Short Learning Programmes
These non-accredited skills courses introduce you to the field of Public Relations (PR), and equip you with fundamental knowledge and skills in this field, without requiring you to write any exams.
National Qualifications (N4 – N6) leading to Diplomas
The N4 – N6 qualifications are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Completing an N4 – N6 course will therefore result in a formal qualification, and will prepare you for a career in Public Relations. If you have completed your N6 level and can provide evidence of 18 months of relevant practical experience, you may be eligible to apply for – and receive – a National Diploma.
Find out what other public relations students have to say:
I like Oxbridge Academy because it’s the best college for distance learning. They offer best service and they help lot of people in different areas. So that’s why I decided to come and be a (Public Relations) student of Oxbridge.
– Sifiso Innocent
What are the benefits of studying a public relations course at Oxbridge Academy?
When you register for a public relations course at Oxbridge Academy, you will:
- Receive your study material via post or courier. (All your study material is included in your course fee – there are no extra costs for textbooks)
- Be able to ask a qualified tutor for help with your studies via telephone and email.
- Be able to pay your course fees in affordable monthly instalments.
- Have access to our Student Portal, where you can upload your assignments, view your results, and check your account balance online.
What will you learn when you study a public relations course at Oxbridge Academy?
In the Public Relations Management 1 module, it states the following:
“Public relations consists of all forms of planned communication, outwards and inwards, between an organisation and its publics for the purpose of achieving specific objectives concerning mutual understanding.” Therefore, when you study a public relations course, one of the most important things that you will learn about is communication. You will also learn about the role of public relations in various contexts, the development of public relations strategies and programmes, the manner in which media relations are managed, and the way in which public relations interacts with other departments (such as marketing).
When you study a PR course at Oxbridge Academy, you will not only study PR subjects, but you will also learn about related topics, such as entrepreneurship, information processing and office practice. By studying these topics, you will gain the broader skill set that you need to become a knowledgeable and efficient employee within the PR department of an organisation.
What are the career opportunities like in public relations?
If you are an excellent communicator, and you enjoy working with different types of people, then the field of public relations offers you an exciting range of career opportunities. Public relations is a diverse field – and PR specialists are employed by organisations in both the public and the private sector to generate publicity, communicate key messages, manage reputation, and maintain relationships with various stakeholders.
If you work as a PR specialist, you may be responsible for some or all of the following:
- Developing and implementing PR strategies.
- Responding to queries from individuals and organisations.
- Analysing media coverage.
- Preparing and distributing press releases.
- Generating publicity by organising events such as press conferences, exhibitions and open days.
- Engaging with customers/clients and other stakeholders on social media platforms.
- Developing professional relationships with relevant stakeholders and media professionals.
These are just a few examples – the exact nature of the work that you’ll be required to do will depend on the type of organisation that you work for, and what their PR needs are.
The PR job titles that you can look out for include:
- Communications Officer
- Community Manager
- Media and Marketing Co-ordinator
- PR Account Manager
- PR and Social Media Practitioner
- PR Consultant
- PR Executive
- PR Officer
- PR Specialist
- Press Secretary
In addition to formal public relations training, you will need the following skills and characteristics to succeed in a career in PR:
- Excellent communication skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Computer skills
- Critical thinking skills
- Ability to think on your feet
- Ability to adapt to change
Want to find out how you can develop your skills in PR?
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- PR: Public relations. PR refers to all planned communication between an organisation (or group or public figure) and the public.
- Press release: An announcement released by an organisation (or group or public figure) to the media to inform the public of new developments that have taken place.
- Social media: Online communication tools and platforms that allow users to form and participate in online communities, and to share content online. Examples of social media include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram.
- Stakeholder: A person who may affect or influence, or may be affected or influenced by, something.