Understanding Leadership and Management

Module overview

  • What is leadership? What is management?
  • Leadership and management: current debates and issues in relation to challenges of own role
  • Social and ethical challenges for management and leadership in changing organisational contexts; managing with integrity
  • Organisation culture, values, power – impact on expectations and behaviours of leadership and management
  • Understanding your own leadership style, behaviours, habits
  • Evaluating your own strengths and development needs in the context of management and leadership
  • Developing authentic leadership effectiveness – aligning your approach to fit with organisational current and future needs

On completion of the course you will understand different perceptions of effective leadership and management and be able to examine the effectiveness of leadership and management in the context of your own organisation.  You will be able to devise a strategy for your own personal leadership development to help you to address the current challenges of your role.

Duration, attendance and delivery

You will start with 2 full day interactive workshops usually in weeks 1 and 4.  There will also be a mix of on-line, flexible, facilitated learning and some self-study. 1-1 tutorials are available to support you to meet the assessment requirements.

The module will last approximately 10 weeks.  Notionally a 10-credit module means an average of around 100 learning hours; this includes attendance at workshops, tutorials, self-study, reflection, learning and application at work as well as completing activities and assessments. 

We also provide support with study skills for those who are new to study at this level or who may not have studied for some time.


At the end of the module you will undertake an assessment.  This is a work based assessment rather than just a theory based essay.   Typically you will be required to apply what you have learnt to your practice, evaluating concepts for their applicability and usefulness.

The assessment format may be a written exercise, in-class presentation, project report or another appropriate method.  To give you an indication, a written piece would be around 2000 words in length.

Entry requirements

You will need to be in a work role (paid or unpaid) which allows you the scope to put the concepts learned into practice.  There are no formal qualification requirements for entry; we assess suitability on each individual application.  Please contact us if you would like further details of our admissions policy.