The University of Wolverhampton

PGCertPostgraduate Certificate Healthcare Leadership

Why choose this course?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership is a vocationally focused academic programme intended to prepare professionals from the health sector, related professions and from social care, to become better managers in the workplace. Upon completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership, you will have achieved an understanding of the perspectives on leadership, and how these apply in health care sectors. This will be achieved via a range of teaching and learning methods, delivered within a contextually relevant but academically challenging programme of study.

The programme will offer the opportunity to engage with key theory, but also to understand the specific contextual relevance in the NHS and social care, through delivery by specialists from both the Business School and also the School of Health and Wellbeing.

What happens on the course?

The course will be a combination of two of the following modules:

  • Perspectives on Leadership
  • Assessing the Health Needs of Populations
  • The Reflective Practitioner
  • Leading Transformation and Change

and one from the following:

  • Health Protection and Health Improvement
  • People Development in Health Care

Why Wolverhampton?

This course meets development needs in the healthcare sectors, which is undergoing significant transformation and change.

You will leave the programme not just with a range of skills, but with confidence to lead within the complexity of the health and social care environment.

The programme is delivered by specialists from two Schools within the University, University of Wolverhampton Business School and the School of Health and Wellbeing, who are involved in significant advisory roles and research within health and social care locally, regionally and nationally, and who participate in national communities of practice, developing and sharing expertise across the UK.

Career path

This programme has been designed specifically to provide relevant knowledge and skills for those acting in a leadership role in the health and social care sectors. Past students have successfully applied their learning in their clinical or social care roles, effecting organisational improvement and have contributed to research in health care leadership, becoming knowledgeable, skilled, innovative and effective leaders.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

  1. Critically apply knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a professional leadership role, within the health, health-related or social care sectors.
  2. Critically debate the key concepts and theoretical positions that have been developed, or are developing, within leadership and professional development.
  3. Reflect on the academic and practical application of leadership theories and practices in the health and social care context ent
  4. Analyse theory and context, delivering findings through effective presentation media, to become a confident, digitally literate and innovative health or social care leader.
  5. Critically appraise professional standards within the health and social care sectors and recognise obligations to stakeholders, the profession and society.

Entry requirements

  • A first or second class undergraduate honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent, or a professional qualification and/or experience considered to be equivalent to the above; A reference from a tutor who has supervised the applicants undergraduate studies (or equivalent).
  • If English is not the applicant’s first language they will need to have an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, or evidence of English proficiency equivalent to these scores.
  • Students may apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL) subject to the guidelines set out in the UWBS APL Handbook. APL includes accreditation of prior certificated learning and /or accreditation of prior experiential learning.
  • Students will need to be working in the health or social care context or have access to a placement, to comply with the requirements of some assessments within the regime.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Part time £2,430

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit:

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites, or Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount ( If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at


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