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Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Leadership

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    1 year part time

  • Starting:

    January / Sept

  • Fees UK:

    £2,490 (60 credits)

  • Location:


Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 894503

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.


This online course will give you professional recognition and equip you with the subject knowledge, teaching skills and critical understanding you need to lead positive change as a digital leader in your setting. You will develop your own digital skills and support the practice of others. Alongside this, you will synthesise evidence from research and professional debate, and undertake your own practitioner research as a member of a professional learning community.

Dr Helen Caldwell talks about the programme.

Updated 12/07/2021


  • Have an impact by taking forward themes that are relevant to your setting.
  • Develop confidence as a research-active digital leader.
  • Engage in professional dialogue with a group of like-minded peers.

Postgraduate Drop-In event

Tuesday 14 September 2021 | 4.30 pm – 7.30 pm BST

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Course Content

  • The course is designed to be flexible so that you can have an impact from the start by taking forward aspects of digital skills that are relevant for your own teaching context. You might choose topics such as computer science, mobile learning or embedding technology across your curriculum. The course is suitable for beginners as well as experts, and we welcome applications from educators with an interest in digital learning and leadership at any level, for example early years, primary, secondary, SEND or Further and Higher education.

    The course can be studied entirely online at a distance, or you can choose to attend two optional Saturday campus days. We meet online during term-time for discussion group webinars and individual or paired tutorials. You will engage with an online community, enabling discussion and debate from wherever you are.

    There are two modules entitled ‘Developing digital literacy’ and ‘Developing digital leadership’. The first explores digital pedagogies and approaches to embedding technologies. You create a reflective portfolio on a digital literacy theme of your choice that includes embedded media. You also undertake a small-scale research project on a theme that suits you, resulting in a presentation in the form of an infographic poster. The second module explores the theme of leading professional development and evaluating impact. Your assignment takes the form of an academic article that links theory to practice. The choice of assessment projects in both modules gives you the flexibility to tailor your learning to your individual needs and interests. Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to exchange ideas in an online community, and there are opportunities to share work through channels such as subject association blogs, conferences and relevant publications.

    Module information can be found on the Award Map.

  • We ask that you have an undergraduate degree at 2:2 and you should normally be qualified to teach in your sector. You will have relevant experience in the field of educational technology.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Distance Learning: £2,490 (60 credits)
    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Distance Learning: £2,200 (60 credits)
  • The course gives you 60 masters credits which you can add to any existing credits and put towards a full masters degree (180 credits). We can offer a clear pathway for gaining an MA in Education and advise you on the best route. Contact the course leader, Dr Helen Caldwell, for more information about any aspect of the course.

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Careers and Employability

Students who have completed the course will be well placed to lead digital initiatives in their own settings and sectors. This might be developing their peers’ skills or introducing new teaching and learning strategies. They will also develop expertise in developing and leading learning in online contexts.

Student Story

"[The course] provided me a structure within which to develop my own
knowledge and understanding of themes associated with the course
aims, but with flexibility that enabled me to tailor assignments to
my interests and work goals."