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Course content

As more public services are supplied by the commercial sector, contract management is becoming a growing area of expertise. Aimed at those working with Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and Private Finance Initiatives (PFI), this course will give you the expert skills you need to negotiate, manage and deliver framework agreements and term contracts while upholding the highest levels of customer service.

Many public services are now outsourced and there is growing support from the Local Government Association to improve the contract management skills of those working in local authorities. You will analyse case studies and focus on examples from your own workplace to gain an understanding of how you can modify the contracts you handle.

We will develop your legal knowledge and help you make improvements to existing contracts, encouraging you to seek innovative ways of working. You will explore different strategies for resolving client-contractor and supplier conflict so that existing contracts can be successfully renegotiated.

Whether you are a public sector professional or a supplier of services, working collaboratively with your tutors and fellow students will allow you to learn from the experiences of others. You will examine different problem-solving and communication strategies which you can then apply in your own workplace.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/contractmanagement_apd

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


If you are already working in contract management, this course will strengthen your abilities and give you the confidence to get the best from your suppliers. You will gain transferrable skills that are in high demand across the public and private sectors, preparing you to take responsibility for coordinating and managing contracts and partnerships. There is also the option to continue your studies by progressing on to our MSc Strategic Project Management.

- Client Representative
- Contract Manager
- Procurement Officer

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You will be inspired by experts - each member of your course team has more than 20 years' experience in industry and they will use their knowledge of commercial supply chains to inform your teaching and bridge the gap between the public and private sector. The team are also involved in research and consultancy in this area which will feed into your teaching.

We have fantastic links with the public sector and their suppliers and regularly invite guest speakers from industry to share their experiences. Previous visitors have included employees of the Office of Government Commerce, who support procurement and acquisition in the public sector, and Morgan Sindall, a leading UK construction group. This industry input keeps your teaching current and makes sure your knowledge is always up to date.

We've designed this course to support you every step of the way. Taught at weekends to fit around your work commitments, you will also be offered tips on writing academic essays and examine previous assignments to get a clear picture of what is expected from you.

Core Modules

Contract Administration & Finance
Gain an understanding of the core principles in a contract and how to administer contracts. You will examine contract theory, principles and clauses, legal requirements for contract administration and financial control.

Contract Management & Monitoring Performance
Discover ways to evaluate, design and implement systems to measure and monitor the service provision provided by your contracts from both the service provision and supplier perspective.

John Heathcote

Senior Lecturer

"There is a reciprocal learning environment between the students and myself. My students have exposed me to problems they are having in the workplace and using my experience we've worked together to propose a solution."

John is an expert in European project and contract management. From utility engineering capital projects, to supply chain management specialising in partnership framework contracts, he has more than 20 years' experience in industry. John is also the current chair of the Association for Project Management’s Value Management Specific Interest Group.


- Library and online resources
Our library is one of only a handful of university libraries in the UK that are open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Learning spaces
Your teaching team are based in Northern Terrace, a short walk from Leeds city centre. This is a learning hub for our Built Environment and Engineering students, so you can spend time here sharing ideas with classmates and your tutors.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Contract Management for PPP/PFI (Advanced Professional Diploma) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!





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