Access and Participation Statement

The International Business College Manchester is an independent Higher Education Provider situated in Manchester City Centre. The college has a firm commitment to attracting and supporting students from all backgrounds in their achievement of foundation and higher education qualifications at the college. The college strives to ensure that all its education provision is of the highest quality and that all those involved in delivery are equally committed. The college uses the Quality Code and Framework for Higher Education Qualifications as reference points in it’s design of policies & procedures throughout the delivery of programmes.
IBCM appreciates that each student is an individual with different academic potential and personal circumstances. We firmly believe these should not be obstacles to successful completion of qualifications. However, IBCM does not access student funding from student finance in the UK, so all students are therefore fee paying learners. We therefore do not appeal to students from underprivileged backgrounds in the UK and the majority of our students are those from International backgrounds.

Our overall ambition is to be recognised as the best business school in the North of England by our students and overseas partners through a commitment to providing high quality teaching and providing high quality care at all times.

We are committed to achieving equality of opportunity for all those who study and work at the school and will ensure to the best of our ability that neither students nor staff are discriminated against (directly or indirectly) or face any harassment or victimisation in relation to any of the 9 protected characteristics.

We will treat all school users with respect and dignity. We will seek to make any reasonable adjustments to our premises to ensure access for people with disabilities and we will not tolerate discrimination or bullying of any kind towards either students or staff members.

We have several policies and procedures in place to ensure this commitment is put into practice (see below) Our Welfare Provision for Students with disabilities includes reasonable adjustments and special consideration. We aim to maintain and drive a positive culture towards inclusion of people with disabilities in all the activities within the school.

The aim of our student recruitment policy is to ensure the fair, equal and appropriate recruitment of learners onto qualifications and programmes administered by IBCM.

IBCM has a proven track record in in attracting students from International backgrounds whose first language is not English, having achieved a 100% pass rate for BTEC Higher Nationals since 2013/14. We have, however been hampered by the visa process and are hopeful that this will now start to improve and the college can once more recruit more students for a variety of programmes. We support our students by providing classes that are small and vary from 1 – 12 students, allowing more individual attention and a friendly learning environment. These smaller groups allow for more focus and greater opportunity for student and teacher engagement and interaction. IBCM shares a dedicated Welfare Manager with Berlitz Manchester who is available, along with other members of the management team, to oversee the welfare of all our students at all times.

Current priorities include the widening our base for marketing programmes and increasing the range of of Engineering programmes to meet prospective demands from oil company clients as well as developing new routes to promote the existing Business qualifications internationally and in the UK. We also aim to increase the range of programmes offered online and so broaden the access for those who may not be able to physically attend.

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