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Catholic School Leadership - PG Cert

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Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Christian Religious Studies Headmaster/Headmistress/School Leadership

Course type


Course Summary


This postgraduate certificate has been designed for those in middle/senior leadership positions in Catholic schools and also for aspiring Catholic school leaders, including school governors and other professionals, in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of leadership within Catholic settings and to respond to specific issues facing Church school leaders today. The Postgraduate Certificate comprises of two modules: Educational Leadership in Catholic Schools and Change Management in Catholic Schools.

Why study this course?

An opportunity to continue your professional development.

Gain a qualification in Catholic School Leadership at masters’ level

Supports succession planning, recruitment and retention within Catholic Schools

An opportunity to meet others interested in leadership from across other Catholic schools

Access to University facilities (eg library, IT systems, Student Support Services)

May gain credits towards the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) for those who have not completed this award

Builds on the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) for those who have completed this award, but no requirement to have completed the CCRS to undertake the Postgraduate Certificate in Catholic School Leadership


The focus of this module is to explore approaches to educational leadership in Catholic school settings, and the skills and qualities required to lead a range of individual and professional groups within this setting. Current research and policy will be drawn from in relation to leadership within Catholic schools. Students will critically reflect on and evaluate the impact of different approaches to leadership and models of leadership, considering spiritual and ethical leadership in particular. The module will assist teachers and others working in church schools in the task of integrating Christian principles and concepts into their professional responsibilities as leaders.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

An Honours degree in a relevant subject area from a UK university or an overseas university agreed by NARIC as equivalent and subject to IELTS and EU requirements. Consideration will be given to students with lower level qualifications who have a relevant range of professional experience. Professional experience that equates to degree level will be considered by the Course Co-ordinator. If some non-graduates are to be considered pre entry tasks will be considered and used at the co-ordinator’s discretion.