Students will be expected to complete the certificate in one academic year, whether the course is taken on a full-time or part-time basis. The timetable will generally include one afternoon and one evening per week, although this will depend on the choice of optional subjects.
Applicants will be expected to have a ‘good’ UK honours degree (normally a 2:1 classification) or a comparable qualification. Otherwise, they will need at least five years’ full-time experience in HR management, or other appropriate experience.
Students must take the following modules to complete the postgraduate certificate: personnel practice and perspectives, labour law, and organisational behaviour. If they wish to continue their academic progress, students can take a further eight modules to achieve a postgraduate diploma, and another 12 for a Masters award.
Achieving the postgraduate certificate is the first step towards achieving a Masters award, and most students will have this as their ultimate aim. However, the certificate does provide a good grounding in its own right for those working in HR management. Those taking the course will typically include personnel managers, line managers, consultants and equal opportunities officers.