PGCert Employment, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development

Further your business and entrepreneurial skills, deliver a strategic business proposal or management project, and engage with complex real-world problems in a range of organisational contexts.

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    UCAS Code: P060617
    Course Length: 4 Months Full-Time, 6 Months Part-Time
    Start Dates: June 2020, January 2021, March 2021, June 2021, January 2022, March 2022, June 2022
    Subjects: Business and Management
    Location: Edge Hill University

    This Postgraduate Certificate is designed to enhance the employability of graduates from a wide range of disciplines through the development of skills in enterprise and entrepreneurship. You will develop your understanding of management, as well as qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques, via the use of structured in-depth case studies. This guided learning provides the basis for undertaking a bespoke project based around either a new business venture or solving an existing management problem in an organisation that you are familiar with. Whether you are seeking employment opportunities at graduate level or looking to start your own business, this programme will enable you to demonstrate and evidence your ability to look at complex management issues and provide innovative and effective solutions.

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    In Depth

    What will I study?

    The programme identifies the key essential qualities of leadership and management, enabling you to place the subject skills from your degree into a business or employment context.

    It will immerse you in business planning, identify strategic level employment competences and provide examples to assist with gaining employment or self-employment.

    Using case studies, you will look at the complex issues facing organisations before identifying, analysing and providing a solution to a management challenge of your own choice.

    How will I study?

    The programme is delivered using a ‘day school’ model where there will be seven full days of sessions, with additional support provided via our virtual learning environment.

    How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed through a combination of business reports that provide analysis of real world case studies, as well as presentations and the development of a strategic business plan.

    Who will be teaching me?

    The programme draws on the experience of academic staff in the Business School who have expertise covering a range of areas from accountancy to digital marketing to operations management. A different subject specialist will deliver each aspect of the course. In addition, you will be paired with a mentor who has a specialism that is relevant to the theme of your individual project.

    A Great Study Environment

    Students sat on newspapers reading newspapers in the foyer of the Business School.A stunning £8m building provides state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities for students in Edge Hill Business School.

    The three-storey building offers a 100-seat lecture theatre and modern seminar and meeting rooms. There are also social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning, in addition to an attractive roof garden and atrium.

    Edge Hill Business School is home to a thriving research community, hosts a growing international partnership portfolio, and is a member of AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the world’s largest management education network.


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    BUS4043Strategic Business Planning (40 credits)

    Strategic Business Planning requires you to develop a strategic response to an organisational issue. This could be a new business venture of your choice, a problem facing an organisation that you are employed by, or a similarly complex situation. Undertaking research with the guidance of experienced tutors, you will be encouraged to explore and identify responses and potential opportunities and risks. You will become more confident in your ability to identify and solve business problems and communicate your ideas to others.

    Assessment: Coursework: 80%, Practical(s): 20%.

    BUS4044Leadership and Management Essentials (20 credits)

    Leadership and Management Essentials makes use of relevant in-depth case-studies as a way of introducing you to the key management concepts and challenges that managers can expect to face. The use of in-class and online discussion is paired with tutor input to help you quickly gain a nuanced understanding of the challenges faced by managers and organisations. The skills and theoretical development on this module ensure that you will feel confident in building your own strategic plans that accurately reflect both opportunity and risk in a given context.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.


    You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.


    Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

    Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

    Entry Criteria

    Entry Requirements

    You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or upper second-class honours (2:1 or above). No specific subjects are required.

    Students with a lower second (2:2) honours degree may be admitted at the Business School’s discretion.

    English Language Requirements

    International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

    If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’). This may include credit or learning undertaken at another university.

    Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

    Career Prospects

    What are my career prospects?

    Graduates of this Postgraduate Certificate will be well equipped to move onto many different careers. These might involve roles such as graduate management schemes, analyst roles, consultancy and any role where there is a significant requirement to quickly analyse and synthesize data to make recommendations for action.

    Furthermore, as the project element of the programme is bespoke, it is also a perfect springboard to better develop your own ideas for self-employment to take forward to funders or investors. The short nature of the course also means that it is a natural route if you are considering further postgraduate or Masters level study in the future.


    Tuition Fees

    Tuition fees for full-time study on this Postgraduate Certificate are:

    • £1,740 for UK and EU students and £4,440 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20;
    • £1,800 for UK and EU students and £4,500 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21.

    Tuition fees for part-time study on this Postgraduate Certificate are:

    • £29 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20, i.e. £580 per 20 credit module;
    • £30 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21, i.e. £600 per 20 credit module.

    60 credits are required to complete a Postgraduate Certificate.

    Financial Support

    For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters guide for your intended academic year of entry.

    Financial support information for international students can be found at


    How to Apply

    There is an online application process for this programme.

    For academic year 2019/20 entry, you should apply online at

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    For academic year 2020/21 entry, you will need to apply using our own online application system. Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.

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    Course Changes

    Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

    4th April 2019 - Change of Tuition Fees

    Tuition fees for international students joining this programme in academic year 2019/20 have increased from £4,385 to £4,440.

    Tuition fees for UK and EU students for academic year 2019/20 remain unchanged.