Key information


Please note that BA course start date is subject to meeting minimum student numbers, if the minimum requirement is not achieved your enrolment will be processed for the next available intake.


Business case

Use the CIPP's business case template to gain approval for CIPP qualification:

For more details contact Elaine Gibson or Wendy Thompson on 0121 712 1010 or email us.


Approved Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

BA (Hons) in Applied Business and Management – allowing students who do not hold one of the desired entry level payroll qualifications direct access to the qualification based on other qualifications that they hold, and/or their previous experience in payroll and/or pensions.

As advised by the University of Derby, APL can be:

  • Certified (APCL) – to give recognition of learning which has been formally assessed and for which a certificate has been awarded
  • Experiential (APEL) – to recognise that knowledge and skills can be developed through many types of experience, such as work and voluntary activities

Enquirers must hold at least three years’ experience within a business, payroll or pensions environment. In addition your experience should include strategic aspects such as project management, managing change and team leadership. This is subject to final assessment by the University of Derby.

If you are unsure about which qualification route is the right one for you click here for payroll or pensions, call 0121 712 1023 or email us.

Student loans

Due to changes in HEFCE funding, students enrolling on the Foundation Degree in Payroll Management, Foundation Degree in Pensions Administration and Management and BA (Hons) in Applied Business and Management for the autumn 2012 intake onwards are eligible for student loans to assist with funding these qualifications.

Student loans are available to all self-funding students in England who have not had a student loan previously. They are not based on, nor do they affect, your credit rating.

Students living in Scotland, Wales or Ireland are not currently within the student loan process. Students looking for public support to assist with funding these qualifications should apply for a part time student grant from their respective government body.

The benefits of a student loan to an individual would be:

  • No requirement to pay course fees upfront
  • No re-payment unless you reach the gross earnings threshold for student loans being £21,000 – from September 2012
  • Repayments only commence following completion of the qualification
  • You only pay back the equivalent of 9% of your earnings in excess of the gross pay threshold
  • No effect on your credit history
  • No re-payments due should you not be in work
  • No time limit for payment of the full loan
  • Gain an industry recognised University accredited qualification which is supported by a Chartered Institute
  • No credit check takes place and the loan is automatically available on the basis of the qualification being recognised by the Student Loans Company

Further information on student loans can be viewed here.

Students applying for a student loan must do so through the Student Loan Company. Application packs will consist of the part-time Tuition Fee Loan application form (for new students starting their course on or after 1 September 2012), along with notes and guidance to help students with their application. Information can also be found here.

Please contact the qualifications' team on 0121 712 1023 before completing the student loan application to obtain the correct information.

To download a student loan application form, please the Student Loan Company website.

Please note if you are applying for a student loan for the Foundation Degree in Payroll Management you will be asked for the name of the institute. Please state Heart of Worcestershire College not the CIPP on your application form.