2018 Advanced Diploma in Social Enterprise

£1000 Bursaries Announced: Apply Now

We are delighted to announce that £1000 Bursaries have been made available from The Flax Trust for the forthcoming 2018 Advanced Diploma in Social Enterprise.

Applications are welcomed from those directly involved in social enterprise activities or from those involved in providing support for social enterprise development.

This one year social enterprise development programme is aimed at individuals who have an idea to start a social enterprise or those in existing community organisations and charities who are trying to diversify their income streams. The course content has recently been remodelled to reflect the emerging trends within the social economy sector as well as the key drivers for social enterprise development.

The total programme fee is £1666 and will include:

  • Six 2-day Modules
  • Six ½ Day Peer Learning Groups
  • Study Visits and Social Enterprise Masterclasses
  • Guest Lectures from Business Leaders and Social Innovators
  • Full accreditation by the Ulster Business School, Ulster University, Jordanstown

If you have any queries about the content of the programme contact Steve Pollard at Ulster Business School

You only need to complete one application form to apply for both the bursary and for the course itself. Click here to download and follow the instructions provided.



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Bursary Funders: The Flax Trust / School for Social Enterprises in Ireland

ADSE Delivered & Accredited by: Ulster Business School

Programme Managed by: Podiem Ltd official partner of SSEI



ADSE 2016 COHORT at summer Graduations with representatives of The Flax Trust, Ulster University, Ulster Business School, School for Social Enterprises in Ireland and Podiem.

Interested in Enrolling?

ADSE4Are you interested in social innovation? Could a social enterprise development programme be for you?

Come to us with a passion to make a change, develop something new, deal with a social problem – we will support you with the knowledge, skills and tools to turn ideas into real world projects that change lives.

If you have any questions about the application process contact Bill Manson or call 028 9076 1030

Past Participant Testimonials

  • Outstanding programme, the confidence and encouragement I received was overwhelming.

    Emma Mullen, Feile FM
  • The programme has giving me greater understanding of the sector, increased my networking opportunities and given me the ability to develop my idea into a viable business plan for my organisation.

    Claire Walsh, East Belfast Mission
  • Completion of the Advanced Diploma in Social Enterprise has been an interesting and rewarding experience. It has enabled me to gain insights into the operation of social enterprise and the challenges of developing successful social enterprise activity. I would recommend this course to anyone who is seriously considering starting a social enterprise.

    Eamonn Donaghy, Disability Action
  • As a recently appointed Business Development Manager, my role is to develop several new business ideas from concept to operational enterprises. This programme gave me the skills to work through this process using research and feasibility studies and the creation of business plans. It gave me the confidence to implement my ideas and take on the operational management of the new ventures.

    Michael Paul, The Oasis Centre
  • I was impressed with the quality of the teaching materials, the range of issues covered and the experience and mix of staff delivering the modules. The course has made the organisation more outward looking, taking a more business perspective on project concepts and be more conscious about the financial viability of any new developments within the Bryson group.

    Gavin Bell, Bryson Charitable Group

Current Cohort

A selection of the class of 2016-2017 is profiled below