staff are recruited from a wide range of disciplines, with academic and industry experience, skills and knowledge to support students every step of the way. Additionally, with access to a range of journals, industry reports, online resources, library access on our Stoke and Stafford campuses and resources to support academic writing, we ensure that we equip students with the tools they need to succeed.

“Studying at Staffordshire University is an experience that I will never forget. As a mature student, I found returning to academia a smooth and painless venture due to the fantastic support from tutors and course leaders. They have given me guidance and advice, not only during my degree but also after graduation.� Jonathan Brenno

BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Applied Statistics

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Campus information



Stoke Campus College Rd Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire ST4 2DE

M6 M5 M1 M4

or Leek Rd Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire ST4 2DF







Stafford Campus Beaconside Stafford Staffordshire ST18 0AD


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Our main campuses in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford are easily accessible by rail, bus and car. In addition to our teaching facilities we also have a range of venues for conferences and corporate training available to hire.


Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2DE

Stafford ST18 0AD


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There are a number of different types of courses and qualifications offered at Staffordshire University beyond a traditional degree. Opposite is a brief description to help you understand more about the levels of study and variations between them, but its first worth exploring how the courses are defined.

“I have found the course tremendously useful and enjoyable, so much so that I am thinking about studying the postgraduate course next academic year. I hugely recommend it to anyone interested in or currently in a marketing role.” Anna Woolliscroft Plus UK Ltd.


CREDITS AND THE LEVELS OF STUDY AVAILABLE Within Higher Education the terms “credit” and “level” refer to the way in which courses are structured. Credit’s are awarded after successfully completing a block of learning, which may be a module, a unit, or a qualification. One credit requires you to undertake 10 hours of learning – this can combine classroom based study, selfstudy, group work, research etc. Many institutions operate credit accumulation and transfer schemes (CATS). This allows you to build up a qualification from smaller modules or units, to break off and return to your studies, or to have your learning recognised and if your work or home life requires, you may wish to transfer the credits to a different institution. In its simplest form, you accumulate credit through continued study of a particular subject. As your knowledge grows and you complete modules/units or qualifications you can use them to progress through to higher levels. Further guidance on this can be found on the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) website, and on the Learning Journey Planner on page 12.

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THE DIFFERENT COURSE TYPES WE OFFER INCLUDE: Foundation Degrees: If you are trying to find your way into Higher Education, a Foundation Degree can offer the first step before progressing onto an honours degree. They often combine academic study with work-based learning.

Professional short courses: Some of these courses are accredited by professional bodies, others by the University. These courses provide a good introduction to new areas of skill development.

HND: High National Diplomas (HNDs) can range in duration and are often at level 5 and a progression from a Higher National Certificate (HNC). If you already have a HND, we offer a range of courses that allow you to “top-up” to a full honours degree in as little as 12 months.

CPD: Continuing Professional Development refers to your commitment to maintain and improve your knowledge, skills and competencies to further your professional development. This can be achieved through any of the routes outlined above, in addition to self-guided study. It is the continuous process of learning, enabling you to keep in touch with developments in your field.

Diploma: There are 2 different types of Diploma that we offer. A University Diploma is available at level 5 and an Advanced University Diploma is at level 6. Credits from these courses may be used to progress further onto higher level courses. Undergraduate Degrees - BEng/BSc/BA(Hons): These are traditional undergraduate degrees offered full-time (usually 3 years), part-time (up to six years) and some are available through our partner colleges. Fast-track: There are a range of two-year “fasttrack” undergraduate degree courses available, allowing you to condense your study into a shorter period of time.

BA, BSc, BEng, MBA, MEng, MSc, MA: BA/MA – this is an Arts based Bachelor’s degree/Masters degree. BSc/MSc – this is a Science or Technology based Bachelor’s degree /Masters degree. BEng/MEng – this is an Engineering based Bachelor’s degree /Masters degree. LLB is a Bachelor’s level qualification but refers to those courses specifically related to law. MBA – Masters in Business Administration.

Masters Degrees/Postgraduate study – MBA/ MSc/MEng/MA: These are offered as full-time, part-time and through distance learning to take your graduate level study to the highest level.

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Level 2

Level 3

BTEC Introductory

BTEC First Diploma

National Diploma

14 - 19 Diploma Foundation

14 - 19 Diploma Higher

14 - 19 Diploma Advanced



A Level A2 / AS

Vocational Diploma Level 1

Vocational Diploma Level 2

Vocational Diploma Level 3




Pre Apprenticeship


Advanced Apprenticeship

GNVQ Foundation

GNVQ Intermediate

Access to HE (19 years +)

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Identifying relevant courses based on your highest qualification can provide a good starting point to finding out more about the options available to you, unless you are changing direction, career, or learning a new skill. Considering your current role, skills, experience and where you want to progress to can also help inform your decision. The time you have available to study is also an important factor.

Level 4

Higher National Certificate

The Learning Journey Planner (below) builds on the information given in the previous section to identify the correct level for you to start from. The information on the following pages of this brochure provides more detail about the courses we offer. Our For Business team are always happy to help if you are unsure on where to start.

Level 5

Level 6

Level 7

Level 8

Higher National Diploma

BA/BSc/BEng/BEd(Hons) Degree HE Certificate

HE Diploma

Foundation Degree Certificate

Foundation Degree



MA/MSc/MBA/MEng Postgraduate

PhD/DPhil Doctorate

Higher Apprenticeship

Continuing Professional Development

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We have experience of developing qualifications, delivering training and learning programmes across the public and private sectors internationally. We understand that working and studying can be both rewarding and challenging – that’s why we offer a package of support available for you to access for the duration of your studies. This includes: •

Award leader and personal tutor - The tutor’s primary purpose is to help you succeed in your programme of study; secondly to be the first point of contact for academic and personal support and thirdly to help access the University resources you may need.

Learning resources, industry insights and reports - As a registered student of Staffordshire University you will be assigned your own e-mail account which you can use for the duration of your studies. This will also open up access through the University’s comprehensive website to the extensive on-line library facilities and educational support. The online library service provides resources which include business databases, eBooks, eResources and Ebrary. These sources of information in addition to our traditional libraries can be used to provide valuable insights to support your assignments and develop your knowledge.

• Study space and I.T. - We have a number of study spaces within our libraries whether you need time to focus or work as a group. There is also access to a range of computers, printers and scanners. • Careers Library – Our Careers team are able to support you with a range of Careers related advice and guidance. • Money Doctors – the team based within the Students’ Union offer advice and guidance on a range of finance matters from financing your study, to sources of funding and budgeting.

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BUSINESS SCHOOL Leadership and Management courses


Human Resources and CIPD courses


Sales and Marketing courses


SCHOOL OF COMPUTING Computing and I.T courses


SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING Engineering courses 25-27


Distance Learning courses



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BUSINESS SCHOOL Whether your interests lie in the dynamic field of change management, you’re fascinated by the intricacies of managing and developing people, you’d like to better understand business finance, or you want to explore the world of marketing, you’ll find that our range of courses span every facet of modern business.

The Business School at Staffordshire University has built its reputation by constantly adapting to the fast-paced business environment. Working with students and employers, we have recently redesigned our courses, to ensure they reflect best practice and inform, enhance and promote the development of all our students. We also constantly look to offer inspiring new ways of learning. We led the field by introducing two-year Fast-track degrees for students who wanted to graduate sooner – and we have recently increased the number of subjects that can be taken by Fast-track study. Over the following pages, you can read more about the Business School courses. If you would like to know more about our facilities, please visit:

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The suite of CPD activities are designed to work closely with businesses and academic faculties within the University to develop bespoke learning programmes that will encourage the acquisition of knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to both you and your employer, that can be transferred to the workplace to provide a positive change in an individual’s performance.

Introduction to Leadership

This is an interactive one day workshop introducing you to the theories of leadership and management and the differences between the two, demonstrating when to operate as leader and manager and how to apply the learning back in the workplace.

Duration: One day Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University Fee: £200

This course is offered at Level 5, and is a non-accredited option (or can be part of the University Diploma).

Start date: Available on request

Managing Teams Duration: One day Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University

This interactive workshop explores what we mean by teamwork and how groups become teams. It explores behaviours that cause difficulties and how you as a Manager can make teams more effective. This course is offered at Level 5 and is a non-accredited option (or can be part of the University Diploma).

Fee: £200 Start date: Available on request

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BUSINESS SCHOOL Human Resources Duration: One day Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University Fee: £200


This highly interactive workshop looks innovatively at the role of the Manager using Human Resources and the difference between recruitment and selection in line with employment law. It explores induction and the fundamentals of performance management. This course is offered at Level 5 and is a non-accredited option (or can be part of the University Diploma).

Start date: Available on request

Leading Change Duration: One day Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University

This interactive workshop covers the principles of leading and managing change looking at both models for change and the personalities involved. This course is offered at Level 5 and is a non-accredited option (or can be part of the University Diploma).

Fee: £200 Start date: Available on request

Change Management Duration: One day Venue: Creative Communities Unit (CCU), Stoke campus, Staffordshire University

The only certainty is that change will happen, but it can be an unsettling process for all involved. This Masterclass will introduce a range of tools and models that are valuable when managing change for communities. Attendees are awarded a non-accredited attendance certificate for CPD.

Fee: £95.00 Start date: Available on request

Coaching Approach to Developing Others Duration: One day Venue: Creative Communities Unit (CCU), Stoke campus, Staffordshire University

This Masterclass covers both theoretical and practical models and tools for coaching or mentoring people’s development either in a managerial or nonmanagerial capacity, inside or outside of their own organisation. This is a non-accredited course but all attendees are awarded an attendance certificate for CPD with an option to extend to 1:1 in Business.

Fee: £95.00 Start date: Available on request

ILM Certificate in Leadership and Management

A more in depth programme for supervisors and those new to management this course covers all aspects of management with practical work based activities and a nationally recognised certificate from ILM.

Duration: 12 half day workshops over a six month period

Level 3 - 14 credits

Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University Fee: £995 plus £105 ILM registration Start date: October


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BUSINESS SCHOOL Business Management Higher National Certificate (HNC) Duration: 12 months (Mondays) Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University


This part-time course offers a broad business education leading to a nationally recognised qualification valued by employers. It includes the following modules: Understanding People and Processes, Financial and Legal Aspects of Business, Business Economics, Employability, IT and Reasoning Techniques. Level 4 - 120 credits

Fee: £3,000 Start date: September

Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Foundation Degree)

This Foundation Degree is a part-time qualification developed with feedback from CILT and Skills for Logistics, to focus on essential logistics planning and management skills within an international transport arena. The course is ideal for people progressing from an operative role into first line or middle management.

Duration: 2 years part-time

Level 4/5 - 240 credits

Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University Fee: £2,400 per year Start date: September

University Diploma in Leadership and Management Duration: 8 months (one day per month) Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University

The Diploma is endorsed by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and has been designed to meet the changing workplace demands for aspiring or middle managers and is aimed at those with no previous leadership qualifications who would like an opportunity to Graduate. Level 5 – 60 credits

Fee: £850 Start dates: September, February

I-Leader, Advanced University Diploma in Leadership and Management Duration: 10 months (three blocks of two-three days) Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University

This newly structured Advanced Diploma course is designed specifically for middle and senior managers to deliver organisational change through developing theoretical aspects of leadership and management. Attendees are supported in developing the skills needed for them to become high-performing managers, who are able to apply tools and techniques to support staff and deal with the multiple and varying demands of their role. Level 6 – 60 Credits

Fee: £1,200 Start date: Available on request

Advanced University Diploma in Project Management Duration: 10 months Venue: Stoke campus

This specialist diploma is delivered as a series of monthly workshops covering both the whole Project Lifecycle and Financial Management skills required to run complex projects in business. It covers stakeholder and risk management on work based projects and comes with a graduation ceremony. Level 6

Fee: £1,200 Start date: Available on request

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BUSINESS SCHOOL The Staffordshire MBA Duration: 3 years part-time Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University (third year negotiable) Fee: Year 1: £2,630, Year 2: £2,000, Year 3: £2,200


This Masters level course attracts graduate calibre middle to senior managers from a variety of commercial and industrial organisations. Attendees experience a challenging and stimulating course in general management, with an international perspective, as a stepping off point for the next stage of their career development. Level 7 – 180 credits

Start date: Available on request

Foundation Degree in Professional Selling Duration: 2 years (attendance is on a fortnightly basis)

This course is one of its kind in the UK for those who have experience and want to formalise their learning, or are interested in developing into sales management over time (Specific shorter modules are available) Level 4/5 - 240 credits (Option to top up to full degree at Level 6, Business Management).

Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University Fee: Year 1 £2,900 Year 2 £2,900 Start date: Available on request

In-company Master classes for Managers Duration: ½ day Venue: These can be delivered in-company or at one of our campuses for a group of 6 or more Fee: From £500 per half day, dependant on level and complexity required

Effective Negotiation Skills This workshop presents key principles, tools and models of negotiations and persuasion, including Cialdini’s Six Laws of Persuasion and Berrien’s Persuasion Tools Model. We then put these into practice with some group exercises with a detailed debrief to show what happens during a negotiation and how we influence it to gain a positive outcome. Making High Impact Presentations Making presentations terrifies many people. In this workshop we will look at how you can present with confidence. We’ll look at key points to cover in planning, how to get the best from the tools available and what we can learn from good presenters. The session will be interactive. Building a High Performing team What takes a team to the next level? This workshop will examine the way in which groups become teams, what defines a team and what we mean by ‘high performance’. It will look at the bonds within teams, shared goals, goal-setting and balancing skills and personalities. Introduction to Emotional Intelligence What is emotional intelligence? This workshop examines Golemans 5 EQ traits, and how a better understanding of them can make you a better leader. We will look at the Johari Window and the rise of reflective practice. Principles of Motivation How can we motivate people? Where does motivation come from? We will examine theories of motivation and relate them to our work-place experiences. Classic psychological work from Maslow, Herzberg, Vroom and others will be applied to real situations to give participants an insight into the motivating factors of their teams. Understanding the Business Environment How can we understand the broader environment within which our business operates? This workshop introduces some of the classic tools for analysing the business environment and goes deeper into their use and power. SWOT, PESTLE, Porters 5 Forces and others will be examined and interactively explored to bring them alive.


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The following courses are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Certificate in HR Practice CIPD Duration: 10 months

This course offers a basic introduction to HR practice for those who are working in, are interested in, or seeking a career in Human Resource Management. It covers a range of traditional and contemporary people management activities and theories.

Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University Fee: £1,000

Level 3

Start date: September

Post Graduate Diploma in HRM/HRD Venue: Stoke campus (Wednesday afternoons)

The Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management/Human Resource Development has been designed by the CIPD to enable those seeking a career in people management to meet the high standards expected of a professional HRM Manager. Students will study modules that are relevant to their work and be assessed in an appropriate way. On completion, attendees achieve both a University award and a CIPD qualification.

Fee: Year 1: £2,425, Year 2: £2,100

Level 7 -120 credits

Duration: 2 years part-time

Start date: September

MA Strategic Human Resource Management (Top-up from PGDip) Venue: Distance Learning

This Masters level award is a ‘top-up’ qualification from the PG Diploma in HRM offered with tutor support, self-study and applied research so you can study via distance learning. Centred on an agreed specialist topic of interest the accepted body of knowledge related to HRM can then be applied for business benefit and future development. You must have successfully completed the PG Diploma in HRM/HRD (or equivalent) to complete this course.

Fee: £2,200

Level 7 - 60 credits

Duration: 12 months

Start date: September (other entry points may be available)

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The following courses are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Professional Certificate in Marketing (CIM)

This course offers a practical insight for those working in supporting marketing roles who would like an industry recognised qualification, or is equally suited to Managers who would like to develop their skills.

Duration: 1 – 2 years part-time (evenings 6 – 9pm)

Level 3

Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University Fee: £750 Start date: September

Professional Diploma in Marketing (CIM) Duration: 1 – 2 years part-time Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University

This industry recognised qualification is ideal for marketers who are concerned with managing the marketing process at an operational level. It is also suitable for those who are looking to progress and build on the knowledge gained at the earlier Professional Certificate level that have a future marketing management role in mind. Level 6

Fee: £800 Start date: September

Professional Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) in Marketing (CIM) Duration: 1 – 2 years part time Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University

The course aims to enable marketers to champion the customer experience and exert influence on the organisation to adopt customer orientation, contribute to its competitive strategy and align marketing activities to the customer journey. Entry level is dependent upon the currency and relevance of your qualifications and experience. Level 7

Fee: £950 Start date: September

CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing Duration: Up to 12 months part-time Venue: Stoke campus or Distance Learning

This Communication, Advertising, Marketing Foundation (CAM) qualification provides the essential knowledge and skills in Managing Social Media and how to plan, implement and monitor effective digital marketing campaigns and contribute to operational marketing plans. Level 3 - 40 credits

Fee: £TBC Start date: January


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SCHOOL OF COMPUTING We have a reputation within the computing industry sector for creating graduates with the technical skills, creative abilities and vision to succeed in what is one of the most fascinating and varied career sectors.

Our full range of courses include: Enterprise and Information Systems, Networks, Cybercrime and Embedded Systems Programming, Software Engineering and Mobile Systems, Web, Multimedia and Interactive systems. Over the following pages, you can read more about just some of the courses within the School of Computing. If you would like to know more about our facilities and courses, please visit:

COMPUTING AND I.T. COURSES Web Development Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) Duration: 2 years part-time, fast-track Venue: Lichfield campus, Staffordshire University

In choosing this internet development award you will learn about web architecture, standards and conventions, the computer science and software engineering behind the website and related web systems and technologies. You will study the areas of computer science, web design, programming, media and enterprise. Level 4/5 (Top up to BSc Awards in Web Development).

Fee: On application Start date: September

Business Computing part-time BSc(Hons) Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University

On this course you will learn skills in computer-based systems to solve business problems and support business processes. You will use some of the latest computer-based business systems culminating in the final year with a project to bring all learning together. The course is accredited by the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS) and the British Computer Society Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

Fee: On application

Level 4/5/6

Duration: Up to 8 years part-time

Start date: September

Computing Solutions for Business Part-time MSc, Postgraduate Certificate (PgC), Postgraduate Diploma (PgD)

This course is for Computing/IT graduates who would like to extend their studies into the area of applied business computing with a breadth of subjects at postgraduate level. Emphasis is placed on theory and practical issues in order that you gain the ability to develop business computing artefacts and implementations.

Duration: 2 – 5 years (four hours per week)

Level 7

Venue: Stafford campus, Staffordshire University Fee: On application Start date: September, January

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Computer Games Design BSc(Hons)

This computing course provides a balanced mix of graphics design and level production with 3D modelling and computer animation, based on the industry work flow and production pipeline, using the latest software.

Duration: 3 years or 5 years (study pattern) parttime

Level 4/5/6

Venue: Stafford campus, Staffordshire University Fee: On application Start date: September

University Diploma in Applied Computing (UDAC) Duration: 12 weeks up to 48 weeks Venue: Distance Learning/based in the workplace

The award represents a course which allows you to bridge previous academic experience with a part-time course based in the workplace. Applied Information Technology (AIT) Level 5 modules will be used as well as the Learn through Work resources. Level 5 - 60 credits

Fee: £35 per credit Start date: September, January (open evenings available August, September)

Applied Computing Distance Learning BSc(Hons) Duration: 2 – 8 years part-time Venue: Distance Learning/based in the workplace

The course is ideal for those already working in an information technology environment, ideal if you are looking for a training scheme as part of your personal development. Access to materials is via the module web page and via a prescribed set of tutorial activity to be done in the student’s own environment. Level 4/5/6 - 300 credits

Fee: £30 per credit Start date: September, January

“In a global market such as ours we want our people to be innovative, to be creative and to come up with their own solutions. That’s why we invested in developing and designing the Principles of Management programme.” David Kirby Learning and Development Manager Alstom


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SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING We offer a wide range of accredited degrees that set new standards in engineering education and provide pathways towards Chartered Engineer status or Incorporated Engineer status.

Exciting, relevant and inspiring, our awards span the fields of Aeronautical, Automotive, Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering, as well as Mechatronics, Motorsport, Product Design and Telecommunications. We also offer a degree in Mathematics and Statistics. These Degree courses offer modules that are available at all levels 4/5/6 and are usually delivered part-time as day release. Local manufacturers such as JCB, Rolls Royce and Alstom continue to send students to study our Engineering Honours Degrees. All of our Engineering degrees listed are available part-time. If you would like to know more about the School of Engineering, find out more about our facilities and courses, please visit:

ENGINEERING COURSES Automotive Engineering BEng(Hons) Duration: Up to 7 years part-time Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University

During the first level you apply mechanical engineering principals to automotive applications, allowing the development of skills that enable you to analyse complex automotive systems. At Level 6 you complete a major project along with specialist modules dealing with engine design, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA). Level 4/5/6 - 300(360)credits

Fee: £45 per credit Start date: September

Electrical Engineering BEng(Hons) (accredited by the Engineering Council) Duration: Up to 7 years part-time

This award is designed to develop skills for industries whose function relates to the operation and design of power systems, power electronic systems, energy utilisation and applications. It is for companies involved with the manufacture or operation of associated electrical power plant and provides you with a choice of pathways ranging from a broad route in electrical engineering to more specialist knowledge in power systems engineering.

Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University

Level 4/5/6 - 300(360) credits

Fee: £45 per credit Start date: September

Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons) Duration: Up to 7 years part-time Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University

This course focuses on key engineering skills and gaining expert knowledge in areas such as mechanical design, analysis and modelling. We provide you with a range of personal, technological and transferable skills, including problem solving and critical thinking. You are normally required to attend one day per week. Level 4/5/6 - 300(360)credits

Fee: £45 per credit Start date: September

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SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING Mechatronics BEng(Hons) Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)


Duration: Up to 7 years part-time

Initially this course helps you develop the skills and techniques used by all engineers and then looks at working across boundaries in electronic, mechanical and control systems. You can tailor your award towards a mechanical or electronic pathway. Level 6 includes a major specialised engineering work place project which can reduce the time that you need to spend in the classroom as well as reduce the length of study.

Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University

Level 4/5/6 - 300(360) credits

Fee: £45 per credit Start date: September

Electronic Engineering BEng(Hons) Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University

This course in electronic engineering encompasses the design and application of electronic devices, circuits and systems, signal processing and communications. Electronic engineering requires the understanding and application of sophisticated principles, techniques and technologies. You will understand the underlying principles and be able to apply them through part time attendance one day per week.

Fee: £45 per credit

Level 4/5/6 - 300(360) credits

Duration: Up to 7 years

Start date: September

Top Up from HNC to Foundation Degree/BSc (Hons) in:

Mechanical Technology Electrical and Electronic Technology Manufacturing Technology

If you have a HNC you may wish to top-up to a Foundation Degree at a college, or a BSc Honours degree taught at Staffordshire University. You can choose the route you want to take and may be able to gain credit for other prior learning. Level 5/6

Duration: 2 or 3 years part-time Venue: Stoke or Stafford campus Fee: £45 per credit Start date: September

POSTGRADUATE (MASTERS LEVEL) ENGINEERING COURSES - PART-TIME MSc Programmes are delivered for work-based learners who wish to continue study and application using the facilities at the University as a flexible learning programme. Formal induction and seminar days often occur to start your course schedule. Staffordshire University is able to produce such courses due to the long history of research in this field with the support of the companies such as National Grid and Alstom.

Advanced Technology MSc, Postgraduate Certificate (PgC), Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) Duration: 2 – 5 years part-time

The Advanced Technology course has been designed to allow you to study a range of engineering and technology subjects at postgraduate level with flexible options based in your place of work. This course provides an opportunity for you to earn a Masters degree by studying a number of prescribed subtitles of MSc Advanced Technology:

Fee: £40 per credit

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Start date: September onwards

Level 5/6 - 240 credits

Venue: Stoke campus or Distance Learning


Mechanical Engineering Electronic Engineering Electrical Engineering Technology Management

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Energy Technology Design Technology Sports Technology Digital Media Technology

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SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING Automotive/Autosport Engineering MSc, Postgraduate Certificate (PgC), Postgraduate Diploma (PgD)

This course in Autosport Engineering covers the latest state of-the-art computer based analysis and design techniques used in the automotive industry. The course has been developed in conjunction with the Automotive Industry and will provide you with an in-depth insight into the key technological areas that are driving automotive engineering design.

Duration: 24 – 32 months in industry

Level 7

Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University Fee: £4,320 Start date: September or January

Electrical Engineering MSc Postgraduate Certificate (PgC), Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) Duration: 24 – 32 months in industry Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University

The advent of the Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) resulting from the application of power electronics to power systems is revolutionising the electrical power supply industry and there is a need for engineers skilled in Power Electronics and Power systems. This course is designed to fill this requirement and is not offered by other higher education institutions in UK. Level 7

Fee: £4,320 Start date: September or January

Electronic Engineering MSc

Fee: £4,320

The course provides coherent and up to date coverage of Electronic Engineering with modules in Microelectronic Systems, VLSI, Digital Signal Processing, Research Methods, Embedded Systems, Analogue and Digital Electronics and Telecommunications. The approach spans specification and design to realisation, with particular emphasis on the application of industry standard CAD tools and DSP devices to develop solutions to practical engineering problems.

Start date: September or January

Level 7

Aeronautical Engineering MSc

This new innovative Masters degree covers a broad range of areas including fixed wing and rotary aircraft, subsonic and supersonic flight regimes, aircraft propulsion systems, aircraft control systems and materials. As well as taking part in taught classes, our extensive laboratories contain industry standard design and analysis software, including Pro Engineer, Phoenix CFD and ANSYS FEA.

Duration: 24 – 32 months in industry Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University

Duration: 1 year or 18 months with industrial placement Venue: Stoke campus, Staffordshire University Fee: £4,320

Level 7

Start date: September

Mechanical Engineering MPhil/ PHD Duration: Part-time study will vary according to circumstances, and the rules set out in the University Regulations.

The Faculty of Computing, Engineering & Technology at Staffordshire University offers a variety of Postgraduate Research Awards – PhD and MPhil. PhD and MPhil awards may be studied in part-time mode. Current PhD Projects in Engineering and Technology: Medical Engineering, Biomechanics and Rapid Prototyping.

Venue: Work based with Supervision Fee: On application Start date: various

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Through Online Distance Learning, we offer a wide range of cutting-edge courses and highly flexible study options to provide you with the skills to further enhance your career prospects and demonstrate real expertise in your chosen field.

Whether you are considering undergraduate study, wish to confirm your credentials through postgraduate taught courses or research opportunities, or would like to demonstrate your ongoing professional competence through Continuing Professional Development, our Online Distance Learning courses are designed to help you every step of the way. Online Distance Learning gives you the opportunity to study through a university that you would not be able to attend because of your location, or to fit study around work or other commitments. Instead of attending lectures, you study online, attend ‘virtual’ tutorials and submit your assignments over the Internet. You can be in the same country as the university, or overseas. Providing you have use of a computer with Internet access, you can study from home, your workplace, or almost anywhere you choose. The courses listed here are purely distance learning but all courses have an online element, or are blended to suit the work place.

Undergraduate Framework Award - Computing (Stoke) Duration: 12 weeks per module Fee: on application

This award is designed for those who just wish to study one or more individual computing modules because of a wish to develop in a particular area, through work-based CPD, or as a taster prior to starting a degree. The modules are designed to be stand-alone, and fit the need of a skills update for applicants in the workplace. Level 4, 5 or 6 depending on application

Start date: September

Computer Science (Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MSc) Depending on Modules completed Duration: 21 months

Get your MSc from your workplace. The course can be completed in 21 months, or spread up to 5 years. You can study Survey Design, Statistical Data Analysis, Database Design and Development and Strategic Planning and Systems Development to develop work based applications. Level 7 - up to 180 credits

Fee: £28 per credit. Payment is by instalments based on number of modules studied per year. Start date: September, January and June

Masters Degree by Negotiated Learning - Computing and Engineering Duration: 2 – 3 years part time

This course offers you total choice over the topics you study for your masters award. A major feature is the research and commercial relevance at the edge of current and future technologies. You will follow a learning contract development module, a research methods module then negotiated study, agreed by your supervisor and yourself. Finally at masters stage there is a 60 credit work based dissertation.

Fee: on application

Level 7 - up to 180 credits

Start date: September, January and June


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DISTANCE LEARNING Professional Computing MSc, Postgraduate Certificate (PgC), Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) Duration: Flexible Fee: Certificate £993.75 + £52.50 Registration Fee, Diploma £993.75, Dissertation (MSc) £1,410

This award is innovative in that it combines high level technical training through Learning Tree with academic research and masters level study through the University, whilst continuing with employment. Applicants should have relevant work experience, working in a computing discipline and have completed 4 Learning Tree modules. Level 7 - up to 180 Credits

Start date: September 2014

Professional Engineering MSc, Postgraduate Certificate (PgC), Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) Duration: 2 – 5 years part time Fee: £40 per credit

This is a work-based learning award designed for those who wish to study at their place of work involving collaboration between the University, a Professional Engineering Institution (PEI) and an industrial partner. An excellent feature is the final project designed to correlate with the work you do. Completing this award successfully should demonstrate the requirements for CEng registration. Level 7 - up to 180 Credits

Start date: September, February and April

Certificate in Psychology Fee: £1,320

This is a flexible opportunity to achieve a basic foundation in Psychology and earn the 60 credits of Psychology which is a necessary entry criterion onto subsequent Graduate Diploma Conversion Courses in Psychology. Facilitated by enthusiastic and well qualified staff, the course is delivered entirely by distance learning through a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Start date: September, January

Level 4 - 60 Credits

Duration: 32 weeks

“The courses have helped the force make significant savings. Participants undertake work-based business improvement projects to ensure the organisation receives tangible benefits from the programme.” Diane Anslow Leadership and Development Manager Staffordshire Police

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