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Applied Education Leadership PgCert

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Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Headmaster/Headmistress/School Leadership Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

This programme is organised around the notion of school improvement and supports the development of leadership and research skills for education practitioners. It is designed to support you to apply your learning to your own professional practice.

You will have the opportunity to reflect upon practice in your own school, with a focus on your own leadership skills, and the content of your local Education Commission Report, which will inform the identification of areas of professional concern for your school and explore your own approach to leadership using diagnostic tools for self-assessment. It will enable you to conduct a small-scale enquiry, negotiated with your head teacher and the programme leaders, which will contribute directly to your own school improvement plans.

How you are assessed

The assessment allows you to reflect on your own leadership skills, and produce assessed work that benefits your working context. The summative assessments revolve around developing and researching professional practice; you will reflect on the results of the 360 degree self-assessment tool, produce a research proposal for a school improvement project and then write a report on this project.

Career opportunities

This course is for middle and senior leaders in primary and secondary education.


The focus of this module is on integrating theories of leadership and educational enquiry for school leaders in order to contribute to raising achievement in schools through targeted interventions. You explore your own leadership skills and competencies through completing a 360 degree skills analysis. You will also acquire the necessary research skills to develop a small-scale school-based project to enhance school performance. The selection of research area and method of enquiry will be decided in consultation with the module leader.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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Entry requirements

Standard postgraduate entry criteria will apply, plus; You must be an education practitioner employed within an education setting and able to contribute to school improvement. You must also provide an approval letter from your head teacher confirming support throughout the programme.

Department profile

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University information

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