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PGCert

Higher Education Administration, Management & Leadership

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Year Of Entry

2021
  • Level(s) of study: Professional
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: April 2021; October 2021
  • Course duration: 12 months part-time

The AUA Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration, Management and Leadership (PGCert) is a work-based learning programme for higher education professionals working within UK higher education administration.

The programme deepens and tests your knowledge and understanding of the Higher Education (HE) sector whilst enhancing your skills as a reflective practitioner, incorporating the AUA values and CPD Framework of Professional Behaviours into your working life.

The programme will:

  • Engage you in a process of planned professional development, based on reflection and self-assessment of your skills and competencies in professional contexts
  • Develop your understanding and critical awareness of current issues in the sector, through independent learning and research
  • Develop an understanding of leadership and management in the context of HE
  • Enhance your professional practice through critical appraisal of, and reflection on, your knowledge, skills, behaviours and values
  • Develop reflective skills enabling you to apply your knowledge and understanding to evaluate and analyse your practice and experiences.

These courses in Higher Education Administration, Management and Leadership are underpinned by academic rigour and designed to help students to develop knowledge and skills that can be easily transferred to the workplace. Ultimately, the courses aim to develop excellent administrators who have the skills, integrity and commitment to make a positive contribution to the societies in which they live and work.

If you completed the AUA Postgraduate Certificate Professional Practice in HE Management during the last five years, you may be eligible to qualify for direct progression to the PG Diploma.

This course is delivered in collaboration with the Association of University Administrators (AUA).

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What you'll study

The programme is distance learning and studied part time over 12 months. You are supported by three mandatory study days and assigned a mentor who is a HE professional, an AUA member and works at a UK HE institution or within the sector.

The programme comprises two compulsory modules at level 7 that make up the 60 credit PGCert award. You must successfully complete both in order to achieve the full award, but credits are awarded for any successful module completion.

  • Modules

    The UK HE Sector

    This module allows participants to look at  a number of current issues in the HE sector, to analyse and evaluate the existing knowledge base pertaining to higher education, thereby developing a systematic understanding and cultural awareness of current issues in the sector.

    Reflective Practice for work-based learning

    This module allows a student to apply their knowledge and understanding of the HE sector to their practice through work-based learning. The aim is to allow students to analyse and evaluate their knowledge of the HE sector and apply this to their own practice and the context in which they work. Through critical reflection on their knowledge, practice, experiences and learning, students will demonstrate their ability to apply reflective skills to improve practice and to support their continuing professional development and personal improvement.

  • Assessments

    The assessments for the course are as follows:

    Module 1: Higher Education in Context

    • This module allows students to look at a number of topics relating to the higher education sector. The aim of the module is to give students the opportunity to analyse and evaluate the existing knowledge base pertaining to higher education, thereby developing a critical awareness of current issues in the sector.

    Module 2: Professional Practice in Higher Education

    • The aim of this module is to allow students to analyse and evaluate their knowledge of the higher education sector; and of leadership, governance and management; and apply this to their own practice and the context in which they work.
    • Through critical reflection on their knowledge, practice, experiences and learning, students will demonstrate their ability to apply reflective skills to improve practice and to support their continuing professional development and personal improvement.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

All students are required to attend three study days with combined content for both modules. Study days are interactive and will contain practical group discussions to provide guidance and information. The study days also maximise networking opportunities with other students on the programme.

You are supported by an assigned a mentor who is a HE professional, an AUA member and works at a UK HE institution or within the sector.

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that gives you 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

Careers and employability

This course does not currently offer placements, but the course assignments are based on real-world issues.

Applicants must therefore be in employment, or be able to gain access to an organisation upon which to base assignments. You will need permission from the organisation to use their data during your course.

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Entry requirements

You will usually:

  • have at least 6 months experience of working in the HE sector in an administrative or managerial capacity; and
  • be currently working within the UK or Republic of Ireland HE sector; and
  • hold a UK or Republic of Ireland undergraduate degree or equivalent.

If you do not hold a first degree you may be admitted to the programme if you:

  • have at least 12 months of experience of working in the HE sector in an administrative or managerial capacity; and
  • are currently working within the UK or Republic of Ireland HE sector; and/or
  • hold equivalent professional or other qualifications, judged on a case-by-case basis.

All applications are considered on an individual basis. Your personal statement, supporting professional reference, qualifications and experience are all taken into account.

The programme is based on the UK higher education sector and therefore only eligible for applicants who live and work in the UK or ROI. Unfortunately it is not possible for anyone outside the UK or ROI to apply.

How to apply

All participants should apply via the AUA website.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

For details on course fees and any funding available please visit our fees and funding page for further information and any additional support.

Please visit the AUA website for more details on fees for this course.

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