Diploma in Business Leadership
(Dip. Bus. L.S.)
A distance learning course
College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.
This Diploma is also recognised by the Institute of General
Management (Ireland) and
the Institute of Hospitality Management (Ireland).
comprehensive mini course in management - ideal for the international student
recommended period of study: approx.
to 4 months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
£250.00 (250 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see
A professional-level textbook of over 260
large-format pages is required as the
main book for the course (equivalent to approx. 400 average sized pages). There is a special website linked to the
textbook with further information and resources to enhance your learning.
The book will serve as a valuable guidebook and reference throughout your
career, to be consulted for solutions to hands-on situations. This
textbook comes FREE with the course for UK students only. Please allow 28 days for delivery.
(If you are outside the UK we will give you details of how to purchase the book
on-line from the USA). The textbook we have selected, created by experts, is not
normally available in UK bookstores and we believe we are the only UK school to
use this exclusive text.
Method of assessment
There is a two-phase assessment - a comprehensive
multiple-question paper tests the student's knowledge of the course content.
This method of assessment allows the busiest of executives to be able to
complete the course in a timely manner. There is the option of writing an essay
in order to gain a Distinction level in the qualification. All assessment work may be done at home
or office and
e-mailed or posted to the college.
People who are promoted or who move to
supervisory or managerial positions from technical or professional backgrounds
often are “thrown in at the deep end” without formal management training. The
material in this course demystifies management and offers a comprehensive guide
to what to expect and how to cope with people and tasks, and a highly practical overview of the principles and
practice of effective leadership for small to medium-sized organisations. The
course handbook provides essential learning in easy chunks, accessible
explanations of theory and tips, techniques and tools to enable leaders to
become effective in every area of the organisation.
Topics include understanding the organisation,
exploding myths about management, the corporate board, the CEO, core leadership,
self-management & communication skills, strategic leadership of the
organisation, recruitment, and personnel management.
Web references are integrated in the
textbook providing explanations, examples and
further study of key topics.
The course material is American-based and
suitable for the international student. Though students may apply from any
country, gap year students seeking to work in the US, or those hoping to
emigrate to the States, may find it provides useful background. Most of
the course material is based on general principles and is very similar to what
is expected in the UK. However, the course does not cover UK business and
employment law and regulations, and students needing knowledge of
business-related laws in any specific jurisdiction will need to supplement the
course with other reading and study. Many firms, though, provide
on-the-job training and education in such matters as part of induction and
This course is based upon procedures in profit-making enterprises. A special
version of this course is available for nonprofits.
Please click here for details of the
Companies - you can use this course, supplemented with your own training
materials, to prepare employees to be candidates for promotion, or as a
supplement to your induction package.
(subject to change)
Understanding Organisations: the systems view, culture, life cycles of the
organisation, founder's syndrome, analyzing problems
Myths of management
Distinction between supervisors, leaders and managers
Structure and operations of a Board of Directors
Liaison between Board and
Leading and Self-Development
Leading by Understanding
Leadership and Organizational Change
Role of the Board in Leadership
Organization and Leadership
Leadership and Personnel Policies
Management including an introduction to Coaching
Identifying and Dealing with
The above only gives an outline: in the
textbook itself, various interesting ideas and problems are discussed that can
be eye-opening if you have not been immersed in a corporate management
You will gain new appreciation of what it means
to be a manager! Tips are given for best practice, survival and success in
a variety of situations.
criteria and suitability
course will be helpful to consultants, coaches, investors, HR professionals and
those new to business management; as a
preparation for more complex or “academic” business courses, as a preparation for promotional or
career-change interviews, as a bridge-builder for professionals who need to
liaise with managers, as a refresher and confidence-builder for established
managers coping with change.
The course will also be of interest to students taking a gap year in industry
before attending college, those seeking a relevant learning experience before
applying for further business or management courses, and those considering
launching a business as a limited company and becoming directors for the first
The course may be taken for personal interest, and
no particular qualifications are required for entry.
Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in
Business Leadership and Supervision awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK
qualification. The college is accredited by the International Association for
This Diploma is also
recognised by the Institute of General Management (Ireland) and the Institute of
Hospitality Management (Ireland).
The Dip.Bus.L.S., plus evidence of other business learning and
skills, may be converted to an EMBA (Executive Master of Business
Administration) degree of Calamus
(NB – this is not a UK
degree but is awarded by an overseas university).
The EMBA may then be upgraded to a full MBA
specialising in organizational and executive development by taking additional
courses by distance learning with Calamus. Please ask us for further
information if these options interest you.
Please see our FAQs page for general information.
We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at
To apply for this course
now, go to our Application page