Bristol, University of the West of England

Bristol, University of the West of England

Leadership and Management

As business environments become increasingly complex, strong leadership is ever more vital. Business leaders need to be equipped with a multi-faceted array of skills to be able to respond effectively to the challenges and opportunities presented by today's uncertain business world.Our new Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management is designed to enhance and develop your knowledge and skills in this area, by giving you a critical understanding of some of the contemporary theory, practice and research in this field and then challenging you to demonstrate originality in the way you lead and manage your teams and organisations.It will be of significant value to you, whether you are already working in a leadership or management position, or seeking to take your career along that path.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (a lower 2nd or above) from a recognised UK Higher Education institution or equivalent from a recognised overseas institution; or a HND or equivalent professional award (for example, at NVQ 4), plus 2 years of relevant work experience; or at least 2 years in a role with leadership or management responsibility. Applicants without an Honours degree or equivalent formal academic qualification would require the full support of their organisation and are likely to be working as middle managers in a suitable professional area. Applicants may be interviewed prior to acceptance. Applicants whose 1st language is not English are required to meet our English language requirements by obtaining a minimum grade of 6.5 overall on the British Council International English Language Test (IELTS) or a balanced TOEFL score of at least 600 (written scale) or 250 (computer scale) or 100 (internet based test).

Course modules

The course consists of the following four compulsory Compulsory Leading and Managing People develops your understanding of, and skills, in leading and managing individuals and teams. We will explore the core concepts of leadership, as well as tools and techniques for performance management. Personal Mastery in Leadership helps you develop critical self-knowledge with the help of theory and practice of self-leadership. You will consider how personal characteristics such as resilience, courage, personal integrity, consistency and self-awareness are all critical in supporting your own development and that of others. Principles of Change Practice explores the concepts of change practice and implementation, focusing in particular on resistance to change in complex organisations and how to overcome this. Human Resource Management in Organisations enables you to locate the HRM role within a broader organisational strategy, and discuss approaches for performance management, organisational capability building, employee development and employee participation.

Assessment methods

A range of assessments are used across the modules. All aim to test your ability to link the theory to current practice, and link in to your personal and professional development needs. Each assessment includes a self-reflective element, with a mix of essays, portfolio development, case study analysis and mini-presentations. You will have around six weeks to complete your assessments after the end of each module.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time day and block-release £ 2,860 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Frenchay Campus Bristol BS16 1QY South West

Key information

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