Taught course

Professional Education and Leadership

University of Stirling · Faculty of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Students on the course must have access to /be employed in an appropriate work environment (e.g. a school).

Months of entry


Course content

The Faculty of Social Sciences (Professional Education and Leadership team) has worked in partnership with local authorities and other stakeholders over a number of years to develop a suite of highly-regarded professional education programmes designed to impact directly on professional practices and pupils’ learning experiences and outcomes. During recent years researchers in the Faculty of Social Sciences worked with practitioners from our partner local authorities on three government-funded research and development projects. The findings of these projects further informed our new suite of programmes, offered for the first time in 2015. These programmes provide an opportunity for participants to further develop their professional learning and leadership practices in a supportive, flexible, creative and challenging learning environment through the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Building on the success and impact of previous programmes, the modules are also designed taking account of current policy and the GTCS Professional Standards framework (2012) to offer participants the opportunity to develop leadership at all levels through developing a critical and enquiring stance to practice. The Middle Leadership Pathway (PG certificate) also forms the first stage of the MSc in Educational Leadership (leading to Specialist Qualification for Headship) aligned to the SCEL Framework for Leadership.

The benefits of the programme will extend not only to participants but also to colleagues and the wider school community and will lead to the development of strong professional networks both within and beyond the course.

The following optional pathways have been developed to meet individuals’ professional learning interests and career aspirations:

  • Advanced Professional Practice
  • Middle Leadership
  • Curriculum
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Digital Social Trends and Professional Practices

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months
part time
36 months
36 months


distance learning
24 months
part time
24 months


distance learning
12 months
part time
12 months

Course contact details

+44(0) 1786 466655