Post-graduation - Association of Business Executives

Post-graduation - Association of Business Executives


A report into the current

status of ABE graduates

Post-graduation report

The Association of Business

Executives (ABE) provides

qualifications in Business

Management (with

optional alternative pathways

in Business Management,

Financial Management or the

Management of Information

Systems), Human Resource

Management, Marketing

Management, Travel, Tourism

and Hospitality Management,

and now in Business Start-up and


ABE is a not-for-profit

organisation, founded in

1973, which is recognised by

Ofqual, the UK’s regulatory

authority, as an awarding body

for qualifications. ABE offers

qualifications from Level 4

Diploma up to Level 7 Diploma

on the UK’s Qualifications and

Credit Framework (QCF). Level

4 is the same level of learning as

the first year of university, Level

6 is the same level of learning as

an honour’s degree and Level 7

is post-graduate level. Thus ABE

level 5 qualifications are ranked

on the Qualifications and Credit

Framework (QCF) at the same

level as a HND or a foundation

degree; ABE level 6 qualifications

are ranked on the framework at

the same level as a bachelor’s


More than 50,000 students study

for ABE qualifications every year

globally through our network

of hundreds of accredited

colleges across the world. ABE

students have access to a

comprehensive support and

information network with both

online and published material

available including study

manuals, study tips, past exam

papers, specimen answers and

Student Focus magazine.

Eighty universities worldwide (over half in the UK)

accept ABE qualifications for entry on to different

stages of their degree courses. For more details, go to

the ABE website at

ABE qualifications are accepted by universities

for entry. The entry point to study at a university is

dependent on the level of ABE qualification. Thus an

ABE Level 4 Diploma qualification enables the holder to

apply for first year of a degree whereas an ABE Level 6

Diploma enables the holder to apply for the third year

of a degree or (with relevant work experience) for a

Master’s degree or MBA. The progression routes to a

degree are shown in the diagram below:

The progression route with ABE qualifications

No formal


2 x ‘A’ levels

(or a Level 3


or 2 years’

relevant work



degree or

Level 5


Final year

of degree

MBA or



with relevant

work experience

ABE Level 4


ABE Level 5


ABE Level 6


ABE Level 7



entry to MBA

or Masters


some universities

require relevant

work experience

First year

of degree

Second year

or degree


degree or

Level 6


2 x ‘A’ levels

(or a Level 3


or 2 years’

relevant work


ABE Level 6

Extended Diploma

Final year

of degree

MBA or



with relevant

work experience

More than 50,000 students

study for ABE qualifications

every year globally

The route to a degree using an ABE qualification can be very cost-effective, particularly if you obtain an ABE

Level 6 Diploma, as you will then only need to study for one more year at university to obtain your degree.

Thus not only are ABE fees much lower than university fees but you can often stay at home and study locally,

perhaps even while still working, all of which will save you money.

Post-graduation report

Research results

Students study for ABE qualifications because they want them either

to help obtain a job or go on to university. ABE therefore undertook

research to find out what actually happens to ABE students after they

have successfully completed an ABE qualification. The survey was sent

to individuals who had recently completed an ABE qualification, and so

they are referred to hereafter as ABE graduates (and therefore should

not be confused with university graduates even though many will also

by now have a degree).

The results are as follows:

1 What stage are you at in

your studies with ABE?

More than half of the respondents

have completed their studies


with ABE. The others having

completed one ABE qualification

are now studying for a higher ABE




n Completed ABE studies (57.3%)

n Still studying full time for an ABE

qualification (7.3%)

n Still studying part time for an ABE

qualification (27.3%)


n Not sure (8.1%)

2 What is your current

academic status?

The responses to this and the

next question are only from ABE

graduates who have completed

their studies with ABE (i.e. the





57.3% referred to in the previous


42% of ABE’s graduates are

currently studying for a Bachelor

or Master’s degree. Note that the

‘not studying’ option includes ABE

graduates who have finished their

degree course.

n Studying a Bachelor’s Degree (31.3%)

n Studing a Master’s Degree (11.3%)

n Studying another qualification (10.3%)

ABE graduates

who responded

to the survey are

currently studying

for degrees at

68 universities


n Not studying (47.2%)

3 If you are currently

studying for a Bachelor or

Master’s level degree course

please say which university

you are at

42% of ABE

graduates are

studying for

a Bachelor or

Master’s degree

ABE graduates who responded to

the survey are currently studying

for degrees at 68 universities

worldwide. The full list of

universities is shown overleaf. While

ABE has agreements with more

than 80 universities to accept its

graduates, this research shows

that many other universities (at

least 39 more according to the

survey) are also happy to accept

ABE graduates.

Note that there will be ABE

graduates at other universities

that are not on the list, because

a survey will not be able to pick

up all the universities where they

are studying (as there will be ABE

graduates who either did not

respond or did not receive the

survey). The list also therefore does

not include universities where ABE

graduates have completed their

degree (as they are no longer


4 What is your current seniority level?

The largest number of ABE graduates work in administration or support

roles, although it is important to acknowledge that the survey includes

many recent graduates who have only just qualified. It is encouraging

to see that 2.9% are at Senior/General Manager level and 1% are at

Director/Board level – which is very creditable for a group who only

qualified with ABE between 2006 and 2011.

n Administration/Support (41.9%)

n Executive/Supervisor (19.3%)

n Junior Manager (11.7%)

n Middle Manager (15.3%)

n Senior/General Manager (2.9%)

n Director/Board level (1.0%)

n Business Owner (8.0%)








Post-graduation report

5 How relevant is your current

job to the subject you studied?

(For example, are you working in

marketing if you studied marketing

or in business if you studied business



The vast majority of ABE

graduates (92%) say that their ABE

qualification is relevant to their

job, which is very positive, but of

course people change direction in

life after studying, and even if their

qualification is not directly relevant,

it still could help them get a job and

or perform better in a job!

n Very relevant (63.6%)

n Slightly relevant (28.4%)

n Not relevant (8.0%)



92% of graduates are in

a job that is relevant to their

ABE qualification






6 How valuable do you think

ABE qualifications are to the job

market? Please select from a scale

of 1 to 5, where 1 is least valuable

and 5 is most valuable

Three quarters of ABE graduates

rated ABE qualifications 4 or 5 on a

scale of one to five (where 5 is most


n 5 (44.3%)

n 4 (30.2%)

n 3 (17.3%)

n 2 (4.1%)

n 1 (4.2%)


The survey is representative of former ABE students although there are more responses from more recent ABE graduates. In detail:

n The survey was sent to 15,700 ABE graduates worldwide who completed an ABE qualification between June 2006 and

December 2011. The actual figure is higher, but these were the individuals for whom ABE had an up-to-date email address.

n The potential statistical error is +/- 1.6%.

n Respondents were offered the chance to win a reward as an incentive to respond.

Universities where respondents are currently studying

More than

80 universities


officially accept

ABE qualifications

n Aberystwyth University, UK

n Africa Nazarene University, Kenya

n Amity University, India

n Anglia Ruskin University, UK

n Aston University, UK

n Birmingham City University, UK

n Blantyre International University,


n Catholic University of Eastern

Africa, Kenya

n Cavendish University, Zambia

n Copperbelt University, Zambia

n Cyprus Institute of Marketing,


n Daystar University, Kenya

n De Montfort University, UK

n Exploits University, Malawi

n Glyndwr University, UK

n Heriot-Watt, UK

n Jomo Kenyatta University, Kenya

n KCA University, Kenya

n Kenya Methodist University, Kenya

n Lancaster University, UK

n Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

n Limkokwing University

n London Metropolitan University, UK

n London South Bank University, UK

n Management University of Africa,


n Maseno University, Kenya

n Middlesex University, UK

n Moi University, Kenya

n Mount Kenya University, Kenya

n Open University, Malaysia

n Open University, Sri Lanka

n Open University, UK

n Polytechnic of Namibia, Namibia

n Polytechnic University, Malawi

n Shareworld University, Malawi

n Swiss Management Center,


n United States International

University, Kenya

n University of Ballarat, Australia

n University of Bedfordshire, UK

n University of Bolton, UK

n University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

n University of Coventry, UK

n University of Cumbria, UK

n University of Derby, UK

n University of East Anglia, UK

n University of East London, UK

n University of Ghana, Ghana

n University of Gloucestershire, UK

n University of Greenwich, UK

n University of Hertfordshire, UK

n University of Leicester, UK

n University of Liverpool, UK

n University of Malawi, Malawi

n University of Mauritius, Mauritius

n University of Nairobi, Kenya

n University of Northampton, UK

n University of Portsmouth, UK

n University of Salford, UK

n University of South Africa, South


n University of Sunderland, UK

n University of Technology, Mauritius

n University of the West Indies

n University of Wales, UK

n University of West London, UK

n University of Westminster, UK

n University of Zambia, Zambia

n Yangon Institute of Economics,


n Zenith University College, Ghana

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