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Professional Certificate in Management

Please note that the final enrolment date for this qualification will be 14 March 2019 after which it will no longer be available to new students. You must complete your study by 31 December 2020. If you would like to discuss your options with one of our advisers, please contact us or book a call back.

If you’re new to management, or you need to develop your managerial abilities and understanding, this certificate is for you. It provides a broad-based, practical introduction to the key ideas, techniques and competencies needed to manage effectively and productively in all functional areas of a modern organisation of any size and in any business sector. The emphasis is on your own professional development – everything you study is related to the management roles and responsibilities you exercise.

Key features of the course

  • Build on your existing experience and develops the skills needed to be a successful manager 
  • Takes a very practice-based approach to studying management concepts
  • Apply newly learned skills, knowledge and techniques immediately in your own context
  • Respond to the management development needs of your organisation, wherever you are in the world
A valuable qualification in its own right, this certificate can be an entry route to our MBA.

Course Summary

Certificate

Certificate

  • Qualification unique to The Open University.
  • Focus on a particular profession or subject area.
  • Study for interest or career development.
  • A wide range of subjects and levels.
Course code
S01
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
70
How long it takes
Part time – 1 year
Time limit – 4 years
Study method
Distance learning 

Course details

This certificate has one stage comprised of three modules that amount to 70 credits.

Stage 1 (70 credits)

You’ll begin by using activities and problem-solving to take you through core topics in organisational behaviour and human resource management, focusing on your own work situations and practices. Then you’ll explore topics in marketing and finance. Finally, you’ll consolidate the key learning points, practise management techniques, and develop your ability to understand and tackle complex management problems.

We regularly review our curriculum; therefore, the qualification described on this page – including its availability, its structure, and available modules – may change over time. If we make changes to this qualification, we’ll update this page as soon as possible. Once you’ve registered or are studying this qualification, where practicable, we’ll inform you in good time of any upcoming changes. If you’d like to know more about the circumstances in which the University might make changes to the curriculum, see our Academic Regulations or contact us. This description was last updated on 21 March 2018.


Accessibility

We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The Professional Certificate in Management uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:

  • studying a mixture of printed and online material – online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
  • using mathematical and scientific expressions, notation and assorted techniques
  • working in a group with other students
  • using and producing diagrams or screenshots
  • undertaking practical work
  • finding external/third party material online

For more detailed information, see the Accessibility Statements on individual module descriptions. If you feel you may need additional support with any of the elements above, visit our disability page to find more about what we offer. Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your individual requirements, so we can put arrangements in place before you start.


Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

Read the detailed learning outcomes here

Credit transfer

If you have already studied at university level, you may be able to count it towards your Open University qualification – which could save you time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study. At the OU we call this credit transfer.

It’s not just university study that can be considered, you can also transfer study from a wide range of professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.

You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least 4 weeks before the registration closing date. We will need to know what you studied, where and when and you will need to provide evidence of your previous study.

For more details of when you will need to apply by and to download an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.


On completion

On completion of this undergraduate course, we'll award you the Professional Certificate in Management.

Recognition in your country

If you intend to use your Open University qualifications to seek work or undertake further study outside the UK, we recommend checking whether your intended qualification will meet local requirements for your chosen career. Read recognition in my country.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the qualification-specific regulations below and the academic regulations that are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website. 

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this certificate. However, this is an OU level 3 certificate. You should ensure that you have adequate study skills, such as those gained from OU level 1 and 2 study or equivalent, before you begin.

You need not be currently employed as a manager – however, we strongly recommend that you have some knowledge and experience of managing, supervising or team leading in an organisation. It is not possible to study this certificate without any work experience. 

How much time do I need?

  • Most of our students study part time, completing 60 credits a year.
  • This will usually mean studying for 16–18 hours a week.

Counting previous study

You could save time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study towards this qualification, if you have:

  • already studied at university level (even if you didn't finish your studies)
  • other professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs

Find out more about credit transfer

 

Your next step

Call us on +44 300 303 0266 or book a call back. Our friendly team of advisers will discuss your study options with you, and help you decide on the best starting point for you.

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How much will it cost?
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How much will it cost in England?

We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost.

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification up front.
  • A qualification comprises a series of modules, each with an individual fee. Added together, they give you the total cost.
  • If, like most OU students, you study part time at a rate of 60 credits a year, you'll take six years to complete an honours degree.
  • Our current fee for 60 credits is £2,928*.
  • Our current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £5,856*.
  • At current prices, the total cost of your qualification would be £3,416*.
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*The fee information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2019. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees.


Skills for career development

The Professional Certificate in Management is a recognised qualification in its own right, and providing you have relevant work experience it can provide an entry route to our MBA programme. It will help you develop the skills needed to be a successful manager, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication, effective project management and managing your time. Problem-based activities allow you to engage with issues from your own work context and from case studies. The certificate will equip you with a rounded understanding of how management works in practice, as well as key management skills and techniques that you can apply at work.

Career relevance

This certificate is ideal if you are in a first management or supervisory position, or if you are planning to further your management career. The skills and knowledge you’ll develop are highly valued by employers, especially in contexts such as leadership and management development, establishing new businesses and management/business consultancy. A qualification in management can lead to opportunities in a wide range of areas such as:

  • middle and senior management positions across all sectors
  • advertising and marketing
  • accountancy
  • human resources
  • banking, including investment banking
  • sales and retail
  • management consultancy
  • business journalism
  • transport and logistics.
 

Accreditation

The Open University Business School is one of the few institutions worldwide that are triple-accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), and Association of MBAs (AMBA)  These are internationally recognised quality standards which independently validate the quality of the School’s teaching, research and operations. The School undergoes regular reviews to ensure that standards are maintained and has successfully retained its triple accredited status since 2004. This qualification is accredited through inclusion in these reviews.

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Other careers

Employers are keen to utilise the commercial awareness that people with management skills offer as increasing globalisation and continual changes in technology, communications, financial services and distribution of goods and services open up new opportunities in management and business.

In addition to improving your career prospects, studying with the OU is an enriching experience that broadens your horizons, develops your knowledge, builds your confidence and enhances your life skills. 

Exploring your options

Once you register with us (and for up to three years after you finish your studies), you’ll have full access to our careers service for a wide range of information and advice – including online forums, website, interview simulation, vacancy service as well as the option to email or speak to a careers adviser. Some areas of the careers service website are available for you to see now, including help with looking for and applying for jobs. You can also read more general information about how OU study enhances your career.

In the meantime if you want to do some research around this qualification and where it might take you, we’ve put together a list of relevant job titles as a starting point (note that some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience):

  • business development officer
  • recruitment consultant
  • e-marketing executive
  • publicity officer
  • risk analyst
  • advertising account manager
  • management consultant
  • business journalist
  • accountant
  • human resources manager
  • sales and retail manager
  • business analyst
  • area manager
  • logistics manager
  • marketing manager.

Register for this course

Start dates
Credit transfer: apply by 16/08/2018
Credit transfer: apply by 14/02/2019

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