Monday, 17 November 2014

Emerald: an Introduction to the Academic Database of e-Journals

ABE is working with a company called Emerald Group Publishing to provide you with access to Emerald’s online database of over 140 academic journals in areas relevant to ABE members. All journals are peer-reviewed and of high quality, with many being ranked by ISI Thomson Reuters and Scopus, demonstrating real journal quality. ABE members are provided with a free subscription to the Emerald eJournals database through this partnership.

The benefits:
  • You have access to the latest academic thinking and research. 
  • You can inform your essays and assignments with evidence, theory and research material to back up your arguments. 
  • You will get to see how leading academics, in fields directly relevant to your studies, present, research and argue academic theory.
  • If you plan to go to university it will help you immensely as you are likely to use the same database or one very similar.
In short, using this database can widen your understanding of a subject, increase your confidence in using academic argument and thereby improve your chances of achieving a good grade in your exams and any future higher level studies.

Who can access the database?
It is available to all ABE members studying at every level.

How do I access it?
You can link directly to the database from the Members Area – click on Academic Journals in the left-hand Benefits menu.  Then click on the link which says: ‘To access the database please click here.’

If a session logs out and you cannot access the database, please repeat the process and click on the link again.

What does the ABE subscription cover?
ABE’s subscription will provide you with free access to some of the world’s most reputed academic publications in the following areas:
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics
  • Business Ethics and Law
  • Enterprise and Innovation
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Management Science/Management Studies
  • Marketing
  • Organization Studies
  • Performance Management and Measurement
  • Strategy
  • Tourism and Hospitality
Please note, there are other less ABE-relevant subject areas on the site which are not covered by the subscription which you will not be able to access

Using the database
A good way to start is by going to the subject area most relevant to you and looking through the journals relating to this subject. On the right hand of the screen, Emerald lists the most popular articles from the journal you are looking at. This gives a good insight into what other people are reading which can be a useful starting point if you are a new user. Alternatively, you can use the advanced search options to find the most relevant content. Try cross referencing terms with those in the syllabus that you are studying!

Useful features
The following useful features are available for free:
  • Advanced search options
  • Saving searches
  • Creating favourite journal lists
  • Sharing on email
  • Sharing on social networks
  • Setting up alerts for publications
In order for you to use these services you will need to register with Emerald.  You can do this by:
  1. Accessing the database from the Members Area as described above
  2. Clicking on the button that says: “Register” at the very top right side on the screen, as shown in the screenshot below
  3. Completing the online form

Online tutorials and guides
To ensure you make the most of the database, we recommend spending a bit of time looking at Emerald’s online tutorials and guides.  You can access these by clicking the link in the Members Area which says:
‘For user guides please click here.’
We hope you find this a great benefit that enhances your ABE studies. 
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This story was published in Student Focus the free magazine available to all ABE members.  Find out more at:

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Top Tips to Help You Get the Job You Want

You are ambitious.  You are ABE qualified.  But in a competitive job market, how do you stand out from the crowd?  Here are some top tips to help you turn job applications into job offers.

The initial application

  • Tweak your résumé (often referred to as CV/Curriculum Vitae here in the UK) according to the job you are applying for.   Have several versions you can use based on the type of role and company. For example, if the role stresses excellent IT skills, don’t bury your IT expertise several lines below less relevant information.    Include examples of the way you have used technology in a practical, work-relevant way.  Likewise, if the role stresses people skills, highlight the teams you have worked in and any group projects you have undertaken.
  • If you have some great references from past employers or tutors, consider including the best quotes from these with your résumé or covering letter. You can even list them on a separate sheet if you have enough. 
  • Create a professional LinkedIn profile and get peer recommendations and endorsements.  Include a link to your LinkedIn profile with online applications (remember, don’t link to your personal social media accounts if these show a less professional side of you).
  • Get a recruitment professional to look over your résumé and provide their honest feedback; ensure it highlights your strengths in a clear, concise, easy-to-read manner.
  • If you have a completed your ABE qualification, remember to highlight that you have a recognised professional qualification that has given you practical business skills.  Emphasise those learning outcomes that match the requirements of the job.

The interview

When it comes to interviews, remember the Benjamin Franklin quote:  “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”   He probably wasn’t thinking about job interviews at the time, but no saying could be more apt.

Before your interview

  • Re-read the job application and research the company.
  • Think about the questions you are likely to be asked.  Prepare your answers in a way that highlights your skills and personality, and then applies these to the role. For example, most employers like to see that you are ambitious, but don’t give the impression that you will leave if not made a director in the first month! Talk about your ambition to take ownership of the role and make a difference in the department, as well as long-term ambitions.
  • Get a friend to give you a mock interview, or practice in front of a mirror. Make sure your answers aren’t just about you, but about how you can apply your skills to the job.  
Some advice about good answers to typical interview questions can be found on YouTube at

On the day

  • Turn up on time. If you’re late to an interview, it gives the impression that you don’t care enough about the job to arrive on time.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Make sure you sure you have the name of the person you need to ask for when you get there. This sounds obvious, but it’s a surprisingly easy mistake to make.

The interviewer

This is the unknown element of any interview.  Here is a lowdown on the types you might encounter and how best to handle them: 


Luckily, most people want to put you at your ease, and recognise this is the best way to get to know a candidate. Most interviewers you meet should, hopefully, be friendly. 

Tip: there is a danger you can get side-tracked by pleasant chat and lose focus.  Make sure you steer the conversation back to the role and your suitability for it.


Unlike Friendly, this type has no interest in creating a connection with you. They just want get through the interview and fill the vacancy. Expect less casual talk and more focus on business.

Tip: don’t waste time trying to get this type of interviewer to like you. Instead, simply convey your work ethic and your professionalism.  Build their respect by making your answers as clear and concise as possible. But be careful not to let their attitude stop you from showing your enthusiasm for the role, or rush you into finishing without providing a full account of your skills.


Sometimes, an employer will want to see how you react under pressure, which gives rise to this type of interviewer. They may try to put you off by grilling you for details or specific figures that you may not have to hand.    

Tip: be honest about what you don’t know, and be very clear and detailed with the answers that you do know.  Above all, keep calm and don’t let them scare you into giving rushed, undeveloped answers.


Though unusual, this type of interviewer can frustrate you by asking naive questions or demonstrating a lack of understanding of the role. 

Tip: the trick with these types is to make sure you cover all relevant areas, even if they are not asked about, but without sounding condescending.


Try not to view a job interview as an ordeal. Instead, try to see it as a challenge, and a chance to shine and show what you know.  Keep calm: if you are prepared and professional, the only other thing to remember is to be yourself.  Good luck.

Did you find this article useful? Do you have your own top job-winning tips?

This story was published in Student Focus the free magazine available to all ABE members.  Find out more at:

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Zarni Htun from Myanmar won the President’s Prize in the December 2013 ABE examinations

Tell us a bit about yourself – where you’re from, your family, educational background, employment.

I come from the Delta Zone, but I have been living in Yangon for 10 years. I came here to study business administration at The Institute of Economics in Yangon and, after college, went to work as a human resource officer. Then I heard about ABE and started to study, doing evening courses.

I am single and live with my sister here in Yangon. I am working as a human resource manager at DKSI, a firm providing market expansion services.

Why did you choose to study ABE?

ABE is the only specialist provider of human resource management programmes in Myanmar.
Where did you study your ABE course?
I studied at Myanmar Human Resources (MHR), because it has such a good reputation for teaching and results. I really loved my studies at MHR, and also the ABE syllabus.  I use the skills it has taught me every day at work.

What impression do the public and employers in Myanmar have of ABE?

Many of my colleagues now study for ABE, after seeing what it has done for me.

What does winning the ABE President’s Prize mean to you?

It made me really happy and more confident in my abilities. I heard by phone on the 1st April and thought it must be an April Fool’s joke!  I rang my parents and they were really proud of me  In my family everyone is either a doctor or a government servant, but my parents gave me the freedom to choose my career.
You have just completed your Level 6 Diploma. What are your immediate plans?

I plan to do an MBA in Yangon – basically, to continue my studies. 

What is the best thing about studying with ABE?

As I said, it’s so relevant to my daily work. For me the best thing was ABE - they introduced study manuals for Human Resource Management (HRM) at Level 5. (You can download all study manuals for Levels 4-6 in the Business Management pathway for free on the QCF Resources section of the Members Area. You can purchase manuals for the HRM-specific subjects at Levels 4 and 5 from BPP at

 What skills have you gained from studying with ABE?

 I have learnt time management, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

 What are your long-term career plans?
 Over the next five to 10 years’ I would like to think that I be leading a human resources department.

 This story was published in Student Focus the free magazine available to all ABE members.  Find out more at:

Monday, 28 July 2014

ABE Level 7 graduate tells his story

ABE was recently visited by Top Paper Award winner and Level 7 graduate David Yevugah.   David had successfully completed the ABE Level 7 Diploma in Business Management in 2012 and used it to top up to an MBA from the University of Northampton by distance learning.  Now, he is visiting the UK for the first time for his graduation ceremony.   

Those of you who are members of our Facebook Group may have seen David’s own posting about his graduation.  But what you may not know is that he  managed to achieve this whilst working long hours for the Ghana Police Service and teaching part-time.  He is the oldest of seven children and the first in his family to gain a higher level qualification. This is what he had to say…

Did you find the MBA difficult?  Not really, because I had gone through the same procedure with my ABE Level 7 studies and so I was well prepared for what I had to do.  The ABE qualification serves as a great springboard for Masters level study.

What made you decide to study ABE?  I chose ABE because of the learning resources it offers.  It meant I could catch up on my studies in between working. I also checked with the universities about which qualifications were recognised for progression and they all recognised ABE.

What are your hopes for the future?  I hope to do a PhD and become a full time lecturer.  What I enjoy most is imparting knowledge.  I have been offered places on several courses so I am working hard to save enough money to go ahead and realise my dream. 

Tell us about your job:  I have worked for the Ghana Police Service for ten years.  I work in the training department and took my dissertation in training.  I am also working part-time for local colleges teaching professional courses.

How has your work benefited from your ABE studies?   My boss says he has noticed a big difference in me. Having this qualification gives you a professionalism and practicality.  Now, he relies on me to check every document before it goes to him.  I encourage all new recruits to the police service to get a professional qualification because of the practicality it gives you and the pride in your reputation and respect from fellow police personnel which makes you strive to be a better person.

How was it when you started your studies?  When I first started, my study group didn’t take me seriously because I was a policeman and in Ghana there is a perception that policemen are not academic.  I don’t feel I was an exceptional student but I was very determined and hardworking and as a result achieved the Top Paper Award for my year.

Did you have any setbacks?  I had originally planned to come to the UK and study here to get my MBA but I couldn’t get a sabbatical from the Police Service and I couldn’t risk losing my job so I had to complete the MBA by distance learning.

What advice would you give anyone thinking of doing this qualification?  ABE qualifications are recognised worldwide. The destiny for the development of Africa and the world as a whole depends on practical and professional education and this can be achieved through ABE.

All of us at ABE feel proud to be part of David’s journey and wish him every success for the future.  We have no doubt he will make a great lecturer!

Monday, 14 July 2014

The most inspirational quotes ever (according to ABE)

We all need a bit of inspiration on a Monday morning so here are eighteen great quotes to inspire you in your studies.

How we chose them

We put together as many great sayings as we could think of and did a poll of the office to find out which phrases amongst them the ABE team find most inspirational.  We kept the originators anonymous so that the reputation of the speaker didn’t influence choices for or against the power of their words.  Despite this, you won’t be surprised to know that great thinkers and leaders ranging from Mandela and Ghandi to Einstein and Churchill are amongst those who whose words inspire us most.  There may be a few surprises too. 

Let us know what you think of our choices, or make your own suggestion.  We would love to announce ABE members’ all-time most inspirational quote.

Listed in alphabetic order

  1. Believe you can and you're halfway there. 
  2. Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential. 
  3. Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. 
  4. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
  5. Focus 90% of your time on solutions and only 10% of your time on problems. 
  6. Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.
  7. It always seems impossible until it’s done.
  8. Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
  9. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. 
  10. Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.  It is not a day when you lounge around doing nothing – it is a day when you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it. 
  11. Never compare your journey with someone else’s.  Your journey is your journey not a competition.
  12. There are two kinds of things that you should not get upset about; the ones that you can change and the ones that you can’t change.
  13. Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
  14. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. 
  15. You don't have to be like most people around you, because most people never become truly rich and wealthy.
  16. We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone. 
  17. Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.
  18. Well done is better than well said. 
Which one is your favourite?  Is there a saying you love that is not on this list?  Let us know what inspires you…

Sources:  1.  Theodore Roosevelt, 2 & 14 Winston Churchill, 3 & 5 Anthony J. D'Angelo, 4 & 7 Nelson Mandela, 6 Democritus, 8 & 13 Albert Einstein, 9 Mahatma Gandhi, 10 Margaret Thatcher, 11 Cheryl Jacobs, 12 & 15 unknown, 16 Ronald Reagan, 17 George Eliot, 18 Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Study Tips: How to Revise

Revision can seem like a difficult task. Taking everything that you’ve learned over the course of your studies with ABE, then breaking it down, memorising it, and making it useable in an exam situation is certainly a lot of work.  But there’s no reason for it to be impossible, and as an ABE student you’re more than likely up to the challenge!  

Everyone has different ways of learning that work for them, and so the techniques explored here might not be the right ones for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment – do some of your own research into learning styles and revision techniques, and find out which work best for you. A helpful quiz, What is your learning style?, can be found in the August 2010 issue of Student Focus, which is available online in the Members Area of the ABE website (
Be careful to avoid practicing only rote learning, or learning by repetition. Whilst this method can be useful for memorising simple facts, it will not help you understand material or how to apply what you have learnt to different contexts. A lot of what goes on in exams is about applying your knowledge to the specific situation presented to you by the question. Think of it as a way of showing off to the examiner, and exhibiting your business ingenuity!

If you find that you lack focus when it comes to revising, a particularly structured method of study known as PQRST (Preview, Question, Read, Self-recite, Test) has been developed over decades of research by psychologists Thomas and Robinson (1982), Spache and Berg (1978), and Robinson (1970). The research may seem dated, but it’s a method still used widely today, and it’s easy to see why. You can apply the framework to a chapter of your Study Manual, recommended reading, or even an excerpt from your own notes (for the sake of simplicity, we’re going to use the word ‘chapter’ from this point onward to refer to any excerpt, section, or body of writing that you can apply the method to). Here’s an outline of what to do at each of the five stages of the PQRST method:

1.    Preview

At this stage, you need to make yourself aware of the basics of the material you’ll be covering.
The best way to do this is to ‘skim’, or quickly glance through, the chapter that you’ll be looking at, taking into special account any lists of contents, the introduction, headings, and diagrams. These will give you a quick, brief overview of what the chapter is about.

When you have done this, it’s a good idea to read the summary of the chapter you are focusing on (usually located at the chapter’s end), which should briefly lay out everything that has been covered in that chapter.

2.    Question

Once you have skimmed through the chapter and are broadly aware of what it concerns, you should formulate a list of questions relating to the major points in the chapter that you would hope to be able to answer after reading the chapter more thoroughly.

Usually, chapters will be split into sections or topics, each concerning a different aspect of the same area of subject matter. These sections are denoted by headings, and sometimes broken down further into subheadings. You can use these headings to formulate your questions.

For example, in the ABE Human Resource Development Study Manual the second topic is entitled ‘What is Human Resource Development?’ Here, the question has already been made up for you. But the subheadings for this topic – ‘Defining Human Resources’, ‘Defining Human Resource Development’, ‘Different approaches to HRD: some key concepts’ and so on, can be turned into questions like this: ‘How do you define Human Resources?’, ‘What are the key concepts of the different approaches to HRD?’ etc.

You can then go on to think about how to answer these questions in the next stage of the process, which will engage your brain more fully than if you were simply reading with no concrete goal. If there are no obvious headings or sections to the material that you’re reading your job will be slightly harder, but don’t worry, it should still be possible for you to invent a number of questions based on your knowledge of the material.

3.    Read

Time to get properly stuck into the material itself! Read the chapter carefully, doing your best to fully understand the information presented, and seeing how it can be used to answer those questions that you’ve come up with. Try to create a meaningful link in your head between the different points that you come across, seeing how they all fit together.  

After you’ve read the chapter through once, go through it again and highlight any key points, or parts you find difficult to remember.

Making notes the second time around is also a good idea, but it’s recommended that you keep them to the absolute essentials at this stage, and also that you phrase any notes you take in your own words, since this forces you to reinterpret and understand the material rather than just memorising it.

4.    Self-recite

This is where you’ll really start to learn the material that you’ve been revising, both understanding it and committing it to memory. Take short sections of the chapter at a time – perhaps a page or two, or the points that come under one of your questions – and after reviewing the information, cover up the section and try to recall (aloud, if possible) the main points it presents.

Write what you can remember down (in your own words – you don’t want to just memorise information, you want to understand it), and then go back to the material and check what you have missed. Only move to your next section when you can remember all the information, including the details, from the section that you are concentrating on.   

It can be useful to concentrate at first on just remembering the main ideas in each section, to then being able to ‘fill in the blanks’ and recall the detail from this more basic information.
Everybody’s different, so find your own ways to memorise the information. If you thank that you learn better through visuals, for example, draw diagrams to help you remember details connected to main points.

5.    Test

This is where being able to build up detail from simply remembering the main ideas becomes important. After you’re able to recall and understand pieces of information and how they fit together, test yourself at regular intervals, going through the same process as the self-recitation stage.

Give yourself hours, days, and then weeks (if you have time) to ‘forget’ the information. After whichever time period you’re using, give the section a brief skim again, then see how much you can remember. When you can build up detailed notes from just the main points, you’ll have completed the process!

Above all, don’t panic! Working too hard can be almost as damaging as doing no work at all, so don’t forget to take a step back. Take 5 or 10 minute breaks from revision every 40 minutes or so, preferably away from your study area. If you are able to go outside and do some light exercise, so much the better. Similarly, staying hydrated is important for your memory and focus, so drink plenty of water if you can. For further advice on how to prepare for revision and how to follow it up in your exams, we recommend reading the Student Focus articles listed below. Good luck from all the staff and examiners at ABE!

Helpful articles

(All these articles can be found in the back issues of Student Focus on the Members Area of the ABE website,

Study tips: Effective Examination Technique, Student Focus, November ’09 (pp14-15),

Quiz: What is your learning style?, Student Focus, August ’10 (pp18-19)

Special feature: 6 easy steps to exam success, Student Focus, Nov ’10 (pp7-8).


Robinson, F.P. Effective Study. 4th ed. New York: Harper and Row, 1979.

Spache, G., Berg, P. The Art of Effective Reading. 3rd ed. New York: Macmillan, 1978.

Thomas, E.L., Robinson H.A. Improving Reading in Every Class. Boston: Alyn and Bacon, 1982.

Monday, 13 August 2012

How to Study ABE

ABE produces a variety of resources to make studying easier, and this article should tell you what each of them is for, what form it takes, and where you can find it. Most of the resources detailed below are available in the Members Area of the ABE website, which you can log into at

The various links you will need to follow to access the resources are shown in italics.


Members>Member login>Tuition Resources> QCF Resources>QCF Syllabuses

Syllabuses set out the knowledge and skills that you will be assessed on in ABE’s examinations. They are available to both members and non-members under the relevant subsection of the Qualifications tab on the ABE website ( For example, if you wish to view a syllabus for a unit in the Business Management programme, you would select ‘Business Management’ from the ‘Qualifications’ drop-down menu, and then scroll down until you see the list of units, which can be selected to reveal the relevant syllabus. Members can also access syllabuses in the Members Area using the above series of links.

Each syllabus includes between 4 and 8 Learning Outcomes. These set out what you are expected to know as a result of taking the unit. You should revise for each learning outcome, as they will all be tested in the examination.

The Learning Outcomes all contain one or more Assessment Criteria. These describe how you will demonstrate in the examination that you have met the Learning Outcomes. The Assessment Criteria are further broken down into Indicative Content, which indicates some of the range of detail covered by the Assessment Criteria.

At the top of each syllabus you will see, among other things, the following information:

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – this is the recommended amount of time that a student should spend learning the particular unit under the teacher’s direction, both in the classroom and in their own time, before the examination. It is only a guide and colleges may choose to timetable significantly less than the GLH.

Level – this is the level at which the unit has been recognised by OFQUAL, the regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England. It is a measure of the demand or complexity of the unit, so a Level 5 unit would be more demanding than a Level 4 and so on.

Number of Credits – this is the amount of credits the unit is worth on the UK’s QCF framework. One credit equals 10 hours of learning time (which unlike GLH includes private study not directed by the teacher). Credits can be transferred to other qualifications on the QCF.

Lecture Guides

Members>Member login>Tuition Resources> QCF Resources>QCF Lecture Guides

ABE’s lecture guides offer advice from examiners on how the syllabus for each unit should be taught – for each syllabus, there is a corresponding lecture guide, available to ABE Members by following the above series of links on the ABE website. The lecture guides add important detail to each of the Learning Outcomes presented in the syllabus, giving you an insight into what examiners are looking for, and are therefore particularly helpful when studying for the examination. Our blog entry ’Lecture Guides: Who are they for?’, provides more insight into this particular resource.

Past Questions and Suggested Answers

Members>Member login>Tuition Resources> QCF Resources>Questions and Answers

Answering past questions as though you are in a real exam is useful for practising your exam technique, and for testing your knowledge of a particular unit, and so exam papers from previous examination sessions are available for ABE members to use as part of the learning and revision processes. ABE also supplies suggested answers for questions from each paper in the Members Area of the ABE website, so it’s easy to check how close you are to achieving full marks.

Recommended reading lists

Members>Member login>Tuition Resources> QCF Resources>QCF Reading Lists

ABE’s reading lists contain all the details of the various publications that the examiners recommend you read to fully understand the syllabus. These publications are often referred to in the lecture guides, and reading them will give you a more rounded knowledge of the topic covered in the syllabuses. Where appropriate, the reading list will also direct you to where you can purchase the publication.

Study Manuals

Members>Member login>Tuition Resources> QCF Resources>QCF Study Manuals

Study Manuals are textbooks which have been written specifically for particular ABE units. Each manual deals with each of the learning outcomes in the appropriate syllabus and so comprehensively covers all the topics you will need to learn in order to have a chance at passing that examination.

ABE publishes Study Manuals for all units in the BM Pathway of the Business Management stream, and the common BM units in the HRM, MM and TTHM streams. There are also ABE Study Manuals for the specialist units in the Level 4 and 5 HRM Diplomas.

ABE students are able to purchase the BM Study Manuals in PDF format, on CD-ROM, or as printed books either by making an online payment or by downloading and returning the appropriate form. These can be found by following the above series of links on the ABE website. The HRM specialist Study Manuals are available as printed books via BPP Learning Media at , and also from a number of bookshops across the world. A list of these, as well as more information about the HRM Study Manuals is available at .

Study Tips

Members>Member login>Tuition Resources>QCF Resources>QCF Study Tips

Study Tips is a series of articles written for ABE students by ABE staff and examiners. Some of the articles cover examination technique such as how to improve your essay writing skills, whilst some address how to study for and write exams in a particular ABE unit. As well as being available in ABE’s quarterly student publication Student Focus, the articles can also be found in the Members Area by following the above series of links, or at

‘Changes to ABE Examinations’ Document

Members>Member login>Tuition Resources>QCF Resources>Important changes to ABE examinations under QCF

Following the introduction of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) in the UK, ABE has taken the opportunity to revise its qualifications in order to provide the most relevant and focused learning experience for students. The new QCF qualifications were examined by ABE for the first time in December 2011, and the various changes to ABE’s examinations under this framework are detailed in the ‘Changes to ABE examinations’ document. It is important to read this document as a starting point to familiarising yourself with the structure and requirements of ABE’s examinations under the QCF.

If you sat ABE examinations before December 2011 you should also consult the Transition Arrangements on the ABE website ( to find out how you can use your previous ABE passes to complete your QCF qualification.

Student Focus

Members>Member login>Benefits>Student Focus

Student Focus is a quarterly publication, received free by all ABE members. Its content is specifically for ABE students. It contains relevant information about examinations, courses and colleges, plus articles, news, competitions and study tips from examiners, and is available in PDF form from the Members Area of the ABE website.

Business Executive

Business Executive is a quarterly magazine received by students with current membership who hold a QCF (or NQF) Level 5 Diploma, and its stimulating articles are relevant to anyone with an interest in business or management. It can therefore be a valuable source of information for students taking a Level 6 Diploma with ABE.