Charity and Social Enterprise Management Cert HE

Short course with credit (2 years)

Cambridge, Online, London

January & September

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. Study with us fully online, or with workshops in London or Cambridge.

Application Deadline:
Wed, Aug 1st, 2018

£2,350 per year.

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QAA Quality Mark This 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?

Full Description

How you will learn

The course will focus on learning in the workplace, with the materials you need to succeed easily accessed through our innovative Learning Management System (LMS).

You can communicate with your tutors and fellow students online and attend optional workshops to help reinforce what you’ve learnt.

All projects and learning activities will be completed in your own time, but our friendly teaching staff are always on hand to support you throughout the course.

Importantly, despite learning remotely, distance is never a barrier.

The course will be completed over 2 years part-time study online, plus there are 2 optional workshops per semester, or 4 per year:

  • September 2018 starters will have 4 optional workshops at our Cambridge campus.
  • January 2019 starters will have 4 optional workshops at our ARU London campus.

Through this course you will

Improve your skills and knowledge as a third sector leader in these areas of business management:

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

Develop intellectual, academic and interpersonal skills, enabling you to perform more effectively in your organisation.

Continue to improve your professional development through an accredited university-level qualification.

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What Our Students Say

“There is no other course like it in the country – possibly the world! Everything you learn is then practically implemented directly into your workplace."

"I feel proud of myself for doing the course, my work place has benefited from it and it will be one of my greatest life achievements."

"In four years our turnover has increase from £40k to £400k. I have gone from 1 member of staff to 15."

"Campus learning was not an option for me, but distance learning allowed me to do this wonderful course from the comfort of my own home."

Katherine Staples, Head of Safer Communities CIC

"For anyone with managerial experience who is new to the third sector, this course is invaluable."

Rose Walker, Operations Manager, Kids Inspire

Course Details

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.
  • Choose to study fully online, or with options workshops in London or Cambridge, UK.

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 were 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.

Meet your Tutors

Andy BradyThe course leader of our 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.

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.


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’re expected to have at least 80 UCAS points at A-level (or equivalent) and Maths and English GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above.

As a distance learner, you’ll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of word processing, internet and email.

If English is not your first language, you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 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.

Fees & Funding

This course costs £2,350 per year, for 2 years. 

Government-backed part time student loans are also available to cover the cost of studying this course. These are subject to eligibility and terms and conditions, check out our student loan information for more details.

We also offer payment by instalments, so you can spread the cost of studying with us. Please contact us to discuss your options.

Help with funding your course


ProvideThanks to the generous support of Provide we are able to offer a limited number of bursaries to students working in the third sector in the East of England. To be eligible for this offer, which will reduce your course fees for the Cert HE in Charity and Social Enterprise Management to just £1,125 per year, please complete your application form as normal.

If your application to the course is successful and you are eligible you will be considered for the bursary. Bursaries are limited in number and are allocated on a first come basis. If successful, your offer letter will reflect the reduced price of £1,125 per year. If you wish to discuss this offer please feel free to call us on 01245 686 707 or email

"Provide has assisted twenty students to access the innovative and exciting Charity and Social Enterprise Management course run by 3rd Sector Futures at Anglia Ruskin University. Invest in Impact has given us the opportunity to support a range of leaders from local charities and social enterprises, allowing us to have a positive impact on the individuals and on their organisations.

"This gives us a social return on our investment and has enhanced our reputation in the third sector, and we plan to develop our thriving relationship with Anglia Ruskin still further in the future."

John Niland, Chief Executive of Provide


We are delighted that Britvic Soft Drinks are supporting a student in the East of England, helping them cover the cost of studying their course. Please contact us on 01245 686 707 or email if you would like to discuss funding for this course.

"We have always been committed to helping local charities. The nice thing about Invest in Impact is that we can help both the individual manager and their organisation, which benefits from better management and more sustainable services."

Lauretta Lamont, from Britvic Soft Drinks

To discuss specific requirements, options for groups and other questions you may have please contact us today on 01245 686 707 and talk to a one of our dedicated work-based learning advisers.

Our funding offers are subject to availability and acceptance. We reserve the right to withdraw these offers at any time without prior notice. These offers are non-transferable.

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