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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.

Learning and Teaching

Learning opportunities available with this course are outlined below:
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Entry requirements

Entrance requirements
Graduate
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 part time study only.

The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for more information.

International Students
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements
For non-native English Language speakers, evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last two years. Please note this course is taught at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE). Unfortunately, CAFRE does not have a UK Border Agency Sponsor Licence to admit international students. Therefore, it is not possible to consider international applicants for entry to this course.

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 Marion Nugent 
CAFRE
Email: Marion.Nugent@daera-ni.gov.uk

Subjects taught

Business Communication
Information Communication and Learning Technology
Personal Communication

Assessment method

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

Application date

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.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2019

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