Leadership for Learning

UCAS codes

Course contact

0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)

Qualifications and durations

  • Masters (part-time)
    variable duration
  • Postgraduate Diploma (part-time)
    variable duration
  • Postgraduate Certificate (part-time)
    variable duration

Most participants take two modules per academic session, one in trimester 1 (September - January) and another in trimester 2 (February - May). However, it is possible for participants to take more than one module per trimester if they wish. Participants interested in exploring this option are advised to discuss the matter with the programme leader, Dr Lynne Grant, before applying.


  • Off Campus

Start date(s)

  • February and September

The Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Studies: Leadership for Learning is designed for workforce professionals from a variety of backgrounds who are experienced practitioners. On this part-time distance learning course at University of the West of Scotland you can progress through the Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and then the MEd degree. The programme provides participants with the opportunity to enhance their professional practice in, and understanding of, current developments in the area of Leadership for Learning.

There is no requirement to attend ‘face-to-face’ delivery sessions at UWS on this innovate Leadership for Learning masters programme as it is offered by distance learning, using the University’s interactive e-learning environment. This offers participants great flexibility, as they can undertake the work of the programme at times of their own choosing.

Materials are supplied online and the system allows access to both electronic journals and e-books. Participants are expected to contribute to the discussion boards on themes relevant to the degree modules.

Applicants must satisfy the specific admission requirements for Masters programmes offered by University of the West of Scotland and should normally hold an undergraduate degree in a related discipline. 

Exceptions may be made in the case of applicants who can demonstrate significant relevant experience together with recent academic study. 

English Language Requirements 
Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.

The modules within this programme encourage education-based projects/innovations, which should benefit the wider educational community and enable participants to become more effective practitioners in their own specific professional context. Participants will be encouraged to reflect upon and enhance their practice and understanding of current trends in the area of Leadership for Learning and to consider the possible implications there may be for future practice. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be in a position to lead initiatives within their professional context and to introduce innovation into their own teaching, providing a positive and supportive role model for their peers.

The Certificate consists of three 20-credit Master's level modules, and can be taken as a discrete programme or as the first step towards the Diploma, which also consists of three 20-credit Master's level modules. Upon successful completion of the Diploma, interested participants can undertake a dissertation on a relevant topic. Successful completion of the dissertation will lead to the award of Master in Education (Leadership for Learning). 

Postgraduate Certificate

Curriculum Leadership: Investigating
This module introduces participants to methods of investigating curriculum leadership. It examines different interpretations of the terms ‘curriculum’ and ‘leadership’ drawing both on academic literature and on the professional experience of course members.Participants will explore the main sources of information about curriculum leadership, including curriculum bodies, government departments, professional organisations and research publications. Participants will focus on a particular topic relevant to their background and experience and develop a proposal, which would involve the use of leadership skills and contribute to the development of an aspect of the curriculum within their own professional setting.

Curriculum Leadership: Developing
Whilst the first module focuses on planning and preparation for leading a project, this second module requires participants to lead and implement their development project. As well as demonstrating knowledge of relevant curriculum innovations and academic and professional debates surrounding them, participants examine research methods and choose an appropriate research method for the planning and evaluation of the project. Particular attention will be given to what is entailed in action research, though other forms of research will also be considered. The evaluation of the project will include a focus on the nature of the leadership skills involved in its implementation.

Curriculum Leadership: Disseminating
This module builds on the work undertaken in the previous two modules and provides participants with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to develop and extend an innovation beyond the individual. As well as having a good idea to promote, this requires effective communication with colleagues, leadership qualities, skills in presentation and the sharing of resources. This module will examine and reflect on the underlying principles of successful curricular innovation.

Postgraduate Diploma

Upon successful completion of the certificate phase, interested participants can continue on to the diploma, which consists of the following three core modules:

  • Leadership: Vision and Values
  • Leadership: Qualities and Skills
  • Research Methods


Upon successful completion of the diploma phase interested applicants can continue with a masters dissertation on a relevant topic. Successful completion of the dissertation will lead to the award of MEd in Leadership for Learning.