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Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 1 year

UK/EU fee

£2,625 (2020/21)

International fee

£2,625 (2020/21)

Course level



PG Cert

Start dates

January, September, May



Online course description

If applying for September 2020 intake:
Term starts 21 September, so apply now.

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:

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).

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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.

A talk from our Academic Lead

Our Academic Lead for Education, Lucy Hutchinson, talks about our online Education Postgraduate Certificate course in this video.

Our academic talks about the online Education Masters and Postgraduate Certificate courses

View our Education (Leadership and Management) Postgraduate Certificate course introduction video transcript

What you will study

We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.

If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered. In addition, where demand is high, some modules may be subject to a cap.

To complete the Postgraduate Certificate Education (Leadership and Management) you will need to complete a total of 60 credits by studying the three core 20 credit modules.

(NB: Pathways and modules run subject to scheduling and student numbers)

Postgraduate certificatePostgraduate certificate

Code: 7PE540

Crafting your Masters study

This module is concerned with identifying and developing the key personal and academic competencies associated with successful study at masters level in a global context of continuous educational change.

C Wright Mills’ essay ‘On Intellectual Craftsmanship’ continues to influence the development of students’ scholarly and academic skills. In the context of newly emerging forms of academic literacies there has been a resurgence in approaches to the craft of scholarship. The module, therefore, aims to engage students in a ‘systematic reflection’ of their developing scholarship at Masters level, facilitating their transition towards independent and autonomous learning.

The crafting of a journal in which students will address what they are doing professionally (and/or academically) with what they are experiencing as a person will encourage the critical reflection and development of their own academic needs. This will include an engagement with established and newly emerging approaches to research and academic writing at Level 7 (including those facilitated by digital technologies). Lectures and seminars provide opportunities to consider the skills needed to study at level 7 and the ways in which these skills can be identified (for example through literature reviews). Seminars and workshops will provide opportunities for students to present their ongoing work. Tutorials provide the opportunity for individual concerns to be addressed.

Formative assessment will be ongoing providing opportunity for students to synthesise their learning to date. Students will be able to take account of tutor feedback, peer review and self-assessment to identify their progress and where essential development areas remain. Summative assessment of the learning outcomes is by construction of a portfolio.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate the development of a reflexive approach to personal and academic competencies required for successful study of education at Level 7
  • apply personal and academic competencies to Level 7 requirements in the study of education

Module content

There are four main areas of focus:

  • reflective thought and practice to develop independence and autonomy
  • skills of academic literacy, including abilities of criticality, evaluation and synthesis appropriate to study at masters level
  • knowledge and understanding of academic numeracy appropriate for study at masters level
  • skills of technological approaches to research appropriate to study at masters level
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20 Credits

Code: 7PE549

Quality, Leadership and Management

This exciting module focuses on the ways in which leadership theories can be effectively utilised to apply quality procedures effectively embedding equality and diversity. The module draws on a range of contemporary leadership and management theories, developing the critical and self-reflective educational practitioner. The whole range of educational contexts can be used in order to provide exemplars of how leadership can be empowering and the module will be of interest to all staff who have access to educational contexts.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse contemporary theories on leadership in an applied context
  2. Critically reflect and utilise the concepts of diversity, equality and quality procedures

Module content

This module is geared towards the contemporary changes in educational contexts. It focuses on the ways in which wide-ranging debates such as social justice, equality, and diversity (socio-economic group, BME groups, gender, disability) can be seriously and sustainably embedded into long-lasting educational leadership, management, and quality procedures, and evaluate a range of contemporary leadership theories.

The whole range of educational contexts can be used in order to provide exemplars of how leadership can be utilised, and the module is applicable to all levels of staff in educational contexts.

More information
20 Credits

Code: 7PE550

Developing Leadership Capacity

This thought-provoking module is of interest to people in the wider field of education and educational leadership roles. It examines organisational change, the impact of social policy, how developed cultures impact upon those who work across all sectors: state maintained, for-profit, and non-profit, and the role that both governments and leadership teams play in this. There are opportunities for developing soft skills and learning how to utilise leadership tool kits to impact on workplace development.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse and evaluate the application of the impact of social policy and culture on educational leadership
  2. Critically reflect and utilise the leadership tool-kits to identify the change factors that enable their own organisation to move forward more effectively

Module content

This module intends to track current leadership principles in:

  • Discussing the current change management debates
  • Evaluating the potential impact upon those who work across all sectors: state maintained, for-profit and non-profit
  • Examining of the extent of recent educational change together with the current state of the economy
  • Analysing the position of both individual governments and leadership teams are reflected upon in terms of their ability to influence and react to such changes
  • Utilising a range of seminal and contemporary leadership theories
  • Discussing the range of strategies for effective leadership, including coaching and generating organisational change
  • Evaluating the model of evidenced based outcomes for educational leadership
  • Analysing contemporary debates on the range of policy and strategy decisions that are applicable to education
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20 Credits

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Who will teach you

Programme leader

Melody Harrogate

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Tuesday, 17 November 2020 16.00 - 17.00

During this hour-long webinar, we’ll take you through the basic principles of how online learning works and what you can expect as an online learner with the University of Derby Online Learning.

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Entry requirements

You will usually need to be currently working within the education arena and have either: 

You will be asked to provide a CV/resume detailing your academic and work experience.

English language qualifications

You will normally need one of the following English Language qualifications:

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:*

*If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5 you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £875 3 £2,625

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three payment plan options:

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.


This course can open doors for you in your career. It might make your CV stand out enough to get you an interview for that more senior role you’ve been looking for, or just give you the confidence to apply for positions you normally wouldn’t have considered.

Previous students have also said they have performed better at work as a result of this course – bringing greater recognition and respect from peers.

To give you an idea of the range of careers this course relates to, some of our graduates have gone on to become advanced skills teachers, nursery managers, assistant head teachers, disability coordinators within universities and national trainers for charitable organisations.

You may also wish to go on to further study such as an MPhil, EdD or PhD.

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