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Educational Leadership PGCert

Our PGCert is for practising educators in any educational sector, particularly those in leadership roles or aspiring leaders.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2023
  • January 2024


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

This course will help you to use 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 written task. This is to tailor the teaching and reading list to your development needs. This personalised approach has been identified by previous students and external examiners as a particular strength of the course.

Our Educational Leadership PGCCert course tutors are active scholars. They have had or hold leadership roles within the education sector. They all teach and supervise across a range of courses. This provides them with a wide knowledge base and a genuine concern for the challenges of educational contexts.

The course draws on the expertise developed in the:

The Educational Leadership Centre (formerly North Leadership Centre) is one of the seven founding partners of NETSP (North East Teaching Schools Partnership). This is the regional provider for:

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


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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

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

Dr Lisa Ramshaw acts as module leader of the leadership modules in the academic year 2022/23.

Your development

Professional skills

The Educational Leadership course will help you to use approaches of practitioner enquiry as a means for:

  • professional practice
  • educational effectiveness
  • improvement of educational organisations

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

  • current debates in the field
  • research methodologies
  • methods and theory of leadership research

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

Placement opportunities

You're expected to have experience working or volunteering in a professional educational setting. This provides the context for much of your critical reflections.

Your future

Our Careers Service

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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. Subject to COVID-19 restrictions, you'll have access to the Education Resource Centre and associated borrowing rights.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2023 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 2023 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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