School Business Management

Diploma for School Business Management - Level 4 & LEVEL 5

Level 4

This internationally recognised programme for School Business Managers is designed to develop your professional knowledge, understanding and competencies so that you will be able to contribute effectively to key areas of school business management. The DSBM will equip senior administrators and new SBMs with the operational skills required to be an effective School Business Manager. This includes:

  • opportunities to enhance your leadership, administrative and managerial skills
  • a personalised framework to develop your knowledge, understanding of key areas of SBM
  • an opportunity for you to develop your communication skills in a range of contexts
  • access to coaching support to help you engage in reflection on your personal development and the requirements of the school business manager role
  • a foundation for future advanced professional development as a school business manager

Who is it for?

The level 4 DSBM is part of a suite of school business management qualifications. The programme is designed for existing and aspiring school business managers who wish to enhance both their leadership, management and administrative skills together and their knowledge and understanding of key areas of school business management through a professional qualification.

Delivery Model

The programme is delivered over 12 months and comprises three essential modules and three elective modules. The modules are:

Essential modules                                                                              Elective modules
Understanding school business management                                     Human Resources
Planning and leading projects in school                                               Facilities
Managing school finances                                                                    Risk management
                                                                                                              Office Services

Participants have a choice of two learning pathways:

Blended learning pathway                                                                     
Face to face delivery from a professional facilitator (four full days)
Facilitated online modules
School-based projects
Online seminars with expert facilitators

Online learning pathway
Facilitated online modules
Online seminars with expert facilitators
Participants who follow the online learning pathway will have a dedicated coach who will provide them with intensive support throughout the programme.
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Assessment

The programme is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). Your learning will be assessed through assignments submitted on completion of each of the five phases of the programme and a work-based project submitted on completion of all modules. The assessment will ensure rigorous coverage of the learning outcomes of each module and a clear focus on the development of professional skills.
You will receive formative feedback on completion of each phase of the programme which contributes to summative assessment. Learners are required to undertake a minimum of 46 credits or a maximum of 48 credits to achieve this qualification.

Registration

You can apply for a place on the programme at any point in the year, although cohorts will generally commence at the start of the autumn and spring terms. To apply for a place please contact us.

Fees and scholarship opportunities

The full cost of the programme including assessment and certification is:
Blended learning pathway - £1,200
Online learning pathway - £950
Scholarships from the National College can reduce these fees by £500. To find out more about potential scholarships, please contact us. 

Level 5

This internationally recognised programme for school business managers is designed to develop knowledge, understanding and expertise through varied operational, developmental and strategic modules. The DSBM will equip existing School Business Managers (SBMs) with the expertise to enhance their leadership and managerial skills. This includes:

  • a personalised framework to develop your knowledge and understanding of key areas of SBM
  • an opportunity to develop your oral and written communication skills in a range of contexts
  • access to coaching support to help you engage in reflection on your personal development and the requirements of the school business manager role
  • a means to critically evaluate your own personal and professional effectiveness and to continue your advanced professional development as a school business manager

Who is it for?

The level 5 DSBM is part of a suite of school business management qualifications. It is designed to support the professional learning of those that have completed level 4 or experienced SBMs to enhance their contribution to the leadership and management of schools.

Delivery Model

The DSBM programme comprises five phases with ten modules, each carrying equal weight, with the exception of the online induction. There are two delivery models:

Blended learning pathway                                                                   Online learning pathway
Face to face delivery by a professional facilitator (6 full days)              Facilitated online modules
Facilitated online modules                                                                      Online seminars with expert facilitators
School-based projects                                                                            Participants who follow the online
Online seminars with expert facilitators                                                  learning pathway will have a dedicated                                                                                                                  coach who will provide them with                                                                                                                          intensive support throughout the                                                                                                                            programme.

Assessment

The programme is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). Your learning will be assessed through assignments submitted on completion of each of the five phases of the programme and a work-based project submitted on completion of all modules. The assessment will ensure rigorous coverage of the learning outcomes of each module and a clear focus on the development of professional skills.

You will receive formative feedback on completion of each phase of the programme which contributes to summative assessment. Learners are required to complete all units totalling 56 credits to achieve this qualification.

Registration

You can apply for a place on the programme at any point in the year, although cohorts will generally commence at the start of the autumn and spring terms. To apply for a place please contact us.

Fees and scholarship opportunities

The full cost of the programme including assessment and certification is:
Blended learning pathway - £1,500
Online learning pathway - £1,200
Scholarships from the National College can reduce these fees by £700. To find out more about potential scholarships, please contact us.