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CertCE Business Psychology

Location: Online Qualification: CertCE Mode of study: Part-time Indicative duration: 8 months Places available: September 2018 Tuition fee: £3,080 (learn more) Funding available: Call 0800 0527 526 Taught by: Kaplan Open Learning

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CertCE Business Psychology

Location: Online Qualification: CertCE Mode of study: Part-time Indicative duration: 8 months Places available: September 2018 Tuition fee: £3,080 (learn more) Funding available: Call 0800 0527 526 Taught by: Kaplan Open Learning

Apply now

Student testimonials

Donna Daly
BA (Hons) Business and Management

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Tutor biographies

Alan Kay
BA (Hons) Business and Marketing

Over a 20 year career, Alan has built up a wealth of experience in the advertising, marketing and ... Read more

Clare Walker
MSc Business and Management

Clare graduated from University of Edinburgh in 1998, with a BSc Honours degree, before completing a ... Read more

Dr Alex Forsythe
BSc (Hons) Psychology

Dr Alex Forsythe is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, Senior Lecturer and Senior Fellow of the ... Read more


This short CertCE Business Psychology course introduces the scientific understanding of the mind, brain, behaviour and experience*. You’ll also be presented with different perspectives, promoting an appreciation of the real-life applications of business psychology. Finally, you’ll also use specific business-related issues within the context of cross-functional modules that develop communications, presentation, writing, analytical and critical-thinking skills. With an indicative study duration of just 8 months, this programme can be completed as a stand-alone qualification or used as a stepping stone towards our full BSc (Hons) Business Psychology degree.

After this programme, you’ll have an appreciation of the scientific and theoretical underpinnings of business psychology including its historical origins, progression and limitations. You’ll also develop an awareness of the variability and diversity of psychological functioning and its significance within a business context.

In addition to the subject-specific knowledge that you’ll gain, you will also develop a wide range of transferable, career-related skills including the ability to evaluate evidence, identify patterns of behaviour and how to confidently communicate and discuss issues in a professional environment.

Please note: This course is not accredited with the British Psychological Society (BPS).


* The start date and details of this course are still subject to University approval. In the event that approval is not granted by your course start date, an alternative date will be offered or a full refund given. If we need to make changes to this programme as part of the University of Essex validation process, we will communicate these to you at the earliest possible date.

Course structure

The CertCE Business Psychology is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 60 credits.

Level 4 modules:

  • Fundamentals of Effective Learning in Psychology (15 credits)*
  • Introduction to Social Psychology (15 credits)*
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (15 credits)*
  • Human Resource Management (15 credits)*

Upon completion of your CertCE Business Psychology we offer the opportunity for you to progress on to study for a Bachelors degree (360 credits).

* These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

Learning and assessment


Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

All of our online courses have an indicative study duration which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability. It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year. Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

Teaching methods and style

As we are a 100% online university, we utilise a virtual learning environment instead of a traditional campus. The system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials.

This learning platform allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and you can listen to, and view, live lectures and seminars over the internet. All courses are delivered in English only.

You are supported throughout your course by a dedicated Student Adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor. To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.


We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. Business Psychology assignments are based on real-life work experience and assessed by tutors on an ongoing basis.

You are always aware of your current provisional grade right from the start of the programme, allowing you to evaluate the success of your current study methods and clearly identify areas to improve.

We believe that this transparency gives you the information you need to make the most of your course. We achieve this by:

  • showing your marks clearly in your gradebook, which can be viewed whenever you log onto the learning platform
  • the rapid turnaround of work assessed to ensure that your gradebook is always up to date
  • assessing your work throughout the module rather than waiting for end of year exams
  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser
  • the simplicity and transparency in the design of our assessment criteria

We also have a policy of ensuring that work submitted by students is authentic. As well as the fact that all work is frequently assessed, we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

Career prospects

We are dedicated to improving employability amongst our graduates. Our online courses give you the opportunity to improve your career prospects and earning potential with a mix of key skills that are directly transferable to the workplace.

A business psychology certificate will equip you with a wide range of skills making you highly prized by employers in a variety of industries and professions.

The in-depth understanding our graduates gain in their studies gives them the potential to pursue careers in areas as such as organizational psychology, management, human resources, business development, business consultancy, staff training and development, careers counselling, marketing/advertising, market research and finance.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

We believe that education should be accessible for everyone, so you do not need any previous academic qualifications to start our CertCE Business Psychology course.

You will be allowed to start the CertCE Business Psychology course and make an assessment of whether it is right for you during the first three weeks. You must pass your first assignment set during this time in order to continue with your studies.

If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0.

If you do not hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, we require students to pass a free online English test.

You don’t need to prove your knowledge of English if you’re a national of, or if you have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

21-day money back guarantee

We want to give you the opportunity to experience a University of Essex Online course for a 21-day trial period. That’s why we have introduced our money back guarantee. If you start the course and decide it’s not for you during the first three weeks, you will receive a full refund.