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Postgraduate Certificate

Leadership in Multi-Agency Settings

Nine months
Start Dates:
High Wycombe Campus
Key Contact:
The Enquiries Team
01494 603 171

Is this course suitable for me?

The course is designed for practitioners to develop their theoretical knowledge and enhance professional leadership skills. It is made up of two distinct modules, which together support the professional development of participants to lead services in the context of multi-agency teams.

The course will support participants to analyse and reflect upon the culture of agencies and its influence on the effective leadership of responsive services. It will encourage reflection on current practice and the development of leadership knowledge and skills for the delivery of integrated, targeted services.

Learning Sets will enable students to develop a critical understanding of the process of developing projects in practice environments. This will contribute to the development of integrated professional practice and the realisation of effective services at a local level.


The course is made up of two modules: participants will attend an induction day and both modules:

  • Induction: 1 day
  • Module 1: Leading teams in multi-agency settings: 8 university-based days
  • Module 2: Developing projects in multi-agency settings: Four ½ days working within Learning Sets and a linked work-based project.

Work-based learning

You will need to allocate at least an equal amount of study within the work place, plus any additional study, to complete the assignments.

The course is offered at two distinct academic ‘levels’.

  • If you are studying the course at an undergraduate level (Level 6) you will complete the Short Course: Leadership in multi-agency settings, for which you will be awarded 60 academic credits. This is equivalent to 50% of a final degree year.

The course may be completed in six months, when taken at Level 6.

  • If you are studying the course at a postgraduate level (Level 7) you will complete the Postgraduate Certificate: Leadership in multi-agency settings.

The course may be completed in nine months, when taken at Level 7.

You will be guided by the course leader to choose the most appropriate level at which to study this course, prior to commencing your study.

What our students say

“This course gives you time to reflect and discuss with other colleagues about the way the organisation operates … our part and responsibility within it and how we can bring about change through flexibility in our management style.”

“Not only did the course give me the chance to reflect on my work with other teams, but it gave me the chance to actually meet new people in those teams with whom I now work, away from the course.”

“The support that is provided, both in and outside of the classroom, is second to none”.

Entry requirements

Level 6

The course is offered at this level to practitioners who have successfully completed a Foundation Degree or Diploma of Higher Education. Applicants will normally already have 120 academic credits at Level 5 (completed equivalent of year 2 in an undergraduate programme).

Level 7

The course is offered at this level to practitioners who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree and who are seeking a higher award.

Students who have not completed the final year of a degree, but who wish to be considered for a postgraduate award, will be required to undertake a formative assignment so that their academic ability to study at an advanced level can be assessed and appropriate recommendations given.

How to make an application

We hope to have a fully on-line application system shortly, but in the meantime, to apply for a course, please download and print these forms, completing them fully and posting back to the address below.

Student Recruitment Officer
Bucks New University
106 Oxford Road

If you are unable to view the forms, please click here to download a free version of adobe reader.

Alternatively, if you call us on 01494 603 171 or email we can post you a hard copy application pack.

Students funded by the NHS or other employer

If the cost of your course is being funded by your employer, please contact your education lead or manager for guidance as to how they would prefer you to make an application.

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