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The Open University Certificate

Professional Certificate in Accounting

The Open University Certificate, Please note that the final enrolment date for this qualification will be in March 2018 after which it will no longer be available to new students. You must complete your study by 31st December 2019. If you would like to discuss your options with one of our advisers, please contact us or book a call back.

If you want a route into the accountancy profession or need accounting skills at work, this certificate is for you. You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of financial and management accounting and its role in business organisations – including how to prepare accounts and how to use accounting information for decision-making, planning and control. You’ll also explore issues of business law, corporate governance and ethics as they relate to accounting and management.

Key features of the course

  • Prepares you for professional accountancy training
  • Accredited by a range of professional bodies
  • Provides exemption from some qualifying exams
  • You may be able to count existing accounting qualifications towards this certificate

Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

Are you fascinated by the night sky and the mysteries of the Universe? This certificate will provide you with a good basic introduction to astronomy and planetary science, and equip you with the skills for further study. You’ll investigate the stars and their life cycles; the structure of planets and their atmospheres; galaxies and quasars; space exploration; planetary processes; and the origin and evolution of the Universe – including how it might continue to evolve in the future.

Key features of the course

  • Endorsed by the Royal Astronomical Society
  • Develops skills of reason and logic that are highly prized in the workplace
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study

Certificate in Health and Social Care

Care is constantly in the headlines and profoundly affects everybody’s lives. This certificate is focused on two things. It provides a valuable introduction to learning in higher education and it also provides an authoritative overview of health and social care. Real-life case studies will give you an insight into what it is like to experience care and of working in care services. Whether you’re involved in care work (paid or unpaid), use services yourself, or simply have a general interest, this course will help you to build knowledge, understanding, and a range of learning skills, as well as preparing you for further study.

Key features of the course

  • Provides a fascinating insight into the provision of health and social care services in the UK
  • Encourages you to draw on your own ideas and experiences
  • Introduces the essential skills of academic study
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study

Certificate in Health Sciences

What happens to our bodies when we drink alcohol? How do we feel pain? What happens to our bodies when we contract an infectious disease? If you’re interested in the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability, this certificate is for you. It integrates biological, chemical and physical sciences with psychology, health statistics and social sciences to investigate the underlying causes and solutions in a range of conditions – from pain and addiction to lung disease and cancer.

Key features of the course

  • Explore health topics in their wider personal, cultural and social contexts
  • Learn to evaluate evidence; understand and use scientific terms and concepts; handle numbers; and interpret graphs and tables
  • Enhance your employability in healthcare and other settings
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study

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.

A valuable qualification in its own right, this certificate can be an entry route to our MBA.

Certificate in Physics

Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age – discoveries being made now will change your life, and learning physics will change the way you think about the world. This certificate provides a wide-ranging introduction to physics and its applications, covering classical mechanics, thermal physics, fields, waves, relativity, and quantum physics of solids, atoms and nuclei – setting many of them in their historical context. It also gives you a fascinating introduction to experimental physics.

Key features of the course

  • Endorsed by the Institute of Physics
  • Includes hands-on, practical science activities
  • Develops skills of reason and logic that are highly prized in the workplace
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study

Professional Certificate in Practical Statistics

Statistics play an important role in almost all areas of employment, the need to understand how to use data to inform scientific and business decisions has never been more important. This certificate will introduce you to key ideas in statistics and equip you with the skills to explore, summarise and analyse data to solve practical problems. You’ll gain an appreciation of the breadth of statistical applications and the role of variability in today’s world.

Key features of the course

  • Covers key topics such as exploratory data analysis, models for distributions, statistical inference, experimental design and statistical modelling techniques
  • Uses a range of statistical software packages for analysis, including linear and generalised linear modelling
  • Develops your ability to communicate and critically comment on the results of statistical investigations and data analyses
  • Teaches the skills necessary to use statistics at work

Certificate in Promoting Public Health

Public health is everyone’s business – and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and voluntary sectors is now acknowledged as vital. This certificate enables you, whatever your background and expertise, to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of multidisciplinary public health across the UK, internationally and globally, to move forward your everyday actions and practice.

Key features of the course

  • Investigates health projects, community involvement, policy making, and delivering ethical evidence-based practice
  • Challenges your own assumptions around public health, and health promotion policies and interventions
  • Develops a skill set for evidence-based practice – including research, analysis and evaluation
  • Builds key employability skills such as communication, critical reflection, and IT