Certificate in the Practice of Cooperative Societies

Certificate in the Practice of Cooperative Societies

Course information

Course title Certificate in the Practice of Cooperative Societies
Course code UCPCSPTE
Level of qualification Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level Level 5
Duration 2 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 30
Coordinator Anna Borg
Delivered by Centre for Labour Studies
This course aims to impart students the necessary knowledge and skills required to develop and manage cooperative societies. Students will learn the theory and fundamental principles distinguishing cooperative societies from other enterprises. An understanding of the social role played by cooperatives will provide students with the context in which the rest of the programme is framed. Students will learn basic governance and leadership skills, business planning, project management, marketing, accounting and financial management of cooperatives. They will also learn the principles of the law governing cooperative societies.

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Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants admitted as “Adult Learners” under paragraph (c) of regulation 6 of the Admissions Regulations must be in possession of those qualifications and experience that would satisfy the interviewing board, through an interview, that they have reached the academic standard required to follow the Course with profit. Such applicants shall be required to submit with their application a letter written in English giving their motivation for joining the Course, together with a copy of their Curriculum Vitae. Applicants admitted in terms of this paragraph shall be in possession of a pass in an English language proficiency test as approved by the University before being admitted to the Course, provided that applicants in possession of a Secondary Education Certificate pass at Grade 3 or higher in English Language or a pass at the same standard in a comparable qualification, shall be exempt from this requirement.

Applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' are required to sit for an English Proficiency Test to be held on a date which will be announced in due course. Successful applicants will then be required to sit for an interview. The date of the interview will be set at a later stage. Once announced, these dates cannot be changed. Applicants shall be exempted from sitting the proficiency test if they are in possession of a pass at SEC level English at Grade 3 or better or equivalent. The closing date for receipt of applications from applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' (those who will be sitting for the proficiency test and/or interview) is 17 January 2020 (at 2pm).

The interviewing board appointed by the Board shall be composed of at least three members.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in February 2020.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply. This programme is being sponsored by the Central Co-operative Fund

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: No fees apply. This programme is being sponsored by the Central Co-operative Fund
By the end of the programme of studies, students will:
- understand and better appreciate the special role played by cooperatives in the Maltese society
- get to know the basic aspects of the law governing cooperatives in Malta
- be able to set up a cooperative society
- be able to run cooperative societies through appropriate leadership and management skills
- be able to use principles of financial management and accounting in order to manage the funds to accomplish the objectives of a cooperative society, and to process and communicate the relevant financial information.

The various study-units included in the programme will include case studies that help students acquaint themselves with real life challenges faced by people who wish to set up and manage cooperative societies.
The course is intended for members of existing cooperative societies, those who wish to set up a cooperative society, and other persons who are interested in this field.
Although the course is not leading directly to the pursuit of a specific profession, the various areas that are covered in the course programme will comprehensively equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills which will prove useful in various careers which are relevant to the field of cooperative societies.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0.

Last Updated: 5 November 2019

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