Taught course

Community Leadership

University of Central Lancashire · School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A recognised British honours Degree to a good standard, or its equivalent. IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The course is grounded in the educational philosophy of Paulo Freire, and uses action reflection praxis as a basis for learning, allowing students to take new theoretical concepts and critically challenge them within their own communities. It also utilises and explores the management concepts of the community educator Mary Parker Follett (1868 to 1933); a woman recognised as ahead of her time in management science and whose ideas are hugely pertinent to the community sector today. The staff engaged in the delivery of the programme are all practitioners and internationally recognised in their fields. Their role is to share their knowledge on a peer to peer basis and support learners in developing new and innovative solutions to current issues.

Most modules are delivered at the Burnley UCLan campus or through blended web based learning. The Burnley UCLan campus is a brand new development with excellent, ‘state of the art’, teaching facilities. Course material is presented in a series of lectures, discussions, guided group activities, case studies and individual study elements supported by paper based and online course materials. It is taught by staff who are internationally recognised within their field. Moreover, the Freire Institute is based within the centre for volunteering and Community Leadership at the Burnley Campus, and provides students with ample opportunities for extracurricular Freire based learning and activities, including on line training programmes.

The modules include:

  • Understanding Equality and Community Practice
  • Leadership: Theory, Practice and Reflection
  • Community and Practice-Based Research
  • Community Research project
  • Global Project Development
  • Interfaith Dialogue and Contemporary Society (Andalucía, Spain)
  • Gender and Community Leadership
  • Community Resilience
  • Professional Writing and Communication

Information for international students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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