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Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Community Services Manager
  • Project Coordinator
  • Third Sector managers
  • Training & Social Enterprise Officer


The leading organisational development programme for social enterprise businesses.


Social Enterprises operate globally in almost every industry sector, from health and social care to renewable energy, from retail to recycling, from employment to culture and sport, from housing to education.

There is a growing global movement supporting the mainstreaming of social enterprise business models and social business models as a viable and sustainable way of doing business. In recent years there has also been an explosion of social investment and financing options to support the development and scaling of the sector.

The Advanced Diploma in Social Enterprisesupports the growth of the social sector by providing the much needed business skills to inspire, transform and enhance the competitiveness of potential and existing social enterprises in an often challenging marketplace.

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About this course

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This practical course consists of six taught modules.


The course is a 12 month programme and is run on a part-time basis in the Ulster University, Jordanstown campus. The modules are delivered over 12 days in the University supported by 6 days of study visits and peer learning opportunities. Attendance at all modules is mandatory.

Start dates

  • January 2018
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

There is no A Level requirement for this course. Please refer to Additional Entry Requirements for further information.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

(a) have gained a Certificate of Higher Education or an equivalent standard in an approved alternative qualification; and

(b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent);

or as an alternative to (a) and/or (b):

(c) provide evidence of their ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning.

Teaching and learning assessment

All modules are assessed by coursework.

Exemptions and transferability

Studies pursued and examinations passed in respect of other qualifications awarded by the University or by another university or other educational institution, or evidence from the accreditation of prior experiential learning, may be accepted as exempting candidates from part of the programme provided that they shall register as students of the University of Ulster for modules amounting to at least the final 50% of the credit value of the award at the highest level.

Careers & opportunities

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Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Community Services Manager
  • Project Coordinator
  • Third Sector managers
  • Training & Social Enterprise Officer

Career options

A key objective of the programme is to promote social entrepreneurship. It is recognised that the social economy will provide many opportunities for employment in the future. It is anticipated that many students will convert their social enterprise idea into a viable business within which they will secure employment. Building on transferable skills developed throughout the course, others may seek employment in the private sector or continue their studies.

The programme also provides graduates with a secure platform from which they may further their careers by pursuing the relevant final year degree, or if they have a degree, an appropriate postgraduate qualification leading to the attainment of further academic or professional qualifications. Graduates of the programme may also develop their skills within the context of their current role or through progressing within their organisation or indeed within another organisation/sector.


Applications to our part-time undergraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

How to apply

Start dates

  • January 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

Additional mandatory costs

Please contact the Course Director for information on the price of this course. There may be bursary support available towards the cost of tuition fees.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


For further information on this programme, please contact:

Course Director: Dr Anita MacNabb

T: +44 (0)28 9036 8064

M: +44 (0)77 6291 3900



"My goals have changed somewhat as I have learned how broad the term social enterprise is. I have also been able to look at the supported employment service in terms of a social enterprise and develop a business plan that offers a solution to both a social issue and funding gaps. It has given me a deeper understanding of social enterprise, but it has also widened my understanding of the opportunity for developing social enterprise within the organisation.

Amy Caskey - Support Officer (Employment), Triangle Housing Association

"I would highly recommend this programme to anyone, not only those on the ground within the social economy but those who intend setting up a social enterprise and those who hold higher positions within organisations in the social economy."

Robert Quinn - Client Relationship Executive, Community Finance Ireland

"The teaching input is excellent and the information and guidance material is of high quality and beneficial to my learning style. The assignments have challenged me to think in a more strategic way. Having to put my ideas and actions into words makes the process much more meaningful."

Fionnuala Black - Childcare Manager, Kinderkids, Ashton Community Trust Belfast