The Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership (PGCERT) has been developed specifically for professional athletes and servicepeople by our Head of Education Carole Davies and her academy team and is a qualification unique to FUTURESMART. It makes it the perfect entry point to a Master’s degree for servicepeople and athletes without undergraduate qualifications. The PGCERT is a very valuable starting point to develop your critical, analytical, management, communication, problem solving and writing skills needed at Masters level.
It will teach you the academic skills required at post-graduate level, and is centred on the subject of leadership, with which you will already have been involved, and have formed opinions of, over the years in your first professional career. On completion of the PGCERT you will feel more comfortable working at post-graduate level, which will set you up to succeed in the next programme.
OUTLINE AND PURPOSE
There are 3 modules, which will teach you the academic skills required to work at this level. On completion, you will reflect on your learning and your portfolio will be submitted to your chosen university demonstrating your learning and ability to work at Masters level.
• This involves a review of literature relating to an area of leadership that interests you. It allows you to explore what others have written about the subject. You will need, with the help of your tutor, to hone down on key points, and criticise others’ opinions where appropriate. Your experience of leadership will help you to critically evaluate the literature using this new knowledge.
• Assessment: 3,500-word reflective review of the literature, which critically examines the concept of leadership.
• Is the design of a short research project. This is an academic yet practical investigation that teaches you some of the technicalities and ethics of research. The type of “research” involved usually entails gathering, synthesizing and evaluating information from other people’s perspectives. It can be based within your present working environment, and will need to answer a question that interests you, or might be relevant to your place of work. It is not complicated.
• Assessment: A 4,000-word account of how you will go about your project, with discussion of your methods and limitations.
• For this final section you would need to undertake the small-scale study identified in Module 2, analyse the data and present the findings to a small group of interested people using a poster to support your presentation. Following the presentation you will reflect on the impact these 3 modules have had on your development.
• Assessment: Completion and presentation of project. Following this you will develop a 1,500-word reflective essay on your CPD development.
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