Composition of Vocational Qualification in Business Management

4.1. Composition of Vocational Qualification in Business Management

The scope of the Vocational Qualification in Business is 180 competence points. The qualification is composed of vocational units (145 competence points) and common units (35 competence points). The qualification includes three compulsory units, total 55 competence points:

  • Customer service
  • Profitable operation
  • Acting in a work community

In Business College Helsinki the optional studies in Vocational Qualification in Business Management are

  • Logistics services, 15 competence points
  • Marketing communications and content production, 30 competence points
  • Planning a business, 15 competence points
  • Working in a company 15 competence points
  • EBBD International studies, 15 competence points, a unit based on local competence requirements

Composition of Qualification in Business Management in Business College Helsinki

Common Units

4.2. The Objectives of Vocational Qualification in Business Management

The purpose of Vocational Qualification in Business Management is to provide students with skills for working in various kinds of businesses and as experts in the public sector or entrepreneurs. Students will be equipped to work flexibly in cooperation with others as well as independently. They will also be equipped to learn new subjects both at work and in continuing education.

Graduates of Vocational Qualification in Business Management are employed in the fields of office and sales work and as supervisors and private entrepreneurs. The work requires excellent skills in business administration, customer-oriented service and business-oriented thinking. Basic requirements for a professional are public speaking and writing skills. Work nowadays requires the ability to independently search for and interpret information. In most jobs, clients are served by writing and speaking, both of which require fluent language and communication skills.

4.3. Identification and Recognition of Prior Learning

As part of the personal competence development plan, we take into account the previously completed high school studies, degrees and parts of degrees. This way you may shorten your study period and speed up your graduation. We call this identifying and recognizing competence. This will be taken care by your PCDP tutor teacher and the study counsellor together with you. Recognition of competence is documented when your studies begin. Assessed and accepted or previously assessed competence can be recognized as part of the undergraduate degree. Decisions are submitted into the PCDP, the student management system and the diploma in the graduation phase.

4.4. Assessment means assessing learning and skills

The qualification degree consists of vocational and common parts of qualification (modules). The vocational and the common parts are assessed on a scale of 1 to 5. The extent of the parts of qualification are as competence points. Skills are demonstrated at workplace.

The teacher gives the student regular feedback on the development of competence. In addition to giving feedback, the teacher will submit progress in Wilma with the following codes:

Learning Progress Evaluation Codes (used when study is still unfinished):
O + = Learning progress in an excellent way
O = Learning progresses according to plan
O- = Learning is progressing poorly
O– = Learning is not progressing

Learning Objective Evaluation Codes (used when study is completed):
S + = Learning objectives were met excellently
S = Learning objectives achieved
S- = Learning objectives achieved with guidance
ES = Learning objectives have been not been achieved

4.5. Possibility to get an international diploma in business administration, EBBD

Would you like to have an international diploma in business administration in addition to Vocational Qualification in Business Management?

EBBD, European Business Baccalaureate Diploma, is granted to students who demonstrate excellent skills in international business administration. The diploma is an esteemed certificate that provides a great basis for further education and employment, in Finland or abroad.

The requirements are:
– Participation in the studies of Vocational Qualification in Business Management which is conducted in English. The options are to complete all the studies in English or to include in the study program a 15 cp module, EBBD International studies.
– Average assessment of skills on an excellent level
– Two foreign languages: one on level B2 (CEFR-levels) and the other on level B1
– Minimum four weeks work training abroad. Alternative is four weeks business related studies abroad plus work in an international company.
– Demonstration of soft skills such as responsibility, time management, proactivity, problem solving, team working skills

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