Last week, we were at Trentham Gardens attending the Staffordshire University graduation ceremony for our first group of BA hons top up business management students.

13 of our students were there to collect their degree certificates, and we’re very proud to say that eight of them achieved a first class honours.

The degree is designed to help learners to become good decision-makers, problem-solvers, communicators and team-players – all skills which are essential for successful business management and leadership.

Aiding career progression

Despite being our first group with Staffordshire University, the course has already made a huge difference to the lives and career prospects of our students.

Chris Chambers had been out of the education system for more than 20 years, but despite this, he is one of the students who achieved a first class honours – and he has even gained a promotion thanks to his degree.

He said: “I found the learning environment and course format perfect for my needs. The tutorage from ‘real-world’ business leaders means my degree is relevant and delivered in authentic business settings, and as such can immediately be put into practice.”

“Being back in the classroom after many years, the course has allowed me to develop new learning techniques. I have now re-ignited my thirst for personal development. Having secured a promotion as a direct result of the degree programme, I’m looking forward to taking my personal and professional development further with a master's degree in the near future.”

Gaining senior positions

Chris isn’t the only graduate who has furthered his career thanks to his degree. Wallis Siketi has also secured three promotions – two of which being managerial positions – as a result of the skills and knowledge she’s gained from the course.

Speaking of her journey, Wallis said: “I didn't go further with education when I left college as I felt I needed a break from the classroom. I am glad I came back older and more mature as even though it was hard, I have had an amazing three years and met some amazing people. I have learnt so much and have been able to put my new skills and knowledge to practice, leading to me getting three promotions with two of them being managerial roles.”

“The tutors have given us all amazing support and help whenever needed, and they have been a personal inspiration to me! Finishing with a first proved to me that I am capable of accomplishing what I want to do and I am very excited for what the future brings!”

Fellow student Charlotte Vernon also added: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time studying with The Growth Company! Lecturers have been supportive and motivating which has helped me gain a first class honours degree, enabling progression within my career.”

Over to you

Would you like to improve your career prospects, just like Chris, Wallis and Charlotte? Our BA hons top up business management degree is a great way to do just that. If you’d like to find out more information about the course or want to join our next group of learners, get in touch with our team:  

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