FdA Professional Development (Business Leadership and Management)


Course Length:2 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2019, September 2020
Department:Business School
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Gain a work-related qualification designed, developed and supported by employers;
  • Easy access to learning, even if you’ve not considered higher education before, with flexible entry requirements and extensive support tailored to your individual needs;
  • Specifically devised for all non-teaching staff in schools and allows you to study without having to stop working.

This course will develop your existing skills and knowledge of working in schools to give you a qualification that will enhance your career prospects by providing a firm grounding in the theories, concepts and practical application of business leadership and management. It could help you to progress both within your working role and within education, potentially leading to further study and higher qualifications.

If you are currently working in a non-teaching role in a school and would like to further your professional and personal development on a course that allows you to study without having to stop working, this programme could be for you.

In Depth

What will I study?

In Year 1, you will be introduced to the concepts and theories of management and employee engagement, as well as the practical application of management skills. The process of leading and managing change will be examined, in addition basic elements of financial and data management.

In Year 2, you will analyse and examine leadership theories and styles, ethics and corporate social responsibility, marketing and commercial practice, and human resources strategy relating to employment law.

How will I study?

A combination of academic study and practical, work-based learning will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to succeed.

The programme is typically delivered in one session (afternoon and evening) a week, over ten-week blocks.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through a variety of methods, including coursework, group and individual presentations, production of materials etc.

Who will be teaching me?

All of our staff are passionate about student learning and development. The programme team includes researchers who publish widely and are also actively working with local and national businesses and international research groups on cutting edge management thinking.

A Great Study Environment

Students walk through the Business School, past a window overlooking a classroom.The stunning £8m Business and Law building provides state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities for students in the Business School and Department of Law and Criminology.

The three-storey building offers a 100-seat lecture theatre and modern seminar and meeting rooms. There are also social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning, in addition to an attractive roof garden and atrium.

Edge Hill Business School is home to a thriving research community, hosts a growing international partnership portfolio, and is a member of AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the world’s largest management education network.


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Year 1

CUG1184Developing Management in Action (30 credits)

Developing Management in Action introduces and supports basic management concepts and theories as well as the practical application of management skills for roles within settings and organisations.  You will examine approaches to, and theories of, management and have the opportunity to investigate the skills required for managing, evaluating, assessing and reflecting on the practical application of these skills in the workplace.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CUG1186Developing Employee Engagement (30 credits)

Developing Employee Engagement introduces and supports understanding of basic concepts and theories of employee engagement, as well as the practical application of this information. The module provides an understanding of the requirements and benefits of engaging employees to ensure commitment, motivation, drive and focus in the organisation with all employees at all levels.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

FFD1109Leading and Managing Change (30 credits)

Leading and Managing Change enables you to consider the agents for change. Through understanding the process, opportunities and challenges of change, you will develop the ability to anticipate and plan for change. Leaders and managers need an appreciation of the links between change, culture and diversity, and the ability to analyse key elements involved in the development of both individual and organisational performance. In this module you will study strategic intent, the need to anticipate change and reconfigure organisations as a result. It will cover resistance to change, how to be an effective agent for change and lead, manage and influence others through the process of change. The influence of human resource deployment in relation to change management will be explored. There will also be practical application relating to theory and principles of change management.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

FFD1110Finance and Data (30 credits)

Finance and Data addresses the basic elements of financial and data management including budgeting, profit and loss, and forward planning in terms of acquisitions. The module will cover control of working capital, audit and accounting. It will explore company systems and processes and the use of data. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the business processes and systems required to run a financially sustainable organisation. The sector is highly regulated and this module has been designed to ensure that business practices complement quality and link to regulations within the sector. The module is ideal for students that may not have come from a business background.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Year 2

CUG2030Leadership in Action (30 credits)

Leadership in Action examines and analyses leadership theories and styles and evaluates the practical application in the workplace. You will consider and understand the relevance and importance of strategy, strategic thought, building high performance teams and the roles of the coach and mentor.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CUG2031Culture, Values and Ethics in Action (30 credits)

Culture, Values and Ethics in Action examines and explains the environmental, social and governance principles of corporate social responsibility. You will consider the concepts of culture, values and ethics within an organisation and make links with professional roles and practice.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

FFD2109Developing Commercial Awareness (30 credits)

Developing Commercial Awareness examines approaches and theories relating to marketing and commercial practice. You will gain an understanding of the area, the sectors in which it works and discover how to maintain a competitive edge. Opportunities for companies to maximise and maintain their existing share of the market will be explored with additional strategies to promote the educational setting or organisation also considered. As the market for organisations and settings changes due to internal and external factors in the economy, educational settings and organisations need to be aware of commercial aspects and how to build a unique identity within a competitive market. This module explores the impact of both external and internal factors in order to build sustainability and longevity.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

FFD2110Legislation and the Law in Organisations (30 credits)

Legislation and the Law in Organisations examines and analyses human resources strategy and legal issues relating to employment law and considers its practical application in the workplace. The module will cover human resources processes and procedures, examining equality, diversity, bullying and harassment, grievance and disciplinary procedure, performance issues and the employment tribunal process. The module is designed to give an introduction to human resources issues within settings and organisations. It is designed to enhance and extend your understanding of the importance of policy and practice, for recruitment and selection and succession planning. Legislation relating to employers and employees including health and safety and equality will be addressed and the importance of consistency of approaches will be considered.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.


You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is relevant experience of work (typically six months) within a school or similar setting either as a volunteer or through employment. It is desirable that applicants have the equivalent of a Level 3 qualification but this is not essential.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

This course will give you a recognised qualification that confirms you have the skills and knowledge that employers in your career sector want and fits in with the Government’s strategy for developing the wider children’s educational workforce and leading and managing change within your own organisation or education setting.


Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this foundation degree in academic year 2019/20, the tuition fee will be £51 per credit, i.e. £1,530 per 30 credit module. 240 credits are required to complete a conversion degree.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this foundation degree in academic year 2020/21, tuition fees are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this conversion degree in academic year 2019/20 can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2019/20, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2019/20 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2019pt.

Financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2020/21 are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.


How to Apply

If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at www.edgehill.ac.uk/apply-part-time.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/bookanopenday.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective undergraduate students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradevents.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

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Course Changes

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