Developing leadership skills, NU3268 Short Course

Developing leadership skills, NU3268 Short Course
At UCLan, our post-qualifying framework (PQF) allows health and social care practitioners to continue their professional development and achieve further qualifications in their field. You have the opportunity to study individual modules in subject areas that interest you. You can select from a comprehensive and contemporary range of modules that fit your personal development and career plans; either on an individual basis or combined in a planned programme to eventually achieve a degree.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course


Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

12 weeks: (20 credits at level 6)


School of Sport and Health Sciences

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

Next cohort: September 2020

Entry Requirements:

Students must be working in a clinical area relevant to the module content

Course Content

Course Outline:
(20 credits at level 6)

Good leadership is absolutely fundamental to providing safe, effective healthcare to patients/service users/clients and is absolutely vital to leading service improvement right across health and social care settings. The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity to explore the concept of leadership within health and social care services. You will develop a range of leadership skills to meet current and future demands of complex health and social care organisations. The leadership modules are taken up by practitioners from a range of undergraduate degree programmes and by individuals for CPD purposes. All members of the multidisciplinary team are welcome.

The classroom module is delivered during semester 2. The module can be delivered within your organisation if there are sufficient student numbers, at the organisations request.

The elearn module is delivered in semester 1. Students work through a programme of study using on-line learning materials and post their comments and reflections to the course discussion Board. Students are asked to log on for chatroom discussion each week. Times and dates can be varied after enrolment and in discussion with the student group.

All students are expected to engage in practice with activities such as leading a change or innovation, linking to leadership frameworks, and meeting regularly with a critical friend or mentor. We involve service users and carers in both e-learning and taught modules, encouraging students to post questions and enquiries that will shape the discussion. Core themes are those of personal knowledge and reflection; leading and working in teams and developing leadership skills and competence. A range of leadership theories and approaches are explored.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

3,000 word assignment; negotiated with the module team, must be based on and drawn from the observation of, or experience of leading in clinical practice

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

KSF map:

1 level 3 Communication

2 level 3 Personal and people development

4 level 2/3 Service improvement

5 Level 3/4 Quality

6 Level 2/3 Equality and diversity

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

£880 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

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

How to Apply

Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel. 01772 893836 or 01772 893839

For further information:

Module information: Sue Anderson, Senior Lecturer 01772 893659
Course information: Lisa Broadley, Lecturer, 01772 895190,

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839