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Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have:

  • a degree from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or
  • an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma or an approved alternative qualification, e.g. a professional qualification; and
  • be currently working in a teaching or training environment.

Months of entry


Course content

This qualification should be attractive to those aspiring to school or college leadership. Study is complemented by participant reflection on real situations and is supported by an experienced tutor. The overall theme is on the development of leadership and management skills and capabilities. There is a strong focus on improvement on classroom practice in particular contexts.

The course will comprise 4 modules each worth 30 credits:

Building Teams and Managing Resources EDU927

This module looks at personality interaction in relation to team theory; it then examines systems and their development

Leadership for Learning EDU867

This module considers the leadership challenge of focusing on improvement where it matters most, at the teacher student interface.

Strategic Development Planning EDU912

This considers the challenges around involving colleagues in ownership of the vision and strategy for continuing system improvement.

Managing the Organisation EDU708

This module aims to build skills and competences in matters of legal and financial challenges along with building personal competences in communication and problem solving.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Sam McGuinness
+44 (0) 28 7012 4351