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Professional Learning: Leadership in Education (GradCert)

The course aims to strengthen teachers’ leadership skills, through critical reflection, practice-based research, and collaboration.  This will support your professional development by equipping you with the skills and knowledge for effective leadership.

The programme will examine the challenges of implementing and managing change; with a particular focus on curriculum development. It will enhance knowledge and understanding of school management responsibilities.

The course will be delivered in English but all students are able to submit their work in either English or Welsh.


Professional Learning: Leadership in Education (GradCert)

You must have:

  • qualified teacher status
  • completed of university application
  • attended an interview

Contact Name: Sue M. James

Tuition Fees 2021/22:

Why choose this course

The course aims to provide teachers with the confidence to establish and develop their leadership roles.

The programme offers an opportunity:

  1. To improve prospects for leadership progression in school.
  2. To develop an understanding of the wide range of inherent school management responsibilities – staff management, budget, data analysis, curriculum development, etc.
  3. To reflect and evaluate personal leadership skills and styles.
  4. To explore innovative ideas and assess their validity with colleagues.
  5. To establish research strategies to inform decision-making through analysis of school data and critical review of theory and directives.
  6. To engage in a professional discussion of current practice and legislation.

What you will learn

Course Overview

This programme provides an opportunity for those aspiring to a senior leadership role in a school or holding a leadership position; especially those on a trajectory towards Deputy/Assistant Headship, to reflect on their personal aspirations and skills.

Throughout the course, the teachers will be challenged to critically review policies and legislation concerning their context.  They will be encouraged to reflect on their current practice in relation to theory and government policy.  There will be an opportunity for candid self-reflection.  Including an exploration into the complexities and challenges of professional relationships and management.

Through debate and discussion, it is hoped that the teachers will begin to recognise their ability to troubleshoot and explore alternative solutions to management challenges.  Assignments are designed to mirror current school practice and encourage more robust research to support decision-making.

The course is delivered through 2 modules over a year and offers the flexibility for remote engagement using both hybrid and blended learning strategies.  There will be support for students returning to academic study through ‘Study Skills’ sessions and personal tutorials (on request).

Module Topics

The Graduate Certificate is comprised of 2 modules and both are compulsory to achieve the award.  Each module is 30 credits at Level 6. 


Module 1: Creating a Strategic Design for school

30 credits (Level)

  • To develop critical understanding of establishing a strategic direction in school improvement planning.
  • To provide a critical analysis of policy development and how this has an impact on strategic planning.

Module 2: Leading and developing the school

30 credits (Level)

  • To engage with planning and leading professional learning in school.
  • To facilitate reflective and critical analysis of the effectiveness of teams within the school.

Assessments is through coursework, and assignments will range from presentations and various forms of written assignments aligned to current practice.  These assessments will provide opportunities to develop transferable skills.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

All applicants must be qualified teachers.

You must have:

  • qualified teacher status
  • completed of university application
  • attended an interview
Career Opportunities
  • Pathway to Deputy Headship, Assistant Head or Senior Leadership roles.
  • Some credits could be applied to MA Education degree (within a 5-year time limit)
Additional Costs

There are no additional costs for this course.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.


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