Honours Diploma on

Business Administration

Study and training to become a successful, knowledgeable businessperson, manager, administrator, executive or entrepreneur.

This excellent Programme covers the many vital which need to be understood, and which managers and business people, owners and the personnel of organisations need in order to ensure they conduct their work and duties effectively, and in order to ensure the business is profitable and successful.  Covering a very wide range of business topics, this Honours Diploma Programme provides the practical knowledge, understanding and ability which is needed for career development and managerial success.  The possession of an Honours Group Diploma demonstrates knowledge and ability and indicates that the holder has the competence, understanding and potential to become a successful middle or senior manager, administrator or executive.

  • Summary of major topics
  • What is included
  • Related courses
  • Study & Career development

The Programme comprises of four key ‘courses’; there are three (3) compulsory/mandatory courses of study and one (1) option/elective, as follows:-


  • Business Management & Administration 
  • Business Economics & Commerce
  • Advanced Management & Administration Theory & Practice

PLUS one ** of:

  • Advertising & Public Relations  


  • International Business & Trade

(** both may be studied, ask the College for details) 


Summarised details of each course comprising the Honours Diploma


  • Capital and the financing of businesses, sources of capital, share issues.
  • Working capital, cash and funds flow; revenue, income, expenditure, overheads.
  • Business units: sole-proprietors, partnership firms, limited liability companies.
  • Board of Directors, formation, responsibilities and duties.
  • Business organisation; structure, reporting, spans of control.
  • Business environment, trading enterprises; factors in business location.
  • Planning and forecasting in business, the business plan; starting or taking over a business.
  • Budgeting and budgetary control, the master budget and sub-budgets.
  • Management of personnel: recruiting, selecting, inducting, training, controlling, remunerating.
  • Motivation, human resources; health and safety in the workplace, communication, job analysis.
  • Principles of selling, sales and marketing management, market research, sales promotion.
  • Prices and pricing policy.
  • Office management, office organisation, set-up, equipment, data and information.
  • Production management, production methods, materials handling.
  • Credit, credit control, credit limits and bad debts; discounts: trade, quantity, others.
  • Stock and inventory control, stocktaking. Purchasing and resourcing, suppliers. 
  • Financial accounting, books of account, interpretation, accounting ratios.


  • Economic systems, economic and commercial activities and economic law.
  • Consumer income, consumer choice and behaviour, customer budgets and financial constraints; satisfaction of wants, utility, indifference curves.
  • The factors of production: land, capital, labour, the division of labour.
  • Capital and working capital: sources, calculation and composition, balance and management.
  • Business finance, revenue, gross profit.
  • Uses and value of money; the price mechanism, turnover and profit.
  • Types of business units: sole owners, partnership firms, companies, incorporation, limited liability.
  • Supply and demand: causes and effects of changes, equilibrium, business interpretation and use.
  • Costs, pricing decisions, pricing strategy, market structure.
  • Products: normal, inferior, necessity, substitute, complimentary.
  • Economies of scale, the effects and benefits; internal and external economies; cost implications.
  • Production policy, production levels, expansion, integration, location.
  • Reasons for and effects of government involvement in business.
  • Ancillary services; banking, insurance, transport, communications, advertising and sales promotion.
  • The distributive trade, credit and its control, discounts: trade, quantity, others.


  • The evolution of management theory, principles of management.
  • The classical and early theorists; Fayol, Weber, Taylor, Mayo, scientific management, authority, discipline, modern developments.
  • Organisational theory: objectives, categories, ownership, environmental factors and interaction.
  • Open and closed systems theory.
  • Coordination, cooperation, structure, control.
  • Communication and communication theories and channels.
  • Organisational structures, planning, growth and development, organisation charts.
  • Systems and system diagrams. 
  • Duties and responsibilities of executives, delegation, responsibility.
  • Mission, vision, values, MBWA.
  • Motivational theory: human relations, social psychology; self-realisation, motivation-hygiene, expectancy theory. 
  • The theories of Argyis, Maslow, McGregor, Likert, Herzberg, Vroom, Handy; intrinsic and extrinsic factors.
  • Leadership theory: traits, style, contingency; theorists. 
  • Building and developing workgroups, group behaviour, norms, cohesiveness.
  • Managing change, creating and managing culture.
  • Moss Kanter, learning organisations and entrepreneurship.
  • Strategic management; the theories of Fayol, Chandler, Andrews, Ansoff, BCG, Porter, SWOT.
  • Environmental and competitive barriers to entry, industrial competitiveness.
  • Corporate objectives, policies, business ethics, social responsibilities.

PLUS Either:


  • Features and types of advertising; the aims and purposes of advertising.
  • Importance of advertising to producers, vendors, consumers and the media.
  • Markets, marketing, communication - advertising and the marketing mix.
  • Types of advertisers: individuals, businesses, commercial, governmental, private, others.
  • Advertising media: print, broadcast, direct-mail, transit, cinema, radio, television, others; websites.
  • Speciality and point of sale advertising, their features.
  • Advertising agencies: functions, organisations, staff, departments and the work performed in them, advertising executives and duties.
  • Account groups, payments, revenues, fees, administering accounts, budgets, accounts, billing.
  • Creating print, radio and television advertisements.
  • Principles of media and advertising design, layout, printing processes.
  • Creating direct-mail and point of sale materials.
  • Copywriting: the work, technical and human aspects.
  • Public relations theory and practice: definitions, objectives, programmes, techniques.
  • Goodwill, public opinion, assessing and managing these aspects.
  • PR departments and PR consultancies.
  • PR managers, activities, relationships, traits, skills.
  • The promotional mix and promotion campaign planning and operation.
  • Planning and conducting sales promotion.
  • Planning advertising campaigns, researching and implementing them.
  • Measuring PR and advertising effectiveness.


  • The reasons for conducting overseas business and trade; defining import and export; the aims and risks.
  • International sales, production and make or buy decisions.
  • International trade for smaller and medium sized companies; considering acquisitions and mergers. 
  • Economic development, international companies and strategy.  
  • Marketing: the marketing mix, marketing planning, market segmentation; product fit, promotions, SMART, SWOT. 
  • Market research, social, political, legal and economic factors; competition analysis.
  • Macro factors, communication and cultural factors. 
  • Barriers to entry, import controls, licences; quality and safety; packaging and labelling.
  • Routes to market; direct and indirect marketing: trading houses, agents, joint ventures, partners, mergers and acquisitions.  
  • Business finance; fixed and variable costs, economies of scale, budgets, break-even analysis, accounting and financial checks and ratios.
  • Export costing, pricing and global sales, incoterms.
  • Contracts, the offer, terms and conditions, acceptance, breaches of contracts.
  • Transport and logistics: the role of freight forwarders; containerisation, insurance, customs brokers. 
  • Customs documentation and procedures, tariffs and bonded warehousing. 
  • The bill of lading; types, variations and features.
  • Methods of payment, bills of exchange, currency and exchange rates, letters of credit, pricing; awareness of fraud.
  • Financing international trade; short, medium, long term options; forfait, factoring, leasing, premiums.
  • Suppliers, partners, support organisations, export management companies, chambers of commerce.
  • The export marketing plan, format and content, its importance.


 Your CIC Fee includes:-

  • Your enrolment/registration with Cambridge International College, and your own high-quality, professionally produced and illustrated comprehensive International CIC Core Study Publications for each of the four (4) ‘courses’ of study.
  • CIC’s detailed, professional ‘Study & Training Guide’ with full instructions on how to study to achieve success and gain top results.  The Guide includes detailed advice on how to answer Tests and Examinations.
  • Training Tests, Questions and Exercises (which can be used as ‘Past Papers/Questions’), and Recommended Answers for most of them.
  • An Examination set for each of the 4 core courses; each Examination is sat under Invigilation/Supervision in your own area - full details, guidance and explanation of how your Examinations will be arranged and how Invigilation is conducted will be provided when you register.  Note, CIC arranges Examinations in over a hundred countries worldwide for thousands of Members every year; it is a flexible, straightforward process and will be arranged when YOU are ready to write your Examination. 
  • A prestigious Cambridge International College Diploma on successful completion of Study & Training and on passing the Examination for EACH of the 4 core courses, PLUS the International Honours Group Diploma when all 4 courses have been completed - this is a total of 4 awards - 4 individual Diplomas plus the Honours Diploma.
  • Your personal page on CIC’s Member Services website with access to results, despatch details, advice and guidance, and more: www.cambridgeinternationalcollege.co.uk
  • Regular information and news including: Newsletters with details of special offers and new Programs and much more; and Competition Forms; by email and post.
  • Everything needed for your Study & Training success is included in the CIC Fee.


  • Further Study and Training Advice, and Assistance is available before, during and after CIC Study & Training; Members may ask CIC’s team of experienced Consultants for advice on further study and Programmes to improve career prospects and advancement.
  • CIC’s experienced and helpful staff can assist with numerous special requests, such as reference/recommendation letters and transcripts, and more, by post and email.

This Honours Diploma Programme is the path to career success and good positions for a very wide range of business, management and administration posts.  Having studied a wide range of business, management, administration, economics, commercial and advanced management and administration subjects including motivation, leadership and strategy, production, marketing - and more - the knowledge and ability to become a successful manager, administrator, executive and leader in business has been provided; CIC Members who have completed this and other Honours Diplomas have gained high career success, recognition, promotion and better employment, improved salaries and benefits - proof of how professional training can bring career success.  

The Programme also provides access to higher studies in administration, business and management whether in general business and management, one of the more specific areas covered by the programme, or in different specialisation areas; higher study includes CIC’s Baccalaureate and Executive Business Administration programmes, graduate degree level and other studies with CIC and other institutions worldwide.

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Payment Options:

British Pounds:
Single payment of £760
Or 4 monthly payments of £210
US Dollars:
Single payment of $1520
Or 4 monthly payments of $420
Single payment of €1180
Or 4 monthly payments of €315
Fee payment methods

Duration & Assessments

The standard Study Period is 21 to 24 months, but this is flexible; the course can be completed in a shorter period, or longer if required.


To gain your Honours Diploma you need to sit and pass a written Examination/Assessment on each of the 4 Subjects in your Honours Diploma ‘group’.  Full and clear details about this are provided to you, including in your personal Study & Training Guide, after you have enrolled.  The clear information explains when, where and how your Examination/Assessment will be arranged - it is a simple and straightforward process, which hundreds of thousands of other Members have successfully gone through.  If you study well and follow the advice in the CIC Study & Training Guide, then you should be able to achieve your prestigious Honours Diploma in good time!

(See the “WHAT IS INCLUDED” section for this Course, and/or the “FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions” section of this website, if you would like more information.)


Four (4) Diplomas AND the Honours Diploma, certifying you have high levels of knowledge and work expertise in business, management and administration.