MA / PGDip Reflective Leadership and Management

Year of entry

This course aims to support and develop leaders and managers with a particular emphasis on critical reflection in practice.

The course is aimed at leaders and managers working across a range of disciplines including work with children, young people and families, targeted services, information advice and guidance, formal education settings, social care and social pedagogy.

The course is able to offer a broad and flexible curriculum which builds on areas of expertise in the areas of strategic leadership and management, professional studies in supervision, operational leadership and management, psychology in leadership and management, continuing professional development and coaching and mentoring.

The MA Reflective Leadership and Management also offers opportunities to develop your own areas of interest through the completion of a dissertation.

The course is ideal for people who:

  • are interested in cultivating leadership and management which is just, open and enhancing of human flourishing;
  • wish to be able to critically explore and deconstruct a range of theories in relation to a reflective practice within the context of professional practice;
  • wish to analyse the beliefs and practices reflective of the diverse social, cultural, religious and political dimensions of youth and community work and adjacent fields;
  • are interested in fostering a continuing enthusiasm for, and a commitment to, lifelong learning and professional development.

The full MA is delivered in two parts, PG Dip and MA. Some modules form part of both MA Youth Work Community Learning and Development and others are taught separately. The course is offered as a part time taught programme over two years.

Postgraduate Diploma

Professional Studies in Supervision – This module aims to develop your ability to critically explore and deconstruct a range of theories in relation to supervision practice; analyse the beliefs and practices reflective of the diverse social, cultural, religious and political dimensions of supervision practice and foster in students a continuing enthusiasm for, and a commitment to, lifelong learning and professional development.

The module also confers professional supervisor status, endorsed by CLD Scotland.

Psychology of Leadership and Management - This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding around the use, impact and purpose of psychology in management and leadership. The module will examine the relationship and difference between leadership and management from a psychological perspective.

This will provide the means for in-depth analysis of the foundations of management and leadership practice. This will facilitate exploration of the potential and actual role of psychology in supporting practice.

Operational Leadership and Management - The aims of the module are to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to become effective leaders and managers whose practice is informed by the ideas, theories and values explored in other areas of the programme. You will be expected to develop a critical understanding of principle-centred leadership, the learning organisation, leading and managing teams, developing staff, management and diversity and working with conflict.

This module will also provide support and guidance for students to conduct a piece of independent research within their organisational context and will build their skills as organisational ‘internal consultants’.

Strategic leadership and management - the aims of the module are to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to become effective managers.  It will build on your current, and in some cases, post-qualification experiences to provide a springboard for enhanced strategic management and leadership practice and the ability to adapt to and influence a changing context. 

You will develop a critical understanding of organisational development and culture, managing change, leadership and human resources, youth work management in context and financial management.

Continuing Professional Development - this independent unit of study aims to enhance your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).  Based around Kolb’s learning cycle you will use an experiential learning approach to locate your learning experience within the context of CPD. 

Drawing on professional experiences in the field of youth work community learning and development and adjacent fields you will be expected to be able to name and evidence your continuing professional development.

Coaching and Mentoring - This module gives an overview of mentoring and coaching theories, which seek to explore how the two roles use shared and distinctive approaches. You will examine the potential for developing a mentor-coach interdisciplinary approach within the workplace setting. 

This will provide you with the means for in-depth analysis of the foundations of coaching and mentoring practice, based on client or employee needs.  

MA

Dissertation -  this module aims to expand your understanding of the theory, practices and principles of research and help prepare you for the work undertaken in the dissertation.  

Having studied at a postgraduate level, you will be equipped to manage and lead strategic and sustainable change in the contexts in which you work.

As a critically reflective leader/manager you will be able to use your enhanced knowledge and skills to contribute to and lead on current practice debates through engagement with current concepts and reflection on practice.

In short, the MA/PGDip Reflective Leadership and Management offers a preparation for a wide range of enhanced career opportunities.

Fees

2017/18 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time to be confirmed **to be confirmed
Part-time to be confirmed  to be confirmed

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

**Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Email registry@ymca.ac.uk or 020 7540 4900/02.

YMCA George Williams College
199 Freemasons Road
Canning Town
London
E16 3py

www.ymca.ac.uk

Students tell us that studying this course has changed them; that they are encouraged to think, question, and develop their thirst for understanding. If you are someone who is open to learning and change, someone who is committed to growing communities and changing lives – then this could be the course for you.

Fact file

Length

  • Indefinite

Entry requirements

  • The College is looking for people who possess certain knowledge, skills and attitudes.

    You should normally be able to demonstrate:

  • a willingness to reflect critically upon your experience and learn from it
  • the capacity to participate in the learning processes of the programme
  • the ability to work constructively with the experiences of others
  • an informed commitment to work for equal opportunities and justice for all
  • the ability to manage different aspects of their lives
  • the ability to communicate with others both face-to-face and in writing.
  • In addition to these requirements, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • the ability to study and practice at postgraduate level. This will normally be demonstrated through the possession of a first degree (2.2 or above);
  • demonstrate that you are working in an appropriate practice setting as a leader/manager
  • A satisfactory current DBS check with enhanced disclosure will be required for all students on the programme.

Location

School

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