ACCESS & PARTICIPATION



Access and Participation statement 2019-2020

Placing each student at the heart of all that we do, London Business and Management School (LBMS) is fully committed to providing the highest quality of service possible to help meet local and national needs and fulfil the expectations of LBMS’s community. LBMS provides a Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE) environment that is founded on equality of opportunity, freedom from discrimination, and freedom from bullying and harassment.

LBMS helps learners from underrepresented groups, disadvantaged groups and students from poor backgrounds to enter into the UK higher and further education system,in particular reducing the participation gaps for those from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. LBMS revise strategies to increase higher and further education participation by mature students from under -represented groups.

LBMS values the diversity of its student body and is fully committed to widening access to HE and FE for all potential students, while minimising or removing the barriers that can exclude many from the world of HEand FE.

LBMS therefore supports the strategic priority of the UK government to ‘improve life chances and opportunity for all and enhance the competitiveness and productivity of the economy’. Provision is principally vocational, accessible and employment focussed, and provides opportunities in HE and FE for those who may otherwise not have access to HE and FE, many of whom are returning to education.

LBMS provided access to students from a variety of backgrounds. LBMS is dedicated to providing the means through which non-traditional learners can experience and succeed in HE and FE arena.

LBMS sets transparent entry criteria for access to HE and FE programmes, welcoming applications irrespective of background and valuing the previous work-related experience that learners may bring.

LBMS ensure that every student enrolled has a reasonable expectation of success on their programme. Applicants aged over 21 years at the start of their course and who have been out of education for at least three years are classed as ‘mature students’. The prior qualifications and/ or experience of such applicants is reviewed by LBMS to consider if their individual profile shows they have the potential to achieve the qualification. If it does and all other requirements of the enrolment process are met, such applicants may be enrolled.

LBMS is committed to providing impartial advice and guidance to ensure applicants and learners are placed and supported on an appropriate programme from application through to course completion and their future destinations. This is outlined in the LBMS’s Student Recruitment and Admissions policy.

LBMS uses a range of strategies to stimulate access and participation in HE and FE:

Public information

LBMS publishes programme information about content, costs, awards and the complaints-handling process to help learners make the right choice and informs them of any changes made since application. This supports continuation, success and a good learner experience.

Learners who want to start courses at different times

LBMS has flexible entry points, which are in January, April and September, allowing students to choose a suitable time to start studying.

Learners returning to education

LBMS has an Induction programme for all new learners. The aim is to make a successful transition into college life and study after possibly a long gap in study.

Teaching and Learning

High quality teaching, assessment and feedback generates an inclusive learning environment and encourages the best performance possible from learners unfamiliar with the expectations of higher and further education. The monitoring of progress and learning support provided underpin learner retention, help learners to overcome barriers, and provides insight into the issues our learners experience.

Learner Retention, attainment and success

All measures are employed to mitigate any chance of a poor learner experience leading to withdrawal from the course. LBMS takes a case-by-case approach to retention owing to the complex circumstances and needs of our learners.

The practice of LBMS is to continue supporting learners experiencing difficulty providing they engage with us. This applies to learners without funding as if a learner shows the necessary commitment, we will do what we can to help them.

Learner support

Support for all learners is extensive both and includes personal and welfare support, academic and study skills support and support for those learners with additional learning needs.

It can be seen as follows, for example:

  • At the admissions interview stage, the Admissions Team identify learners who require additional support
  • Study Skills sessions are provided to all learners including academic referencing, use of IT, communication skills, presentation skills, and academic malpractice
  • Formative assessments are set on each programme, enabling staff to identify learners who need additional support
  • Learners have access to tutorials, reviews and workshops to support their progress
  • The Student Welfare Officer provides counselling to learners on a confidential basis.

Our Ambitions and Strategy on Access and Participation for 2019‐20 are:

  • To work with the relevant funding agencies to remove the financial barriers for learners to progress towards higher education.
  • LBMS intends to apply for OFS which will help learners from underrepresented groups to progress to higher level courses and the issue of funds will not be a hurdle in their dreams of progressing from level 3 to higher level courses.
  • LBMS aims to provide these potential underprivileged students assurance that their dream of progressing to the highest possible level is not shattered just because of the non- availability of funds to pay tuition fees.
  • To continue to build and refine enhanced academic support strategies for learners in order to retain learners and improve success levels.
  • To expand its staff for the provision of full time, face to face learning.
  • To strengthen the data collection, in order to identify its markets/students.
  • To improve the employability skills of learners with activities (as applicable) such as industry speakers, industry visit, incubation centre, internship etc.
  • LBMS holds a vision to continually improve and align its access and participation policies with the national priorities about its access and participation policies.
  • LBMS also has vision to introduce those qualifications which are helpful to increase the entry rates, drop the non-continuation rate and provide progression to the students of underprivileged groups, particularly those from minority ethnic groups.

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Email: admin@londonbms.com


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50 Salisbury Road, Hounslow,
Middlesex TW4 6JQ
London, UK


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