PgDip Educational Leadership and Management - University of Portsmouth
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PgDip

Educational Leadership and Management

Study the theory of leadership and management used in developing practice.

Course Overview

Why take this course?

This course builds on the knowledge of theory and practice of human resource management and decision making in educational settings gained in the first year.  You will develop your knowledge of management further by learning about strategy and management.  You will gain an understanding of research methods, theory, data analysis and your own research into a project of your choice.

The programme aims to support reflection and empowerment for the professional working in the field of education.

This programme is aimed at those students who are or have worked for an organisation, such as teachers, lecturers, social and healthcare workers, police trainers, nurses and youth workers (to name but a few). If you are a student who has not yet worked or undertaken any work experience then you may prefer our MA Education Studies.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Use your current educational setting and workplace context, to ensure that your learning is meaningful and professionally relevant
  • Choose your method of study: full time or part-time (one evening a week over two years)
  • Stay connected to your lecturers through our online virtual learning environment

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course is intended for teachers, educational trainers, lecturers and instructors in a variety of educational settings and organisations (state, private, public, commercial or voluntary sectors of education) who aspire to senior leadership and management positions. Many graduates of the course attain senior management positions in educational organisations.

 


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Structure & Teaching

Curriculum

  • Leadership, Policy and Strategy
  • Human Resource Management in Education
  • Decision Making in Education
  • Research Methods in Education

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching methods include seminars, group work, lectures and student presentations. Students are encouraged to produce work related assignments, although this is not prescriptive if a student encounters difficulty in the work place or is a full time student.

All students are allocated a Personal Tutor who will be pleased to discuss particular issues or specific questions, and who will help each student plan an appropriate course of study and research, discuss progress of work and advise how to construct the dissertation in terms of aims, scope and presentation.

The Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) and the accompanying course handbook provides a general guide to the most frequent questions relating to the programme and you will be advised about how to study online and the assessment details for each unit, the marking criteria and the academic referencing conventions. At the start of each unit you will be able to access information about the unit including details of the learning outcomes, syllabus, assessment requirements and recommended reading lists. 

You will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with your fellow students online through an online discussion forum and other digital media.

How are you assessed?

Assessment is solely based on the submission of your written assignments.


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Facilities & Features

Flexible Learning

Although you may not be campus based, you will still benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website, LookUP, will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.

Study in SECS

The School comprises a body of enthusiastic staff with a range of expertise in the professional and academic sectors. We offer a welcoming learning environment, in a location near the heart of town and the sea front, alongside a powerful and flexible online learning environment.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

Other costs to consider

There may be travel costs for internships/placements. These will vary depending on the nature of internship/placements and can range from £50 - £1000.

Distance learning

Distance learners may also be required to pay for travel, accommodation and subsistence to attend our optional campus induction events, workshops and study days. These may be in the region of £50 - £500. There may be travel costs for optional internships/placements. These will vary depending on the nature of internship/placement and can range from £50 - £1000.


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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

As a graduate of this programme, you may expect to develop your leadership and managerial career prospects, nationally or internationally, through the development of relevant skills, knowledge and experience. Many of our graduates have attained senior leadership and management positions in educational settings and organisations.


Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.


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Apply now or visit us

Online application form

Apply direct using our online form

Your application will be received by the University Admissions Centre for consideration.

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Other opportunities to visit

Download our free walking tour PDF for a self-guided tour of the University.

We have an open-door policy so you will be able to take a look in our buildings, speak to some of our support services and get a feel for the campus.

Find out more about our self-guided walking tours.

Can't get to Portsmouth?

If you can’t make it to Portsmouth, come and see us at one of the events we attend around the UK.

If you would like to speak with a member of staff about any courses you are interested in, please email postgraduate@port.ac.uk and we will arrange this for you.

Staff from our International Office also regularly attend overseas exhibitions. To find out more about these and our visits to your region see our International Office exhibitions page.

Fees and Funding

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