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PGCert Education - Leadership and Management

PGCert

School of Education

Postgraduate Certificates

This course is aimed at middle-management level leaders in schools (heads of department, key stage co-ordinators, pastoral managers).

It provides an overview of up-to-date research and educational theory to inform the process of leadership and management. It also offers opportunities for the practical application of theory in a school setting.

Studying the Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and management will bring depth and insight into your professional thinking. You will meet students who are at various levels in their careers and you will learn from each other's experiences.

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Harcourt Hill Campus

Course length

  • Part time: 12 months

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • Studying the Postgraduate Certificate Education: Leadership and Management will bring depth and insight into your professional thinking.
  • You will meet students who are at various levels in their careers and you will learn from each other's experiences.
  • Completion of the course shows commitment to professional development and should lead to improved prospects for career progression.
  • The School of Education is a focal point for lively, informed debate on education through its open seminar and lecture programmes.
  • We work in close partnership with schools and colleges and other organisations involved in life long learning.
  • You will be working with highly regarded academics who are at the forefront of their subjects. Drawing on our cutting-edge, research-led teaching, this course will advance your knowledge and develop your professional skills.

This course consists of three modules:

  • Leading and Managing People (single module)
  • Leading and Managing Change (single module)
  • Investigating Practice (single module) or any module from the MA Education programme

Content includes:

  • key issues in leadership and management: vision and philosophy of education, school improvement and effectiveness, team leadership, managing meetings, recruitment and selection, motivating staff, managing diversity and inclusion, and managing conflict
  • strategies for research and school based investigations: organisational structures and culture, strategic planning, continuing professional development, learning organisations, monitoring and evaluation, impact assessment, managing change, and action research
  • analysis of professional development needs and progress
  • skills for academic study
  • an investigation within your own practice context.

As our courses are regularly reviewed, course content may change from the details given here.

Teaching and learning

Leading and Managing People (single module) course schedule:

Typically, this module would include seven evening sessions (approximately 21 hours of contact time) and two online discussions (approximately three hours of contact time).

Leading and Managing Change (single module) course schedule:

Typically, this module would include seven evening sessions (approximately 21 hours of contact time) and two online discussions (approximately three hours of contact time).

Approach to assessment

Leading and Managing People - assessment:

A review document outlining your reflections on the course in the context of your continuing professional development (1000 words) and a structured essay which critiques a variety of literature related to leadership and management, linked to your professional experience (4000 words).

Leading and Managing Change - assessment:

A critical analysis of a journal article focusing on the action research approach (1000 words). You will also carry out your own intervention and write up a report. This will include an audit of the current context, a review of relevant literature, an evaluation of the action research methodology used and analysis and discussion of the outcomes (4000 words).

Investigating Practice - assessment:

A presentation on your project.

A report on the development and findings of a work based study focusing on a Leadership / Management theme.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £610 per single module 2019/20: £620 per single module

International - cost per module: 2018/19: £1,470 per single module 2019/20: £1,500 per single module

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk

Funding and scholarships

Entry requirements

Students normally require a first degree.

Please also see the university's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the university's standard English language requirements

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the university's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

International applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • Take our Pre-Master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

How to apply

Please email pgeducation@brookes.ac.uk for an application form.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

How this course helps you develop

Studying the Postgraduate Certificate in leadership and management will bring depth and insight into your professional thinking. You will meet students who are at various levels in their careers and you will learn from each other's experiences.

Careers

This course provides middle management level leaders in schools (heads of department, key stage co-ordinators, pastoral managers) with an overview of up-to-date research and educational theory to help underpin and develop their process of leadership and management in their respective roles. Completion of the course demonstrates commitment to professional development and should lead to improved prospects for career progression.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

How Brookes supports postgraduate students

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Research highlights

Sustained excellence in research and publication has ensured that a significant proportion of our School of Education staff were entered for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014 (UoA 25). Almost 90% of our research was deemed to be of international merit, with around one half either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Contributions to the REF were spread across all of our research groups.

Our research aims to create impact on contemporary educational issues - supporting knowledge creation and developing innovative approaches to researching pedagogic practices. The School’s research strategy functions at all spatial scales, from local to global. We publish our highest quality research in leading peer-reviewed journals. Emeritus, Honorary and Visiting Research Fellows contribute to our research programmes and outputs.

The School holds two major research conferences each year - the School of Education Research Conference and the EdD Colloquium. Our Research Seminar Series (which attracts both internal and external speakers) runs annually - all students are invited to attend. We also organise a number of conferences, lectures, seminars and debates, some of which have an international reach.

Members of the School are engaged in a variety of funded and unfunded research projects; we have previously enjoyed prestigious funded scholarships (such as the Fulbright – Peabody scholarship) and, when feasible, offer funded Research Studentships to doctoral applicants. Our Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development (CECD) regularly secures consultancy and research money.

As might be expected in such a research active school, many staff are engaged as editors, editorial board members, or reviewers for various peer reviewed academic and professional journals, as well as online journals.

View all staff profiles for School of Education

Research areas and clusters

The School of Education at Oxford Brookes University is a thriving centre for educational research and teacher professional development. Students on master's level programmes therefore join a large research community comprising researchers at all levels of higher education study.

The School’s six research groups reflect a thriving research community of academics, scholars and students. They exist to encourage engagement in research, publication, conference presentations, seminars and workshops. These groups focus on:

  • Inclusion and Wellbeing
  • Policy, Partnership and Leadership
  • STEAM pedagogy and learning
  • Humanistic Perspectives on Education
  • Early Years
  • Applied Linguistics.

Related courses

  • MA Education - Leadership and Management