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Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management in Education

Kaplan - University of Essex Online, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

January 2024

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Total Course Fee

USD 5,361

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  • 8 Months
  • Online
  • Postgraduate
  • Certificate
  • Up to 10% scholarship
Do you want to progress in your current teaching or training position? Are you looking to build on your management and leadership skills and develop your practice?
  • Then our short PG Cert Leadership and Management in Education is for you. This programme will give you the chance to develop your understanding of the latest educational theories and coaching techniques.
  • Our PG Cert Leadership and Management in Education has been designed for those working in education, training and staff development who are looking to develop their leadership and research skills, making a positive difference in their field and progressing in their career. Through the course, you will learn about the various challenges facing educational professionals across the globe. You’ll discover a variety of managerial theories and frameworks and how they can be applied to your organisation to improve learning outcomes.

Throughout this course, you’ll explore a broad range of topics to build on your professional expertise, including:

  • examining a variety of different teaching and learning methods
  • learning about emerging educational research and frameworks and their application within an organisation and classroom setting
  • assessing contemporary issues at both a local and international level within the area of educational leadership
  • applying educational and management theory ideas and research to your own practice to improve performance
  • Once you have completed our PG Cert Leadership and Management in Education you have the option to progress onto our PG Diploma in Leadership and Management in Education or our full Masters programme.

*Please note that this degree will not provide you with a teaching qualification and that additional qualified teacher status is required to allow you to teach in the UK.

*The start date and details of this course are still subject to University approval. In the event that approval is not granted by your course start date, an alternative date will be offered or a full refund given. If we need to make changes to this programme as part of the University of Essex validation process, we will communicate these to you at the earliest possible date.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2024
  • We know that many people from non-traditional would succeed on our courses! That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English language requirements.
  • Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within your two week induction period of the course in order to continue your studies.

Academic entry route

In order to satisfy the academic entry route requirements for our PG Cert Leadership and Management in Education, you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • An undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification

Work experience entry route
In order to satisfy the work experience entry route requirements for our PG Cert Leadership and Management in Education, you must meet the following criteria:

  • At least two years’ experience in a relevant field supported by an appropriate reference

English language requirements

  • As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.
  • You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree
  • The PG Cert Leadership and Management in Education is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 180 credits at Level 7.

Level 7 modules:

  • Principles of Learning (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Leadership and Management in Education (20 credits)
  • Supporting Professional Development and Organisational Learning Strategy (20 credits)
  • Responding to Learning Contingency (10 credits)
  • Upon completion of your PG Cert Leadership and Management in Education we offer the opportunity for you to progress on to study for a PG Dip Leadership and Management in Education (120 credits) or a MSc Leadership and Management in Education (180 credits).

* This module is core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

2021-22 Full course fee** £3,857

Full payment discount

  • When paying for your undergraduate or postgraduate course up-front, we’ll offer you a discount of 10% for students starting their course in the 2020-21 academic year, and 5% for students starting their course in the 2021-22 academic year. 

Alumni discount 

  • If you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online, we’ll award you a 10% alumni discount on your postgraduate tuition fees when you continue your studies to Masters level. This is only applicable to students studying online and does not apply to students studying on campus. 
  • The Alumni discount cannot be used in combination with the International scholarship. 


  • International scholarship (all courses) International students residing in specific regions outside of the UK may be eligible for a partial scholarship for our undergraduate and postgraduate online courses.

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