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Working effectively with others requires many diverse skills, such as negotiation, team building, resolving conflict, recruitment, mentoring, stress management and time management. 

Our CPD People Management courses will build your skills in all these areas as you develop as a professional and as your job requirements evolve.

These short courses offer:

  • Up to 30 hours of online CPD – this does not mean you spend all 30 hours in front of the computer, some of this time will allow you the opportunity to reflect on the course materials and relate your learning to your workplace.
  • Full learning support – our learning advisers are available online to provide support through personal email or open forum discussions.
  • Personal feedback on work-based activities making for a truly individual experience.
  • Work-based activity (WBA) – there are two types of WBA’s for these courses; most are designed with an integrated activity, which forms the foundation of your work-based activity with some added reflection. Others are designed with a reflective question at the end, drawing together the full learning of the course and applying it to your work situation.
  • A certificate of completion – upon successful submission of your WBA, you will receive a certificate that can be used as evidence of CPD for your employer or professional body; it details the number of hours you have studied and the learning outcomes you have completed.

Short courses

  • Managing performance through people
    Improve performance in your organisation through the people you manage, focusing on agreeing objectives, and setting up effective mechanisms for monitoring and reviewing progress.
  • How to use coaching at work
    This course, focused on the role of manager and/or specialist in coaching staff, helps you develop personal coaching skills and encourage them throughout your workforce.
  • Improving your negotiation skills
    This short course helps you develop effective negotiation skills for your own work setting, using case studies to explore stages of negotiation and negotiation techniques.
  • Getting it right: consulting and communication inside organisations
    This online Continuing Professional Development course examines different ways of communicating with employees, and the business benefits of communicating more effectively.
  • Time management for you and your team
    Create a more efficient business by improving time management, and learn techniques enabling you and your staff to prioritise, delegate and plan more effectively.

More Short courses

For a complete listing, view the A-Z of Short courses.

You will not gain academic credit from studying these courses. If you are looking to study for credit or gain a qualification (degree, diploma or certificate), please visit our undergraduate prospectus.

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