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MA / PG Dip / PG Cert Education (Church School Leadership)

Postgraduate Awards:
MA Education (Church School Leadership)
Postgraduate Diploma Education (Church School Leadership)
Postgraduate certificate Education (Church School Leadership)

This programme offers an important opportunity nationally to gain a professional qualification in Church school leadership

It is designed not only for those currently in leadership positions in Church schools, but also for those aspiring to leadership, teachers and educationalists, as well as school governors other professionals involved in any of the various management roles within a school.

The course has been fully endorsed by the Church of England’s National Society for Promoting Religious Education and will be delivered by University staff with support from other experts in the field.

The course is open to graduates or the equivalent who are qualified teachers, or others who carry a professional responsibility for teaching, learning and professional development.

Normally applicants should be in-post, ideally within a Church school. However, applications will be considered from any suitably qualified person who has an interest in leading and managing in Church schools.

The course will be taught at the University of Worcester but there is an intention to offer teaching at conveniently located local centres if group sizes allow. All sessions are designed to take a practice-based approach that incorporates peer group and tutor-facilitated discussions and observations, practical activities, case studies and group led presentations. Your face-to-face learning will be supported with a dedicated area in a virtual learning environment (VLE), either Blackboard or Moodle, which will facilitate and extend networking and group collaboration.


Entry requirements

Either a first or second-class Honours Degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area.

The IELTS score for international applicants is 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in each component). Other English Language qualifications will be considered. For more information please click here.

How to apply

For all awards which form part of the MA Education, please apply directly to the University of Worcester. You can download an application form, or can contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 /

Please post your completed application form to:
Admissions Office
University Of Worcester
Henwick Grove

When we receive your application form, your details will be passed to the MA Education course leader who may contact you, where necessary, to arrange an informal interview (usually by telephone). You may include additional material, such as references, in support of your application.

The academic year begins in September, but you may start your award at the beginning of the autumn, spring or summer terms. You should apply in good time for the start of the course.

Study options

Accreditation of previous learning:

In many cases it is possible to gain credit for previous study or experience. Previous study at the same level in other institutions is recognised as transferred academic credit, and professional learning can be analysed through the completion of an Independent Study. Up to 50% of taught elements of the award for which you are registered may be achieved through Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Get in touch

Leela Cubillo (pathway leader)
01905 855037

Admissions Office
01905 855111



Postgraduate study will mark you out in today’s competitive job market, showing that you have enhanced knowledge in this subject area, as well as highlighting your ability to analyse, communicate and apply theory – all skills which are sought after by employers. An appreciation of the distinctives of Church schools and their ethos will be of benefit when applying for posts in such settings.

Course content


Pathway Modules

Leading and Managing in Church Schools (MEDD4028—20 credits) focuses on the distinctive nature of leadership and management within Church schools. The module encourages participants to reflect critically on the unique characteristics of the Church school, with its integral links to local church and community. It examines the concepts of spirituality, collaboration, change and resource management and their impact on the leadership of individuals, teams and organisations. It recognises that people are the most important resource in most organisations. Particular emphasis will be given to the concept of spiritual leadership and the development of values-based approaches to leading and managing in Church schools. Participants will have the opportunity to develop skills and qualities that can be applied within their own educational contexts to enhance and support decision making and leadership practice.

Creative Approaches to Educational Leadership (MAED4026—20 credits)

The purpose of this module is to stimulate participants’ creative and innovative capacities and their predisposition to collaborate, where difference is regarded as an opportunity rather than a blockage. It will be argued that developing creative leadership skills and inclusive strategies that overcome differences in cultures, ideologies and professional boundaries are at the heart of successful performance.

Negotiated Learning (with a focus on Church School Leadership ) (MAED4007 20 credits) allows students—with guidance from their tutor—to construct and respond to an educational question which is of personal and/or professional relevance. Students work in a planned, flexible and independent way, engaging in a professional inquiry in a rigorous and critical manner to further their development as reflective practitioners and/or to advance their knowledge about educational practice.

Required Modules

Contemporary Issues in Education: theory, policy and practice (MAED4006 – 20 credits)
Research Methods ( MAED4001 – 20 credits)
Dissertation (MAED4040/MAED4060 40 or 60 credits)

Please see the MA Education main page for details of modules.


Student views

Academic department

Institute of Education

“Our high quality programmes and innovative teaching methods prepare and train the very best professionals. Worcester graduates have made a huge difference in the field of education.”
Ann Jordan, Head of Institute