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£2,250 per year.

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Charity and Social Enterprise Management

Charity and Social Enterprise Management

Course overview

Keen and ambitious to thrive in the rapidly evolving third sector? Our part-time Certificate of Higher Education in Charity and Social Enterprise Management can help.

The dynamic course offers you the chance to cultivate management and leadership skills pertinent to your existing role.

Developed following comprehensive consultations with the third sector, this two-year course is ideal whether you’re an employee, volunteer or trustee of a charity, social enterprise or co-operative.

Every organisation requires strong leadership and individuals equipped with the ability to make tough decisions – are you ready to step up?

Course detail

What You’ll Learn

The course is structured around modules, with each focused on a different theme.

These modules include...

Leadership and Management in the Third Sector

Designed to develop your knowledge of the functional requirements of a leadership role, this module puts forward a variety of techniques to help you to succeed in a continuously evolving environment.

Social Enterprise

Find out how your organisation can potentially generate additional income through increased commercial activity.

Financial Management in the Third Sector

Fancy improving your practical skills? This module will help you learn more about funding issues and sustainability improvements.

Marketing For Third Sector Organisations

Benefit from a comprehensive understanding of the principles that underpin marketing and work on developing a line of attack for marketing YOUR third sector organisation.

Human Resource Management in the Third Sector

This module will look at all aspects of human resource management from a third sector perspective.

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.


Good news! You don’t need to sit any exams to pass this course.

Instead, you’ll apply what you’ve learnt to the workplace and carry out assessments to reflect various tasks that are part and parcel of your role (presentations, reports, written assignments).

How Long Does It Take?

You’ll study part-time for two years to complete the course. We recommend that you set aside approximately five to eight hours per week for study.


How You’ll Benefit

  • Improve existing skills and knowledge to boost personal performance and climb the career ladder.
  • Play an integral part in delivering your organisation’s vision.
  • Obtain an internationally recognised university qualification to increase your career prospects.
  • Flexible online learning allows you to fit study around work and life commitments.
  • Build up a vital network of likeminded peers.

How Your Organisation Benefits

  • Develop your existing abilities and knowledge to help deliver your organisation’s vision.
  • Boost your organisation’s ability to respond to change.
  • Achieve fast and permanent results through relevant and practical work-based learning.
  • Make evident the commitment to staff development through a nationally recognised university qualification.
  • Improve motivation in the workplace and support your organisation’s commitment to succession planning and talent nurturing.

The Nuts and Bolts of Work-Related Learning

The Charity and Social Enterprise Management course is designed to support learning in the workplace, enabling you to put what you’ve learnt into practice immediately.

Not only is time spent away from the workplace minimal, you and your employer benefit from course content and assessment material based around work activities, which reinforces your practical work-based skills.

Although you’ll spend most of your time learning remotely, you can still enjoy full access to the university’s facilities...

For example, you can take advantage of our extensive online library catalogue or, alternatively, check out one of our campuses and benefit from everything that they have to offer.

Why choose Anglia Ruskin?

Quite simply, our understanding of the skills required to lead third sector organisations is second to none. It's one of the reasons we've been named Entrepreneurial University of the Year.

We’re home to 3rd Sector Futures, a specialist unit central to the development of this course, who offer considerable experience of working with charities, social enterprises and other organisations to deliver training, research and consultancy.

Additionally, our reputation for developing and delivering top-notch training in the workplace has seen us work with prestigious clients in the third sector, public sector and private sector, including:

  • NHS
  • British Red Cross
  • Royal Voluntary Service
  • RAF
  • Harrods
  • Willmott Dixon
  • Luminus Group

Our work-based training is designed to enhance existing skills and boost your contribution to your business.

We believe that higher education should encourage you to develop the kind of professional skills that help you and your organisation’s conspicuousness in our increasingly competitive world.


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. You will enhance your contribution to your organisation and your career prospects in the third sector.

Links with industry and 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 you and throughout the course there will be extensive opportunities to network and build links with your third sector colleagues.

Career Advice

Our Employability Service is here to help give you the best chance of landing the job you want. We’ll help you improve your skills and bulk up your CV to improve your career prospects.

As a distance learning student, you’ll still benefit from help and advice on CV writing, interview techniques, job hunting, and general careers advice. 

To find out more please visit our careers advice page.

Entry requirements

You need to be currently employed or volunteer in a third sector organisation.

You need to have at least two ‘A’ levels.

You also need to have a good standard of English if it isn't your first language (IELTS 6 or equivalent).

However, If you don’t meet all of the entry requirements, don’t worry. We encourage you to apply if you have relevant work experience instead of traditional qualifications, as each application is considered on an individual basis.

Always feel free to contact us to discuss your application.


Charity and Social Enterprise Management