Level 3 CIPR Foundation in Public Relations

This qualification is an A-level equivalent and provides a detailed introduction to PR.

Spread the cost of your course*

Take advantage and make an initial payment of £200.00 and £70.00 administration fee by credit/debit card, then spread the remaining amount over 4 equal monthly instalments.

* Available for UK bank accounts only.

Distance learning

Distance Learning

£750.00 + VAT

£750.00 + VAT

Saturday seminars

Cambridge, UK

14 April 2018, £750.00 + VAT

14 April 2018
£750.00 + VAT

Course overview

The CIPR Foundation is an A-level equivalent qualification and provides a detailed introduction to PR, including essential writing and other technical skills. The course is designed for those new to public relations who want to learn the basic techniques of this communications discipline. Study days and support will be given by an experienced PR practitioner. 

Study sessions involve a range of learning methods including interactive exercises, video material and case studies, and will be backed up with study session material and further reading sources.


This course usually takes 6 months to complete.

Entry criteria

  • To study this course, students will need:
  • at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above,
  • PLUS, proficiency in English (via an International Language Testing System (IELTS) with band score of 7.0 or above or equivalent).
  • If you do not have the necessary entry requirements, you may still be accepted at the discretion of the CIPR on the basis of your professional experience (not necessarily in public relations).

Course modules:

Distinguishing PR Activities Mandatory

The role of public relations within an organisation, its relationship with marketing and other communications disciplines and key concepts such as relationship building, managing reputation and engaging people.

Writing for News Media & Online Activities Mandatory

The skills of effective writing and best practice in working with the news media and online audiences using social media.

Ethics & the PR Professional Mandatory

The role of the professional PR practitioner and ethical issues.

What our students say

I recently undertook the CIPR Foundation Award in Public Relations under the tutorage of Allison Thomas. Allison brought the subject to life which enabled me to gain extensive knowledge in a relatively short period of time. The course itself exceeded expectations and helped me to develop my strategic thinking and analysis combined with a strong footing in the basic fundamentals of public relations. I would highly recommend the course, Allison and Cambridge Marketing College as a place to study.

Darren Davies Communications Manager NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership

You really have been so so helpful, and I really appreciate it. CMC are lucky to have such wonderful staff who really go the extra mile.

Felicity Dale Associate Director, International Strategic Development Global University Systems

The tutors were fantastic and all the materials provided were great. I always recommend Cambridge Marketing College.

CMC Alumnus

Cambridge Marketing College has amazing tutors, friendly administration staff and great teaching material.

CMC Alumnus

I made a very good decision, as my studies at CMC improved my overall understanding of marketing, not only market research and helped me get my current position as Market Research Executive at the RAC. The fact that I'm a CMC student and I had gained a CIM Award in Metrics convinced the interview panel I was the right candidate.I am very happy with my CMC experience and would recommend the College to anyone looking for a career change to marketing.

Oleksii Novakov CIM Diploma Student

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