Leadership and Change PgCert

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Develop your skills and become a better leader. Engage in transformational learning and change. Return to the workplace with new skills and development opportunities.

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This course focuses on your personal, professional and academic development needs and your ability to engage in transformational learning and change.

This course has been designed to help you develop your skills and become a better leader. You will learn how to recognise and apply the theories related to effective management, leadership, and change management.

Why us?

  • The course will address your individual needs within a variety of different sectors and the specific issues you face in your role and industry sector
  • This course is developed and delivered by professionals with many years of experience in their respective fields

Course structure

Teaching is delivered through a mix of lectures, interactive sessions and role playing; directed reading, which will involve reference being made to course texts, journal articles and websites; web-based discussion forums and activities; personal development planning related to personality profile analysis; researching and compiling individual presentations for contribution to group discussions to stimulate action learning.

You will be assessed by one assignment and will draw upon the learning gained through the module integrated with your work-based development. There are two parts to the assignment, which are designed to complement one another and to test and evidence your professional and practical development journey.

You will produce a narrative report (5000 words) evaluating your own personal transformation throughout the course. This report will be supported by a body of work (1000 words).

The exact nature of the assessment report and body of work will vary in accordance with the nature of your organisation and will be agreed with the academic supervisor.

Topics include (60 credits):

  • Learn how to recognise and apply the theories related to effective management and leadership, and change management
  • Develop an understanding and apply the transference of skills and knowledge into the workplace
  • Learn how to recognise, reflect and act upon a range of feedback and use this effectively to engage in a structured programme of self
  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • We’ve got thousands of relevant books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to- date academic and industry articles. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format.

    Library Services - general


This course is delivered across both the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's and City Campus, and you will have access to all facilities across both campuses.

Entry requirements

This is a work-based learning qualification. You are eligible for this course if you have undertaken an undergraduate degree or have relevant equivalent professional experience.

Fees and finance

Start dates and fees are available on request from CaPE: 0191 515 3361 / cape@sunderland.ac.uk.


This information was correct at the time of publication.

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