If you're at the start of your a HR career in HR, or aspire to enter the HR profession, or are in a line management position this qualification could be what you're looking for. It combines an exploration of HR management strategies with opportunities to build skills essential for practitioners. You will develop your understanding of the role of the HR professional, the nature of professionalism and approaches to addressing ethical dilemmas. Throughout your studies, you will be encouraged to explore the challenges facing a rapidly changing profession in a global economy, and consider the relevance of theory to practice in a variety of geographical and sectoral contexts. You will also develop the skills and understanding needed to address business and change management issues and to work at a strategic level.
Key features of the course
• Provides a thorough grounding in human resource management
• A strong emphasis on practice-based learning
• Develops the people management skills essential for HR work such as interviewing, coaching, managing conflict and managing performance.
This certificate is the first stage of a study programme that progresses to the CIPD-approved postgraduate diploma and finally the MSc in Human Resource Management.
Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
• Knowledge and understanding
• Cognitive skills
• Practical and professional skills
• Key skills
On successful completion of the required modules you will be awarded the qualification of Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management entitling you to use the letters PgCert HRM (Open) after your name.
Recognition in your country
If you intend to use your Open University qualifications to seek work or undertake further study outside the UK, we recommend checking whether your intended qualification will meet local requirements for your chosen career. Read recognition in my country.
If you've successfully completed some relevant postgraduate study elsewhere, you might be able to count it towards this qualification, reducing the number of modules you need to study. You should apply for credit transfer as soon as possible, before you register for your first module. For more details and an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.