Postgraduate Certificate in Middle Leadership

Entry requirements: Please see the entry requirements tab below 
Full or Part-time: Full-time
School: School of Education Back to course finder

Based on our highly successful MEd in Educational Leadership, this course aims to equip current or aspirant middle leaders with the knowledge and skills to become first-rate subject / departmental leaders.

Course outline

This is a one year, work-based course. You will complete an initial self-assessment which is followed by an individual interview with your University of Buckingham tutor. A one-day tutorial meeting at Buckingham follows, where the main topics of study are outlined and the course’s supporting textbook is issued. A 3,500 word essay is undertaken and a further two-day residential at Buckingham takes place, after which the leadership-of-change project is completed.

The course carries 60 Masters-level credits. These are redeemable against the Master’s in Educational Leadership, giving exemption from one assessment and triggering a reduction in fees.

Course content

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.

Entry requirements

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

How to apply

Please use the ‘Apply Now’ button in the silver box (above) or contact The School of Education on +44 (0)1280 820222 or email

The closing date for applications for 2017 is 1 July 2017.

Terms and conditions for prospective students

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Quality teaching

We offer high quality, traditional Oxbridge-style teaching, which leads to our degrees being recognised around the world. The standards of degrees and awards are safeguarded by distinguished external examiners – senior academic staff from other universities in the UK – who approve and moderate assessed work.

High calibre staff

Most of our academic staff teach for three terms out of four, with the remaining term used for research. Because of this, we have no difficulty in attracting high calibre, highly respected lecturers, many of whom also have a background in business or industry and can offer networking opportunities for students.

Teaching methods

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

Assessment methods

  • 3000-4000 word essay, based on initial self-analysis
  • 7000-8000 word extended essay documenting the leadership of change project

Graduate employment

Our graduate prospects are excellentOur graduates have gone on to further study at most of the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, London, Oxford and Cambridge and secured jobs in senior positions around the world. Among our alumni we have a graduate who became the head of his country’s civil service and one who became a leading Formula One motor-racing driver. Another secured a position as the Minister of Sabah and one female law graduate became the first British lawyer to become a French Advocate.

Tuition fees 2017

Home Fees EU Fees International Fees
Registration fee £100 £100 £100
Tuition fee £800 £800 £800
Overseas Expenses Fee N/A £400 £400
Total £900 £1,300 £1,300

Tuition fees cover the cost of all tutoring as well as the course textbook and food and accommodation when at Buckingham.

Accommodation will be provided for all residentials at Whittlebury Hall and is arranged by the School of Education staff. The cost of this is included within the course fee.

If you have any questions please contact The School of Education on +44 (0)1280 820222 or email

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