Aspiring School Business Manager

An introductory course for Service leavers interested in becoming a School Business Manager or Bursar.

Next Scheduled Date: 5 May 2021

  • Location: CTP Aldershot Training Centre
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Funding:
    Contract Funded
  • Course Fee: 2 Days IRTC (£53.40)
  • Exam Fee: £108.00
  • Course Fee
    Post-October 2020:

    2 Days IRTC (£53.40)
  • Exam Fee Post-October 2020: £108.00
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Why take this course?

This 2 day course, with 10 weeks of supported learning, is aimed at individuals who intend to become a School Business Manager (SBM) or Bursar. Study online with access to a group study forum, webinars and tutor and access to the SBM Partnership's Virtual School.

Is this the right course for me?

If you are interested in becoming a School Business Manager or Bursar in a primary or secondary school in either the public or private sector this course is for you. There are no particular pre-requisites but you must be numerate and literate to at least level 3 and be able to work independently to complete an assignment. 

“This course provided an excellent opportunity to find out more about the role of the SBM and how to take my career interests in this field further. The facilitator was an excellent mentor, responding quickly to queries and offering useful and informative advice throughout the assignment phase. I had a very fulfilling learning experience”.

Course Attendee, 2016


On completion, Service leavers will have the background knowledge recognised by schools and, for those that elect accreditation, an ILM Level 4 accredited Finance Unit, part of the Level 4 Diploma in SBM. All Service leavers who complete the course will receive a certificate of attendance from the SBM Partnership that schools will recognise.

Please note: For those who wish to receive accreditation, there is an optional fee of £108.


This course is open to all Service leavers but the ability to study to Level 4 and a high level of numeracy is required.

Fees & Funding

  • Course Fee 2 Days IRTC (£53.40)
  • Exam Fee £108.00

Course Content

This course only uses 2 days of your IRTC grant, and is made up of a 2 day workshop at the Resettlement Training Centre in Aldershot, followed by 10 weeks of individual online study to complete the SBM Partnership’s recognised ‘Aspiring SBM’ introduction and the ILM Level 4 Accredited Certificate in 'SBM Managing School Finance' unit .

Career Opportunities

The need for SBMs in all types of schools is increasing, with the demand for recognised training and qualifications becoming essential for applicants. Schools increasingly require SBMs to be working towards, or to have gained the Level 4 Diploma for School Business Managers. This course and accreditation contributes towards that. Few professions have risen so far so fast as that of the School Business Manager (SBM) in the last decade, and the importance of the role is only set to grow as schools become more autonomous.

Supporting Documents

Aspiring School Business Manager

Scheduled dates and locations

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  • Date Location Availability
  • 5 May 2021 CTP Aldershot Training Centre
    Good Availability
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