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Business Communication for Rural Enterprise

Overview
This programme is part of a graduate and post-graduate suite of courses which aims to develop your conceptual understanding of the principles and processes of communication and change affecting individuals, groups or organisations within the agri-food and rural business sectors, through an active and innovative approach to learning and teaching. You will complete your course at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Loughry Campus, Cookstown. Upon completing the Graduate Certificate in Business Communication for Rural Enterprise, you will have the opportunity to progress onto our Post-Graduate Certificate for Business in Agri-food and Rural Enterprise (BAFRE) course which then leads onto our PG Diploma. Upon the successful completion of the PG Diploma you can then progress onto the BAFRE Masters programme. All courses are delivered at CAFRE, Loughry Campus.

Entry requirements

A degree or Higher National Diploma, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, in any discipline.

Applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements will be required to demonstrate relevant experience in the rural, agricultural or food sector. They must also hold GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above. A reference from a current employer will be required.

Applicants undertaking the final year of their undergraduate degree will be considered for part0time only.

International Students
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

English language requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
• Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
• Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Duration

1 year part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Introduction
Our graduates have obtained a wide range of employment positions, including personnel managers, teachers/trainers, consultants, development officers, managers within the food and retail sectors, or developing their own business ideas. Employers of our graduates include the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) along with NI’s largest food retail and manufacturers companies. Indeed, staff from these organisations often use the programme’s part-time route as part of their own career development plan.

Further enquiries

Dr Finbarr Daly
Loughry Campus College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)
Email: finbarr.daly@daera.gov.uk

Subjects taught

Course Details
• Business Communication
• Information Communication and Learning Technology
• Personal Communication

Assessment method

Assessment & Feedback
Graduate Certificate students will be assessed by assignments, projects, work-related competence profiles and presentations.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply. See application weblink below.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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