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

2022/23 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for delivering our courses in the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to change during the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. Whether you’re on-campus full time, part-time with online study, or full-time online, USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

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 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Part-time UK:  £1000 per 20 credits

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.


Funding to help pay for/cover tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying you’ll have two main costs – tuition fees and living costs. You can get a range of funding to help with these costs.

There are a number of ways to fund your postgraduate study. This can be through student finance, bursaries or help from grants, trusts and charities (see Alternative Funding), or a combination of all three.

Click here to find out more about funding your postgraduate tuition fees and living costs.

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