How to study
One of the key benefits to studying with ABE is the flexibility of its programmes, meaning that you can choose the pathway of your qualification and the pace at which you achieve it.
The examination sessions happen twice a year, in June and December. Each ABE programme is made up of a number of units and you can decide to study several units simultaneously and opt to sit multiple exams in the same session, potentially gaining a qualification after the one session; or you can concentrate on each unit individually and spread your learning and examinations over several sessions. As a guideline, we recommend that students sit no more than 5 exams in any one session so they have ample time to prepare for each unit.
Studying with a college
Most students opt to study ABE programmes via an accredited college and with more than 400 colleges in over 80 countries worldwide, there is a lot of choice on offer.
The colleges over a range of flexible study options, which can include standard classroom teaching or a more blended approach of classroom and self-study or distance learning; whereas a few others offer distance learning exclusively.
Whether you wish to study full-time or part-time, there will be an option for you.
To search our full list of accredited colleges, click here
Self-study is also a very popular option with our students. ABE provides comprehensive online resources which are available in the Members Area section of our website. Once you have registered with ABE and become a member, you will be able to access this area of the site and review the resource materials there. (More information on these resources can be found below).
ABE provides all its students with the following:
- A thorough explanation of the QCF examination structure, detailing how the exams are constructed so that you know what to expect when you turn over your paper.
- A comprehensive syllabus which is available for every unit of every programme. It clearly breaks down the learning outcomes that you will be assessed on either by examination or, in the case of the Level 7 Diploma, written assignment.
- There are lecture guides to accompany every syllabus, which offer tips from the examiner as to how the units should be taught and where the focus is for each learning outcome. For a student studying by themselves, this is incredibly useful as it gives an insight into how to approach each topic of learning.
- Past question papers and suggested answers can be downloaded for review.
- Recommended reading lists are available for every unit of every programme at Levels 4, 5 and 6 and there is one inclusive list for the Level 7 Diploma.
- Study Manuals are available for every core unit in Business Management at Level 4, 5 and 6. They can be purchased as books or CD Roms or downloaded free in PDF format. There are also Study Manuals which can be purchased for the Human Resources Management programme at Levels 4 and 5. For further details click here
- Free access to a database of over 140 academic journals in the following subject areas; Tourism and Accounting and Finance, Economics, Business Ethics and Law, Enterprise and Innovation, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management Science/Management Studies, Marketing, Organisation Studies, Performance Management and Measurement Strategy, Hospitality. For further details click here
In addition there are a host of helpful articles and information relating to the examinations, which include:
- Research skills
- Study Tips
- Using the Harvard Referencing System
- Understanding Command Words
Finally, all members receive a copy of the Student Focus magazine, past copies of which can also be found online in the Members Area. It contains relevant information about examinations, courses and colleges, plus articles, news and study tips from examiners.