This taught Professional Diploma’s course is a flexible modular qualification with a rich diversity of modules enabling you to choose those most appropriate to your own context and interests. The modules support your professional development through investigation of currently significant issues in the context of your own experience and appropriate literature. For this professional qualification you will need some experience of working with learners, either in teaching, the education advisory service, educational administration or an allied field – this may include informal learning settings. You will join a learning community of over 3500 students from varying educational contexts worldwide.

For educational professionals who may be based in the Overseas or anywhere in the world and are likely to be, or aspire to be:

·         a leader or manager in a school or college

·         an educational consultant

·         Working in an educational planning, development or inspection role for a national or regional organisation.

This course is available via distance learning, allowing you to study flexibly whilst balancing work and personal commitments.

Course aims

The course will:

·         equip you with the knowledge to improve your understanding of educational management and leadership

·         enable you to apply theory and research in your job

·         foster your continuing professional development through reflection on practice

·         allow you to consider issues related to the policy context of education

·         give you the chance to contribute towards improvement of educational systems and institutions and to reflect on the quality of learning and teaching.

·         Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in (Educational Leadership and Management)

Postgraduate compulsory module


Educational leadership: context, strategy and collaboration


Leading professional practice in education


Continuing professional development in practice


Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students


Leadership for the learning community


Finance and resource management


Developing personal leadership skills


Exploring educational policy


Values, vision and moral purpose


Total credit points :



 Credit for previous study elsewhere

If you have already completed some successful study at postgraduate level at another institution you may be able to transfer credit for this study and count it towards this Open University qualification. If you wish to apply to transfer credit you must do so as soon as possible as it may affect your choice of Newcastle University modules. If you are awarded credit for study completed elsewhere, you may find that you need to study fewer NU modules to complete your qualification with us.

We particularly welcome credit from those who hold a Cambridge Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Delta) (course entry from September 2008) or the Trinity College London Licentiate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (LTCL Diploma in TESOL) (course entry from March 2007). Credit from these diplomas may be counted towards our MA in Education (Applied Linguistics)/MEd (Applied Linguistics).

On completion

On successful completion of the required modules you can be awarded a Professional Diploma in (Educational Leadership and Management) entitling you to use the letters PDip (EducationalLeadership and Management)  or  after your name. 


Program Specific Accreditation

The Distance Education and Training Council for Business Schools and Programs (DETC) Board of Commissioners has granted accreditation to Newcastle University's Professional Diploma in (Educational Leadership and Management) program.* DETC is one of three major accrediting agencies for business schools and is a leading specialized accrediting agency for business education. This recognition certifies that programs offered through Newcastle University's College of Business & Management meet the rigorous educational standards established by DETC.

*For a full list of Newcastle University's business and accounting degree programs accredited by DETC, please see the Accreditation page.

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* Figure based on 2013 graduates self-reporting data to Newcastle University Career Services who were employed at graduation or actively seeking employment in their field after graduation. Does not include graduates who were not actively seeking employment, as determined by Newcastle University Career Services, or who did not report data on employment status to Newcastle University Career Services.



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