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Certificate in Public Relations (Level 2)

Course Overview

Online Certificate Public Relations

The way in which any brand or business is perceived by the public will always have a marked impact on its respective success or otherwise.  Public opinion is quite simply the most powerful influential factor when it comes to facilitating, furthering or hampering corporate success.  Just as positive public opinion can propel businesses to extraordinary heights practically in an instant, falling out of favour with the public has the potential to harm, even destroy an established brand. 

In this Online Certificate Public Relations, candidates are provided with a brief introduction to the subjects of professional PR and the role of the contemporary PR manager. Businesses and public sector organisations alike are fundamentally dependent on strong and consistent public relations in order to operate with strength and long-term viability.  It is the job of the professional public relations manager (or PR department) to take control of building, maintaining and continually monitoring the quality of public relations, in order to ensure public opinion remains positive at all times.
Over the course of four units, candidates are introduced to professional public relations as a business concept, before being guided through the creation of a PR plan, creating the appropriate media image, working with the media to promote and support the brand’s image and ultimately how to deal with a variety of common PR issues and crises.
Course Syllabus

Online Certificate in Public Relations: Key Topics

This Online Certificate Public Relations, course consists of the following four units:

Unit 1 – Introduction to Public Relations

In the first course unit, candidates are introduced to public relations and provided with a comprehensive overview of how, where and why PR fits in with contemporary corporate operations.  Additional concepts introduced include goal-defining strategies, how to create a professional PR plan, fragmentation and the selection of appropriate PR tactics.

Unit 2 – Creating Your Media Image

The importance of building and maintaining a strong media image represents the core focus of Unit 2, which guides candidates through the creation of an appropriate brand message, selecting the ideal spokesperson/s and the establishment of core media guidelines to work in accordance with.

Unit 3 – Managing the Media

Media management from a PR perspective continues into Unit 3, which shifts focus to the creation of catchy headlines, the power and purpose of press releases, how to effectively use sound bites, how to approach/address difficult questions and ultimately the options available when in a ‘no comment’ scenario.

Unit 4 – PR and Crisis Management

Rounding off the course, the fourth and final unit and examines crisis management from a PR perspective.  Candidates are guided through a series of critical teachings including business recovery and continuity, the most important elements of the professional crisis plan, the establishment and purpose of an emergency operations centre and the way in which social media and public relations are intrinsically linked. 

Fee & Payment Options

Paying in Instalments: £360 (Interest FREE Instalments)

Deposit: £80

No of Instalments: 10

Each Instalment: £28

Pay in Full: (£60 Discount) £300


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievementfrom ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Brentwood open learning college has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Brentwood open learning college to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards/Certa endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met.  A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

Career Path

A recognised PR qualification will help you stand out from the crowd in the eyes of employers. You may also use your new skills and talents to move on to higher-level PR studies at diploma level. Typical positions in PR include communications manager, media planner, events planner, communications specialist, research assistant, public affairs manager and more – salaries beginning from around £20,000.

Who Should Take This Course?
  • Newcomers to PR looking to work toward life-long careers
  • Existing business owners and managers
  • Marketing workers looking to branch out into PR
  • Candidates considering moving on to diploma-level studies
  • Anyone looking to enhance their CV and career prospects

Related Links:

Certificate in Public Relations (Level 1)

Certificate in Customer Services (Level 1)

Certificate in Communication Skills (Level 3)

Course Level
Level 2

Awarding Body
ABC Awards

Study Method
Online Learning

Course Duration
125 Hours Approx.

Entry Requirements
No entry requirement.

Start Date

  • Find out how corporate PR affects business performance
  • Learn how to create and maintain a strong media image
  • Study the basics of media relationship management
  • Explore essential PR crisis management techniques
  • Study the link between public relations and social media 

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