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Start date(s)

January 2022

Study mode(s)

Part time (9 months)

Course overview

Inclusive leadership is critical in ensuring positive educational outcomes for all learners, particularly those at risk of marginalisation and exclusion.

The PG Cert Inclusive Leadership course has been developed specifically to move discourse on inclusion away from 'organic' issues such as 'special educational needs and disabilities' towards interrogating social and cultural contexts that create notions of advantage and disadvantage.

It aims to provide opportunities for managers, leaders and aspiring leaders within education or associated settings to engage with leadership theory and research within the context of inclusive practices.

As well as supporting career progression into leadership roles, the course offers a pathway to further postgraduate qualifications, including a PG Dip or MA Education.


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About this course

The course will explore ways of creating an environment and culture of inclusion, along with strategies for developing and maintaining effective inclusive policies and practices.

Throughout your studies, you'll be encouraged to reflect critically on dominant or traditional leadership approaches, which are concerned to maintain the status quo, and more inclusive leadership approaches, which focus on identifying and addressing barriers to inclusion and challenging underlying assumptions that perpetuate exclusive practices.

You’ll work with experts and professionals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to understand how to create and sustain cultures of inclusion in which opposing perspectives are authentically valued.

The skills and attributes for those leading inclusive learning communities, underpinned by research, will also be examined.

You'll also have the opportunity to develop principles of practitioner enquiry, such as engaging in professional dialogue about, systematic reflection on, and evidence-based enhancement of practice to critically explore themes of the course in a professional context.


This programme has been developed and is delivered in collaboration with the Leeds Learning Alliance


The Leeds Learning Alliance is a Trust formed by like-minded Leeds educational organisations based upon a shared commitment to inclusion, close collaboration and high-level ambition.


You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Perspectives on Inclusive Leadership

Through studying this module you'll develop a critical understanding of the terminology used to discuss inclusive practice and build awareness of the socio-cultural and political perspectives that frame these terms. You'll build a widening conception of inclusion as related to schools and critically discuss how this relates to extant school leadership policy and practice. 

You'll synthesise and analyse research findings along with other sources of evidence to build a framework of literature within which to evaluate your own professional practice, leading to emergent development plans to enhance your own inclusive leadership skills.  

Critical Approaches to Inclusive Leadership

You'll apply your knowledge and understanding of inclusive leadership to engage in critical evaluations of policy and practice within your own setting, moving beyond the boundary of individual practice.  You'll analyse a model of critical reflection and apply this to an in-depth evaluation. Ethical and moral issues related to the intersection between inclusive leadership and professional practice will also be examined, with opportunity for you to discuss issues in depth and consider potential conflict resolution within your own context. 


Course Structure 

The proposed course structure and delivery is displayed below, please note this is subject to agreement and the final structure may differ from this.

This is a part-time course delivered in 9 months, starting in January. 

MonthModulesTime commitments

January - April

Perspectives on
Inclusive Leadership

5 x 2 hour lead lectures and
5 x 2 hour tutorials/workshops
(all evening sessions), plus
assignment research and writing

April/May - late July Critical Approaches to 
Inclusive Leadership
5 x 2 hour lead lectures and
5 x 2 hour tutorials/workshops 
(all evening sessions), plus 
assignment research and writing

Following successful completion of both modules and the award of PGCert in Inclusive Leadership we offer an opportunity to continue your studies by completing a PG Dip and moving into dissertation study leading to a full MA Education.

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development


You’ll be assessed by a range of written forms and practical activities, in order to reflect the academic and employability skills you’ll develop within the programme. 

Assessments for both modules closely integrate theory and practice, with opportunities to engage in reviews of literature, critical evaluation of professional experiences and develop action and development plans to support your professional practice.

In each assessment, you'll have the opportunity to focus on aspects of inclusion that are particularly relevant to you in your setting, such as issues related to race, social class, sexuality and multi-agency working.

There are no exams. 

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

The normal entry requirement is an honours degree. You will need to be in a paid or voluntary teaching/training/supporting/managing role in a context that involves education and/or support to allow you to complete the assignments.

This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa.

Fees and Funding

The tuition fee for this programme is £1,400 for January 2022. 

There is a discounted fee for members of Leeds Learning Alliance. For more details please contact finance@leedstrinity.ac.uk

How to apply

Apply online using the following link(s).

Part time

Applications are now being taken for this course, starting in January 2022.

There is no official closing date for applications, but the course will be closed when it is full. We therefore encourage you to make your application as early as possible.

Please ensure you complete the application form in full and supply all the required supporting documentation when you make your initial application. Incomplete applications may be rejected.

If you need advice on your application, please contact our admissions team on 0113 283 7123 (Monday to Thursday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, or Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm) or admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk

What happens next?

Our admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application by email, process it, and forward to the relevant Programme Leader within three days.

The programme leader will either make a decision based on your application or invite you to attend an interview.

If you're selected for an interview, you'll be contacted with details within ten days of your application being processed.

The admissions team will notify you of your interview outcome in writing within five working days of receiving a decision from the Programme Leader.

Made an offer?

You should accept or decline your offer by emailing admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.

If you accept, you'll need to prove you satisfy the conditions outlined in your offer letter.

This will usually be by presenting the relevant supporting documentation in person to the student administration office (AM36) on campus.

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