Undergraduate

THE UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE

The ALU Undergraduate Programme is designed so that you are continuously developing skills and applying them in everything you do. Spend your first year taking our four Leadership Core Courses: Data and Decisions, Communicating for Impact, Entrepreneurial Leadership and Real World Projects to develop core skills key skills that will prepare you for any workplace.

From year two onwards you will enter the more specialized degree path of your choice, awarded by our founding academic partner, GCU as you continue to take some Leadership Core Courses.

Each year you will spend 8 months in the classroom and 4 months in an internship with one of our Employer Partners.

The undergraduate experience at ALU helps you to answer the questions, ‘How do I learn?’ and ‘How do I lead?’

HOW I LEARN

The Learning Cycle

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We understand how people learn best. We have therefore developed a Learning Cycle that helps you learn new skills and master concepts. This 4-part Learning Cycle incorporates (1) a ‘discovery’ experience—that ‘aha’ moment when you discover the gaps in your knowledge and skills, (2) self-paced learning, (3) peer learning (students teaching and learning from each other) and (4) facilitated group learning.

HOW I LEAD

The 7 Meta Skills

1 Leading Others

Empathy, diversity, relationship building, feedback, collaboration

2 Leading Self

Self-awareness, proactivity, lifelong values, self-improvement, self-regulation

3 Entrepreneurial Thinking

Systems thinking, identifying opportunities, human-centeredthinking, creativity and innovation, continuous iteration

4 Critical Thinking

Authentic inquiry, evidence/research analysis, arguments and judgement, synthesis

5 Quantitative Reasoning

Data contextualisation, uncertainty and modelling of the real world, empirical research, data-based decision making, quantitative problem solving

6 Communication for Impact

Audience, writing process, voice, organising for effective communication, story-telling and presentation

7 Managing Complex Tasks

Scoping, structuring, planning, coordination, execution

In a fast-changing world, mastery of academic theory is not enough. Our “Skills on top of theory” approach has been designed to supplement academic theory and give you the skills you need to remain relevant in an ever-changing world. We prepare you for jobs that haven’t been created yet.

ALU has identified 7 Meta Skills that employers seek in graduates they hire. These skills will also prepare you to shape your own destiny as an entrepreneur one day. You will apply these skills throughout your time at ALU to answer the questions: “who do I lead?” and “how do I lead?”

DEVELOPING CORE SKILLS

The Leadership Core

The four Leadership Core courses were developed with the 7 Meta Skills in mind and further drill down into Core Skills relevant to each course. Each of these courses is intended to help your develop skills and enhance your learning experience inside the classroom and during your annual internships.

DATA & DECISIONS

Learn how to understand data and its implications in the real world

Core skills: Data Contextualisation / Uncertainty & Modelling of The Real World / Finding Answers through Empirical Research / Data-Based Decision-Making & Ethics / Quantitative Problem-Solving Approach

COMMUNICATING FOR IMPACT

Develop the necessary skills to communicate in a professional setting

Core skills: Grammar and Conventions / Audience Awareness / Organisation / Voice / Writing Process / Public speaking and presentation

ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP

Discover the soft skills needed to make a great leader

Core skills: Self-Awareness / Proactivity / Lifelong values / Self-improvement / Self-Regulation / Empathy / Diversity / Building Relationships / Feedback / Collaboration / Systems Thinking / Identifying Opportunities / Human-Centred Thinking / Creativity and Innovation / Continuous Iteration

PROJECTS

Engage in real life work similar to working in an actual organisation

Core skills: Defining the Problem / Structuring the Problem / Work Planning and Resource Allocation / Solving the Problem / Project Communication and Coordination / Inquiry

DEVELOPING YOUR PASSION

Bachelor’s Degree Programmes

At, African Leadership College, students are currently offered 4 undergraduate degree programmes awarded by our founding academic and accreditation partner, Glasgow Caledonian University. ALU is growing this degree offering which will include Bachelors’ degrees in Engineering and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Each degree programme has a minimum number of enrolled students required for it to run. You will be notified of any changes to the programme offering when you receive your admissions decision.

Each degree programme has a minimum number of enrolled students required for it to run. You will be notified of any changes to the programme offering when you receive your admissions decision.

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  • BA (Hons) Business Management (Glasgow Caledonian University)

  • BSc (Hons) Computing Science (Glasgow Caledonian University)

  • BA (Hons) Social Sciences (Glasgow Caledonian University)

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (Glasgow Caledonian University)

THE INTERNSHIP

12 months of work experience

Work experience is so crucial we’ve made it part of our curriculum.

Many graduates are not able to find jobs after university because they have not gathered the skills required to work in real world work settings—skills such as effective communication, working in teams and solving every day problems.

That is why, at ALU, each year you will spend 8 months on campus and 4 months in an internship with one of our global employer partners. You will gain exposure to real industry problems and engage in tasks that drive home the 7 Meta Skills learned in the Leadership Core.

Before you start your internship, you will participate in an internship preparation course, which give you a good understanding of the company you are going to work for – from insight into the company’s core business activities to learning about the company culture, the preparation will ensure that you are a productive member of the company and make a great first impression with your new manager.

The internships serve as a fantastic training ground for practicing the skills you have learned in your courses.  You will graduate with an entire year’s worth of work experience, making you highly attractive to your future employer.

Here are just a few of the employer partners you might work with:

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