OTHM Level 5 Extended Diploma in Project Management

About this course

Objectives

The objective of the OTHM Level 5 Extended Diploma in Project Management is to develop a learner’s practical project management skills and prepare them to work in a wide range of contexts.

Learners will study level 4 and 5 units, worth 120 credits per academic year with a total credit value of 240 credits (equivalent to the first 2 years of an honours degree).

The Level 4 units provide an introduction to relevant project management principles and practice. These units include both theoretical and practical content, and learners will be able to gain knowledge and skills in the areas of project management, people management, and business finance as well as business marketing. They will also learn about the importance of reflecting on their current practice, identifying their own learning needs and professional development.

The Level 5 units give learners the opportunity to progress in specific subject areas. Learners will develop and enhance knowledge and skills in the areas of operations management, project quality management, business strategy, responsible business practices, project planning and execution and digital business practices.

Entry requirements

If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country, they must provide evidence of English language competency. For more information visit the English Language Expectations page on the OTHM website.

Equivalences

OTHM Level 5 Extended Diploma qualifications represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competences that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to Higher National Diplomas (HND) and Year 2 of a three-year UK Bachelor’s degree programme.

Qualification structure

The OTHM Level 5 Extended Diploma in Project Management qualification consists of 12 mandatory units, 240 credits, 2400 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and the recommended Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for this qualification is a minimum of 1200 hours.

To achieve the OTHM Level 5 Extended Diploma in Project Management learners must achieve 240 credits, of which 120 credits are at Level 4 (6 units) and 120 credits are at Level 5 (6 units).

Level 4: 6 Mandatory units
Module1: Principles of Project Management (20 credits)

Key topics covered include project initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and control, closure, project management methodologies, and project documentation.

By mastering this module, participants develop a solid understanding of project management fundamentals and gain essential skills for successfully managing projects across various industries and organizational settings.

They are equipped to initiate, plan, execute, monitor, control, and close projects effectively, ensuring their successful completion within scope, budget, and timeline constraints.

Module 2: People Management (20 credits)

Key topics covered include leadership styles and theories, team dynamics, communication and motivation, conflict resolution, and performance management.

By mastering this module, participants develop the leadership and team management skills needed to lead teams effectively, foster collaboration, and achieve organizational goals within the project management context.

They are equipped to inspire and empower team members, drive innovation, and adapt to evolving business challenges and opportunities.

Module 3: Introduction to Business Finance (20 credits)

Key topics covered include financial statements, financial analysis, budgeting, cost estimation, capital budgeting, financial risk management, and project financing.

By mastering this module, participants develop a solid understanding of business finance fundamentals and gain essential skills for managing project finances effectively.

They are equipped to interpret financial statements, analyze financial data, create and manage budgets, estimate project costs, evaluate investment opportunities, manage financial risks, and structure project financing arrangements to support project objectives.

Module 4: Fundamentals of Management in Projects (20 credits)

Key topics covered include organizational structure, project governance, stakeholder management, risk management, quality management, procurement management, and project integration.

By mastering this module, participants develop the knowledge and skills needed to navigate project governance structures, engage stakeholders, manage risks, ensure quality, procure necessary resources, and integrate project activities to achieve project success within various organizational settings and project environments.

Module 5: Business Marketing (20 credits)

Key topics covered include market analysis, marketing strategies, marketing mix, promotional tactics, customer relationship management, marketing metrics and analytics, and ethical and social responsibility.

By mastering this module, participants gain a solid understanding of marketing principles and practices relevant to project management.

They are equipped to develop and implement effective marketing strategies, promote project initiatives, engage stakeholders, and optimize project outcomes through strategic marketing approaches.

Module 6: Personal and Professional Development (20 credits)

Key topics covered include self-awareness, goal setting, time management, communication skills, networking, continuous learning, and resilience.

By mastering this module, participants enhance their self-awareness, goal-setting abilities, time management skills, communication proficiency, networking capabilities, continuous learning mindset, and resilience.

They are empowered to take ownership of their personal and professional growth, pursue their aspirations, and thrive in their careers and lives.

Level 5: 6 Mandatory units
Module1: Operations Management in Projects (20 credits)

Key topics covered include operations strategy, process design and improvement, capacity planning and resource management, inventory management, supply chain management, quality management, and performance measurement and improvement.

By mastering this module, participants develop the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage project operations, optimize processes and resources, ensure project quality, and drive operational excellence within project environments.

Module 2: Project Quality Management (20 credits)

Key topics covered include quality planning, assurance, control, improvement, management systems, risk-based quality management, and supplier quality management.

By mastering this module, participants develop the knowledge and skills needed to plan, assure, control, and improve project quality effectively.

They are equipped to implement quality management processes, tools, and techniques to deliver high-quality project outcomes that meet stakeholder expectations and contribute to project success.

Module 3: Business Strategy and Sustainability (20 credits)

Key topics covered include strategic planning, competitive analysis, business model innovation, sustainable business practices, triple bottom line approach, risk management and resilience, and strategic change management.

By mastering this module, participants develop the knowledge and skills needed to develop and implement strategic plans that align with project objectives and promote sustainable business practices.

They are equipped to analyze competitive environments, innovate business models, integrate sustainability principles into project management practices, and drive organizational success through strategic initiatives.

Module 4: Responsible Business Practices (20 credits)

Key topics covered include ethical leadership, corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability reporting, stakeholder engagement, supply chain ethics, diversity and inclusion, and human rights and labor standards.

By mastering this module, participants develop the knowledge and skills needed to integrate ethical, social, and environmental considerations into organizational decision-making and project management practices.

They are equipped to promote responsible business conduct, build stakeholder trust, and contribute to sustainable development and positive societal impact through their professional endeavors.

Module 5: Project Planning, Execution and Evaluation (20 credits)

Key topics covered include project initiation, planning, execution, quality assurance and control, risk management, project monitoring and control, and project evaluation.

By mastering this module, participants develop the knowledge and skills needed to effectively plan, execute, and evaluate projects from initiation to closure.

They are equipped to lead project teams, manage project resources, monitor project progress, and ensure project success through effective project management practices.

Module 6: Digital Business Practices (20 credits)

Key topics covered include digital transformation, e-commerce and online marketing, digital strategy development, data analytics and insights, cybersecurity and data privacy, user experience (UX) design, and digital project management.

By mastering this module, participants develop the knowledge and skills needed to harness the power of digital technologies to drive innovation, improve operational efficiency, and create value for organizations and stakeholders.

They are equipped to navigate the digital landscape, develop digital strategies, implement digital initiatives, and lead digital transformation efforts within their organizations.

Duration and delivery

The qualification is designed to be delivered over one academic year for full-time study but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning.

The qualification is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, distance, online by approved centres only.

Assessment and verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and externally verified by OTHM. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. Judgement that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor.

The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learners’ overall achievement has been arrived at.

Progression

The OTHM Level 5 Extended Diploma in Project Management qualification enables learners to progress into or within employment and/or continue their further study.
As this qualification is approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), learners are also eligible to gain direct entry into Year 3 of a three-year UK Bachelor’s degree programme.
For more information visit the University Progressions page.

Entry Requirements

These qualifications are designed for learners who are typically aged 18 and above.

The entry profile for learners is likely to include at least one of the following:

  • Relevant Level 3 Diploma qualification or equivalent qualification
  • GCE Advanced level in 2 subjects or equivalent qualification
  • Mature learners (over 21) with relevant management experience (learners must check with the delivery centre regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)

What you will learn

Level 4: 6 Mandatory units

Principles of Project Management (20 credits):

  • This module provides an introduction to the principles, processes, and methodologies of project management. Topics may include project initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, and closure, as well as key project management frameworks such as PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge).

People Management (20 credits):

  • Participants learn about the essential skills and techniques for managing people effectively within the project environment. Topics may include leadership, team dynamics, conflict resolution, motivation, and communication strategies tailored to project teams.

Introduction to Business Finance (20 credits):

  • This module introduces participants to basic financial concepts and principles relevant to project management. Topics may include financial statements, budgeting, cost estimation, financial analysis, and project financing.

Fundamentals of Management in Projects (20 credits):

  • Participants learn about the fundamental principles of management as they apply to project environments. Topics may include organizational structure, project governance, stakeholder management, risk management, and quality management.

Business Marketing (20 credits):

This module explores the principles and techniques of business marketing within the context of project management. Participants learn about market analysis, customer segmentation, marketing strategies, branding, and promotional tactics relevant to project-based initiatives.

Personal and Professional Development (20 credits):

  • This module focuses on personal and professional development skills essential for success in project management roles. Topics may include time management, goal setting, communication skills, networking, and continuous learning strategies.

By completing the OTHM Level 5 Extended Diploma in Project Management, participants gain a solid foundation in project management principles, people management skills, financial literacy, management fundamentals, marketing concepts, and personal development strategies. They are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to plan, execute, and deliver successful projects in a variety of industries and organizational settings.

Level 5: 6 Mandatory units

Operations Management in Projects (20 credits):

  • This module focuses on understanding the principles and techniques of operations management within the context of project management. You’ll learn about optimizing resources, scheduling tasks, managing budgets, and ensuring efficiency in project execution.

Project Quality Management (20 credits):

  • Quality management is crucial for project success. In this module, you’ll explore strategies and methodologies for planning, monitoring, and controlling project quality. Topics may include quality assurance, quality control, Six Sigma principles, and continuous improvement techniques.

Business Strategy and Sustainability (20 credits):

  • Understanding business strategy is essential for aligning projects with organizational goals. This module covers strategic planning processes, competitive analysis, and sustainable business practices. You’ll learn how to develop project strategies that contribute to long-term organizational success and environmental sustainability.

Responsible Business Practices (20 credits):

  • This module emphasizes the importance of ethical and socially responsible business practices in project management. You’ll explore topics such as corporate social responsibility (CSR), stakeholder engagement, ethical decision-making, and managing social and environmental impacts of projects.

Project Planning, Execution, and Evaluation (20 credits):

  • This module provides a comprehensive overview of the project management lifecycle. You’ll learn how to effectively plan, execute, monitor, and evaluate projects using industry-standard methodologies such as PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) or PRINCE2 (Projects in Controlled Environments). Topics may include project scope management, scheduling, risk management, and performance evaluation.

Digital Business Practices (20 credits):

  • In today’s digital age, project managers need to leverage technology for efficient project execution. This module covers digital tools and techniques for project management, including project management software, collaboration platforms, data analytics, and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain.

Overall, the OTHM Level 5 Extended Diploma in Project Management provides a comprehensive education in project management principles, tools, and practices, preparing you for a successful career in project management across various industries.

Benefits of this course

Comprehensive Knowledge:

  • The course covers a wide range of topics essential for project management, including principles, methodologies, people management, finance, management fundamentals, marketing, and personal development. Participants gain a comprehensive understanding of project management principles and practices.

Professional Development:

  • Completing the diploma demonstrates a commitment to professional development and expertise in project management. Participants acquire valuable skills and knowledge that are highly sought after by employers in various industries.

Career Advancement:

  • The diploma enhances participants’ credentials and makes them more competitive in the job market. It opens up opportunities for career advancement and progression into leadership roles within project management and related fields.

Versatility:

  • The skills and knowledge acquired through the diploma are transferable across different industries and sectors. Participants can apply their project management expertise in various organizational settings, including business, government, non-profit, and healthcare.

Practical Application:

  • The course often incorporates practical projects, case studies, and simulations, allowing participants to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios. This hands-on approach enhances learning outcomes and prepares individuals to tackle complex project management challenges.

Networking Opportunities:

  • Engaging in a structured educational program provides opportunities to connect with fellow participants, instructors, and industry professionals. Networking can lead to valuable connections, mentorship opportunities, and potential career prospects within the project management community.

Personal Growth:

  • In addition to professional development, the course also focuses on personal development skills such as time management, goal setting, communication, and continuous learning. Participants develop personally and professionally, enhancing their overall effectiveness and success in their careers.

Overall, the OTHM Level 5 Extended Diploma in Project Management offers a valuable educational experience that prepares individuals for success in project management roles. It equips participants with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to lead projects effectively, drive organizational success, and advance their careers in a competitive job market.

Qualification Number: 610/1776/0

£2,500.00

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