The PG Certificate in Leadership and Management consists of three modules taken part time either on-campus or distance learning over one year. The three modules are:
- Leading and Managing People in Education (20 credits. Autumn semester) brings together a range of themes and concerns in the management of staff in educational organisations. Drawing on national and international examples, it combines theoretical perspectives with practical concerns about staff management and development.
- Leading Change in Education (20 credits. Spring semester) builds on the experience of course members as observers of, and participants in, the management of change in the education sector. Drawing on national and international examples, it combines theoretical perspectives with practical concerns about organisational transformation in education.
- Mentoring in Education (20 credits. Summer semester) This module aims to explore the mentoring roles in educational contexts, including initial teacher education, as well as professional development in schools and further and higher education settings. It will look at the models of mentoring within a professional context and draw upon work in related areas such as nursing. It will look at the experiences of the mentee and the experiences of the mentor and the impact of the relationship on both parties. It will give students an opportunity to share experiences and to deepen their knowledge by focusing on the research evidence in this field.
As our courses are regularly reviewed, course content may change from the details given here.
Teaching and learning
Typically, modules would include seven evening sessions (approximately 21 hours of contact time) and two online discussions (approximately three hours of contact time).
The programme is supported by a full online ‘virtual learning environment’ which includes readings, discussions, session materials, support for assignments, and opportunities for students on campus and online to share professional concerns and debates.
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).
Mentoring in Education – assessment:
An analysis of a critical incident in the mentoring process (3000 words) supported by a 1000-word formative plan.
The programme can be taken either on-campus or by distance learning.
- On-campus – taught modules Modules are usually taught on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays at 17:00 – 20:00
- Distance learning – the programme can be achieved by part-time online learning through the use of our Moodle platform. For each module this usually requires about 12 hours a week plus time spent on assessment.
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