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The Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in Business Administration is a qualification in its own right that also provides an entry route to degree-level study.

It is ideal if you are ready to study for a degree but do not have the qualifications usually required for entry.

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Gain an understanding of the discipline of management with emphasis on historical, political, cultural, ethical and institutional forces shaping modern business

Our CertHE provides a foundation for advanced and independent study through establishing a common platform of essential knowledge and skills.

Through study of the CertHE, you will gain an understanding of the discipline of management, with emphasis on historical, political, cultural, ethical and institutional forces shaping modern business. You will also develop the ability to evaluate theory, research and practice within management, and gain valuable skills in information technology, numeracy and research.

Course details

Application deadline30 September
Registration deadline21 October


Local teaching support

To study the CertHE you must register at an approved teaching centre that supports this programme. In this way, you benefit from local support and the facilities of a campus-style environment.

Find a local teaching centre for the programme.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:

The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including audio-visual and revision guides, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others

Through the VLE you will be able to:

  • access your online course materials which includes bite-sized learning activities specifically designed to aid your learning
  • access specially selected articles and e-texts to develop your learning
  • take part in discussions with your tutor and other students
  • receive support for the examinations and coursework
  • complete automated self-test exercises and submit assignments
  • access the Student Guide and Programme handbook. These contain information about examinations, University contacts and important dates
  • access the University of London Online Library. The Online Library offers access to a range of learning and information resources.
  • receive notices and other programme-related information
  • ask questions regarding the administration of the programme


Each course is examined by one written examination and one piece of coursework. You can sit examinations at any of our 400 examination centres around the world. Conversely, the coursework is submitted in the Virtual Learning Environment.

More about exams.

What qualifications do you need?

For access to the CertHE in Business Administration, you should meet the following criteria:

  • Age 17+ by 21 October in the year of registration;
  • Hold either one GCE A Level (grade A–E) plus four GCSE/O levels or equivalents (grades A–C) or six GCSE/O levels or equivalents  (grades A–C);
  • Have a place to study at an approved teaching centre for the programme.
  • Each teaching centre will have its own admissions criteria. Contact your chosen centre directly for these requirements.

English language requirements 

You need to demonstrate a good level of English to be admitted to our programmes. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you don’t have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.

Do I meet the language requirements?

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.

More about computer requirements.

The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2019-2020 session. These are subject to annual increases of up to 5% per annum.

Academic year


Registration fee

£ 750

Examination fee (per course) (x4)


Indicative total: CertHE Business Administration£2,190

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You pay for the programme as you progress rather than in a single payment. This indicative total is a guide to what you would pay if you complete the degree in one year (with no exam resits) and therefore with no fee increase. However, if completion takes longer than one year, the fees for subsequent years may be subject to increase.

Additional Costs

You will also need to budget for:

  • Teaching centre tuition costs.
  • Exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.

We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card, international money order, and Western Union.

Please note: All student fees are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.

When you graduate from the programme, you will have a sound basis for careers in business, management, consultancy and beyond. Successful completion can also allow students to progress to a higher level award in the subject area, such as the BSc.

Dr Paul Dudley, Programme Director:

“The programme has specifically been designed to provide a platform to develop both essential knowledge and skills required to succeed in today’s business environment. In practice this means that as well as providing the core business administration learning elements, the programme focuses on key skill sets including the ability to assess current issues facing organisations in a global setting.”

What do employers think of our graduates?

University of London graduates are among the most employable in the world. Our rigorous courses provide not only subject specific knowledge but also important transferable skills that are valuable to your career progression.

Founded in 1879, Royal Holloway is one of the University of London’s six largest member institutions and is home to more than 9,000 students.

The BSc in Business Administration is led by academics within the School of Management. Now one of Royal Holloway’s largest departments, the School gives high priority to original research in international business, and the deep understanding of the subject that follows is reflected in its teaching of management studies. All staff members are active researchers, and the publication of their findings in books and journals is a key part of their professional work.

Programme Director

Dr Paul Dudley is a Senior Lecturer in Strategy with a focus on teaching methods and approaches to strategy development. He is passionate about education and the student experience, whether this be in the classroom or online. Paul's experience of Higher Education straddles UK State and Private Universities, commercially orientated Higher Educational providers, alongside European and non-European settings.

His interests revolve around strategic decision making and how an understanding in this area can aid a range of stakeholders including employers, employees and most significantly our students. Paul is currently writing a book on Global Strategy to be published by Sage.