September 2023

Catholic School Leadership - PG Cert

Postgraduate, Postgraduate Certificate, September 2023

Key Details

  • 1-1.5 years Years

This postgraduate certificate has been designed for those in middle/senior
leadership positions in Catholic schools and also for aspiring Catholic school leaders, including school governors and other professionals, in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of leadership within Catholic settings and to respond to specific issues facing Church school leaders today. The Postgraduate Certificate comprises of two modules: Educational Leadership in Catholic Schools and Change Management in Catholic Schools.

If you undertake the another elective module and the compulsory research methods module in addition to the Catholic School Leadership modules, you will gain a Postgraduate Diploma

If you then undertake the final dissertation within a Catholic School Leadership focus you will graduate with an MA Education or MA Education (Catholic School Leadership)

An opportunity to continue your professional development.

Gain a qualification in Catholic School Leadership at masters’ level

Supports succession planning, recruitment and retention within Catholic Schools

An opportunity to meet others interested in leadership from across other Catholic schools

Access to University facilities (eg library, IT systems, Student Support Services)

May gain credits towards the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) for those who have not completed this award

Builds on the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) for those who have completed this award, but no requirement to have completed the CCRS to undertake the Postgraduate Certificate in Catholic School Leadership

For further information regarding a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for Master’s study click here.

Newman University is located in Britain’s second city – Birmingham. With one of the youngest city populations in Europe, it is a vibrant and dynamic place to study.

Studying at Newman University, you have the advantage of being near to the city, but living in, or commuting to peaceful and comfortable surroundings on campus.

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Entry Requirements

An Honours degree in a relevant subject area from a UK university or an overseas university agreed by NARIC as equivalent and subject to ILET and EU requirements. Consideration will be given to students with lower level qualifications who have a relevant range of professional experience. Professional experience that equates to degree level will be considered by the Course Co-ordinator. If some non-graduates are to be considered pre entry tasks will be considered and used at the co-ordinator’s discretion.

Students may also enter with up to 90 level 7 credits via the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). The MA Education is open to graduates who are professionally engaged in an educational setting and/or graduates who have an interest in educational issues.

International Students
The University is not licensed by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

If you have any questions regarding entry onto this course please contact our friendly and helpful admissions team via our Admissions Enquiry Form

Course Fees

The full-time and part-time course fee for 2022 is £6,000 or £1,000 per module. All part-time masters courses are payable in the first two years of study, unless otherwise stated.

Alumni discounts are available to students who have completed a full UG or PGCE with Newman. For non-Newman graduates, a 10% discount is offered to those enrolling onto a full masters degree programme and who are currently employed by a Newman University partnership school.

Postgraduate Loans

You can apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,222, when enrolling on a full Master’s degree (180 credits), to use as a contribution to the cost of studying and living expenses.

For further information visit the postgraduate loans website.

General Academic Regulations: Terms and Conditions for students attending our courses

  1. The focus of this module is to explore approaches to educational leadership in Catholic school settings, and the skills and qualities required to lead a range of individual and professional groups within this setting. Current research and policy will be drawn from in relation to leadership within Catholic schools. Students will critically reflect on and evaluate the impact of different approaches to leadership and models of leadership, considering spiritual and ethical leadership in particular. The module will assist teachers and others working in church schools in the task of integrating Christian principles and concepts into their professional responsibilities as leaders.
  2. The module offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of change management within Catholic school settings. There will be a focus on developing professional relationships, networks and learning contexts which establish an environment in which change can happen and becomes part of the sustainability of Catholic schools.