Syllabuses at Levels 5 and 6

Some good news for everyone studying the CIPS qualification at Levels 5 and 6.

  • The L6M4 syllabus (Future Strategic Challenges for the Profession) is fiendishly difficult. We are required to assess future challenges for the profession – but no crystal balls are allowed in the exam room. Whoever wrote the syllabus does not appear to have foreseen the impact of, say, a global pandemic, which seems ironic at a time when we have thought of nothing else for the past few months. (Oh, and if anyone from Easton House is reading this, please could you amend the blunder in Assessment Criterion 1.1? Legality is clearly meant to be leagility.) These difficulties are aggravated by the fact that CIPS apparently do not intend to publish a Study Guide for this module. (We have some ideas about a Profex resource for lecturers that may fill the gap, but it’s too early for details.) So what’s the good news? Simply that yesterday CIPS circulated an email to all members with details of relevant research carried out by academics at Aston University and the University of Liverpool. If you are studying this module, be sure you access this research.
  • We’re working on our Profex book for L6M2 Global Commercial Strategy. Picture our delight when we noticed that Learning Outcome 4.0 is word for word identical (two command words excepted) to Learning Outcome 3.0 from the L5M4 module, Advanced Contract and Financial Management. You may be wondering why there is such a substantial amount of duplication (and so are we). But look on the bright side: if you’ve already passed L5M4 you’ve done 25% of the work you need to do for L6M2.
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