The Professional Diploma PLUS Programme

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Is the Professional Diploma PLUS Programme For You?

The Professional Diploma PLUS Programme offers a unique course for both those students who are required to remain in studies for two years as a consequence of the Raised Participation Age, and those students who wish to gain a comprehensive understanding of both the skills and knowledge needed in a broad range of different industries and careers. Developed specifically to suit students who have not yet decided what career path they wish to take, the Professional Diploma PLUS Programme empowers young people to make the right choices and begin a rewarding career with all the tools they will need to succeed.

The two year training programme focusses holistically on both students’ professional and personal development through a balanced course in which interlinked subjects increasingly build on one another to ensure that students gradually build their skills and confidence as they work towards the goal of taking their first steps in business.

The first year provides a thorough introduction into the core skills and competencies required in business, ranging from basic skill-based modules such as IT and Office Skills through to introductory modules providing an overview of areas including Current Affairs, Business Studies, Digital Media and Advertising.

Year two builds on this learning with more practical project driven work, in addition to a more in-depth insight into each business sector with focused modules on Business Law, Finance, Marketing and Events. Additionally students undertake a thorough series of careers guidance sessions, ensuring that upon graduation they are interview-ready and equipped with the skills and attitude needed to face the challenges presented to them by their next employer. This, combined with the programme’s comprehensive and thorough training, ensures that students on the Professional Diploma PLUS Programme leave us with a multitude of job opportunities open to them.

Throughout the entire learning journey with Quest Professional, students complete a Personal Development Programme enabling them to develop their confidence and self-reflection skills, and better understand where they fit into a team and how their behaviour influences others. This unique feature of Quest Professional’s training enables us to transform young learners into young professionals.


Training Programme Content:

Personal Development Programme

  • Developing yourself and others – identifying learning and working styles
  • Understanding team profiles
  • Introduction to Transactional Analysis – enhancing your communication skills
  • Delivering professional presentations
  • Personal presentation - the use of voice, image, style in business
  • MBTI
  • One-to-one mentoring
  • Constructive thinking
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Driving theory and road safety

Creative Business Components and Young Enterprise

  • Web Design and SEO
  • Art/Design
  • Video/Film
  • Music/Audio
  • Business Start-Ups

Business Studies

  • Politics
  • Current Affairs
  • Business Law
  • Business Finance
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Events Management
  • Media Law
  • Project Managements
  • HR

IT

  • MS Word (including mail merge and advanced functions)
  • MS PowerPoint (and business presentations)
  • MS Outlook (and diary management)
  • MS Access (database management)
  • MS Excel (and business finance)
  • Apple IT – intro to Mac OS)
  • Cloud Computing

Marketing

  • Marketing for Managers - ILM Level 3 Programme
  • Understanding the role and function of marketing in business
  • Introducing the 7 P's and the marketing mix
  • Creating a marketing pitch for a new product launch
  • Using marketing theory to explore a variety of marketing campaigns

Cultural Studies

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Social Issues
  • Leisure
  • Food and Drink
  • Culture and Media
  • Guided Walks of London – History/Geography
  • Debating

Practical Advertising and PR

  • Creating and delivering an advertising pitch
  • Identifying current PR techniques and campaign successes
  • Storyboards, press releases and exploring advertising standards
  • Writing a press release

Business Communications

  • PR
  • Social/Digital Media
  • Creative Writing
  • Business Correspondence
  • Practical Advertising
  • Journalism
  • Media Competition

General Office Skills and Practical Business Workshops

  • Diary Management
  • Minutes and Meetings
  • Shorthand
  • Travel and Itineraries
  • Text Processing
  • Telephone Skills
  • Touch Typing
  • Audio typing
  • Prioritising Tasks and Meeting Deadlines
  • Work Placements/Volunteering

Career Development Programme

  • Exploring your strengths and weaknesses
  • Matching your skills to possible job roles
  • Understanding job adverts
  • Analysing industries and companies
  • Producing targeted CVs
  • Covering letter and application formats
  • Interview preparation
  • Competency-based interview techniques
  • Personalised career action plan
  • Contracts, salaries, tax and employment law
  • Introduction to selected recruitment agencies

Looking After Yourself and Others

  • Health & Safety at Work
  • First Aid
  • Nutrition and Fitness

Commercial Experience and Sales

  • Opportunity to gain practical office experience
  • Volunteering
  • Customer Service
  • Negotiations

Developing a Professional Wardrobe and Image

  • First impressions for interviews and in the workplace
  • Consultation session with stylist
  • Business dress – shapes, lengths, seasonal colours and style

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