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Business and Management

Are you on the right track? The most difficult step in starting management and business studies, is knowing where to start - what level you should start at. The Society’s qualifications are for

Students with good qualifications or Candidates with a few years' experience.

The SBP Diploma is intended for people who have already reached a good standard of education, and wish to further it within the field of business and management. In practice this means that you should have one of the following before beginning to study for the Diploma:

  • four GCSE passes at grade C or higher, one of which must be in English Language and two of which must be at A level,
  • BTEC ordinary/higher Certificate or Diploma in Business and Finance,
  • a pass in the matriculation or entrance examinations of a university recognised by SBP,
  • or other appropriate qualifications approved by the Society (e.g. LCCI, RSA and recognised professional qualifications). Practical business experience will also be taken into account.

You must also be at least 18 years old.

SBP Diploma in Business Administration (DBA)

This is the first level of the Society's exams structure. Candidates have to sit and pass five papers in all.

The focus at Diploma level is acquiring basic business skills and on seeing the business as a whole. To this end, SBP's syllabuses are balanced to give you an understanding of all sides of the business, but especially the financial ones.

The modules are:

  • Business Management/Administration
  • Economics
  • Principles of Accounting
  • Principles and Practice of Selling
  • Communication in Business

Successful completion of this course will enable students to embark onto the Advanced Diploma in Business Administration. Please refer to full details on this website.


Your studies may take anywhere between 8 months to a year, depending on your experience and qualifications, though most people should be able to complete well within eight months.

Taking exams

There are five examinations which must be passed, and exams are held three times a year (February, June and October). Special Examination periods are also arranged for Study Centres around the world.

You must be a Student Member in order to be able to sit exams. Contact the Society directly for more information.

You'll need to register for exams well in advance of when you take them.


It's always worth asking about exemptions
. You might find that the qualifications and experience that you already have 'exempt' you from having to take some of the subjects on the Diploma because you have covered them sufficiently well in the past.

You should remember that if you do get exemptions on the basis of existing knowledge, you may still be called upon to demonstrate this knowledge in your course assignments and examinations as you progress to higher levels and/or other related subjects.

Where next?

The Society's examinations continue on to higher levels with the Advanced Diploma in Business Administration and the Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration. Students in South-East Asia or the Pacific Rim can contact SBP Academia at for details of the SBP Advanced Diploma or Graduate Diploma in Business & Management leading to the Certified Professional Manager (C.P.M.) Title specifically tailored to them.


Who are the SBP?

Society of Business Practitioners was founded initially as a means of sharing best practices amongst businessmen and women. Since this is basically a mission to educate, the Society devised a series of exams which would allow most people around the world to acquire the skills they would need in being a manager and running a business. Their Asia Pacific Regional office is based in Singapore.

Today the Society has over 12,000 students and members worldwide, with overseas representation in 21 countries, on 5 continents.

The SBP can be contacted at:

Society Of Business Practitioners
PO Box 11, Sandbach
Cheshire CW11 3GE

   United Kingdom

Tel/Fax +44 (0) 1270 526339

U.K. Website:

Asia Pacific Website