Foundation Degree (FdA) in Community Leadership

This programme - developed by community leaders, for community leaders - is designed to give people working at grass roots level the tools they need to make change happen. You’ll develop skills in leadership, project development and management, and find out how to fund and effectively manage action groups, so your community can take control of its own regeneration. The idea is that everything you learn, you pass on to your peer groups through mentoring - a cascade effect that sustainably improves the community for everyone. You’ll graduate fully prepared to lead your community - and it’s the perfect stepping stone to a further Honours degree.

The programme is designed to enable students to become effective community leaders within various professional workplace situations. It follows a three stage learning process: theoretical perspectives, application of theory in practice, and reflection on application. The programme will engage the student in learning core skills in leadership and management, whilst also allowing them to explore concepts relating to community within a broader social and cultural context. You will also be eligible for awards from the ILM as part of your programme.

You will have opportunities to engage with communities on an international level through our strong links in Russia, Pakistan, Oman, and the USA. We organise a number of international visits per year.

BA(Hons) in Community Leadership

An academic qualification in community leadership provides an excellent and recognised foundation for a career in the field. The course is designed to prepare the student for community leadership roles within the third sector, the public sector, governance and politics, and also within an international context.

The course provides excellent opportunities for international, national, regional, and local networking and the development of personal social capital which will serve to effectively enhance employability prospects.

Underpinned by the philosophy of Paulo Freire, the BA (Hons) in Community Leadership Year 3 course focuses on core themes relating to community leadership, politics and governance, faith, gender, global society. By completing this unique programme, you will be eligible for the ILM Level 5 in Volunteer Management. You will have the opportunity to engage with the Global Community Exchange programme.

The course is designed to progress community activists, with an appropriate Foundation Degree or other Level 5 qualification, through to a BA (Hons) and is based upon the concept of a learning community, whereby you will come together to share experiences and best practice. It works on the belief that within the context of community leadership, individuals learn best from a peer led programme. The course is grounded in the educational philosophy of Paulo Freire, and uses action reflection praxis as a basis for learning, allowing you to take new theoretical concepts and critically challenge them within their own communities and within an international context.

MA in Community Leadership

The MA in Community Leadership is a unique course developed and inspired by individuals who work within communities as activists and change makers. The course is based upon the concept of a learning community, whereby learners come together to share experiences and best practice. It works on the belief that within the context of community leadership, individuals learn best from a peer led programme.

The course is grounded in the educational philosophy of Paulo Freire, and uses action reflection praxis as a basis for learning, allowing students to take new theoretical concepts and critically challenge them within their own communities. It also utilises and explores the management concepts of the community educator Mary Parker Follett (1868 to 1933); a woman recognised as ahead of her time in management science and whose ideas are hugely pertinent to the community sector today. The staff engaged in the delivery of the programme are all practitioners and internationally recognised in their fields. Their role is to share their knowledge on a peer to peer basis and support learners in developing new and innovative solutions to current issues.