PgCert Leading Learning HE7

If you’re looking to further your prospects and enhance your knowledge in the Further Education and Skills sector, this programme gives you the opportunity to explore policy, educational leadership and your personal self-development. You can also explore the best practices driving current developments in the field.

PgCert Leading Learning HE7

Course details

The ability to understand key education challenges and opportunities is crucial to everyone working in the Further Education and Skills sector. If you have up to eight years’ post-teaching-qualification experience, this programme enables you to study the policies and practices that drive current developments in the field.

This Master's level FE Teaching LEAD programme is designed to help you demonstrate and develop your educational expertise. If you have an Honours degree you can use the credits gained towards a Master's qualification. Alternatively, if you already have a Master's degree, you can undertake a HE8 module in policy and practice that provides a progression and exemption route onto the professional Doctorate in Education.

You’ll be given the chance to engage with policy and pedagogy in context, as well as develop leadership skills for the classroom and beyond. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your self-directed study skills, and gain the further knowledge and experience needed for career development and leadership.

A strong focus is placed on understanding the leadership skills best suited to the Learning and Skills sector. You’ll study strategic leadership, management of educational change, leadership of educational teams, and professional development.

You’ll also explore the pedagogies that enhance student outcomes and involve the development of learning and enquiry skills, as well as the acquisition of knowledge within a curricular and vocational context.

  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: PgCert
  • Duration: 12 months

Course highlights:

  • The challenging and contemporary nature of this programme is designed to help you to build on your professional practice and knowledge.
  • The programme structure encourages you to develop a critical awareness of current issues within the education sector.
  • You’ll also be given the opportunity to develop working knowledge and understanding of the principles and theories which underpin educational practice.
  • During this programme, you could enhance your career development by learning how to critically reflect on your own professional practice.
  • You’ll study three modules, each worth 20 credits at HE7. Alternatively, if you have a Master’s degree you can opt to study two modules worth 20 credits at HE7 and one worth 20 credits at HE8. The HE8 module supports progression to the professional Doctorate in Education.

Key features:

  • This programme has been commissioned and co-designed by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) to address the skills gaps across the sector.
  • During this contemporary programme, you can enjoy the opportunity to engage with practitioners across the sector and learn through the sharing of best practice.
  • The programme may be delivered flexibly through part-time routes, residential weekends or intensive programmes.

Entry requirements

  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: PgCert
  • Duration: 12 months

You’re normally expected to have successfully completed an Honours degree, or a professional qualification at an equivalent level.

You should be supported by your employer within the FE and Skills sector in England and employed on a substantive permanent contract (0.6) or above. You must also have a maximum of 8 years teaching experience and hold a teaching qualification.

If you wish to study the Level HE8 optional module, you must have also completed a Master’s degree.

You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.5 with normally no less than 6.0 in any band (or equivalent). Find out more

Career opportunities

This programme is designed to allow practitioners with up to eight years’ post-teaching-qualification experience to engage in a self-development programme that explores their personal self-development alongside the contextualisation of policy and educational leadership within the FE and Skills sector.

A strong focus for students taking this course is to understand the leadership skills and practises specific to the Learning and Skills sector. The course covers strategic leadership, management of educational change, leadership of educational teams, and professional development. Transferable skills to be gained include curriculum leadership, communication skills, critical thinking and planning and managing.

What can I do with this qualification?

The main career route is teaching and education. This programme aims to develop your strategic and organisational perspectives on learning, particularly by fostering a critically reflective approach to your practice.

Other related occupations include education advice, primary and secondary education and vocational and industrial training. Students may already be in employment whilst undertaking part-time study to further their professional development. You could also progress onto further CPD courses to enhance your knowledge and skills, or pursue further study at Master’s or Doctorate level; for instance by studying the University of Bolton’s MA Teaching and Learning or Doctorate of Education Leadership (DEL).

Alternative career options

  • Counselling
  • Mentoring
  • Student services
  • Education officer
  • Family liaison
  • Educational psychology
  • Education administration
  • Educational writing
  • Careers guidance
  • Community engagement
  • Youth work
  • Social work
  • Play therapy
  • Libraries

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


Call Admissions

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903


International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Theories of Action in Teaching and Learning (HE7)
  • Leadership in Educational Change (HE7)
  • Critical Reflection on Policy and Practice in Education (HE7)
  • Policy and Practice in Education

Teaching, learning and assessment

You’ll study three modules, each worth 20 credits at HE7 or HE8 depending on your entry qualifications.

Learning and teaching will be supported through blended learning using a wide range of teaching methods, including lectures, tutorials, seminars, round table discussions with industry practitioners, case studies, guest speakers from professional practice, and the sector and skill development through peer coaching.

You’ll also have the chance to develop your research skills through individual learning and independent research, and have the opportunity to present your research and critical personal reflections.

There are no written exams on this programme. Instead, you’ll be assessed through a series of assignments. These could include research projects, portfolios, presentations, annotated CVs, and case studies. All assignments are based on theoretical, political or personal development influences on professional practices.

To help keep you on track, our staff provide initial oral feedback on assignment preparation during tutorials and after presentations. You might also receive feedback through email or on our online learning platforms.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (100%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (90%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (10%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
  • Duration:
    12 months

Contact us

Chris Spencer
Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903214

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903