01. Do I need to attend any classes?

All our courses / qualifications are self-study online distance learning courses. No classroom attendance is required.

02. How are the CMI courses / qualifications assessed?

All courses / qualifications are assessed by an assignment, one assignment per unit. There are no examinations. Assignment deadlines will be emailed on course enrolment.

03. Can I enrol on any CMI level qualification?

All course levels have eligibility criteria. Please refer to the course information on the website to check whether you are eligible for the course before choosing the automatic enrolment option. Please contact Support Services via email at support@sussexbusinessschool.com if you have any questions about your eligibility for a CMI course.

If you complete an application form online, we will contact you via email to confirm if you are eligible for the applied CMI course.

04. How do I decide which units to study and at what level?

The course pages describe the eligibility criteria for each level and lists the units that are appropriate for that level. The course pages also state the amount of credits that are required to make up the qualification. Please ensure that your unit choice equals or exceeds the required credit points for the appropriate qualification. Please contact Support Services via email at support@sussexbusinessschool.com if you require any help in deciding on your unit combination.

05. How do I enrol with Sussex Business School?

There are two ways to enrol on our courses:

Option one
You can enrol automatically and purchase a unit / course online via the website. We will contact you to confirm enrolment and eligibility via email. Please ensure that your unit choice equals or exceeds the required credit points for the appropriate qualification.

Option two
You can complete an application form online and we will contact you via email.

06. Is the payment of the CMI registration fee compulsory?

Yes. If you are paying per unit, then you only need to pay the CMI registration fee on the purchase of the first unit. If you are paying in full, then you need to pay the CMI registration fee with your study fees at the start of your course.

07. What are my payment options?

You can purchase the course / qualification per unit or you can pay in full at the beginning of the course.

08. How do I pay my study fees?

If you enrol automatically via the website, payment can be made via debit / credit card.

If applying for a course via the online application form, you will be emailed an invoice and you can pay via credit / debit card or via bank transfer.

We do not accept personal cheques. Only company / corporate cheques will be accepted.

09. Can my company pay my fees?

Yes. Please forward purchase order number and contact details of your accounts department to Support Services via email to support@sussexbusinessschool.com

10. Can I do a top-up CMI qualification with Sussex Business School?

Yes. If you have studied with another organisation, and now want to do a top-up with Sussex Business School, please email Support Services at support@sussexbusinessschool.com.

11. Are fees refundable?

Please see our Terms and Conditions.

12. What study support will students receive?

  • Each student is allocated a personal tutor for the duration of the course. Tutors can be contacted via Moodle (Virtual Learning Environment) and telephone.
  • Students have 24-hour online access to Moodle
  • Students have 24-hour online access to CMI learning resource, Management Direct
  • Students have access to Student Forums on Moodle

Support Services can be contacted via email, Moodle, telephone and social media if they have any problems, issues or concerns about their course.

13. Are CMI qualifications recognised in the UK and Internationally?

Yes, the CMI qualifications are recognised in the UK and internationally by universities and colleges. They are regulated qualifications on the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) which is regulated by Ofqual – a UK Government department.

14. What are the CMI levels equivalent in academic terms?

CMI Qualification Level Equivalent Academic Level Management Level
Level 4 Undergraduate Degree Team leaders, Supervisors, Junior Managers
Level 5 Undergraduate Degree Operational Managers, Middle
Level 6 Graduate Degree Senior Manager
Level 7 Postgraduate Degree Senior Manager, Strategic Managers
Level 8 Doctoral PhD Director’s / CEO’s

15. What is the difference between Award, Certificate, Diploma, Extended Diploma?

The difference is the number of credit points.

CMI Level – Management & Leadership Credit Points
Level 4 Award 6
Level 4 Certificate 13
Level 4 Diploma 39
Level 5 Award 6
Level 5 Certificate 13
Level 5 Diploma 38
Level 5 Extended Diploma 62
Level 6 Award 7
Level 6 Certificate 14
Level 6 Diploma 41
Level 7 Award 6
Level 7 Certificate 13
Level 7 Diploma 39
Level 7 Extended Diploma 66
Level 8 Award 6
Level 8 Certificate 13
Level 8 Diploma 67
CMI Level – Coaching & Mentoring Credit Points
Level 5 Award 6
Level 5 Certificate 18
Level 5 Diploma 42
Level 7 Award 6
Level 7 Certificate 13
Level 7 Diploma 39
CMI Level – Professional Consulting Credit Points
Level 5 Award 7
Level 5 Certificate 13
Level 5 Diploma 43
Level 7 Award 7
Level 7 Certificate 13
Level 7 Diploma 52

16. Can I get credit exemptions for other courses, such as the MBA?

As the CMI qualifications are regulated qualifications on the RQF, the level 7 Extended Diploma or the level 7 Diploma may possibly get you exemptions and or entry onto a Master’s / MBA Degree. Please contact Support Services for further information.

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