Diploma in Portfolio Management


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Diploma in Portfolio Management

Why Oxford Learning College


This Quality Assured Level 3 Diploma course will appeal to those in Project Management who wish to advance their skills and obtain an understanding of Portfolio or Programme (Program) Management.

This course looks at those methods and techniques used to control a number ( or portfolio) of projects. This pays particular attention to alignment between that of Project Management and IS Strategy delivery. The course will explore a number of different method based approaches and provide a foundation for greater exploration of this specialised subject area.

Course Definition:

A program or programme (in management) has at least two senses:

  1. A collection of projects that is directed toward a common goal. (e.g. The NASA space program)
  2. A broad framework of goals to be achieved, serving as a basis to define and plan specific projects. (e.g. the EU's Socrates programme) In international English, "program" is often used with a technical meaning (like computer program), whereas the spelling "programme" is used in the sense of "collection of managed projects". However, "program" in the context of "program(me) management" is now becoming more commonly used than "programme" lately in the "project management" sector globally.

Course Content:

Module One - Introduction to Programme Management

This unit provides the foundation material for the entire course. It carefully defines the entire composition of the course and introduces the student to the definitions and concepts of Programme Management. It provides the basic bibliography that supports the course and where additional background information might be obtained.

Module Two - The need for Programme Management

This unit looks at the purpose and need for Programme Management. It examines how the science has evolved from Project Management, the journey travelled so far and considers how the method base will continue to evolve. It will examine the difference in approaches between the Public and Private sectors, the driving forces in Programme Management and who is establishing the trends and standards.

Module Three - Methods and Techniques in Programme Management

This unit will examine the scientific approaches that have been adopted in order to conduct Programme Management. Specific reference will be made to the procedures designed and developed by the UK Government Office of Government Commerce (OGC), integration to PRINCE Project Management and alignment to IS Strategy studies. Other proprietory methods will be reviewed and contrasted. In addition the many sophisticated software development environments that support the method bases.

Module Four - The Four Phases of Programme Management

A Composition study examining the four method phases that make up the concept of Programme Management:

  1. Programme Identification
  2. Programme Definition
  3. Programme Execution
  4. Benefits Realisation

Module Five - Operating and Resourcing Programmes

This module essentially looks at three different aspects of Programme Management as focused on the operational perspective:

Organization of Programmes, Programme Management Processes and Managing third parties

Module Six - Programme Management and Organizational Change

This module examines the important interlock between Programme Management and the impact of Organizational Change. It will also consider elements of Risk Management and the harmonization between these components. Particular emphasis on change within an Information Systems Technology setting.

Module Seven - The Importance of Strategic Alignment

The importance of alignment between Programme Management and Information Systems Strategy will be examined from a method based approach. This essential element of interlock will be examined from a senior management or executive perspective and considers the roles that Executives will be expected to perform in ensuring successful strategic delivery and control over the programme management packages ( portfolio).

Module Eight - Benefits Realisation

One of the main deliverable components from Programme Management is Benefits Realisation or the costs savings, process improvements and strategic goal attainments brought about by successful delivery of projects within a portfolio. These will be examined from a method base and case study examples illustrating evidence of successful technique and approach in this area

Module Nine - A Programme Management Framework

This module considers the logical framework for Programme Management and how the individual parts interlock into a fully functional model. Reference will be made to Forcefield Analysis illustrating how shifting variations in the model create "ripple effect" changes throughout the entire model. The importance of using computer software in order to manage the entire model component and obtain immediate quantification of results, that otherwise would be impacted by time delays, fluctuating results and possibly erroneous management decisions

Module Ten - Global Considerations of Programme Management

A close look at how Programme Management functions within the multi-national Companies and works on a global business scale. This is examined from a number of different industry perspectives.

The Institute of Management Specialists

Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.


Diploma in Portfolio Management

This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
Quality Assured by QLS

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

How can I progress

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Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

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What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

This is a flexible learning course, so the more time you have to commit to your studies, the sooner you are able to complete.

In the student 'On Campus' you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.

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