UK/EU: £2,370
INT: £2,550
Course length
1 year part time
Start dates
September, January and May
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10 November

Course code: OLPAO   Level: 7

If your career involves educating other people and you'd like to improve your professional expertise or progress into a more senior role, our online Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Leadership and Management) is designed to help you.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Leadership and Management) is designed for those who have experience of working in schools, colleges, universities or any education context, and who seek to develop a better understanding of how educational leadership influences the experiences of staff and students. The programme draws on research from the UK and internationally.

On this pathway you will:

  • improve understanding of leadership practices in national and international social, cultural, political and policy contexts
  • strengthen knowledge of leadership and change management
  • explore existing and emerging international research-informed knowledge of educational leadership
  • enable a deeper critical understanding of the organisation, and the environment in which course members operate
  • critically analyse and evaluate their own and others' leadership practice

This PG Cert is ideal if you are already in a first position of responsibility within an education setting, seeking to enhance your skills and knowledge in a wide range of leadership and management theories and issues.

Enriching your career

This Postgraduate Certificate is not a teaching qualification but previous students have benefited from this postgraduate degree, helping them to gain more senior roles, enriching their teaching, challenging their preconceptions and boosting their confidence. You may also wish to continue to Masters level and obtain an MA Education (Leadership and Management).

Be inspired by others

Students frequently tell us that they most enjoy hearing the diverse mix of experiences, ideas and opinions brought by others taking the course, especially when that challenges their own thinking. Online discussion forums make this possible, and with such a wide variety of people on the course, from the UK and overseas, that’s not surprising. Our tutors have many years’ experience in the education sector themselves, so they understand your profession and are sympathetic to the pressures of balancing study with a busy teaching job.

You are in control

Studying online gives you the flexibility to study at the most convenient time and place for you. The course is divided into modules which are scheduled over fixed trimesters so there will be deadlines to meet; however you can organise your study time around your work and personal commitments in order to complete each module within the set time parameters.

Online class discussions are largely focused on contextualisation of theory to practice, so it’s stimulating, engaging and highly relevant to your day-to-day, professional life.

What does online learning look like?

If you're thinking of studying one of our courses, you may be wondering how online learning works and what it looks like. Below are some images from one of the modules of this course. There are four screen shots for you to scroll through which show you what the learning environment and material looks like, with a brief explanation underneath.

Click on the image below to view examples.

Reflective practice is an essential skill for an educator.
You will engage in activities where you apply pedagogic models to your practice and talk to your peers about them.
Accessing, reading and evaluating information you find on the Internet is an important skill to develop within the course.
Accessing videos and linked information will enhance your understanding of the study content.