Business Partnering

CPD, 12 weeks

This is for you if... you are looking to develop your skills and knowledge to be an effective business partner.

Course Description

Business partnering is a growth area for employment across many medium and large organisations. Because of a skill shortage, employers are looking for individuals who are trained to succeed in this area with suitable skills and expertise.

You will be provided with the subject knowledge to enable you to appreciate the variety and breadth of the role. Through practical exercises which are designed around your experience and context, you will develop the skills and competences required to operate effectively for business partnering. 

This course will provide you with a competitive edge for employment or career progression. 

This course is a collaboration between practitioners and academics. The course has been designed by experts who have identified, developed, trained and managed business partners on an international basis.

Key dates

Start date: 1 November 2017
Application deadline for November 2017: 14 September 2017

Key Facts
Start date
February, May and November each year
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Why Leicester?

We have over 25 years’ experience of offering high quality distance learning courses. Our courses have been specifically designed to be studied at a distance, giving you the flexibility to study from any location within a structured and supportive framework.

We are a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, and hold a Small Chartered Business Award in recognition of our role in helping to kick-start British enterprise.

This course is practice focused and designed to improve your knowledge and skills in Business Partnering.  It has been developed through a collaboration between international expert practitioners and academics to ensure the latest theoretical insight and practical application.

Course Structure

Course content

Course content

This course is designed for self-directed study and aims to consider the importance of business partnering and how to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and outcomes of a typical business partner in relation to their stakeholders.  The course provides an end-to-end model for business partnering and the viewpoint of a structured six-stage model for business partnering. This includes the stages of:

  1. Preparation
  2. Engagement
  3. Acceptance
  4. Delivery
  5. Change
  6. Outcome

Models, methods, tools and techniques are provided that will increase the efficient orientation of a new business partner and also to support existing business partners in improving their effective engagement with their stakeholders.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

Key dates

Start date: 1 November 2017
Application deadline for November 2017: 14 September 2017

Teaching and Assessment

The course is delivered online and features videos, case studies, key readings, knowledge tests and reflective exercises. You will be assessed through a series of online tests and a reflective practice based portfolio.

Entry Requirements

  • A UK honours degree or its overseas equivalent OR an acceptable professional qualification
  • Three years of relevant managerial or supervisory work experience

When you complete our online application form, you will also need to submit the following documents:

  • Completed application form
  • Proof of English language competence (if applicable)
  • CV

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

Fees and Funding

  • Starting in November 2017, February 2018 or May 2018

    • £349

    Starting in November 2018, February 2019 or May 2019

    • £399

    Find out more about how to pay.

  • Starting in November 2017, February 2018 or May 2018

    • £349

    Starting in November 2018, February 2019 or May 2019

    • £399

    Find out more about how to pay.

Career Opportunities

The course has been specifically designed, developed, and constructed to improve employment opportunities and career progression. There is growing skill shortage of business partnering capabilities. In addition, these capabilities are the foundation for senior executive positions.


CPD is an essential element of career development and helps to enhance job prospects. Whether you're an employee looking to get ahead or an employer keen to develop the capabilities of your workforce, studying a CPD course with us will bring the resources of a leading University to your organisation.

Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Business Partnering CPD 12 weeks February, May and November each year Apply Now
Business Partnering
12 weeks
Start Dates
February, May and November each year

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