How to Study ABE

How to Study ABE
ABE produces a variety of tuition resources to aid you in your studies, and
this document aims to set out what each resource 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
Detailed syllabuses that clearly set out
the knowledge and skills assessed in ABE’s
examinations are available to both members
and non-members under the relevant
subsection of the Qualifications tab on the
ABE website ( For example,
if you wished 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.
Lecture Guides
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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.
Past Questions and
Suggested Answers
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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
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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
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QCF Resources>QCF Study Manuals
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. Study Manuals cover in depth all the
learning outcomes of the relevant unit, and are
therefore essential reading in gaining a complete
understanding of a unit.
ABE students are able to purchase the BM Study
Manuals in PDF format, on CDROM, 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
our-products/business--management/abe.aspx, 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 http://abeuk.
Study Tips
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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 www.abeukmembers.
‘Changes to ABE Examinations’
Members>Member login>Tuition Resources>
QCF Resources>Important changes to ABE
examinations under QCF
Following the introduction of the new Qualifications
and Credit Framework (QCF) in the UK, ABE has
taken the opportunity to thoroughly revise its suite of
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.
Students who sat ABE examinations before
December 2011 should also consult the Transition
Arrangements on the ABE website (www. to
find out how they can use their previous ABE passes
to complete their 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.
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