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This course is a joint collaboration between the University of Winchester and the Dioceses of Winchester and Portsmouth.

The programme is aimed at Middle Leaders of Church Schools, or aspiring Middle Leaders, and will cover areas of Church School Leadership in practice. The modules have cross‐-diocesan and school recognition.

You will develop a knowledge and understanding of key theoretical principles, research findings and professional issues, particularly associated with Christian approaches to leadership.

The course will consider the nature of church schools in practice, specifically exploring questions around spirituality, collective worship and community engagement. You will also consider Church school leadership in action. The aim of this latter part of the programme is for you to explore and critically engage with a repertoire of approaches for transforming leadership of Church schools.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Church School Leadership allows for a flexible range of long term and short term outcomes:

  • Students can enrol for the two modules which comprise the PgCert Church School Leadership specifically and graduate with the named exit award after one year of study
  • Existing and new MA Education students can take one of the PgCert Church School Leadership modules as part of their portfolio of 120 credits, prior to the dissertation


Graduates of this course should feel more confident and competent as Middle Leaders, or to pursue roles as Middle Leaders, of Church Schools. You may wish to progress onto the MA Education at Winchester to further develop your skills and knowledge.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Start dates: September and January
Teaching takes place: Twilights during term time

The teaching team encompasses University staff within Education, Health and Social Care, and experienced specialists such as local authority inspection and advisory teams.

While this programme involves a high degree of independent working, group twilight seminars with a tutor and other course members will ensure that you are provided with guidance and support to design, implement and write up your projects and assignments.


Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.


Assessments take the form of reviews of literature, reflective accounts of practice in relation to research, portfolios, case studies or workplace-based assignments.

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations or written exams.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes.

Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found by attending an MA Education pre-enrolment evening. Please contact for more information. 


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.


This is a part-time only course and is suitable for professionals currently working in an educational setting. We would normally expect our students to hold a first or second-class Honours degree or a professional qualification such as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Applicants who do not satisfy the normal entry requirements may be admitted to the programme, provided that they can submit evidence of previous relevant study and demonstrate the capacity and attainments to pursue successfully the proposed programme.

If English is not your first language:
IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0)1962 827234
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To apply for our either our September or January intake, please visit our How to Apply page.

Applications need to be submitted by 31 May 2021. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year. For more information see our  section.

International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

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Level 7

Modules Credits

Church School Leadership in Action 40

This module will enable students to develop a deep knowledge and understanding of the key theoretical principles, research findings and professional issues associated with school leadership, and specifically Church School Leadership. During the module, a wide-ranging selection of leadership models will be critically explored; underpinned by current research and literature in this area. The distinctive nature of Church School Leadership and Christian models of Leadership will be investigated with university lecturers, diocesan leaders as well as current Church School leaders, who are experts in these fields. This module aims to help students to examine their own practice, and that of others, as leaders or aspiring leaders, in order to help them to develop their own model of Church School Leadership.

Church Schools in Practice 20

This module aims to critically explore the role, purpose and distinctiveness of Church Schools in the current educational landscape. Throughout the module, learners will engage with key theoretical texts, current research and reports, and will consider examples of practice as a means of considering the particular nature of Church Schools, with a view to establishing a secure understanding of debates around different school models. We will critically explore some of the challenges that are facing Church schools to ensure a deep knowledge and understanding of the particular offering that Church schools can bring to the education of children and young people. The module will be taught by a wide team including university lecturers, diocesan leaders as well as current Church School leaders who will share some of the distinctive aspects of their school communities. From these starting points, students will examine their professional identity as teachers and (aspiring) school leaders.

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.


UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Part-time entry | £2,260 p/a

Total Cost | £2,260

International Students

Part-time entry | £7,050 p/a

Total Cost | £7,050


As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:


Printing and binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing. Our Reprographics team also offer printing and binding services, including dissertation binding which may be required by your course with an indicative coast of £1.50-£3.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.

Key course details

Part-time: 1 year
Typical offer
Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or a professional qualification such as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
On campus, Winchester