For staff: Degree Apprenticeships

OVERVIEW

The QAHE Library service supports the following programmes:

  • CMDA (Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship);

  • DTS (Digital and Technology Solutions Professional) Level 6 (legacy);

  • DTS L6 (revalidated);

  • SLMDA (Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship);

  • DMDA (Digital Marketing Degree Apprenticeship);

  • (from October 2021) AI (Artificial Intelligence Data Specialist) L7; and

  • (from October 2021) SLA (Senior Leader Apprenticeship) L7.

CMDA and DTS L6 (legacy and revalidated) are validated programmes owned by QAHE. All their learning and research resources and relevant support are arranged by QAHE. Please do not refer learners to the University of Roehampton for support or resources.

SLMDA is a franchised programme. Some of its learning and research resources are arranged by QAHE, while others are arranged by Middlesex University. For library support, please refer learners to the QAHE Library. SLMDA has not been accepting new starters since Summer 2021.

Starting in October 2021, SLA L7 is a validated programme. All its learning and research resources and relevant support are arranged by QAHE. Please do not refer learners who started from October 2021 onward to Middlesex University for support or resources.

DMDA is a franchised programme. Some of its learning and research resources are arranged by QAHE, while others are arranged by Solent University.

Starting in October 2021, AI L7 is a validated programme. All its research resources and relevant support are arranged by QAHE. This programme is no longer connected to Northumbria University - please do not refer learners to NU for support or resources.

If you would like to share just one library URL with your learners, please consider library.qahighereducation.com/qa, a QAHE Library Portal providing an overview of all library resources and services.

PLEASE NOTE: Learners on Northumbria University partner programmes (eg, BSc Digital User Experience, DTS L7, BSc Cyber, BSc Project Management) do not receive library support from QAHE. Please refer them to the NU Library Portal.

DTS (legacy & revalidated)

Module reading lists.

Textbooks for all but one module are provided in the VLeBooks library. Please see the Guide to VLeBooks.

The core textbook for the Developing Technology Strategy module is provided on BibliU.

IEEE Xplore is one of the world's largest research database in IT, tech and engineering. At present, it is available to QA staff when using the corporate network at any QA centres or the VPN access if working remotely (see remote access without VPN). Access for DA learners on the DTS course has been enabled through Canvas.

See the QAHE Library Portal for guides and contact details.

CMDA

Module reading lists.

Textbooks for most modules are provided in the VLeBooks library. Please see the Guide to VLeBooks.

Core textbooks for some modules are provided in Kortext. For details, please see the module reading lists above. BibliU has been replacing Kortext for CMDA e-textbooks gradually, starting with the PP1 module in July 2020.

ManagementDirect has a well-curated library of over 10,000 ebooks and the Business Sources Corporate database to support learning and research needs of learners. Help video

See the QAHE Library Portal for guides and contact details.

SLMDA

Module reading lists.

For core textbooks, The SLMDA learners who started their programme in April 2020 or earlier use Kortext and VLeBooks. They access their Kortext shelf via MyUniHub. Please see the Guide to VLeBooks.

All core textbooks for the SLMDA learners who started their programme in July 2020 are provided through BibliU. Learners access their BibliU shelf via Canvas.

ManagementDirect has a well-curated library of over 9,000 ebooks and the Business Sources Corporate database to support learning and research needs of learners. Help video

SLMDA learners have the same access to Middlesex University library content as students on the QAHE campus-based programmes. Please see the guide for staff teaching on Middlesex programmes and QAHE Library Portal page.

SLA L7 (October 2021 onwards)

Module reading lists.

For core textbooks, SLA L7 learners use BibliU and VLeBooks. Learners access their BibliU shelf via Canvas. Please see the Guide to VLeBooks.

ManagementDirect has a well-curated library of over 9,000 ebooks and the Business Source Corporate database to support learning and research needs of learners. Help video

See the QAHE Library Portal for guides and contact details.

DMDA

Module reading lists.

Textbooks are provided by both Solent University and through VLeBooks. Please see the Guide to VLeBooks.

DMDA learners have the same access to Solent University library content as students on the QAHE campus-based programmes. Please see the guide for staff teaching on Solent programmes and QAHE Library Portal page.

AI L7 (October 2021 onwards)

Module reading lists.

Textbooks are provided in the VLeBooks library. Please see the Guide to VLeBooks.

IEEE Xplore is one of the world's largest research database in IT, tech and engineering. At present, it is available to QA staff when using the corporate network at any QA centres or the VPN access if working remotely (see remote access without VPN). Access for DA learners on the DTS course has been enabled through Canvas.

See the QAHE Library Portal for guides and contact details.

TEXTBOOK ACCESS

VLeBooks

All QAHE staff, learners and students can use the ebook library, VLeBooks. Please see a guide.

BibliU

BibliU has largely replaced the Kortext provision for DA Programmes. Learners who started their course in July 2020 or later use BibliU alongside VLeBooks. Kortext is used by learners who started their course in April 2020 or earlier.

Students and staff can access their BibliU shelf via a link in Canvas modules where e-textbooks are used. The shelf can also be accessed on the BibliU website and in apps. When using the website and apps for the first time, click on the Forgot my password link to create a password; use the same email address as in Canvas.

Kortext

Unlike VLeBooks, Kortext provides personal and non-transferrable e-textbooks. E-textbooks are allocated to individual learner's accounts. If a learner does not see an e-textbook, this may be due to late enrolment or other admin reasons. Please refer them (and lecturers who require textbooks for teaching) to the Library team.

Students and staff access their Kortext shelf via a link in Canvas modules where Kortext e-textbooks are used. The shelf can also be accessed on the Kortext website and in apps. When using the website and apps for the first time, click on the I forgot my password link to create a password; use the same email address as in Canvas.

See also VLeBook v. Kortext.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

The following slide explains the difference between various information types, their locations and tools to be used for searching (for CMDA and DTS). For SLMDA, please see the Middlesex University-specific advice.

Textbooks

Textbooks are often the best starting point for researching new topics or subject areas. Reading lists give an idea of relevant textbooks; library catalogues show what else is available.

Trade publications

Trade publications are a valuable source of practitioners' experience and knowledge. They are different to scholarly publications. Some are available on open access: use Google or similar. In terms of paid-for publications, QAHE provides access to ManagementDirect for CMDA, and Computers & Applied Sciences Complete for DTS (L6).

Market data and research

Market research, data and statistics is often published (by governments, NGOs etc.) on open access - use Google or similar; see also Open access.

Scholarly publications

Academic research is published in scholarly (or peer-reviewed) journals, conference papers and monographs. The most commonly used search tool for academic research is Google Scholar. In terms of paid-for content, QAHE provides access to ManagementDirect for CMDA, and Computers & Applied Sciences Complete for DTS (L6).