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Certificate in Public Relations (Level 3)

Course Overview

Public Relations Certificate Online

Public Relations Certificate Online,has the potential to serve as a powerful springboard for those looking to begin or advance an existing career in an enormous range of business sectors. Regardless of the size, purpose or power of any given business, reputation will always influence a brand’s likelihood of success. A brand must reach out to and appeal to its target audience consistently and constantly, in order to both survive and to compete at the highest levels. Ensuring a strong reputation is built and upheld is a significant challenge to say the least – one that must be met by skilled public relations professionals. 

Public relations professionals can have the most enormous impact on the overall success and performance of the business they work for. Reputation influences almost every element of the business and the way it is run – investor relations, supplier agreements, customer relations and public opinion in general. It is the job of the PR professional to ensure reputations are upheld and images remain strong. This seven-unit course communicates the most crucial PR theory and teachings, instilling candidates with the skills and confidence necessary to join a fantastically dynamic professional industry.

Successful candidates may go on to join existing PR consultancy firms, secure positions within established businesses or join marketing companies in positions above entry-level. 

Course Syllabus

Public Relations Certificate Online: Key Topics

Public Relations Certificate Online, consists of the following seven units:

Unit 1 – Introduction to Public Relations

Course content kicks off with a broad introduction to the concept of public relations, investigating what it is, how it works and why it matters.  Candidates begin building an understanding of the role of the PR professional and the benefits strong PR can bring to any business.

Unit 2 – Tools for Public Relations

The second unit focuses primarily on public relations tools and the various approaches to PR in the modern business world. Public relations as a concept is compared and contrasted with advertising, while the importance of public opinion and research is also explored.

Unit 3 – Public Relations Process

Course content than moves away from PR theory to introduce the actual public relations process – how PR professionals do what they do to achieve the desired result. Candidates investigate the internal, macro and external environments along with specific public relations roles and tasks.

Unit 4 – Public Relations and Communication

Communication forms the core focus of the fourth unit which introduces candidates to public relations planning and how the planning process should be approached. The importance of proactivity, forethought and strong communication represents the main theme of the unit.

Unit 5 – Corporate Public Relations

Public relations in a business capacity is explored throughout the fifth unit, in which candidates discover how PR can be put to use specifically for the benefit of a brand or business. Topics include human resource development, corporate planning and corporate media relations.

Unit 6 – Production of Public Relations Materials

Essential public relations materials are introduced in the sixth unit, along with how and why they should be put to practical use. The unit explores printed PR materials, external and internal communications, corporate publication requirements and more.

Unit 7 – Media Relations

In the seventh and final unit, the course concludes with an investigation of business relations with the media. Candidates explore the power and influence the media can have over a business, incorporating essential crisis management and media monitoring theory. 

Fee & Payment Options

Paying in Instalments: £395 (Interest FREE Instalments)

Deposit: £95

No of Instalments: 12

Each Instalment: £25

Pay in Full: (£80 Discount) £315


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 3 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

Your new skills and talents will assist you in the pursuit of an entry-level PR position, or perhaps help advance your existing career. Typical roles in PR include public affairs manager, PR assistant, PR director, research assistant, media director and more, with salaries ranging from around £20,000 to £50,000+ for executives and directors. 

Who Should Take This Course?
  • Existing PR workers in pursuit of promotion
  • Job market newcomers seeking entry-level employment
  • Business owners, managers and entrepreneurs
  • Marketers looking to broaden and expand career prospect
  • Anyone in the process of starting their own business
  • Candidates interested in a valuable CV boost

Related Links:

Diploma in Public Relations (Level 4)

Diploma in Customer Services (Level 4)

Certificate in Customer Services (Level 3)

Course Level
Level 3

Awarding Body
ABC Awards

Study Method
Online Learning

Course Duration
200 Hours Approx.

Entry Requirements
No entry requirement.

Start Date

  • Discover how the PR manager controls and influences opinion
  • Explore a number of key public relations tools
  • Learn how corporate public relations can make or break a business
  • Study media relations and the basics of PR crisis management
  • Learn how to produce and effectively use PR materials   

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