PRINCE2® Foundation course

University of Westminster, Westminster Business School

Program Description

PRINCE2® Foundation course

University of Westminster, Westminster Business School

This accredited course provides 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 (CO) in 2009.

The CO's website explains: "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."

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

Course content

The course is designed to introduce the basics behind the PRINCE2® process-based method and to prepare 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. The structure of PRINCE2®, which consists of its principles, themes, processes and the idea of tailoring the method to its environment, is then introduced before each one of these elements is expanded and explained 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 students do some reading before the course starts. All students are provided with pre-course material that explains what reading is expected prior to beginning the course.

The course consists of a series of interleaved lectures and seminars. The lectures are designed to introduce the method’s terminology, which is then discussed in the seminars where exercises based on case studies explain how to use the method in practice. A comprehensive course handbook, containing all the course slides is handed to each student upon arrival. At the end of each day multiple choice questions are used to remind us of the day’s learning and to prepare us for the certificate examination.


Fees include lectures, lecture materials, the official manual (Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2®) and the examination fee for the foundation exam.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. However, candidates should familiarise themselves with the methods manual and study for around 10 hours before the first day of training. Study is also required between training days.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated May 18, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
3 days
Part time
635 GBP
Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom London, England
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Duration 3 days
Price 635 GBP