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Postgraduate Certificate in Middle Leadership.


Study Middle Leadership at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

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 2016
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.


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How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016


Course Director: Dr Sam McGuinness

T: +44 (0) 28 7012 4351