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Professional Certificate in Marketing

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In this section you will find all the details about our Professional Certificate in Marketing, which is designed for those in a marketing role who are interested in progressing their career. This qualification gives you the practical skills and knowledge to devise and execute tactical marketing activities and gain marketing credibility.


The Professional Certificate in Marketing gives you the practical skills and knowledge to devise and execute marketing activities and gain marketing credibility. It also aims to provide a practical insight into the principles and application of marketing at a tactical level.

The syllabus has been updated recently to reflect the changing issues and practices within marketing and to reflect employers' views of marketing in today's business environment. The Qualification is ideal for junior marketers, those working in marketing support roles (like personal assistants); or if marketing plays some part in your current job description.

Study mode * P/T, D/L, I/W
Teaching time: Contact your centre
Private study: Contact your centre
CPD hours: 35 hours

* P/T = Part Time, F/T = Full Time,
D/L = Distance Learning, I/W = Intensive Weekend

Who is it for?

This qualification is aimed at those who are working in supporting marketing roles, usually within the marketing function, but also targets individuals in more senior roles, particularly in SMEs, where marketing is only part of what they do. The qualification provides a practical insight into the principles and application of marketing at a tactical level.

The typical profiles of people who might take this qualification could include:

  • Marketing assistants.
  • Marketing co-ordinators.
  • Marketing executives.
  • Marketing managers in SMEs without formal marketing qualifications.
  • Non-marketers with aspirations for marketing.
  • Existing marketers wanting to become more specialist.

What will you learn?

  • Understand the function and fundamentals of marketing in some depth - including how to write and execute a marketing plan.
  • Know the many different ways of understanding and communicating with customers, and the function these methods serve.
  • Understand your organisation's marketing environment, its many constituent parts, and how they work in unison.
  • Apply practical knowledge - including the collecting and analysing of data, and the establishment of marketing budgets.

Qualification content

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Unit 1 - Marketing Essentials

The aim of this unit is to provide a detailed explanation of the key theories and practice behind marketing as an exchange process and a business function. This unit introduces individuals to the importance of the marketing planning process and the role of marketing across the organisation.

Unit 2 - Assessing the Marketing Environment

The aim of this unit is to provide an understanding of the nature and scope of the internal and external marketing environment with broad consideration of the impact of international and global marketing. The unit addresses the key characteristics of the marketing environment and assesses the impact of market forces that are uncontrollable and how an organisation responds to them.

Unit 3 - Marketing Information and Research

This unit focuses on the importance of marketing information in gaining a more in depth understanding of both the market in which the organisation operates and the customers it seeks to serve. The unit explores different research methodologies and encourages consideration of complementary approaches to collecting a range of market and customer information.

Unit 4 - Stakeholder Marketing

By the end of this qualification you should be able to:

The focus of this unit is to recognise the nature and scope of an organisation's diverse range of stakeholders (of which customers are part) and their relative importance to the marketing process and the market oriented organisation.

The unit considers how to manage stakeholder relationships effectively, in terms of utilising a marketing mix that influences and satisfies stakeholder needs in line with the organisation's business and marketing objectives.

Do you qualify?

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This qualification is the equivalent to the first year of a foundation degree, which means you will need to meet at least one of these criteria:

  • Hold any general Bachelor's or Master's degree.
  • Hold a CIM Introductory Certificate in Marketing (Level 2 or 3).
  • Have an NVQ or SVQ Level 4 in any other subject (UK – equivalent to NGF Level 4 and above).
  • Hold an International Baccalaureate (equivalent to NQF Level 3 and above) or a pass of the entry test onto Level 4.

If English is not your first language, you will also need to provide evidence of at least IELTS 6.5 or Trinity ISE III/IV.

How will you be assessed?

It's possible to qualify within a single academic year studying part time. You will be assessed across the four modules using a blend of two basic methods:

  • Unit 1 - Marketing Essentials: Examination.
  • Unit 2 - Assessing the Marketing Environment: Examination.
  • Unit 3 - Marketing Information and Research: Assignment.
  • Unit 4 - Stakeholder Marketing: Assignment.

How and where can you study?

This qualification is available in all modes of study helping you to make the right choice for your study method and centre.

What does it cost?

Please contact your chosen Accredited Study Centre for information regarding their tuition fees.