About Busec Nova

How we started

Busec Nova began life as the former Business and Secretarial College. Jill Nother, who was instrumental in shaping our mission, vision and values, created the name Busec by combining the start of the words ‘business’ and ‘secretarial’.

We ran training for Institute of Personnel and Development (IPD) qualifications before they obtained their Royal Charter in 2000 and became the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). We are proud to have maintained our status as a CIPD-approved centre ever since then.

We are an independent centre of education offering distance learning that is designed to work for busy people juggling life and work commitments.

You are never just a number to us

Care for you - our students – is at the heart of everything we do. You are never just a number to us.

We support people from a range of backgrounds to achieve Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) professional qualifications and we work closely with businesses that want to help their people to learn, develop and become change-makers.

There are approved Busec Nova centres around the UK, as well as in Hong Kong, South Africa and St Helena. We can support students who are based anywhere in the world and we are proud to have helped people develop their careers and businesses in countries including Egypt, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Italy, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Africa and China.

Our mission

To do everything we can to help students complete the qualifications they set out to achieve, in the best possible way.

Our vision

To do all that we can to maintain and constantly improve our services, using the structure of continuous professional development and quality assurance to guide and inform us.

Our Culture

We provide high levels of support and structure for people who want to learn and develop their careers with maximum flexibility. Our unique Student Care system means no-one is left alone to struggle. Students tell us they value our friendliness and our open lines of communication. Honesty and transparency matter to us.

How we work


Our community of teachers, consultants, business partners and employees will work collaboratively to support you to reach your full potential. Many of our team are senior, qualified professionals with experience that encompasses both private and public sectors; the military and the creative industries.

We understand the challenges of studying when you have work, family life and other responsibilities to juggle. We have been there. We get it. We will listen and suggest ways of overcoming the issues that could otherwise derail your dreams. If you need help overcoming challenges to boost your professional qualifications and build your career, talk to us.

We have designed in-house learning support that takes into account the different needs of learners with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. Our core team have all completed mental health first aid courses in 2021 to add to the support and care we can provide for students.

Exam pass rates evidence


Evidence of the quality of our teaching and support is shown in our exam pass rate.

Students who sat exams as part of their Level 7 qualifications in January 2021, achieved a 100% pass rate in the Human Resource in Context exam module and 93% in Leading and Managing People module. National averages were 68% and 74% respectively.

Although traditional exams are not part of the CIPD 2021 qualifications, if you are studying for an Advanced Diploma you will still have to answer time-released questions to pass two of the core modules, so our success in getting students through exams means that you will be in safe hands.

Students who began studying for a CIPD Level 7 qualification before May 2021 can sit exams to complete their courses until May 2023. For those students we offer an exam overview Zoom workshop in addition to exam preparation and case study workshops.

When choosing which centre to study with, do ask them when they will register you with the CIPD. If they do not register you from the start, you will be missing out on the wealth of valuable CIPD resources that student members can access.

Our students are all registered with the CIPD as soon as they enrol.

In real difficulties? Contact us


We understand that there may be times when the fee structure for professional qualifications is out-of-reach for students who are not able to achieve sponsorship from an employer of funding from the Government.

Our JN Scholarship has been set up to help three students each year. If you would like to find out more, you can call Isobel in confidence on 01730 710055.

Where you can find us

Our head office is in Bognor Regis, West Sussex. We have a study and exam centre in Petersfield, Hampshire, and tutorial centres in 44 locations nationwide. We have a virtual learning platform enabling students to study remotely with a high level of support through our Student care programme.

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