University of Buckingham

University of Buckingham

Middle Leadership

It is a one-year, work-based course. Each student completes an initial self-assessment which is followed by individual Skype interviews with the student's University of Buckingham tutor. A one-day tutorial meeting at the University follows, where the main topics of study are outlined and the course�s supporting textbook is issued. This book has two functions: it provides an introduction to the theoretical background to the topics of study and also provides a template for a deeper analysis of the strengths, weaknesses and other significant characteristics of the individual course participants and of the departments for which they are responsible. This analysis then forms the basis of a 3000- to 4000-word essay, which, in effect, sets a provisional agenda for each student. A two-day residential at the University follows, after which, each student will be in a position to come to a final agreement with their tutor on the most important area for development in their school departments. This will be the focus of the leadership-of-change project that they will undertake and which will be the subject of their final extended essay.

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to be heads of department, 2nd in departments or subject co-ordinators and must be educated to degree level.

Course modules

Topics include: leadership theory and the development of departmental culture; principles and practice of effective performance management (including lesson observation, feedback, coaching); handling of difficult conversations (with colleagues and parents); promotion of high quality teaching and learning; effective pupil-assessment; staff recruitment, induction and development; effective administration and use of data; running purposeful meetings; preparing for inspection.

Assessment methods

Self-study based upon the course unit, supported by a mixture of presentations, workshops, role-plays and case studies when at Buckingham.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Work-based learning £ 1,250 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
PgCert Work-based learning £ 1,250 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
The University of Buckingham Buckingham MK18 1EG South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
01280 820219