Public Relations Courses
Would You Like To:
Learn how to apply the fundamental principles of public relations (PR)?
Learn how to plan and evaluate PR campaigns?
Understand the relationship between PR and Marketing?
Understand how media relations are managed?
At Oxbridge Academy, we offer N4 – N6 level Public Relations courses that are designed to help you excel in the world of PR. These courses are formally recognised qualifications that will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in this exciting industry. Our courses are accredited by the QCTO and are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
Upon successful completion of the N6 level, and after providing evidence of 18 months of relevant practical experience, you may be eligible to receive a National Diploma. Whether you’re just starting out in PR, or looking to upskill and improve your job prospects, our Public Relations courses are a perfect fit.
Why Choose Our Public Relations Courses?
You can complete your course from the comfort of your own home.
You can ask an industry-expert tutor for help if you get stuck with your coursework.
You will gain valuable skills in bookkeeping and accounting.
You will be able to choose whether you want to pay your course fees upfront or in monthly instalments.
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
These N4 – N6 qualifications are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). They are formal qualifications designed to prepare you for a successful career in the public relations environment. The knowledge and skills that you gain when studying these courses is aligned with the needs of employers in the PR sector. 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.
National Certificate: N4 Public Relations
National Certificate: N5 Public Relations
- Accredited by: QCTO
- SAQA ID: 66958
- Duration: 12 Months
- Requirements: N4 Public Relations
National Certificate: N6 Public Relations
- Accredited by: QCTO
- SAQA ID: 67003
- Duration: 12 Months
- Requirements: N5 Public Relations
What Are The Benefits Of Studying A Public Relations Course?
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?
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