Postgraduate Certificate Leadership and Management (Education)

The Postgraduate Certificate Leadership and Management is aimed at those who want to develop their practical and theoretical of leadership and management in a variety of educational contexts.

It is suitable for those who aspire to leadership positions, as well as those who already working in the leadership and management of schools.

The course is carefully interwoven with practice of leadership and management in education, and its content is directly applicable to a wide variety of educational contexts.

It is an excellent opportunity for practitioners at all levels to reflect upon the leadership challenges that they currently experience, and to critically examine their perceptions of what characterises effective leadership and management

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September Newport City C
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September Newport City C

The Postgraduate Certificate Leadership and Management is based on two modules:

Developing People - 30 credits
This module takes as its focus the strategies leaders use to develop people at all levels in the education sector, and engages with a variety of leadership and management theories and approaches.

Developing Learning - 30 credits
The Developing Learning module critically examines a range of key educational issues from a leadership perspective.


The course is delivered through a series of lectures (10 per module) over two semesters. The lectures are designed to encourage interactive participation, to allow students to share their diverse perspectives and experiences. In addition, students are expected to use the library resources to explore in more detail the range of theories, policies and practical applications discussed.


Each module is assessed by a 5,000 word assignment. The precise title of the assignment is generally negotiated and agreed between tutor and student to make sure that it complements the student’s interests and context as closely as possible.


The course is based at Newport City Campus, where students have access to a full range of ICT and library resources


In addition, the course make use of a wide variety of existing education leaders from a variety of contexts (e.g. local schools, consortia, LA).

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

You should be a graduate or, if you’re a non-graduate, you will need relevant experience.

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2024 - July 2025 Fees

  • Part-time UK:  £1140 per 20 credits

August 2025 - July 2026 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.


Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

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Admissions statement 

Previous students have used their experiences on the course to help them prepare for more senior roles in educational leadership.