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ABE Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management for Social Enterprise (QCF)

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  • Level: 7 (Equivalent to Postgraduate)
  • Ofqual Number: 600/5032/9
  • Type: QCF
  • Guided Learning Hours: 240
  • Credit Value: 60

Benefits of the Qualification

The primary benefits of achieving this qualification is that learners will be able to

  • Develop the skills needed to set up and develop in a social enterprise organisation
  • Provide a global yet local sustainable focus that is appropriate for current or aspiring senior managers/directors in organisations that are “Social” in strategy and operation
  • Be accepted for and perform, supervisory/junior management roles in the social enterprise sector
  • Progress to, and credit against the standards of master degree programmes in higher education institutions

Key Points

  • Ofqual regulated (a UK government department with responsibility for regulating qualifications) meaning the qualification has been externally assessed and recognised as meeting the required academic standard for British Level 7 qualifications (postgraduate level)
  • Social Entrepreneurship is a growing movement
  • The social enterprise units offer the knowledge and understanding of the structures, attitudes, behaviours and methodology within the social enterprise sector, while also allowing the drivers of the business to develop the crucial business development skills within this context
  • Developed by experienced academics and professionals to reflect the latest occupational standards
  • Global strategic management perspective
  • A broad range of Social Enterprise learning outcomes from being able to operationally manage a social enterprise to understanding the marketing communications of social values, aims and purpose (see overleaf for further information)
  • Opportunities for centres to develop creative partnerships with local employers

Qualification Objective

The qualification is intended to develop the skills, knowledge and capability of aspiring social entrepreneurs to run their social enterprises effectively so it could be marketed to either NGOs or to third sector organisations. It also has appeal to individuals studying at postgraduate level who have entrepreneurial intentions but want to locate them in the social enterprise context.

This qualification includes the full range of strategic skills and knowledge that are important for social enterprises as thriving businesses. The end result is a series of units that reflect a range of specialist training and development needs for social entrepreneurs.

Qualification Specification

Unit Summary

Qualification Information Sheets

Sample Assessment

Strategic Enterprise Management

  • Understand the success factors in the strategic management of enterprise development
  • Understand governance and relationship management
  • Be able to effectively utilise the enterprise planning process
  • Be able to apply analytic techniques in the development of the enterprise

Applied Financial Management for Enterprise

  • Be able to operate standard accounting practice within an enterprise start-up and operational context
  • Be able to develop financial systems within an enterprise start-up and operational context
  • Be able to analyse financial data for managerial decision making
  • Be able to exercise financial management within an enterprise start-up and operational context
  • Understand the role and importance of financial data for effective enterprise intelligence and performance analysis

Social Enterprise Management

  • Understand the strategic management of a social enterprise
  • Be able to develop a strategic plan for a social enterprise
  • Be able to operationally manage a social enterprise
  • Be able to measure and manage social enterprise performance
  • Be able to manage key stakeholder relationships

Applied Marketing for Social Enterprise

  • Understand product and service development for a social enterprise
  • Understand the marketing communications of social values, aims and purpose
  • Be able to establish social marketing strategies and action plans
  • Be able to manage social marketing stakeholders

ABP approved centres will receive additional support materials free of charge including;

  • Detailed content of each unit
  • Reading Lists
  • Tutor support materials including sample assignment briefs complete with guidance for model answers

Colleges are NOT bound to follow these materials and are able to either develop or purchase further resources from independent suppliers

The style of assessment encouraged by ABP is internally set by the centre and externally quality assured. This may include analysis of case studies, undertaking research projects or extended essays and presentation of recommendations following a consultative investigation on an organisation.

ABP requires centres to recruit learners that have the potential to achieve the rigorous standards required of the qualification. Furthermore centres must recruit with integrity and consistency to ensure fairness of access & ability to all learners.

This means that centres have to make a professional judgement about the ability of a potential learner to successfully complete the programme of study and achieve the qualification, based on prior academic learning and/or prior relevant work experience.

For example, achievement of a Bachelor (Hons) Degree, equivalent international degrees, UK level 5 or 6 vocational qualifications and/or several years managerial position within an organisation operating within the sector of this qualification, may be considered in the recruitment process for a level 7 qualification. Regarding a level 5 qualification, achievement of a UK level 4 vocational qualification or successful achievement of a first year Bachelor degree course and/or practitioner experience of the technical subject pursued by the qualification, may be considered within the recruitment process.

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