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Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate

Improve your knowledge of management


  • Study six 100-hour modules that are flexible to suit you and your interests.

  • Learn about the theory and practice of management.

  • Enhance your career prospects - apply what you learn.

  • Business owners can learn to improve their management skills.

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Learn the theory and practice of management

600-hour certificate level qualification.

The Management Certificate is studied by distance learning. You work through the course supported by our excellent tutors who are there to help you every step of the way - marking your assignments and answering your questions.

To pass the qualification, you are required to pass an assignment at the end of each lesson. So for example, there are 6 lessons in the Management module, so 6 assignments.

You are also required to pass 6 exams. Exams can be taken at a time and location to suit you.

Course Duration: 600 hours.

Start Date:
Start at any time - study at a pace that suits you, and with full tutor support for the duration of your studies.

The course comprises 6 modules - 2 core (compulsory) plus 4 elective modules (enabling you to tailor the course to your specific areas of interest).

To obtain the Certificate in Management, you must successfully complete all assignments and pass an exam in each of 6 modules.  The modules are listed below, with more details on each module further down this page.

(you must study these):
Management VBS105
Project Management BBS201

ELECTIVE MODULES (select 4 from the list below):
Motivation VBS111
Supervision VBS104
Industrial Psychology BPS103
Conflict Management BPS201
Bookkeeping Foundations BBS103
Bookkeeping Applications BBS203
Business Planning BBS302


There are 6 lessons as follows:

1. Introduction & Organisational Structures
2. Management Theories & Procedures
3. Problem Solving & Decision Making
4. Management Styles & External Influences
5. Employing People & Interview Skills
6. Staff Management

Course aims
On successful completion of this module you should be able to do the following:

  • Explain the role of managers in an organisation and the kinds of organisations in which they function.
  • Identify the processes and procedures that are associated with the effective management of staff in the workplace.
  • Describe the use of motivation in the workplace and the effects this can have on staff performance.
  • Describe how to recruit and interview a new staff member for a specific job in an organisation.
  • Discuss work-group project preparation, costing, performance analysis and goal completion from a managerial perspective.
  • Describe the principles of Occupational Health and Safety policies, and their application in your industry sector.

Project Management is an invaluable tool used in all industries, and in all sorts of situations. It is relevant to a diverse range of projects, including technical, human resources, marketing, and more.

There are 9 lessons as follows:

1. Introduction
Understanding what project management is, and what its applications might be.
2. Project Identification
Identification and defining projects which need management.
3. Project Planning
Developing a strategy and framework for the plan.
4. Project Implementation
Managers duties during implementation, developing a Preparation Control Chart, Regulating implementation.
5. Project Completion & Evaluation
Dangers in this stage, Steps in Project completion, Declaring a project sustainable, Developing an evaluation method.
6. Technical Project Management Skills
Preparing a proposal, budget control/management, steps in drawing up a
post project appraisal.
7. Leadership Skills
Styles of leadership, leadership principles and methods.
8. Improving Key Personnel Skills
Listening skills, Negotiation skills, Conflict management.
9. Major Assignment
Developing full documentation for a project.


This module contains 8 lessons, as follows:

1. Introduction
Describe the nature and scope of motivation, and identify the differences between people that distinguish the application of motivational skills to achieve a successful outcome
2. Awareness
Explain the significance of knowledge and understanding to motivation.
3. Tangible Rewards
Explain the effect of Tangible Rewards (eg: Money, Services, Goods) as a major motivator.
4. Intangible Rewards
Explain the effect of intangible Rewards (eg: Security, Ethics, Gratitude, Belief Systems/Religion, Peer Pressure) as a major motivator.
5. Negative Motivators
Explain how actions can be motivated by negative motivators (eg. Pain, Suffering, Discipline, Threats), and distinguish this type of motivation from that achieved through positive motivators.
6. Initiating Motivation
Explain how to initiate motivation with an individual or group for a situation not previously confronted.
7. Maintaining Motivation
Explain how motivation can be maintained or increased in both successful and unsuccessful environments.
8. Applications
Identify a wide range of situations where motivational skills can be applied, and determine an appropriate way to initiate and maintain motivation in each of those situations.

There are 10 lessons as follows:

1.   Introduction - Organisational structures & responsibilities.
2.   Understanding the Work Place - Government and private personnel  
      departments, unions.
3.   Communications and Human Relations.
4.   Motivating Employees.
5.   Organising the Work Place.
6.   Problem Solving Techniques.
7.   Discipline, Complaints and Grievances.
8.   Interviewing, Recruitment, Training.
9.   Work Place Safety.
10. Dealing with Management - worker participation, report writing, staff

There are 10 lessons in this module, as follows:

1.   Introduction
Free Will versus Determinism, Developmental and Interactive Expressions of Behaviour, Nature versus Nurture, Influence of Environment on Learning Behaviour, Modelling and Conformity, Conditioning involves Certain Environmental Factors which Encourage Learning to Take Place, Classical Conditioning, Operant Conditioning, Reinforcement & Punishment.
2.   Understanding the Employees Thinking
Sensation and perception, thinking and day dreaming, the Gestalt approach, unconscious and conscious psychic elements. explaining behaviour, knowledge of brain processes, personal interpretation of a given situation, instinct. Terminology including: Mating, Curiosity, Maternal, Acquiring, Repulsion, Constructiveness, Rivalry, Laughter, Fighting, Walking, Swallowing, Play, Imitation, Sleep, Modesty, Domineering, Religion, Self Asserting, Sneezing, Thirst, Cleanliness, Workmanship, Parenting, Food seeking, Flight, Collecting, Sympathy.
3.   Personality & Temperament
Mature & immature temperaments (eg. Sanguine, Melancholic, Choleric, Phlegmatic), emotional types, fear, intelligence, knowledge, deviation, etc.
4.   Psychological Testing
The Application Form; Psychological Test; The Interview; Intelligence Tests; Laws of Learning; Devising Tests; Selecting Appropriate Tests.
5.   Management & Managers
Qualities of Managers, Understanding morale, discipline, training, etc.
6.   The Work Environment
Noise, Space, Light, Temperature, Speed of Work, etc. Accidents, Breakages, Fatigue etc.
7.   Motivation and Incentives
Maslows model of self actualisation, Security, Money, Ambition, Companionship, Social reinforcement, Labour wastage, etc
8.   Recruitment
Ways of seeking applicants, types of interview, ways of selecting staff.
9.   Social Considerations
Group Behaviour, Conformity, Industrial Groups, The Hawthorne Effect.
10. Abnormalities and Disorders
Psychosis Neurosis Personality Disorders, Variance, Partial Disability (e.g. arm/leg injuries; epilepsy, digestive disorders etc), The Psycho Neurotic.

There are 8 lessons in this module, as follows:

1. Conflict Management and Anger
2. Listening
3. Negotiation
4. Mediation
5. Facilitation
6. Balance of Power
7. Discussion and Group Work
8. Crisis Analysis and Responses

Course Aims

  • Describe the nature of human conflict and ways to manage it.
  • Explain the importance of listening when dealing with conflict situations, and appreciate different listening techniques.
  • Define negotiation and discuss the process of negotiation
  • Define mediation and discuss the process of mediation
  • Define facilitation and discuss the process of facilitation
  • Discuss problems that may arise through negotiation, in particular, balance of power and its connotations
  • Explain the importance of working in groups as a means of learning how to deal with group conflicts
  • Explain ways of understanding and dealing with different types of crisis.

BOOKKEEPING I (Bookkeeping Foundations) BBS103
ACS is an Accredited Training Centre by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers. Students who complete this course are eligible to join this institute which is the largest such institute in the bookkeeping industry-world wide.

There are 13 lessons as follows:

1.   Introduction
2.   Balance Sheet
3.   Analysing and Designing Accounting Systems
4.   The Double Entry Recording Process
5.   Cash Receipts and Cash Payments Journal
6.   Credit Fees and Purchases Journal
7.   The General Journal
8.   Closing the Ledger
9.   Profit and Loss Statement
10. Depreciation on Non-current Assets
11. Profit Determination and Balance Day Adjustments
12. Cash Control: Bank Reconciliation and Petty Cash
13. Cash Control: Budgeting

BOOKKEEPING II (Bookkeeping Applications) BBS203
There are 12 lessons as follows:

1.   Trading firms and accounting rules
2.   Physical Inventory System
3.   Perpetual Inventory System
4.   Inventory Valuation
5.   Accounting for bad and doubtful debts
6.   Classified Profit and Loss Statements for trading firms
7.   Control Accounts
8.   Budgeting for Trading Firms
9.   Statement of Cash Flows
10. Alternatives in Accounting
11. Analysis and Interpretation of Accounting Reports
12. Business Expansions and Sources of Finance

There are 11 lessons as follows:

1.   Introduction to Business Planning – The business plan, strategic and
      operational planning, feasibility studies, the executive summary.
2.   Focus and Direction – Deciding on direction, visualising future business
      directions, vision and mission statements
3.   Legal and Administrative Requirements – Legal structure of a business,
      business names, taxation, regulations, licenses and permits, types of
      business ownership
4.   Developing Objectives and Strategies – Setting goals and objectives,
      SWOT and GAP analyses, strategies for achieving objectives
5.   Planning for Growth – Planned as opposed to runaway growth,
      subcontracting, franchising, licensing, the growth plan
6.   Risk Management and Contingencies – Approaches to risk management,
      identifying business risks
7.   Systems – System components, the quality audit, bench-marking,
      business plans as a mechanism of control
8.   Marketing Plans – The definition of marketing, marketing requirements,
      the marketing process, market research, implications of unplanned
9.   Operation Plans – Control of business operations, writing an operation
10. Human Resource Plans – The value of human resources, occupational
      health and safety, skills and competencies of different staff
11. Financial Plans – The importance of financial planning, establishment
      costs and start up capital, cash flow forecasts, profit and loss statements.

You can start the course at any time.

It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.  Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

The Certificate requires around 600 hours of study. This is made up of six 100 hour modules.

To pass the course –
1.  Pass all assignments on the six 100 hour modules. There will be an
     assignment at the end of each lesson to submit to your tutor for marking
     and feedback.
2.  Pass six examinations – one on each module. These are usually taken at
     the end of the module and can be arranged at a time and location to suit


  • You can start the course at any time and study at your own pace (we do not impose a time limit for you to complete your studies).
  • Fit your studies around your own busy lifestyle - we provide full tutor support for all the time you are studying.
  • Study where you want to - online studies offer the flexibility for you to determine where and when you study.

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Timothy WalkerB.A.(Botany), RHS.M. Hort., Post.Grad.Dip.Ed. Former Director, Oxford Botanic Gardens.
Kara WightKara Wight - Animal Scientist, Photographer and Business woman. BSc (Applied Bioscience and Zoology), HND (Animal Care), HND (Photography & Imaging) Kara gained an HND in Animal Care and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Applied Bioscience and Zoology. She has a wide range of experience working with animals such dogs, small pets, birds, zoo animals, British wildlife and reptiles. Kara gained this experience working within animal parks, canine rescue centres and a wildlife hospital. She also managed an animal care training facility for a college. At this training facility she instructed and lectured students within Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing from National Certificate level to Higher National Diploma levels. Kara also gained an HND in Photography and Imaging and has 5 years’ experience within this sector. She ran a small portraiture and wedding photography business and also exhibited work in art exhibitions. Kara gained more experience photographing sporting and festival events. Kara currently runs a pet care and training business in the UK and also has entry to undertake her MSc in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law this academic year.
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