Equality and Community Leadership PGCert

Equality and Community Leadership PGCert

School of Social Work, Care and Community


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

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    Part-time: Two Years

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Why study this programme?

The Equality and Community Leadership programme is a unique course developed and inspired by individuals who work within communities as activists and change makers. The principle concern of the programme is the study of communities and the dynamics and tensions of human interaction within them, alongside the role of law as a vehicle of governance. It aims to focus on understanding disadvantages within communities and how inclusivity can be established, as well as, understand social inequalities and how to enhance the value of diversity and inclusion. It is developed in the context of recent legislation which requires public bodies to ‘set and publish’ equality information objectives and both theory and practice at their centre. You will critically engage with concepts and methods to uncover inequalities and offer strategies for change towards valuing diversity and social inclusion in the context of society, communities and organisations.  

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Entry Requirements

A first degree in a related subject

IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent

Programme at a Glance

Modules Include:


  • Understanding equality and community practice
  • Leadership: theory, practice and reflection
  • Community and practice-based research

Students who successfully complete three taught modules are eligible for the award of PG Certificate.

Further Information

You will enjoy a postgraduate research culture and varied developed links with professional bodies such the ILM and other public, voluntary, community and faith organisations.

You will draw from experience of active equality-trained practitioners and research expertise within UCLan’s award-winning Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership, noted for its work in developing community cohesion and active citizenship projects. The Centre works across a number of key areas, with students looking to gain an advantage through our accredited volunteering opportunities.

The course is designed to capacity build individuals from across the sector in driving civic engagement and maintaining inclusivity. They aim is to critically engage students with concepts and methods to uncover inequalities and offer strategies for change towards valuing diversity and social inclusion in the context of society, communities and organisations.

Further information can be obtained from:

The Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership 
The School of Social Work, Care and Community
Room 236, Eden Building
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE

Telephone: +44 (0)1772 893093/3669

Email: mchandia@uclan.ac.uk or rgurjee@uclan.ac.uk
Website: www.uclan.ac.uk/volunteering

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: TBC

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Industry Links

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.

Professional Accreditation

Strategic Leadership Award at Level 7 from the ILM. This may incur an extra charge.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

The course is available part-time and includes a flexible teaching pattern. Some modules are taught in short intensive blocks of five days. Other modules adopt a blended teaching approach where lectures are delivered once per month.

This makes it possible for students that are working or live at a distance to be able to take individual modules without regular weekly attendance at the University. However, the ethos of a strong peer learning community is central to all modes of learning, regardless of being either classroom or web based.

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. Tutors may provide additional supportive material to you.

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.

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions. Please take a look at our staff profiles for more information:

Dr. Mahmood Chandia PhD FHEA

Ridwanah Gurjee MEd PGCE FHEA, Executive Member of the International Mentoring Association

Dr. Alethea Melling MBE PhD FHEA

Cllr Wajid Khan LLM FHEA, Executive Member of Volunteurope

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