Pearson College London - Merit Programme

Partnership between WITS University, Pearson Business College & International Business School Americas

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Pearson College London is currently one of the most modern institutions in the International Business School realm. Founded in 2012, it is located in London which is one of the most important, influential financial centers in the World. The central location of the school will also allow you to easily explore the city, as it is just a few steps from Covent Garden, the City and West End.

Our students will have at their disposal the entire infrastructure of Pearson College, from modern classrooms to corporate offices that will assist in furthering their specializations.

During your visit, you will study with the outstanding Pearson College faculty, visit and learn from executives at some of the world’s most successful businesses, and take advantage of the many cultural and touristic opportunities London has to offer. Students in our group typically represent at least 5 different countries making our programmes a truly multicultural experience.

More information may be found on the PCL website:

Dates and Duration

Starts: 16 July

Ends: 29 July

Course Structure*:
The course follows a similar structure, designed to give students a blend of classroom learning and hands-on experience. We do our best to ensure student groups are very multi-cultural. Class sizes are capped at 30 students. Courses are rigorous. It will be very difficult to complete the course without attending all classes. Weekends are left open so students may explore London and enjoy cultural
opportunities. Please note, a graduation ceremony will take place on the last day of the programme.

Programme Schedule

2 Week Programme:
Advanced Topics in Business Management

Week 1DateMorning ContentTimeLocation/ ClassroomTutor
18-JulOpening8:30At Pearson/TBC
18-JulAdvanced Finance9:30 - 12:00At Pearson /TBCProf. Mustafa
19-JulAdvanced Finance9:30 - 12:00At Pearson /TBCProf. Mustafa
20-JulAdvanced Finance9:30 - 12:00At Pearson /TBCProf. Mustafa
21-JulAdvanced Finance9:30 - 12:00At Pearson /TBCProf. Mustafa
22-JulCity of London Financial Tour10:00Café Nero, Panyer Alley, exit 2 of St Paul StationJiamei Jim
Week 1DateAfternoon ContentTimeLocation/ ClassroomTutor
18-JulAdvanced Strategy13:30 - 16:00At Pearson /TBCProf. David A
19-JulAdvanced Strategy13:30 - 16:00At Pearson /TBCProf. David A
19-JulIndustry Talk17:30 - 20:30At Pearson /TBC
20-JulAdvanced Strategy1:30 - 4:00At Pearson /TBCProf. David A
21-JulAdvanced Strategy1:30 - 4:00At Pearson /TBCProf. David A
21-JulCompany visit - Verb Brands17:3068 Hanbury Street, London, E1 5JLChris/Jiamei
DateEvening ContentTimeLocation/ ClassroomTutor
22-JulDinner17:00At Pearson /TBCJiamei Jim
22-JulThe history of Drinking and Pubs Tour19:00Exit 1, Blackfriars StationJiamei Jim
Week 2DateMorning ContentTimeLocation/ ClassroomTutor
25-JulAdvanced Risk Management9:30 - 12:00At Pearson /TBCTBC
26-JulAdvanced Risk Management9:30 - 12:00At Pearson /TBCTBC
27-JulAdvanced Risk Management9:30 - 12:00At Pearson /TBCTBC
28-JulAdvanced Risk Management9:30 - 12:00At Pearson /TBCTBC
Week 2DateAfternoon ContentTimeLocation/ ClassroomTutor
25-JulInternational Law13:30 - 16:00At Pearson /TBCProf. Vijay
25-JulCompany Visit17:3023-31 Moray House, Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 7PAJiamei
26-JulInternational Law13:30 - 16:00At Pearson /TBCProf. Vijay
27-JulInternational Law13:30 - 16:00At Pearson /TBCProf. Vijay
27-JulIndustry Talk17:00 - 20:30At Pearson /TBC
28-JulInternational Law13:30 - 16:00At Pearson /TBCProf. Vijay
28-JulGraduationTBCAt Pearson /TBC-

Course Information & Readings


Here are links to some background readings.  These articles will not be used in the classroom, but it is highly recommended to read them before travelling.

Advanced Topics in Business Management –

Advanced Topics in Business Management:


Student Profile:
Experienced professionals, MBA’s, and those near the completion of an MBA or equivalent degree interested in improving their business decision-making.



Students will capably integrate internal and environmental analyses to create and lead strategies that will achieve your organisation’s desired outcomes and drive growth for your business Experienced professionals and MBA degree holders, enjoy a unique opportunity to discuss cases and make and analyze decisions using business simulation software. They discuss results within competitive teams using contemporary theories to evaluate decisions. The course is intended to hone students’ business acumen by conveying an understanding of decision-making process results and consolidating participants’ current strengths. Participants will meet with top executives at relevant
companies to learn how these theories are currently being implemented in some of the world’s most successful businesses.


Advanced Topics in Business Management

Prof. Mustafa Muchala, 

Mustafa is an expert in providing personalised revision support to students, more recently to those retaking APM or struggling to get through APM.  Mustafa specialises in Performance Management, Management Accounting, Financial Management at the Advanced level and Applied Skills levels of the ACCA, CIMA, ICAS & ICAEW qualifications and also is a Certified Islamic Finance (CISI Qualification) tutor in online and classroom environments.  Prior to becoming a freelance tutor, Mustafa was a senior lecturer for BPP, one of the UK’s largest professional tuition groups, where he worked for over 20 years.

Mustafa writes learning materials for a variety of ACCA, CIMA, AAT & ICAS papers to final level.

Prof Dr. David Atkinson

PhD in Strategic Management from Manchester Metropolitan University, a Diploma in Direct and Interactive Marketing from the Institute of Direct Marketing and an MSc by research in Strategy by action research.  Dr. David Atkinson holds Chartered Marketer status and is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM),  have also been a senior examiner for the CIM’s Level Seven Analysis and Decision module and currently Director of Marketing and Recruitment at Keele Business School, visiting Pearson College London to share my expertise.

Prof  Ana Paula Mundim

Prof. Ana Paula Mundin is a transformation catalyst with 20 years of global experience working on business strategy, operations and organizational consulting across multiple industries. This includes the development of global offerings, assets and thought leadership to drive innovation and market growth.  Develop her career spans across multinational consulting houses (Accenture and Deloitte), start-up (Axia Consulting – acquired by EY) and business schools, designing and implementing transformation projects across supply chain, product development, capital projects and sustainability.

Prof. Shahzad Ali

Shahzad has worked in professional and higher education for more than 10 years, having taught and trained professional accountants and business students around the world. Before moving into education, he worked in the tax teams at Dean Coopers Charted Accountants for 2 years. Since then, he has also worked in lecturer and education management roles at several premium schools across the UK. Shahzad holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, professional qualifications ACCA, ACSI and postgraduate qualification MSc in International Accounting. In 2012, Shahzad started his own education and training company which specialises in professional education and corporate training.


A Chartered Accountant of 12 years, Shahzad specialises in teaching financial accounting/reporting, taxation, advance taxation, accounting for solicitors, business and economics in both classroom and online environments. His teaching style is clear and methodical, which will help you to approach your exams with confidence. His in-depth knowledge of business, accounting and taxation allows him to make regular contributions to Pearson College London course manuals.


Shahzad is also a freelance writer. As a Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) he has recently written raw content of Accounting Principal and Recording Financial Transactions for the HN Online 2021 Pearson BTEC Business units. Author of a book called “Fundamentals of UK tax systems” FA2018 suitable for Level 4, 5 and 6 students. In 2018, Shahzad provided IAS/IFRS training to Nigerian aviation industry directors on the topic of “First time adoption of IAS/IFRS”.

Prof. Vijay Bhatti

Vijay is a freelance tutor and a qualified solicitor into Insolvency and Corporate Recovery. After working in practice, he decided to move into training. He has now taught Law, Ethics, Corporate Governance, Insolvency and Professional Development courses for over 11 years. He spent over 11 years at BPP teaching Law and Ethics for ACCA, ICAEW, ICAS, CIMA, ATT, AAT, CTA qualifications.  In 2013 he received a nomination from PQ Magazine as 2013 Lecturer of the year.

Activities and Company Visits

Big Ben, London

City of London Finance Tour

On this finance walking tour you will discover:

The origins of London Stock Exchange, one of the world’s oldest stock exchanges and currently the largest stock exchange in Europe. Discover how the stock exchange works in the modern day with the development of new technology


Guildhall, home to the City of London Corporation. Discover the City of London’s unique governance structure, including why the Queen must seek permission to enter the City


Why it’s the only area in the UK to elect its own Sherriff. Uncover the ancient traditions and roles established 800 years ago which are still upheld in London’s Square Mile today


The myriad of Livery Companies and Freemen that occupy the City, hear about their role and purpose, past and present.


How the Bank of England pioneered the modern banking system and why it’s worth its weight in gold and its role in the global financial crisis


How the UK’s Insurance sector grew and who is big enough to insure the insurance companies




Turo is the world’s largest car sharing marketplace where you can book any car you want, wherever you want it, from a vibrant community of trusted hosts across the US, Canada, and the UK. Whether you’re flying in from afar or looking for a car down the street, searching for a rugged truck or something smooth and swanky, guests can take the wheel of the perfect car for any occasion, while hosts can take the wheel of their futures by building an accessible, flexible, and scalable car sharing business from the ground up.

person filling beer on glass

London Pub Tour

On this London pub tour you will:

Discover the history of the drink that nearly drove beer (…and Londoners themselves) to extinction


Learn about the connection between the Thames Tunnel and the common circular central bar found in many pubs today


Visit a pre-Great Fire London pub which became a favourite hang-out for the likes of Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain and Dr Samuel Johnson

Learn about the architect who designed churches and cathedrals and built a tavern for his own masons to enjoy


Discover the truth behind the legend of an Ale-Conner’s leather trousers

Enjoy a drink on the site where the legitimacy of Henry VIII’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon was decided

Chris Donnelly is the founder of VERB Brands; a luxury digital agency based in London and New York.

Operating across fashion, hospitality and lifestyle, Chris has led large-scale digital projects for international brands such Jimmy Choo, Clive Christian, BUGATTI, The Wolseley, Claridges, The Connaught, The Berkeley, Boodles, Mih Jeans, Creed Fragrances to name a few. As an industry expert, Chris regularly writes, speaks and consults on digital marketing strategy, business management and the evolution of the luxury market.

Lead Academics

Useful Information

Bed and Full Breakfast is provided.

Walk to University (+-10 Minutes, please arrive on time)
30 GBP Oyster Card provided for company visits.
Outside this, please make your own arrangements.
Lunch 15 GBP for 8 days during lectures.

One additional lunch and one dinner will be provided.


Certificate of Attendance and Completion:
Issued by the Pearson Business College.

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