Postgraduate Certificate in Middle Leadership.


Year 1

Managing and Building Teams EDU909 10 credits

Participants look at personality traits, team roles and team theory.

Improving Classroom Practice EDU721 10 credits

This module focuses on the leadership skills required to create alignment of colleagues' purpose towards excellence in the classroom.

Motivating People to Improvement EDU722 10 credits

Canditates consider the leadership skills and competencies involved in motivating colleagues towards excellence in their performance.

Year 2

Leadership for Learning EDU867 30 credits

This module considers the leadership challenge of focusing on improvement where it matters most, at the teacher student interface. It considers leadership styles including distrbuted leadership.

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About this course

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This qualification ishould be attractive to those in middle leadership posts or to those aspiring to such . Study is complemented by participant reflection on real situations and is supported by an experienced tutor. The overall theme is on the development of leadership and management skills and capabilities. There is a strong focus on improvement on classroom practice in particular contexts.

Applications for the course close in mid-September each year and classes begin at the end of September.


Students are required to attend all the face to face seminars, 3 per 10 credit module on a fortnightly basis and 6 for the 30 credit module. Participants are required to engage regularly with the online non-synchronousdiscussion boards in the 30 credit module, and on the synchronous chats in the 10 credit modules.

Start dates

  • September 2019
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must normally:

(a) have gained

(i) a degree from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or

(ii) an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma or an approved alternative qualification, e.g. a professional qualification; and

(b) be currently working in a teaching or training environment.

(c) be currently working in a leadership role, e.g. Form Tutor, Pastoral Tutor, Head of Year, Head of Department or have aspirations to do so.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

The variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods and approaches used throughout the course enable students to develop flexible, appropriate and creative and/or entrepreneurial approaches to the resolution of problems within their professional work roles and also in terms of their own personal professional development. The intentional building of communities of learning via synchronous and non-synchronous discussion boards, combined with an interactive approach to the face to face seminars, along with the use of guest lecture sessions facilitate this.

Each module will have its own form of assessment tailored to the content being covered but, typically for the 10 credit module 1500 words and for the 30 credit module, two 2500 word assignments.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

An aim is that candidates will greatly enhance their performance as middle leaders, or will enhance their prospects for promotion to middle leadership posts.


How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to our postgraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

Start dates

  • September 2019

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 19/20 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
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Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


Husband and wife teachers celebrate graduation success at Ulster University

30 June 2016

Husband and wife teachers Trevor and Jenine Jamison are among the first cohort of students graduating from Ulster University’s postgraduate certificate in middle leadership.

Married teachers, Trevor and Jenine Jamison, are today celebrating their graduation from Ulster University after topping the class, both with distinctions.

Trevor, a science teacher at Hazelwood Integrated College, and Jenine, a religious studies teacher at Belfast Boys' Model School, are among the first cohort of students to graduate from Ulster University's postgraduate certificate in middle leadership. It is designed to enhance teachers' skills, knowledge and understanding of management and leadership and support their continuing professional development.

Jenine said: "I am the typical cliché in the sense that teaching is all that I have ever wanted to do. I love to learn and have had some fantastic learning experiences in my life due to some truly inspiring teachers. I am from North Belfast and attended Belfast Model School for Girls. I benefited hugely from a secondary school education and now as a teacher I get to give something back.

"I want to see the young men from my part of this city realise their full potential. As a religious study teacher I am passionate about my subject and the values it instils in the boys I teach.

"Between my husband and I, we have nearly 30 years experience in teaching. Trevor and I both have a desire to continue to improve in a personal and professional capacity. As new middle leaders in our schools we wanted to prepare ourselves for the task of leading teams and developing our subject areas while improving the quality of our own teaching. The Ulster University course gave us the structure to do just that. It also gave us an opportunity to network and share best practice with education colleagues from across Belfast.

Trevor added: "Let's just say I wasn't the most interested pupil during my time at school. I wasn't pushed at home and had little guidance or aspiration. What I did have were three excellent teachers that took an interest and believed in me.

"Once I completed my undergraduate degree I started to think about a career in teaching. I've always been pastoral at heart and love to see people do well. I want to be that excellent teacher who inspires and believes - I want to be the difference to my pupils that allows them to succeed.

"Both Jenine and I love to learn, we strive to improve our own teaching and develop ourselves and those around us. The Ulster University course was a great opportunity to advance our own professional development. It was great to explore the latest academic research and apply the most relevant material in practice. In September we are going back to Ulster University again to do a postgraduate diploma in headship.

"Today is a really special day for us - we get to celebrate all the new skills and knowledge we have gained that will enhance both our careers and also the lives of the young people we teach."