A qualification which develops leadership and management practice

Our Management Agenda research consistently finds that developing leadership capability is the most commonly identified people challenge in organisations. We believe that successful leaders are emotionally intelligent with high self-awareness, can manage relationships well in complex organisation structures, lead themselves and others through ambiguity and change, engage and connect with employee and set clear expectations offering praise and recognition for work done.

Roffey Park’s Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management provides a programme where participants learn about these leadership practices. It is a 12 month part-time, postgraduate programme delivered at Roffey Park Institute and validated by the University of Sussex. It offers a distinctive learning approach which ensures participants graduate with what organisations and individuals need in a way that combines academic rigour with application.

About the Postgraduate Certificate

Over 12 months, this self-managed learning programme is a mix of two three day residentials and six one day learning sets which will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management validated by the University of Sussex. The part-time structure, with weekend residentials, allows participants to undertake the programme without being away from work or home for more than three days at a time. Roffey Park is committed to work in small groups, with a high ratio of staff to participants and a commitment to individual attention that is rarely found on other part-time programmes of study.

Who’s it for?

The programme is aimed at practising middle and senior managers who would like to deepen their understanding of leadership and management, explore their own leadership style and become more confident in their capability as a leader.

What will you get from attending the programme?

You will:

  • gain a critical understanding of your practice as a leader and manager and latest thinking around leadership and management
  • improve your management and leadership competence
  • develop your strategic, reflective and critical thinking skills
  • improve your ability to exercise initiative, personal responsibility in complex and ambiguous situations
  • develop your ability to work effectively in groups and build a network of peers
  • gain a recognised and valued postgraduate qualification.

How will your organisation benefit?

All of the above should be of direct benefit. The programme represents a 3-way partnership between you, your organisation and Roffey Park. You will have to show how you have applied your learning to your organisation and with what results. Overall the organisation will benefit from you becoming a more highly skilled, influential, motivated and effective leader and manager.

What does self-managed learning involve?

PGCert in L&M diagramFor the Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management this involves stages where you:

  • review where you are now: what your current role and skills are, how they relate to the organisation and what has shaped you to this time.
  • map the field: this is a review of the overall field of Leadership and Management both in terms of theory and your practice
  • produce and deliver an individual learning contract
  • review your overall learning journey including the process of learning.

The other key components of self-managed learning are the processes of learning sets and attendance at residential modules.

For more details, please download our brochure or contact Susan Foran, our Qualifications Registrar.

What is the time commitment?

Over the 12 months of the programme there are two three-day Friday to Sunday residentials. You will also attend six one-day set meetings at a venue agreed by the set. In addition you will needto commit study time to complete your assignments and review those of your set members. You will also need to commit to private study time of about 5-10 hours per week. This will include tasks and projects you undertake at work which contribute to your portfolio of evidence.

What are the entry criteria?

You will:

  • normally have 3 years’ experience of leadership, managing staff and/or complex projects
  • A role which allows you to apply theory to practice
  • have the commitment, motivation and resilience to pursue, enjoy and complete a self-managed learning programme
  • be able to think and write critically.

You do not need a first degree to attend the programme.

What’s the process for selecting applicants?

You will complete an application form, have a telephone interview, carry out a critical thinking test and produce a 500 word written paper on ‘What leadership means to me?’

How much will it cost?

The total cost is £6,495. An early bird discount of £500 is available. The cost is inclusive of all fees including university registration and residential accommodation.

For applicants from the charitable and not for profit sector a bursary of up to £1500 is available.

Find out more?

Download our brochure

For any enquires or to arrange a conversation with the Programme Director, please contact Susan Foran, Qualifications Registrar, by email or telephone 01293 854047.

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