OTHM Level 7 Certificate in Research Methods
Qualification Number: 603/5746/0
The objective of the OTHM Level 7 Certificate in Research Methods qualification is to develop learners’ ability to prepare for various types of academically based research through the development and design of a research proposal.
Learners will develop a critical understanding of the philosophical, practical and ethical concepts of research within the context of any environment.
For entry onto the OTHM Level 7 Certificate in Research Methods qualification, learners must possess:
- An honours degree or UK level 6 diploma or an equivalent overseas qualification.
- Mature learners with management experience (learners must check with the delivery centre regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme).
- Learners must be 21 years old or older at the beginning of the course.
- English requirements: If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country, they must provide evidence of English language competency.
The OTHM Level 7 Certificate in Research Methods is on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) at the same level as master’s degrees which can be used to build up credits towards further study.
The OTHM Level 7 Certificate in Research Methods consists of 1 mandatory unit, of 20 credits, 200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 100 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.
- Research Methods (20 credits)
Duration and delivery
The qualification is designed to be delivered over 2 months for full-time study, but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning.
The qualification is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, distance, online by approved centres only.
Assessment and verification
All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and externally verified by OTHM. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.
To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. Judgement that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor.
The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learners’ overall achievement has been arrived at.