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Develop your people

Do you want to develop and inspire your people? Depending on your needs and budget, we offer a range of inspirational and engaging open and customised courses, as well as bespoke research projects, training and consultancy.

Professional courses

Leading to Excellence

Our Leading to Excellence™ programme is an accredited CPD framework applicable to all management levels from supervisor to Chief Executive. We are the only course provider to offer you professional accreditation on successful completion of a Leading to Excellence™ course. The Leading to Excellence consists of a variety of modules, delivered using a combination of group work, simulation, case studies, high impact presentations, and supported by online resources. The courses focus upon application, with real world scenarios, underpinned with academic rigour, and can lead to nationally recognised Leadership and Management qualifications, up to MBA Level.

Our first level courses are the University Certificate in Developing Team Leaders and the University Diploma in Leadership and Management (UDLM). The UDLM is a part-time programme that can be completed over 30 weeks, through flexible, blended delivery combining interactive face-to-face workshops with on-line support. The UDLM is designed to help you develop leadership and management competences, and is recognized by the CMI as a progression route beyond their Level 5 Management and Leadership award/Certificate.

The next level allows the opportunity to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership & Management, and Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership & Management.

The next level offers the opportunity to achieve an MBA in Executive Leadership & Management  Our MBA, either full-time or part time is designed to combine the reality of industry with robust academic thinking to enhance both your own career and the strategies, operations and performance of your entire business. Because our MBA builds upon the UDLM and the PG qualifications, at the end of each year of the MBA, delegates can update their CV with a qualification as they progress through the course.

The UDLM consists of 3 modules (approx. 6 days), the PG Cert consists of 6 modules (approx. 12 days), the PG Diploma consists of 12 modules (approx. 24 days), and the MBA consists of 18 modules (36 days). The modules completed for each qualification can count towards the next level qualification (e.g. once the UDLM is completed, there are only 3 more modules to complete to achieve the PG Cert.)

Read what delegates have said about our Leading to Excellence programme.

Postgraduate courses

In addition to our professional courses, we also offer a range of Postgraduate courses relating to leadership and development:

Looking for courses in other subject areas? See our full list of professional and postgraduate courses.

Bespoke courses, research and consultancy

Do you have a particular area in which you would like to develop your people? Let us work with you to develop a bespoke course, allowing your people to develop the specific skills they need and perhaps receive an executive qualification. Is there something you would like to research? Let us conduct a bespoke research project for you to help you gain objective insights and develop practical solutions to your business issues. Maybe you would like some expert advice? Our experts in the Business School also offer consultancy to help you make the best decisions for your business.

Unique areas of specialism

We have unique practical expertise in areas including coaching and training (Dr Rebecca Jones), psychopathy in the workplace (Dr Holly Andrews), and change management (Dr Mark Loon). Within WBS, we have also developed two psychometric tests; the Time Personality Indicator and the Career Competency Indicator which can be used to profile your people and identify effective development solutions. Find out more about these tests. We have a research group dedicated to Careers and Leadership Development.