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Course content

This accredited project management course provides you with a complete walkthrough of the PRINCE2® terminology as defined in Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2®, the official manual of the method published by the Cabinet Office in 2017.

"Projects bring together resources, skills, technology and ideas to achieve business objectives and deliver business benefits. Good project management helps to ensure that risks are identified and managed appropriately, and objectives and benefits are achieved within budget, within time and to the required quality." (Cabinet Office website)

At the end of the course you will take a one-hour multiple choice test, which leads to the official PRINCE2® Foundation certificate.

Course content

The Foundation course introduces the basics behind the PRINCE2® process-based method and prepares you for the test that leads to the PRINCE2® Foundation certificate.

The course begins by exploring the increasing importance of projects in today’s world before discussing what a project is, why projects fail and what the role of the project manager is. We will then introduce the structure of PRINCE2®, which consists of its principles, themes, processes and the idea of tailoring the method to its environment, before we expand on and explain each one of these elements in turn.

The topics covered include:

  • what is project management
  • the PRINCE2® principles and themes
  • starting up a project
  • initiating a project
  • the business case
  • the project organisation
  • project planning
  • risks and quality
  • controlling a stage
  • managing product delivery
  • change and progress
  • directing a project
  • closing a project

Teaching and assessment

The course requires a first pass of all the material in the official manual, so it is important that you do some reading before the course starts. We will provide you with pre-course material that explains what reading is expected before beginning the course.

The course consists of a series of classroom lectures and group exercises. The lectures introduce the method’s terminology, then we will discuss case studies to explain how to use the method in practice. We will provide supplementary learning material via the University’s online learning platform. At the end of each day we wil use multiple choice questions to remind us of the day’s learning and to prepare us for the certificate exam.

Your career

Project management is a modern career that is so generic it is applicable to any business sector. The presence of PRINCE2® certification has now become a minimum requirement for many CVs. For many, the certificate is a career-changing opportunity that leads to project management or consultancy work in one of the large UK or international government or non-government organisations.

The following sought after skills will become part of your CV: PRINCE2® Foundation, product-based planning, risk management.


Visit the PRINCE2 (Foundation) page on the University of Westminster website for more details!

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