Cert(CPD) Leading Learning HE6

If you’re looking to further your prospects and enhance your knowledge in the Further Education and Skills sector, this programme gives you the opportunity to explore policy, educational leadership and your personal self-development. You can also explore the best practices driving current developments in the field.

Leading Learning HE6

Key information



Mode of Study:



12 months


The University of Bolton

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

The ability to understand key education challenges and opportunities is crucial to everyone working in the Further Education and Skills sector. If you have up to eight years’ post-teaching-qualification experience, this programme enables you to study the policies and practices that drive current developments in the field.

This Level HE6 FE Teaching LEAD programme seeks to bridge the gap if you work in the FE and Skills sector but are only qualified to industry standards or have Level HE5 qualifications (for instance, HND or Foundation Degree). It' s designed to help you demonstrate and develop your wealth of technical and teaching expertise to Honours level.

You’ll be given the chance to engage with policy and pedagogy in context, as well as develop leadership skills for the classroom and beyond. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your self-directed study skills, and gain the further knowledge and experience needed for career development and leadership.

A strong focus is placed on understanding the leadership skills best suited to the FE and Skills sector. You’ll study strategic leadership, management of educational change, leadership of educational teams, and professional development.

You’ll also explore the pedagogies that enhance student outcomes and involve the development of learning and enquiry skills, as well as the acquisition of knowledge within a curricular and vocational context.

  • The challenging and contemporary nature of this programme is designed to help you to build on your professional practice and knowledge.
  • The programme structure encourages you to develop a critical awareness of current issues within the education sector.
  • You’ll also be given the opportunity to develop working knowledge and understanding of the principles and theories which underpin educational practice.
  • During this programme, you could enhance your career development by learning how to critically reflect on your own professional practice.
Key Features
  • This programme has been commissioned and co-designed by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) to address the skills gaps across the sector.
  • During this contemporary programme, you can enjoy the opportunity to engage with practitioners across the sector and learn through the sharing of best practice.
  • The programme may be delivered flexibly through part-time routes, residential weekends or intensive programmes.
Professional recognition

  • You’re normally expected to have successfully completed a relevant qualification at Level HE5, such as a Foundation Degree or HND, or a professional qualification at an equivalent level.
  • You should be supported by your employer within the FE and Skills sector in England and employed on a substantive permanent contract (0.6) or above. You must also have a maximum of 8 years teaching experience and hold a teaching qualification.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn't your first language you'll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent).

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

This programme is designed to allow practitioners with up to eight years’ post-teaching-qualification experience to engage in a self-development programme that explores their personal self-development alongside the contextualisation of policy and educational leadership within the FE and Skills Sector.

It aims to further develop your self-directed study skills as well as help you gain the further knowledge and experience that is needed for career development and leadership in the FE and skills sector.

What can I do with this qualification?

The main career route is teaching and education. This programme aims to develop your strategic and organisational perspectives on learning, particularly by fostering a critically reflective approach to your practice.

Other related occupations include education advice, primary and secondary education and vocational and industrial training. Students may already be in employment whilst undertaking part-time study to further their professional development. You could also progress onto further CPD courses to enhance your knowledge and skills.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • Counselling
  • Mentoring
  • Student services
  • Education officer
  • Family liaison
  • Educational psychology
  • Education administration
  • Educational writing
  • Careers guidance
  • Community engagement
  • Youth work
  • Social work
  • Play therapy
  • Libraries

Course fees

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2021/2022.


Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

Call Admissions

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

You’ll study three modules, each worth 20 credits at HE6.

Learning and teaching will be supported through blended learning using a wide range of teaching methods, including lectures, tutorials, seminars, round table discussions with industry practitioners, case studies, guest speakers from professional practice, and the sector and skill development through peer coaching.

You’ll also have the chance to develop your research skills through individual learning and independent research, and have the opportunity to present your research and critical personal reflections.

There are no written exams on this programme. Instead, you’ll be assessed through a series of assignments. These could include research projects, portfolios, presentations, annotated CVs, and case studies. All assignments are based on theoretical, political or personal development influences on professional practices.

To help keep you on track, our staff provide initial oral feedback on assignment preparation during tutorials and after presentations. You might also receive feedback through email or on our online learning platforms.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Theories of Action in Teaching and Learning (HE6)
  • Leadership in Educational Change (HE6)
  • Critical Reflection on Policy and Practice in Education (HE6)
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 90%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 10%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Chris Spencer
Programme Leader


+44 (0)1204 903214

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton


+44 (0)1204 903903

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