Designed to support and complement the workplace environment, this APM-accredited programme provides you with an understanding of the use of the business case throughout the project life cycle, and equips you with the tools and techniques required to become a project controls technician.
Aligned to the Association of Project Management’s 7th Body of Knowledge and delivered by our highly experienced project management team, this programme provides you with the technical skills and contextual knowledge to contribute to a complex project planning and controls process.
Utilising a flexible, online delivery model that allows you to reflect on and apply your learning to the workplace environment, the programme introduces you to the fundamentals of project management and the role of project controls across the project life. You will learn about the core project management activities and responsibilities including establishing the project scope, planning and scheduling, communication and teamwork, and managing risk. Once a basic understanding of projects and the role they play in organisations has been established, the course progresses onto the tools and techniques for effectively planning, monitoring and controlling a project.
STUDY – APPLY – REFLECT - LEARN
On this course you will…
- Explain the roles and responsibilities required to successfully deliver projects in an organisational context and particularly the role of project controls.
- Describe and analyse the business context of a project.
- Describe the use of techniques for planning and monitoring projects.
- Apply processes, methods, knowledge and skills to successfully achieve project objectives within quality, cost and time parameters.
- Communicate professionally and effectively with a wide range of stakeholders using appropriate techniques
Delivered over one university semester using an online day release delivery model, this University Certificate in Project Controls features three 20-credit modules designed to equip you with the contextual knowledge and technical skills to become a project controls professional.
- Foundations of Project Management
- Projects in Context, the Business Environment
- Project Planning and Control
Teaching and Assessment
How you will learn
This University Certificate is delivered using a flexible, blended delivery model allowing you to plan your studies around other commitments. The course is designed to be studied in a day release model, with a regular day each week spent discussing content with tutors, working through learning materials, developing practical skills and undertaking assessments.
A highly interactive student experience, our online learning sessions are delivered live by our expert tutors, and you are encouraged to contribute your thoughts, knowledge and experience to all the information that is being presented. Interaction continues after the scheduled live sessions with tools embedded into Blackboard, our Virtual learning Environment. Between taught sessions you can upload your work, observations and critical reflections to an online journal which your tutor can then read and provide feedback on, allowing you to progress at your own pace and pull out and focus on the aspects of learning that are most appropriate for your context and situation. Additional discussions can also take place with the teaching team utilising online tools such as Blackboard Collaborate or MS Teams.
As a student on a programme, you will have access to a range of informative and interactive online resources. In addition, students on the programme are able to make use of the resources and facilities for self-study and extra-curricular activities at our University campuses.
Students seeking to study this programme whilst in employment need to discuss these arrangements with their employer prior to application.
How you will be assessed
The programme uses a variety of assessment methods including written assignments, multiple-choice and short-answer tests, and presentations. Each module usually involves two pieces of assessment. Further details can be found in the programme specification.
For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
Full details are available in the programme specification.
The teaching timetable should be available from the end of August. Access to the timetable is through the Student Hub – you will be able to access the Student Hub after you have completed online registration. The teaching day is 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday; please keep your other commitments open until confirmation of your teaching timetable, and bear in mind that many courses will offer placements or fieldwork which sometimes extends into the evenings and weekends.
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See course specific entry requirements listed below.
Applicants for this programme must have GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above, or at least two years’ work experience in project delivery. Ideally some experience of successful study at level 3 or above would be expected, although extensive experience in the workplace can prove to be a useful alternative.
Typically students applying for entry to this course will be in employment in a role linked to their chosen area of study.
Applications should be made online directly to the university using the apply button above. For more details and guidance, please contact the University of Cumbria Project Academy Office on 01228 616332 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.
Employers looking to fund a students’ studies should also contact email@example.com.
We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries, grants and funds available to support you throughout your studies with us. This includes the Cumbria Bursary - a non-repayable bursary designed to support first year students with a household income of less than £25,000.Student Finance
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
Employers intending to sponsor students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss financial arrangements.
There may be some additional costs. For example, all students will need to purchase stationery and may wish to purchase some text books. Travel to or from University campuses to attend any in-person activities that are scheduled is not included in the course fee, nor are any accommodation costs, such sessions will however be optional as all learning materials are available online.