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More about Diplomas

A postgraduate diploma qualification structured to prepare you for either entry to management or a more senior managerial role.

Your Online Management Diploma with RDI

An understanding of management skills is essential if you want to take the next step in your career.  Our Management Diploma programmes can help you to demonstrate the skills and knowledge to take up a managerial position or progress further.

Your diploma will be awarded by Anglia Ruskin University.  The university have partnered with RDI to offer their respected Graduate Diploma in Management as an online course that you can study while already in the workplace.

Alternative Management Diplomas

We also offer a range of additional management qualifications that you can study online.  The BTEC Strategic Diploma or Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership are structured for working middle managers who want to gain additional knowledge and improve their career prospects.

These qualifications are offered through Pearson (formerly Edexcel).

Higher National Diplomas

BTEC HNDs are also available for those who are looking to study the equivalent of the first two years of a degree. These diplomas are awarded by Pearson also, and usually contain 16 modules. You will be awarded with a BTEC Higher National Diploma which you can later choose to top up to a full Bachelor’s degree if you wish. RDI (as well as several universities) offer this top up route.

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Management Diplomas:  Your Questions Answered

Our answers to some of the most commonly asked questions will help you decide which of the online management diplomas we offer is right for you.

How Long Will The Course Take?

Studying online means you can take your management diploma at your own pace.

Usually we would expect most students to complete their diploma course in between 2 and 3 years, however if you study on a full time basis, you can aim to complete the diploma in 1 year.

Where Can I Study?

The benefit of studying your diploma online is that you’re not tied to a specific timetable of classes.  You can fit your studies in around existing work commitments.

With RDI you have access to an extensive support network to ensure that you get the best possible result from your studies.  During the first year of your course we provide you with extra and targeted support in order to help you get to grips with the discipline of distance learning for your management diploma. You also have full tutor support for guidance and to answer all academic questions.

Which Universities Offer These Qualifications?

Our online diploma in management is offered in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University, a well-established UK university with a campus in Cambridge.  Our BTEC Strategic Management and Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership are awarded by Pearson – one of the main qualification bodies in the UK.

Who Are The Courses Recognised By?

Online diplomas offered by RDI are equivalent to diplomas studied at the university and as such should be fully recognised by employers internationally.

What are my Career Opportunities with a Management Diploma?

Studying for a diploma in management with Anglia Ruskin University will provide you with a thorough understanding of management practice and give you the skills you need to take the next step in your career.

The strategic and extended diplomas are designed for existing middle managers to take the next steps into a senior management role with their employer.

Am I Eligible

Although you will have excellent support throughout your studies, having strong language skills and the ability to plan your work is essential to ensure that you understand course work fully.

The entry requirements for the two diplomas offered vary slightly, but for each you will ideally be in a management role or team leader role so that you can relate your learning to the workplace.

The Anglia Ruskin University Graduate Diploma in Management requires that you can demonstrate your ability to study at this level, be it through previous qualifications or experience.

The Pearson Level & Diploma & Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership requires that you hold a Bachelor’s degree for entry, or if no degree is held you should have at least 5 years management experience.

How Much Does It Cost?

The specific cost of your online management diploma will depend on factors such as your location, whether you choose to pay in full or opt for flexible modular payments. Click here to view all the fee options.

A benefit of online learning is that you can study at your own pace, so we offer instalment plans for your diploma.  With Pay as You Go, you have the benefit of being able to pause your payments if you take a break in your studies to make the cost of getting your diploma easier to manage.


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