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Leadership and Management: Homelessness and Housing PgCert


This programme develops key leadership and management skills for current managers and future leaders of organisations in the homelessness sector.

Leadership training - mangers in homeless and housing sector

The course was developed by the University's School of Business School in collaboration with the London Housing Foundation (LHF), who are sponsoring the course. LHF may consider sponsoring applicants from relevant areas of the public sector as well as the third/voluntary sector.

The course is primarily designed for appropriately experience and qualified staff in the homelessness and allied sectors. The course also enables you to make a study visit to a similar sector in another country through the support of the London Housing Foundation.

The course will run throughout 2017 on a part-time basis.  There'll be an  initial residential from Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 January followed by a combination of weekly attendance (9 weeks) each Thursday afternoon and three two-day blocks (Thursdays and Fridays) during each Semester.

“I may have underestimated the work involved in the course but I cannot undervalue the amount of learning I will take away from the Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership in Housing and Homelessness: from tutors, coursework and other students. As well as helping me personally it has given me a new perspective on a range of issues that will improve how I lead my organisation for the benefit of the communities we serve. I would wholeheartedly recommend the course to new and seasoned managers."  Recent graduate

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
1 year
Start Date
Southwark Campus



Leadership and Management (20 Credits)

This module covers different concepts of leadership and management focusing on what might be considered the more appropriate styles in the homelessness and housing context.  There'll be opportunities to evaluate your own individual and organisational competences and for skill development using in-depth reflections.


100% coursework but with two elements as follows: 

  • Element 1 (40% weighting) – two examples of high level reflections of your leadership or managerial  performance
  • Element 2 (60% weighting) – an individual written assignment applying relevant theoretical concepts to your organisation.

Introduction to Accounting (10 credits)

This module provides you with a knowledge of basic concepts and practices in accounting, an understanding of accounting requirements in third sector organisations and an appreciation of good practice in financial reporting.


100% coursework based on a case study.

Third Sector Organisational Development (20 Credits)

This module explores theories, techniques and knowledge in the area of Organisational Behaviour and People Management relevant to homelessness and housing organisations.


100% Coursework but with two elements:

  • Element 1: (80% weighting) assignment based in students’ own organisation 
  • Element 2:  (20% weighting) individual presentation on recommendations from element 1.

Governance (10 Credits)

This module enables managers, of third sector and other civil society organisations, to reflect on and understand the role of governance in ensuring accountability within their organisations.


100% coursework: individual presentation on a governance scenario using digital story book.

The weighted pass mark across the modules 50%.  Where there are multiple assessments, a 40% minimum pass on each element is a necessary condition of an overall pass. It's necessary to pass all the modules to be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate.


Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.



Peter Maple, MBA

School/Division: Business / Management, Marketing and People
Job title: Lecturer, Charity Management

An expert in fundraising and philanthropy, Peter has 20 years' experience as a successful fundraising manager and fundraising director in a variety of charities including: the YMCA, Arthritis Care, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Brooke Hospital and Crisis UK.

Dr Jan Rae

School/Division: Business / Management, Marketing and People
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Jan Rae is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management. She is also Course Director for the part-time Postgraduate Diploma and Master’s programmes in Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development.


Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

  • A degree or equivalent qualification together with appropriate senior work experience in a relevant setting, or
  • A professional qualification together with appropriate senior work experience in a relevant setting, or
  • Relevant  senior sector experience , recognised as enabling the applicant to join a course at this level.

The relevance of an applicant’s experience would normally be discussed at  interview.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
1 year
Start date
Application code
Application method
See below

Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

Fees and funding

The London Housing Foundation (LHF) pays a flat fee to LSBU for each cohort.  Applicants should therefore approach the LHF to enquire about possible sponsorship.

LHF would expect each employing organisation to reimburse them for 50% of the cost of each participant.  There are no traditional course fees for individual applicants to pay.


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Prepare to start

Attendance at an initial residential from Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 January 2017 at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park.  (Paid for by London Housing Federation)

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