Quality Management: Unit 504 Level 5 SCQF Level 9

A detailed study of quality management.


Why take this course?

This qualification is aimed at those currently employed in a quality orientated role, who are looking to increase their knowledge and improve their career prospects. It acts as one unit towards the Diploma in Quality Management, for which nine mandatory units must be completed. 

On completion of all units you will be awarded the Diploma in Quality Management, which will provide you with the auditing skills required to develop the ability to plan, conduct and report quality audits against quality criteria. After successful completion you can also use the designated letters DipQ as a suffix after your name, and apply for corporate membership of the CQI - this carries the designated letters MCQI after the suffix of your name. This is important for anyone wishing to progress in the field of quality.

What you will experience

The Diploma in quality will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the management principles, disciplines and techniques which are used to control a business or organisation so that the quality of a product or service is consistently high. It will enable you to apply quality management methods to all activities within the business or organisation. Topics covered in this unit include:

  • The effectiveness of the application of the quality management principles in an organization
  • How the PDCA cycle can be applied at different levels of an organisation and can contribute to the process of continuous performance improvement
  • Explain and evaluate different types of business processes and their interactions to improve performance and reduce risk
  • Implement and evaluate the structure for quality within an organisation for appropriateness and make recommendations
  • Prepare a management report highlighting areas of quality cost and recommend appropriate actions

Examinations are held twice each year, in January and June.

Student in classroom

Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course requires you to manage your workload independently, and will involve attendance at a campus or centre - often for assessment purposes only.

Entry requirements

Ideally you should have a CQI Certificate in Quality or equivalent, as well as a good standard of Maths and English (Standard Grade/GCSE Maths and English or equivalent are advisable).  You should also be currently working in a quality role or have access to work/liaise with your quality department.

Only individuals who have submitted an ED-03 to the CQI for the Diploma Award prior to 31st December 2016 may commence study on this unit.  If you are uncertain if you can start this unit please contact:

Iain Cocker, Business Development Manager
Tel: 01346 506027
Email: iaincocker@nescol.ac.uk

What you need to know

Additional costs

CQI Exam/Assignment Registration/membership fees must be paid.

Visit the CQI website for more information


Anything else?

Please note that fee waivers may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses


This course requires some attendance at College, often for assessment purposes only. Please enquire about expectations for your specific course when booking.

Attendance is usually at the Aberdeen City Campus or Fraserburgh Campus.

Duration Fees Code
6 Months £416.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330
Email: enquiry@nescol.ac.uk

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