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Postgraduate Level 7 Diploma in Education Management and Leadership

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Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Education Management and Leadership
qualification provides graduates an understanding of policy, management theory and practice in education

Level 7 Diploma in Education Management and Leadership (awarded by OTHM, OfQual UK Regulated qualification 603/4248/1) leading to a Masters in Education with UARD and/or an MA in Education Management and Leadership (top-up) awarded by University of Chichester delivered through London Graduate School, MA Professional Studies (top-up) at University of Portsmouth, or an MSc Professional Studies (top-up) at University of Portsmouth.

It provides learners with an opportunity to engage with the challenges facing professionals and policy makers in their own country. It will provide knowledge that underpins the ability to work as an effective manager in the education sector. It combines both theoretical and practical knowledge in the education profession and will develop and enhance knowledge and skills in the areas of leading change, effective performance and team leadership. Learners will be able to work in a variety of roles within education administration and/or management.

Mandatory units

  • Contemporary Issues in Education: Theory, Policy and Practice (20 credits)
  • The Management of Educational Change (20 credits)
  • Managing Effective Intercultural Communication and Perspectives (20 credits)
  • Pedagogy and Practice in Education (20 credits)
  • Leading Reflective Practice in Education (20 credits)
  • Research Methods in Education (20 credits)


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For entry onto the Postgraduate Level 7 Diploma in Education Management and Leadership qualification, learners must possess:
• An honours degree in a related subject or UK level 6 diploma or an equivalent overseas qualification
• Mature learners with management experience (learners must check with the delivery centre regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)
• Learners must be 21 years old or older at the beginning of the course

English requirements: If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language competency.

Recognition of Prior Learning

RPL policies and procedures have been developed over time, which has led to the use of a
number of terms to describe the process. Among the most common are:
• Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
• Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)
• Accreditation of Prior Achievement (APA)
• Accreditation of Prior Learning and Achievement (APLA)

As this qualification is approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), learners are eligible to progress to Master’s top-up programmes with advanced standing at many universities in the UK and overseas.


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The Level 7 Diploma in Education Management and Leadership on the UK Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) are at the same level as master’s degrees. However, they are shorter (120 credits) and learners have the opportunity to proceed to the dissertation stage (60 credits) with university (UARD or those listed above) to achieve a full masters programme.

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