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Educational Leadership PGCert

Our Educational Leadership PGCert is for practising educators, leaders and aspiring leaders in any educational setting.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024
  • January 2025


On our Educational Leadership PGCert programme, you'll develop both 'know how' and 'know why' in relation to educational leadership.

On completing the course, you'll have a good, critical understanding of:

  • current thinking and key issues of leadership and strategic management of educational institutions
  • relevant leadership theories and their significance for educational leadership
  • national and global trends to inform strategic planning and decision making

This course will help you to study and plan approaches of practitioner enquiry as a means for:

  • professional practice
  • educational effectiveness
  • improvement of educational organisations

At the beginning of the course, we'll ask you to complete a formative reflective professional development statement. This is to tailor the teaching and reading list to your development needs. Previous students and external examiners have identified this personalised approach as a particular strength of the course.

Our Educational Leadership PGCCert course tutors are active scholars. They have had or currently hold leadership roles within various educational settings. They all teach and supervise across a range of courses. This provides them with a broad knowledge base and a genuine understanding of the challenges of educational contexts.

The course draws on the expertise developed in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, and in particular in the:

As a teacher and educational leader in England, you may have already engaged with one of our programmes through the Early Career Framework (ECF) or one of the National Professional Qualification courses. The Educational Leadership Centre offers these in partnership with the North East Teaching Schools Partnership (NESTP). NESTP is the regional provider for:

  • Early Career Framework (ECF)
  • National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Executive Leadership
  • National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Headship
  • National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Senior Leadership
  • National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Early Years Leadership
  • National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Leading Behaviour and Culture
  • National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Leading Teacher Development
  • National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Leading Teaching
  • National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Leading Literacy

If you have completed an NPQ qualification, you may be able to transfer credits into this qualification. This means that your module choice may vary. Learn more about converting your NPQ qualification into Master's credits and the available discounted costs.

Please email our team at to discuss your individual prior learning achievements.


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What you'll learn

You'll be taught through a range of compulsory and optional modules.

If you have successfully completed an NPQ qualification you may be able to transfer credits into this qualification and therefore your module choice may vary. Please contact the team by email at to discuss your individual prior learning achievements.


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Our staff

Professor René Koglbauer leads the Educational Leadership PGCert course. René is a Professor of Professional Learning and Leadership and the Director of the Educational Leadership Centre.

Dr Lisa Ramshaw acts as module leader of the leadership modules. She is also the Co-Degree Programme Director for the Master in Education International Perspectives.

Your development

Professional skills

Through your critical reflection on leadership literature in the field of education, you'll acquire a critical understanding of:

  • methods and theory of leadership research
  • current debates in the field
  • research methodologies
  • data as well as national and global trends as a vehicle to inform the educational leader’s strategy
  • planning and decision making

This will prepare you for practical implementations of such approaches to encourage educational effectiveness and improvement.

Your future

Our PGCert is for practising educators, leaders and aspiring leaders in any educational setting. This Educational Leadership course will allow you to develop and hone your leadership skills.

You will develop an appreciation of how theory can impact practice. This will help you implement change within your current context and consciously plan for future strategic endeavours.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


You'll typically be taught in the King George VI Building. You'll have access to the Education Resource Centre and associated borrowing rights.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course

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School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone:+44 (0) 191 208 6799


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