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Scottish Qualifications Authority Advance Diploma

SQA advance Diplomas designed and awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) are well established and recognized qualifications that not only develop skills in a particular field of study but also give opportunities for progression within employment or higher education.

SQA Qualifications

SQA is an international awarding body with a global reputation for quality. It boasts 100 years of experience in qualification design and offers a range of higher national diplomas with practical approaches to learning in a wide range of subjects.

SQA works in partnership with schools, colleges, universities, and industry within the UK and internationally. SQA is accountable to the British government and works in close partnership with approved centers to ensure that the standards of its qualifications are consistently monitored and maintained.

Progression Pathway

SQA Advance Diplomas are widely recognized as the equivalent to the first two years of a three-year bachelor’s degree. ANC students can “top-up” their SQA qualifications by progressing directly to the third year degree (top-up degree) offered by the University of West London (UWL) of the UK. They can also continue on to complete a Master’s degree in 12 or 15 months. This is a unique opportunity for ANC students to earn world-class qualifications in the shortest span of time, without travelling overseas for high quality education...

Alternative Progression Pathways

  • SQA Advance Diploma students can “top-up” their qualifications by progressing directly to a third year degree at 70 universities (SQA progression Partners) across the globe (50+ countries).
  • ANC students can articulate on to the final year of an American degree offered at ANC. Northwood University and SUNY Empire State College of the US offer top notch qualifications in Business and Psychology at ANC.
  • If they wish to transfer to the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, or New Zealand for the final year, ANC students will be given the support at every stage through ANC Direct Placement Service.

Why select University of West London?

University of West London (UWL) offers challenging and innovative academic programs closely linked to employment and ensure that graduates are prepared for the future. Ranking consistently among the top universities in the UK, UWL’s reputation is stronger in several fields, including law, business, psychology, hospitality, and music in terms of student satisfaction, career prospects, industrial connections, teaching standards, etc...

  • Ranked #50 in the UK and #4 in London in the Guardian University Guide 2019
  • Ranked #56 in the Times Good University Guide in 2018
  • 98% of our graduates are in employment or further studies within 6 months from the graduation – “HESA Employment Indicator 2018”
  • Ranked as the top modern university** in London, 8th modern university** in the UK
  • Ranked top in London for teaching quality and student experience - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
  • Best university in London for teaching, learning opportunities, assessment and feedback and academic support - National Student Survey results - 2017
  • "Silver" status in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • The best modern university in London for student satisfaction*** - National Student Survey 2017
  • Recognized by the International Association of Universities and The Association of Commonwealth Universities (UGC recognized international university)

Modern universities are defined as higher education institutions that were granted university status in, and subsequent to, 1992. UWL received the rankings listed above when compared to all other modern universities ranked in the guides / surveys cited.

These are the latest figures according to Employment Performance Indicators (EPI) released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency HESA in 2017.

According to the National Student Survey 2017 question 27, Overall Satisfaction, compared to other modern universities in London.

SQA Advance Diploma Subjects

SQA Advanced Diploma in Business

The SQA Advance Diploma in Business is designed to equip students who wish to pursue a career in general business/ management/ administration with the knowledge and skills necessary to operate in a changing business environment. In addition to gaining subject based knowledge, students will learn how to apply that knowledge and skills to new situations...

The program also focuses on developing 5 core skills identified as key to learning and working in today’s world: communication, numeracy, information and communication technology (ICT), problem solving, and teamwork.

Students can proceed to the final year of a bachelor’s degree in business upon successful completion of the SQA Business.

Modules

  • Business Accounting
  • Economic Issues: An Introduction
  • Business Law: An Introduction
  • Marketing: An Introduction
  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Human Resource Management: Introduction
  • IT in Business: Spreadsheets
  • Information Technology: Applications Software 1
  • Communication: Business Communication
  • Personal Development Planning
  • Creating a Culture of Customer Care
  • Economics 1: Micro and Macro Theory and Application
  • Business: Graded Unit 1
  • Behavioral Skills for Business
  • Presentation Skills
  • Business Contractual Relationships
  • Economics 2: The World Economy
  • Information and Communication Technology in Business
  • Business Culture and Strategy
  • International Marketing: An Introduction
  • Preparing Financial Forecasts
  • Statistics for Business
  • Continuous Workforce Development
  • Business: Graded Unit 2

Learning Activities and Assessment

Learning activities include lectures, tutorials, case studies, group work, industrial visits, projects, presentations, internships, etc. Students’ learning will be evaluated throughout the program with practical exercises, reports, quizzes, presentations, and the final assessment (project/ examination) for certification.

Entry Criteria

  • GCE A-Level s or GCE O-Levels (London/ Local)
  • Recognized Diploma in a related field or equivalent qualification

Duration

18 months (Full time / Part Time)

SQA Advance Diploma in Computer Science

The SQA Advance Diploma in Computer Science aims to produce graduates who can demonstrate specialist knowledge and skills in the areas of web development, software development, and technical support as they launch a career in today’s digital economy.

While developing employment skills, particularly related to IT industry, the program focuses on developing core skills identified as key to learning and working in today’s world, communication, numeracy, problem solving, for example...

It also offers a pathway to the final year entry of a range of university degree programs in computer science or a related discipline.

Modules

  • Developing Software: Introduction
  • Computer Systems Fundamentals
  • Database Design Fundamentals
  • Mathematics for Computing 1
  • Computer Networking: Fundamentals
  • Team Working in Computing
  • Professionalism and Ethics in Computing
  • Troubleshooting Computer Problems
  • Relational Database Management Systems
  • Software Development: Object Oriented Analysis and Design
  • Computing: Graded Unit 1 (Exam)
  • Managing a Web Server
  • SQL Introduction
  • Computing: Introduction to Project Management
  • Software Development: Developing Websites for Multiplatform Use
  • Software Development: Data Structures
  • Ethical Hacking Fundamentals
  • Multimedia: Developing Multimedia Applications
  • Network Concepts
  • Artificial Intelligence for Computer Games
  • Computer Science: Graded Unit 2 (Project)

Learning Activities and Assessment

Learning activities include lectures, tutorials, case studies, group work, projects, presentations, internships, etc. Students’ learning will be evaluated throughout the program with practical exercises, reports, quizzes, presentations, and the final assessment (project/ examination) for certification.

Entry Criteria

  • GCE A-Level s or GCE O-Levels (London/ Local)
  • Recognized Diploma in a related field or equivalent qualification

Duration

18 months (Full time / Part Time)

SQA Advance Diploma in Hospitality Management

The SQA is Hospitality Management is designed to prepare students for employment within the hospitality industry in the capacity of a manager, team leader, or supervisor. With its focus on developing students’ ability to apply their knowledge, the program will equip students with leadership skills and a customer focused attitude as well as knowledge and skills across hospitality operational areas, including HR, accounting, marketing, and sales.

The program also focuses on developing 5 core skills identified as key to learning and working in today’s world: communication, numeracy, information and communication technology (ICT), problem solving, and teamwork.

Students are also prepared for progression to the final year of a bachelor’s degree in hospitality or a related discipline...

Modules

  • Business Accounting
  • Hospitality Front Office Procedures 1
  • Information Technology: Applications Software 1
  • Managing People and Organizations
  • Accommodation Servicing
  • Food and Beverage Service
  • Food Hygiene Intermediate
  • Hospitality Financial and Control Systems
  • Hospitality Industry
  • Hospitality Supervision
  • Hospitality Management: Graded Unit 1
  • Hospitality Front Office Procedures 2
  • Managing Hospitality Organizations 2
  • Work Experience1
  • Accommodation Management
  • Gastronomy
  • Managing Financial Resources in Hospitality
  • Human Resource Management Practice
  • Kitchen Planning and Design
  • Management of Food and Beverage Operations
  • Hospitality Management: Graded Unit 2

Learning Activities and Assessment

Learning activities include lectures, tutorials, case studies, group work, industrial visits, projects, presentations, internships, etc. Students’ learning will be evaluated throughout the program with practical exercises, reports, quizzes, presentations, and the final assessment (project/ examination) for certification.

Entry Criteria

  • GCE A-Level s or GCE O-Levels (London/ Local)
  • Recognized Diploma in a related field or equivalent qualification

Duration

18 months (Full time / Part Time)

SQA Advance Diploma in Civil Engineering

The SQA Advance Diploma in Civil Engineering provides students with a range of vocational skills in demand to be prepared for employment as engineering technicians in the field of civil engineering and allows them to concentrate in several areas, including structural engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydro systems, and transportation engineering.

The program also focuses on developing 5 core skills identified as key to learning and working in today’s world: communication, numeracy, information and communication technology (ICT), problem solving, and teamwork.

Students are also prepared for progression to the final year of a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and assured of better career prospects...

Modules

  • Civil Engineering Contract and Project Management A
  • Mathematics for Construction
  • Geotechnics A
  • Construction Site Surveying A
  • Structural Analysis A: Statically Determinate Structures 1 8 7
  • Health and Safety in Construction
  • Civil Engineering Fluid Mechanics 1 8 8
  • Construction Technical Communication Skills 1 8 7
  • Civil Engineering Materials and Testing
  • Reinforced Concrete Design and Detailing 1 8 8
  • Structural Mechanics
  • HNC Civil Engineering: Graded Unit 1
  • Civil Engineering Contract and Project Management B 1 8 8
  • Civil Engineering Specialisms
  • Civil Engineering Technology 1 8 8
  • Computer Applications for Civil Engineering 1 8 8
  • Construction Site Surveying B 1 8 7
  • Construction Technology: Substructure
  • Mathematics for Civil Engineering 1 8 7
  • Structural Analysis B: Statically Determinate and Indeterminate Structures 1 8 8
  • Structural Steel Design and Detailing 1 8 8
  • Geotechnics B 1 8 8
  • Civil Engineering: Graded Unit 2 2 16 8
  • Option 1 CAD: 2D I
  • Option 2 Public Health Engineering
  • Option 3 Highway Engineering
  • Option 4 CAD for Civil Engineering 1 8 7
  • Option 5 Traffic Engineering 1 8 8
  • Optional 6 Water Supply Engineering 1 8 8

Learning Activities and Assessment

Learning activities include lectures, tutorials, case studies, group work, projects, industrial visits, presentations, internships, etc. Students’ learning will be evaluated throughout the program with practical exercises, reports, quizzes, presentations, and the final assessment (project/ examination) for certification.

Entry Criteria

  • GCE A-Level s or GCE O-Levels (London/ Local)
  • Recognized Diploma in a related field or equivalent qualification

Duration

18 months (Full time / Part Time)

SQA Advance Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

The SQA Advance Diploma in Mechanical Engineering is designed to equip students with the knowledge of mechanical principles and technologies and the practical skills necessary to launch a career as a mechanical technician or incorporated engineer in many a field, transport/ aerospace, defense, manufacturing, design, automotive and engineering management, for example.

The program also focuses on developing core skills identified as key to learning and working in today’s world: communication, numeracy, problem solving, and team work.

Students can proceed to the third year of a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering that guarantees better career opportunities...

Modules

  • Communication: Practical Skills
  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Engineering Skills
  • Engineering Principles
  • Quality Management: An Introduction
  • Materials Selection
  • Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Mechanical Engineering: Graded Unit 1Examination
  • Statics and Strength of Materials
  • Dynamics
  • Thermofluids
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics
  • Business Awareness and Continuing Professional Development
  • Plant Systems
  • Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics
  • Strength of Materials: Advanced
  • Applied Industrial Plant Maintenance
  • Mechanical Engineering: Graded Unit 2 Project
  • Optional - Economics of Manufacture
  • Optional - Engineering Measurement
  • Optional - Manufacturing: Process and Equipment Selection
  • Optional - Personal Development Planning
  • Optional - Robotic Systems
  • Optional - Digital Electronics

Learning Activities and Assessment

Learning activities include lectures, tutorials, case studies, group work, projects, industrial visits, presentations, computer simulation, internships, etc. Students’ learning will be evaluated throughout the program with practical exercises, reports, quizzes, presentations, and the final assessment (project/ examination) for certification.

Entry Criteria

  • GCE A-Level s or GCE O-Levels (London/ Local)
  • Recognized Diploma in a related field or equivalent qualification

Duration

18 months (Full time / Part Time)

Advanced Diploma in Psychology

Advanced Diploma in Psychology program ensures that students learn psychological principles, facts, and theories about individuals and groups, using experiential, observational, and case study methods.

The curriculum also introduces students to more specific areas of psychology, such as education psychology, social psychology, and cognitive psychology. This builds a solid foundation for further study as they progress to the third year of a bachelor’s degree in Psychology...

Modules

  • Academic Skills in Psychology
  • History of Psychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Theories of Learning
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Careers in Psychology
  • Mental Health
  • Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics (HF0704)
  • Individual Differences (HF03 04, HF05 04)
  • Social Psychology (HF05 04)
  • Cognitive Psychology (HF0804 & HF0504)
  • Brain, Biology and Behaviour (HF04 04)
  • Educational Psychology (HF03 04, HF05 04, HF01 04)
  • Further Research Methods (HF07 04, HF05 04)

Learning Activities and Assessment

Learning activities include lectures, tutorials, case studies, group work, projects, presentations, internships, etc. Students’ learning will be evaluated throughout the program with reports, quizzes, presentations, and the final assessment (project/ examination) for certification.

Entry Criteria

  • GCE A-Level s or GCE O-Levels (London/ Local)
  • Recognized Diploma in a related field or equivalent qualification

Duration

18 months (Full time / Part Time)

ANC Experience

ANC students are assured of a learning experience that offers value for money as every step is taken to ensure alignment between what is taught in classroom is of high quality and consistent with the needs of business and industry.

  • The flexibility to pursue the education that best fits your interests and career goals
  • Paid/ supervised internship opportunities/ career counseling
  • Focus on transferable skills, study skills, and employability skills
  • Dedicated faculty, many with significant industry experience
  • Small interactive classes/ high degree of personal attention
  • Learning Center for free tutoring and special classes in Math and English
  • Spacious air-conditioned classrooms, science and computer labs equipped with everything it takes for a better learning and teaching
  • A well-equipped library
  • An active campus life
  • Sense of community
  • Customized financial solutions
  • 7000+ alumni (and counting)
  • Well-defined progression pathways – SQA to Bachelor’s to Master’s programs

“You can count on ANC to prepare you to thrive in the corporate world. ANC curriculums focus beyond the examinations: we were given the opportunity to enhance a number of skills including presentation skills, report writing, critical thinking, and analytical skills. Thanks to this exposure, I have the confidence to exercise my soft skills in any environment. As an International Business major, I had to visit a number of MNCs, interview people, and complete projects as a significant requirement of the degree. This gave me the opportunity to be exposed to the real world corporate culture. After all, it was during a visit to MAS Active for an interview that I was encouraged to apply for a vacant post.”

Deshana De Alwis
Business Analyst MAS Active

SQA

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