Strategic Leadership Short Course

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Strategic Leadership Short Course

This course is underpinned by a critical analysis and considers theory, practice and reflection related to the following themes:


  • Critical examination of models of and approaches to leadership
  • Critique of leadership models in contemporary society


  • Ethical issues and leadership
  • Practical application of leadership theories
  • Strategic planning and visioning
  • Leadership in a global context
  • Leadership in private, public and third sector (voluntary and community) organisations
  • Leadership and cultural differences
  • Gender and leadership


  • Reflection on developing leadership skills
  • Reflection on personal experience of leadership

Entry and Admissions

AWARD TYPE: Short Course

LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time


COURSE LENGTH: 1 Year Part Time

SCHOOL: School of Social Work, Care and Community

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Burnley

START DATE: September and January

Entry Requirements:

A Level 5/6 qualification or equivalent experiential learning. 

Course Content

This course is underpinned by a critical analysis of what leadership means and how it is applied in diverse, changing and challenging settings.

Learning Environment & Assessment

This programme is built around the concept of a learning community and students are encourage to use the excellent new facilities of the Students Union and also the Library to continue to engage in their studies out of the classroom. All modules are delivered via our new online ‘live’ classroom where students can log on live to the lesson from anywhere in the world.

Assessment is portfolio based with a strong emphasis on action, reflection praxis.

A range of assessment methods will be used during your course. Your skills, knowledge and understanding will be formally and informally assessed through written assignments, oral presentations and through practical tasks. The requirements and the marking criteria for all course assessments are clearly set out for you in this handbook and module handbooks.

Opportunities will also be provided throughout the course for informal, formative assessment of your skills, knowledge and understanding. You will be invited to present seminar papers, contribute to class and online discussions, apply your learning informally in the workplace and take part in tutorials.

Learning outcome & aims

The aims of the module are to:

  • To develop students’ critical awareness of conceptual frameworks of leadership. 
  • Enable students to acquire critical insights into the practical challenges of leadership in diverse settings. 
  • Encourage students to apply leadership in community settings.

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Apply a range of models of leadership to critically appraise examples of leadership in practice.
  • Critically reflect on personal experience of leadership.
  • Apply leadership skills in a community setting.

Industry links & professional accreditation

An academic qualification in community leadership provides an excellent and recognised foundation for a career in the field. The course is designed to prepare the student for senior positions of community leadership within the third sector, the public sector, governance and politics, and also to play a leading role on the international stage. The course provides excellent opportunities for international, national, regional, and local networking and the development of personal social capital which will serve to effectively enhance employability prospects.

Strategic Leadership Award at Level 7 from the ILM.



Work experience and international opportunities

Structured work experience forms a mandatory element of this programme allowing the student to graduate with a portfolio of experience and extra curricula professional qualifications from the ILM.

Graduate Careers

"I am passionate about working in the community and with marginalised groups, and having gained a first class honours degree, I am now studying for a Masters in Community Leadership taught at UCLan’s Burnley Campus." - Sara Ali

"I never thought I would return to education, but the degree at UCLan appealed to me because it allows women to fit in their studies around their family and is housed at the Burnley Campus." - Najma Shah

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply


About UCLan

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