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Cert HE Charity and Social Enterprise Management

Charity and Social Enterprise Management

Course overview

The Cert HE Charity and Social Enterprise Management is a practical university level course which has been designed to develop the skills and knowledge required for management in the third sector (charities, social enterprises, co-operatives and similar organisations).

The course has been designed for people working within the third sector in the Eastern region, including paid employees, trustees and board members, as well as public sector staff in services moving towards a mutual or social enterprise model. We consulted extensively with the third sector when designing the course and have brought together our experience in charity and social enterprise management as well as the commercial and business expertise of the Lord Ashcroft International Business School. The result is a modern, forward-thinking course that develops practical know-how and work-based skills as well as a strategic and academic outlook within a third sector context. In addition there will be significant opportunities to share experience with peers in the sector and also draw upon resources within Anglia Ruskin University.

The course will be completed over 2 years part-time study online via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Students will also carry out assignments and projects in their own time, supported throughout by our teaching staff and fellow students. There are 2 optional workshops per semester or 4 per year.

  • September starters will have 4 optional workshops in Cambridge
  • January starters will have 4 optional workshops in Manchester

The aims of the course are:

To improve the skills and knowledge of third sector leaders in these areas of business management:

  • Leadership & Management
  • Social Enterprise
  • Marketing
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Social Impact Measurement

To develop students' intellectual, academic and interpersonal skills, enabling them to perform more effectively in the workplace environment.

To evidence professional development through an accredited university-level qualification.

To meet the needs of third sector employers seeking to improve the skills of their managers.

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Course detail

Core modules

  • Leadership and Management in the Third Sector

    Successful leadership and management in the modern third sector requires delivery against social objectives while ensuring the financial sustainability of the organisation. Leaders and managers need a distinct set of skills to thrive in this context. This module develops students? knowledge of the functional requirements of their role, and introduces techniques to enable them to succeed in a competitive and dynamic environment.

  • Social Enterprise

    This module examines the activity of social enterprise, which can be undertaken by charities and voluntary organisations seeking to maximise income. We analyse the policy, funding and commercial context of social enterprise activity and its impact, challenges and opportunities. We also examine social enterprise organisations, their legal structures and management approaches. This is a particularly timely module as social enterprise activity becomes increasingly important within the sector.

  • Financial Management in the Third Sector

    The financial context of the third sector is changing rapidly, and increasingly people at all levels of an organisation require sound financial management skills. This module provides an understanding of financial management principles and develops practical skills tailored to working in the third sector, particularly looking at funding issues and improving sustainability.

  • Marketing for Third Sector Organisations

    Marketing is increasingly influential in organisational strategy as well as the design and delivery of third sector goods and services. This module gives you an understanding of marketing principles and in particular focuses on developing strategies in the third sector.

  • Human Resource Management in the Third Sector

    The management of people is crucial to all organisations and particularly important in the third sector. This module examines all aspects of human resource management from a third sector perspective, including recruitment, managing volunteers, performance management, strategic and legal aspects.

  • Social Impact Management

    How can charities and social enterprise measure the social, environmental and economic impacts of their work? This module introduces a selection of tools to measure impact and a practical analysis of the costs and benefits and how to manage each process.


Assessment has been designed to apply the learning to your work context, reflecting the kind of tasks you may have to do as part of your job: presentations, reports and written assignments. There are no examinations.



Anglia Ruskin University has an extensive Digital Library that provides on and off campus access to databases, e-journals and E-books supported by on site collections of printed books and journals. The libraries offer a range of spaces and facilities including provision for group work and discussion, individual silent study, use of multi-media, networked PCs, wireless connectivity for laptops and standard IT applications. Friendly and expert staff are on hand to provide support at reception, enquiry and online service points and run a comprehensive programme of information and study skills training. Opening hours are extensive at our main sites, throughout semesters and during vacations. All Anglia Ruskin students are entitled to automatic membership of the University Library.

We have extensive modern campuses in Cambridge and Chelmsford. All students, including distance learners, can use facilities on both campuses, as well as University Centre Peterborough, College of West Anglia and Harlow College. The University has large multidisciplinary libraries at Cambridge and Chelmsford and two specialist Health libraries at Fulbourn and Peterborough.

Meet the team

The course Pathway Leader of the Cert HE Charity and Social Enterprise Management is Andy Brady. Andy is a senior lecturer at the Lord Ashcroft Business School, based in Chelmsford. Having worked in the public and private sectors, but most extensively in the voluntary and community sector in London, Andy became a project manager at Anglia Ruskin in 2001. He has secured funding for, and managed, a range of projects which provide practical management training for social enterprise staff, and is currently leading our University's 3rd Sector Futures initiative, which undertakes learning, research and consultancy for the sector. More information on current projects can be found at:

Andy has been a director of Social Enterprise East of England (SEEE) since the company was founded, taking responsibility for areas including membership, marketing, and the SEEE website. As well as the regional role with SEEE, Andy has worked on a number of national social enterprise projects. He holds a Masters degree from University of Cambridge's Judge Business School, and has published research on networks for social enterprise.

Andy has previously taught on the undergraduate Strategic Management module on a number of occasions, and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Cambridge. In recognition of his work helping the university to engage with community organisations and social enterprises, Andy was presented with a Vice Chancellor's Award in 2008.

Praise for other 3rd Sector Futures courses

"I have been inspired beyond what I thought would be possible, and it's had a real impact on my social enterprise."
Val Beresford (Workwise Suffolk)

"The course has been excellent for both me and my business, supporting me to make links with other SE's and learn from them."
Damien Ribbans (Suffolk Circle)

"It has given me a vast range of practical skills, and the friendships that have been forged have given me inspiration in growing the enterprise and the confidence to move forward in difficult times."
Alan Soer (Arbury Community Centre)


Associated careers

The course has been designed for people working within the third sector, including paid employees, trustees and board members, as well as public sector staff in services moving towards a mutual or social enterprise model. Students will enhance their contribution to their organisation and their career prospects in the third sector.

Links with industry/Professional recognition

The Cert HE Charity and Social Enterprise Management has been designed through extensive consultation with the third sector and builds upon the research and courses developed by Third Sector Futures at Anglia Ruskin University. Practitioners from the sector will share their experience with students and through the course there will be extensive opportunities to network and build links with third sector colleagues.

Career Advice

Here at Anglia Ruskin we pride ourselves on our employability outcomes. We want to provide you with an outstanding course and outstanding career prospects.  That’s why our Employability and Careers team are on hand to help. 

As a distance learning student, it doesn’t matter how remote you are, you can still benefit from help and advice on CV writing, interview techniques, job hunting, and general careers guidance. 

To find out more please visit our careers advice page.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements: 2 A Levels or equivalent, or appropriate business experience, Written support from the applicant's employer would normally be required as part of the application process.


Charity and Social Enterprise Management