Leadership and Management PgCert 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

This course is aimed at all health and social care professionals who would like to develop or enhance their leadership and management skills.

You will have the opportunity to further develop your knowledge of leadership and management theories and strategies, enabling you to ethically manage people and resources and work in partnership with others to lead and develop services. During your studies you will explore how services are developed and commissioned as well as evaluate the role of the leader in lobbying and influencing change within the care arena.

The course also offers you an opportunity to design and implement a service improvement project with the support and guidance of your peers and an experienced leadership mentor from practice.

You will be required to identify a suitably qualified work based mentor prior to commencing the course.

Start date:
11 / 09 / 2017


1 year part-time

Entry requirements

•  You must be a health or social care practitioner, registered with a professional body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) with at least 12 months post-registration employment.

•  Have an honours degree at 2:2 or above, have studied at honours level or can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. We will consider other qualifications and experience on an individual case basis.


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Course content

Core modules:

Leadership and Management for Health and Social Care Practice

In this module, practitioners within a leadership role will have the opportunity to further develop knowledge of leadership and management theories and strategies, enabling you to ethically manage people and resources and effect change. You will explore how services are developed and commissioned and evaluate the role of the leader lobbying and influencing change in the care arena. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework.

Service Improvement

This module provides the opportunity to develop knowledge, appropriate attitudes and the necessary skills to implement a service improvement project, related to your course outcomes and/or place of work. The learning approach will enable you to evidence learning through the application of improvement theories, approaches and evidence based practice facilitated with learning materials and procedural guidance made available electronically. Self-reflection on leadership skills will be integral to the learning process. You will be assessed through submission of coursework evidencing the service improvement.

Karen Adams is a Senior Lecturer within Department of Health Sciences

“This course was developed in partnership with local employers. It provides health and social care professionals with the opportunity to develop the leadership skills and knowledge required to work in challenging and rapidly changing health and social care environments. The course incorporates two modules designed to equip you to manage health and/or social care practice, target resources and design service improvement projects.”

Teaching and Assessment

The modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, scenario-based group activities, seminars and action learning sets. These will be supported by directed study exercises to promote the engagement in a work-based project.

Assessment involves a variety of methods including a written essay, a presentation and a short report. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

The University of Huddersfield operates an attendance monitoring system. Further details can be found in the Attendance Monitoring Policy.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

This course may assist you to meet the specialist skills and post registration development requirements stipulated by your employer/professional regulator.

How much will it cost me?

Please contact the Student Finance Office for more information about 2017/18 fees and finance.

You may be eligible for funding from Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber. Detailed guidance on such funding arrangements is available in their funding guide. For further information please contact the SSPRD Admissions Team.

Further study

Upon completion you may wish to APL the 60 credits from the Postgraduate Certificate and undertake further modules in order to complete the Health Studies MSc (180 credits).

How to apply

We hope you're interested in what you've seen. If you would like to apply to join us, please complete the part-time online application form and refer to the guidance notes provided.

Please note, the closing date is 31 July 2017.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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