Laura Ruaux | CMI Individual Case Study - Dual Accreditation

Laura Ruaux

The dual accredited course has not only provided me with both the theoretical and practical application understanding that I hoped for, but has also helped me to develop professional skills and confidence, essential for graduate employability and career development.

Laura Ruaux
Brighton Business School
Student

What influenced your decision to take a CMI dually accredited course?

I registered for the BA (Hons) Business Management course at the University of Brighton before it was given the dual accreditation of the Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership from the CMI. This dual accreditation was subsequently offered to placement students on the condition that they completed the work placement, the placement project and a reflective piece on this, along with completion of the bachelor’s degree, including modules at each level which are mapped against the CMI diploma’s learning objectives.

What were your goals in taking the CMI dual qualification?

I chose to register for the CMI dually accredited course when the option arose with the hope of learning new skills, finding new perspectives and improving my own employability. I hoped that gaining the additional CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership, along with my bachelor’s degree, would provide me with the excellent opportunity to develop new levels of understanding in business management and to demonstrate to employers that I had earned additional practical experience and understanding through the dually accredited course. Along with pursuing a course with incredibly interesting content, I wanted to discover what I was really capable of, to meet new people and to find new opportunities to develop myself both personally and professionally.

Why did you decide on taking your qualification at University of Brighton?

I chose to study at the University of Brighton as I was particularly excited by the career focussed approach to course design, providing students with the opportunity to develop through practical work experience as well as through academic study. The introduction of the additional CMI qualification really exceeded my expectations of the career development opportunities that the university provided and was both practical and convenient for me since I was already studying at the university.

What types of learning were involved in the CMI dual accredited course?

Teaching and learning on the course ranged from taught lectures, to group discussion in seminars and hands on practice, meaning that every task and every module taught me to learn and study in a new way and it always felt fresh and innovative. I came to the University of Brighton to learn, but could never have imagined the sheer wealth of information that awaited me, as the dually accredited course enabled me to learn from academics, professionals and peers alike.

What did you like most about the qualification?

I thoroughly enjoyed the variation in learning, and while I endeavoured to learn as much as possible, I know that there is still so much more to be learned there and I would love to go back to learn more.

What has changed for you after you completed the CMI qualification?

Taking the CMI Level 5 Diploma has given me something extra to add to my CV and to show prospective employers just what I have achieved, both at university and in the workplace. The dually accredited course has not only provided me with both the theoretical and practical application understanding that I hoped for, but has also helped me to develop professional skills and confidence, essential for graduate employability and career development. This additional experience and insight has helped me to become the best performing final year Business Management student at the University of Brighton in 2015, winning five prizes at the Graduation Awards Ceremony, and to secure a graduate internship at the university itself.

Click here to watch Laura’s video from the Prize giving ceremony