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Professional Certificate in Management

If you’re new to management, or you need to develop your managerial abilities and understanding, this certificate course 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 modern organisations. 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 to develop your learning
  • 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
  • Applicable to the commercial, public or voluntary sector.
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Certificate

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 cost
See Fees & funding
Entry requirements
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Start dates

Credit transfer: apply by 05/02/2015

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Course details

This certificate comprises 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.


Compulsory modules (70 credits)

  • Managing 1: organisations and people (B628) or the online version BZX628

    The first of three practice-focused modules leading to the Professional Certificate in Management. Investigates organisational behaviour and human resource management, focusing on your own role.

  • Managing 2: marketing and finance (B629) or the online version BZX629

    This practical module from our Professional Certificate in Management programme covers topics in marketing and finance through activities and problem-solving, focusing on your own role.

  • Managing 3: the integration challenge (B690)

    Consolidate the key learning points from your previous management studies and integrate organisational, people, customer and financial based perspectives of the managerial role. You will attend a UK-based residential school (or study an online alternative). 


The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.


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 – reducing the number of modules you need to study. It’s not just study completed at a university that can be considered, you can transfer study from a wide range of professional qualifications as well. A full list of the qualifications and institutions we can consider for credit transfer can be found on our credit transfer website.

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 original evidence of your previous study. We will compare this against the learning outcomes for your chosen qualification and inform you of any award.

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, you will be awarded the Professional Certificate in Management.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:

These regulations are also available on our Essential Documents 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. For more information and sample module material, download our taster pack.

General study skills

Anyone can study with The Open University, but if it's a while since you did any academic work it's worth checking that your time management, computing and English skills are up to speed. Visit Can I do it? to find out more.

How much will it cost?

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.

*The fee information provided here is valid for courses starting before 31 July 2015. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation. Fees information for courses starting between 1 August 2015 – 31 July 2016 will be available in March 2015.

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
  • If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632*.
  • Our current fee is £5,264* – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification starts from £3,070* based on our current fees.

Additional costs

Additional costs

Study costs

There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

Residential school fees

This course may contain a residential school, when you study this the tuition fee may not include accommodation and meals, and you may be asked to pay an additional fee of up to £255. You will also be responsible for the cost of your travel to the venue. If you're on a low income you will be able to apply for help with these costs after you've registered. 

Ways to pay for your qualification and other support

We know there’s a lot to think about when choosing to study, not least how you can pay. That’s why we offer a wide range of flexible payment and funding options to help make study more affordable than you might think. Options include Tuition Fee Loans (also known as student loans), monthly payment plans and employer sponsorship. 

We’re confident we can help you find an option that’s right for you.

Just answer these simple questions to find out more about the options available to you for courses starting before 1 August 2015. Updated information for courses starting after this will be available in March 2015.




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British Forces

  • Only currently serving members of the British armed forces, who are temporarily and unavoidably working abroad and using BFPO addresses, are eligible to pay UK course fees for the total time spent outside the UK. Other students who are able to use BFPO addresses need to contact the Student Registration and Enquiry Service (SRS) Pricing Area Team on +44 (0)300 303 5303 for UK fee eligibility to be assessed.
* The fee and funding information provided here is valid for courses starting before 31 July 2015. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation. Fees for courses starting from 1 August 2015 will be available in March 2015.

An OU qualification will always help you stand out from the crowd, now and in the future – whether you’re just starting out, developing your career, or changing direction entirely.

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.
 

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.

Want to see more jobs? Use the career explorer for job ideas from the National Careers Service, PlanIT Plus in Scotland and Prospects across all nations. You can also visit GradIreland for the Republic of Ireland.

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