DChA study route is delivered by Sheffield Business School which is a part of Sheffield Hallam University, one of the most progressive and innovative universities in the UK, which has its own Centre for Voluntary Sector Research.
Be awarded with the Postgraduate Diploma in Charity Resource Management.
Entitlement to use the DChA designation *
Receive free Charity and Voluntary Sector Group subscription for up to 12 months (for new subscribers only).
Opportunity to join ICAEW's online register of award holders.
Route to the MSc in Charity Resource Management.
What is the Sheffield Business School DChA study route?
This course brings together the full range of issues needed to manage resources strategically in a charitable organisation. It is designed to help you address major changes in winning and using resources and provides an overview of charity fundraising, finance, and people.
Sheffield Business School DChA study route at a glance
The course is ideal if you are looking to develop your skills and professional expertise in the area of strategic financial management in a charity context.
It is suitable both for those based directly in the charity sector and those in other roles who work closely with charities.
It is open to:
graduates (a first degree in any discipline and at least one year’s full-time or equivalent part-time, experience working in the charity and voluntary sector)
A minimum of one year full-time (or equivalent part-time) experience of the UK charity sector is required. This can be gained as an employee, a professional adviser working with charities, a trustee or from other voluntary roles.
Applicants without a degree but have extensive suitable management experience will be considered.
The postgraduate diploma comprises of two stages - a postgraduate certificate and a postgraduate diploma. There are eight modules in total. Five of the modules are specific to charities and three are common to Sheffield Business School’s organisational development and change programme.
On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Charity Resource Management from Sheffield Business School (or the MSc in Charity Resource Management if you complete the dissertation).
Once you have completed the postgraduate diploma by achieving a minimum of 45% per module and an overall pass rate of 50% or more, you can then apply for the DChA and with it the entitlement to use the DChA designation.
You will also receive free ICAEW Charity and Voluntary Sector Group subscription for up to 12 months (for new subscribers only) and the opportunity to join an online register of award holders.
It is a part-time course that lasts around 18 months (or around two years if you proceed to the dissertation. See below for details).
Each module is taught in blocks, usually lasting four days.
It is taught at Sheffield Business School, located in Sheffield city centre (directly opposite Sheffield rail station).
While you study, you will also have access to one to one support from personal tutors, online access to Sheffield Business School’s e-learning environment and access to their electronic resources.
£6,800 (VAT exempt) for non-European Union residents.
Sheffield Business School is offering discretionary scholarships, which can cover part of the fees for students from charities with limited resources; please contact Sheffield Business School for details.
How to apply
For further information on how to apply and an application pack, please contact Sheffield Business School on +44(0) 114 225 2820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
(* In order to be awarded with the DChA designation, you will need to apply for the DChA after completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Charity Resource Management.)
Optional MSc stage
Most students choose continue beyond the postgraduate diploma and take a dissertation involving a detailed study on a topic of your choice in the field of charity resource management. This then leads to an MSc in Charity Resource Management. (Please note, that the dissertation is not a requirement to obtain the DChA). For further details please contact Sheffield Business School.