Grad.Cert. Human Resource Management (CHRM)

Oxford Brookes University

Application deadline: as early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • € 4,032 / Year (EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 10 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management (CHRM) is the first year of study leading to the award of either a Postgraduate Diploma or MA in Human Resource Management. These programmes are aligned to the new (2010) Professional Qualification Framework of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The CHRM programme is accredited by the CIPD to meet the requirements for its Advanced Certificate in HRM and access to Associate Membership of the Institute. On successful completion of the CHRM students can progress to either the Diploma or MA in HRM. Both awards provide the academic knowledge, skills and evidence to support applications for candidates to gain Chartered Membership of CIPD.

The CHRM programme is suitable for graduates and more experienced participants returning to study and provides the specialist HR skills and knowledge to support HR leaders and managers.

Why Brookes?

Brookes has offered development programmes for working managers for many years. The programmes are well proven for providing the springboard for managers to progress in their careers. The programmes enjoy a high completion rate, are popular with participants and are supported by a tutorial team comprising research active and experienced HR practitioners.


The reputation of the Faculty of Business is underpinned through course accreditations awarded by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and EPAS, and through memberships of the Association of Business Schools and professional associations such as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and the European Foundation for Management Development. The Faculty is, therefore, widely regarded as one of the best within its peer group.

Our courses benefit from rigorous quality assurance procedures and regularly receive excellent feedback from external examiners, employers, students and professional bodies.


Course length

Part-time: PG Cert: 10 months

The CHRM contains two modules as follows:

Developing Personal and Managerial Effectiveness -
This module creates a bridge into postgraduate study for working adults returning to study, often after a long break. It aims to make postgraduate study accessible, immediately relevant in the workplace and at the same time academically challenging. It embeds a programme of personal and managerial skills development within a rigorous framework of knowledge and understanding in relation to people management and development in todays global work environment. Also embedded in the academic study of contemporary debates and research in relation to HRM and HRD is the development of academic study competences.
Human Resources in its Business and Legal Context -
Human resource (HR) professionals and managers operate within increasingly complex and changing organisational and contextual circumstances. This module:

* provides learners with an understanding of the principal internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations and examines how organisations respond to these dynamic contexts and and how this affects people working in HR, and line managers with HR responsibilities
* shows how managers and HR professionals in different types of organisation (small, large, national, global, public, private and third sectors) have opportunities and choices when taking organisational and HR decisions but also face constraints
* gives consideration to the impact of different cultures on managerial decision making.

From the point of view of the HR professional a principal link between these environments and the individual employee and the employer is employment law: therefore this module explores this specific context in some detail.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is principally delivered through 12 weekly half-day and evening workshops. Workshops can involve tutor input, analysis of case studies, problem-solving activities, computer-based business simulations, presentations, analysis of data for decision making, and directed reading and research. Some skills development is best addressed in more intensive workshop modes outside the weekly session, and one full weekend plus two single day events are also provided. These will focus principally on:

* team building
* problem solving and time management
* people management skill sets (eg interviewing, managing disciplinaries)
* leadership and influencing skills
* data handling and presentation skills using IT applications and statistical techniques.

Each module is assessed individually with a range of assessment methods used. These include individual assignments, group work, peer and self-assessment, and examinations.

Teaching staff are drawn primarily from the Department of Business and Management within the Business School. There are some contributions from specialists in other departments. Visiting speakers from business and industry, local government, consultancies and research bodies provide further input


Applicants will normally have at least one year's experience in a full-time HR role, or 3 years' experience if not a graduate.

English language requirements

* IELTS minimum level 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in the reading and writing components
* TOEFL score of 90 or above (internet-based), plus 4.5 in TWE.

This course is not available to non-EEA students unless you have an immigration status which allows you to study part-time in the UK.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.



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