Educational Leadership and Management

What you will study

Part I: Core Modules

    1. Traditional and alternative paths to further education
    2. Models and theories of learning, teaching and educational leadership
    3. Vision, values and action in educational leadership
    4. The cultural dimension of educational leadership
    5. Leadership styles and organisational cultures
    6. The expanded role of educational leaders 
    7. Roles and responsibilities in managing the curriculum, learning process and learning environment
    8. Contemporary practices in human resource management in education
    9. Leadership preparation as a moral obligation that makes a difference
    10. Leadership development programmes and processes
    11. Developing a collaborative culture
    12. Collaborative models of teacher development: lesson observation, coaching, mentoring and counselling
    13. Managing business operations in further education: marketing, advertising, sales and finance
    14. Strategic leadership in educational settings: managing strategic planning and change for effective learning and teaching
    15. Integrating technology-enhanced solutions into the learning, teaching and business management processes
    16. Managing library and information services in further education
    17. Dilemmas in educational leadership and management
    18. Conducting a small-scale research project on educational management theory and practices

Part II: Optional Courses

To complete your qualification, you will be able to select any two optional courses* that suit your professional needs and research interests most. You can consult our A to Z course list to select any 2-week to 6-month courses that you can study for the purpose of your educational management research.

* The optional courses are free if taken as part of this qualification. You will be sent details about registration for the optional courses after you start your studies with us. 

Key features of the course

    • Flexibility to suit your needs – allowing you to study anytime, anywhere
    • An emphasis on personal and professional development through independent learning
    • Relevance of topics and practical examples to the context of your own professional practice
    • Guided independent study, directed research and reading as well as tutor-marked assignments, including a portfolio of evidence and final report, to reinforce learning
    • Advanced diploma from London School of Finance and Law upon course completion

This non-credit advanced diploma is intended for teaching practitioners, prospective teachers and teacher educators who want to gain general knowledge, learn a new skill, upgrade existing skills or develop personal interests in subjects related to leadership and management in professional education.

This course can be taken alongside your professional studies elsewhere or as part of your informal career development programme. It will be of particular value to educators teaching business management, finance, tax law and professional English in further education establishments or delivering continuing professional development courses to tax, accounting and finance practitioners.

You will be encouraged to relate the content of the module to your own professional experiences. Therefore, you will need access to formal or informal educational settings to apply the ideas in practice and carry out observations. Non-teachers will be asked to look back on their experience as students.


The Advanced Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management is awarded by London School of Finance and Law to educators as proof of their continuing professional development.

You will also be awarded certificates of completion for the optional courses you will take as part of this qualification.

Learning outcomes

    • Knowledge and understanding of core subject areas
    • Independent and critical thinking
    • Problem-solving and reasoning
    • Practical and professional skills
    • Data handling, analytical skills and overall research literacy
    • Communication, team working and time management skills

Career relevance

    • Professional training
    • Further education
    • Educational management
    • Management consultancy
    • Government offices and NGOs
    • Coaching, mentoring and counselling in finance, tax advisory and business management
    • English for Specific Purpose (ESP) teaching

Study method

Online learning with tutor guidance and support

How long it takes

12 months (576 hours)

You need to be able to spend approximately 12 hours per week on studying this module.

Teaching and assessment

A tutor will guide you throughout the study process and mark and comment on your written work. You and your tutor will primarily communicate with each other through email.

The course work includes tutor-marked assignments and end-of-module assessment. The end-of-module assessment will include a portfolio of evidence systematically produced and collected during the course as well as a 20-30 page report on a topic of interest within the realm of educational management theory and practices.

You must use the online VLE-system to submit your tutor-marked assignments and end-of-module assessment.

The Pass mark for the module is 50%. Upon successful completion, students are awarded an advanced diploma from London School of Finance and Law.

Study materials

All study materials are provided on the module website.

Microsoft Office presentations and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of study material are available.

A computer with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Functionality may be limited on mobile or tablet devices.

If you have a disability or particular study requirements, please tell us as soon as possible.

Fees and funding

Course fees for the 2024/2025 academic year: £3,120

Course fees cover registration, course materials, tuition and assessment.

LSFL course fees depend on the level and duration of courses: check all tuition fee rates for the current academic year here.

You may be eligible for tuition funding.


Next term start date: 20 September 2024

The module website will be available to registered students three days in advance of the module start. Module sessions will be opened every week or every two weeks to enable tutor-led, gradual progression through the study materials and continuous assessment.

Course registration is open, but please be aware that due to the increased demand it may take us longer to respond than usual.

Registration closes 10 September 2024 (places subject to availability)

Registration for current students:


Registration for new students:

You have to register as an LSFL student to study this course.


Future availability

Educational Leadership and Management starts three times a year – in January, May and September.

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English language requirements

There is no formal requirement to prove your English language proficiency to study our courses. If English is not your native or second language, or you would like to improve specialist language skills necessary for your profession, you may complete one of our English language courses. A full range of LSFL English language courses can be viewed here.

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