Systems Change: Collaborative Communities PGCert

Southwark Campus

Mode: Part-time

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Addressing emerging needs

This programme draws on the experience of people who are securing change in communities through collaborative methods and relationships. Those who do this from an institutional perspective usually recognise this as a leadership role, but in communities the language of leadership is often alien.

Systems Change: Collaborative Communities PGCert

People making a real difference in communities may have a history of volunteering or have a more explicit role as a community champion. This course is aimed at people coming from both perspectives. It is aimed at leaders from both community and citizen leadership backgrounds, as well as professionals.

We expect this course to particularly appeal to people working in primary and community health settings. It addresses the emerging need for new knowledge and practice in effecting change in collaborative health and care systems.

Why Systems Change: Collaborative Communities at LSBU?

This innovative degree offers both face–to-face and blended learning experiences.
Working in partnership with the LSBU People's Academy, our learning approach models the skills and behaviours required by collaborative leaders.
The highly participative nature of workshops and groups enables students to experience collaborative leadership and peer learning.

PGCert Systems Change

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


Innovating in Collaborative Systems

This module equips people effecting change in communities (who may or may not identify themselves as leaders) with the key theory and practices of innovating in systems in order to:

  • Understand the generators to systemic challenges and the context for how communities and institutions respond to these generators.
  • Develop personal resilience in the context of the power dynamics and cultural differences in systems
  • Develop skills in collaborative inquiry and systems innovation.

Core Concepts of Quality

This module aims to:

  • Develop student’s ability to understand and critically appraise the range of quality approaches
  • Develop skills in application of those approaches to quality projects in the NHS and Social Care for better patient outcomes.

Leading Collaborative Change Programmes

This module provides a substantial focus on the integration of learning across the PGCert modules, alongside new skills in complex systems change.

You'll come to the programme to support a significant piece of local change work and be taken through the phases of discovery and generating focus, designing a change process, implementing change and evaluating the impact of the change.


The context for leading social change is rapidly changing. The world of leadership is moving from a rational, deterministic approach, with expertise at the top and market-driven solutions, to a collaborative and networked future, where knowledge is distrusted and progress requires a relational approach.

In this emerging context, leaders focus on the collective rather than the individual, using evidence to inform decision-making, securing collective responsibility against a shared purpose, and taking an asset-based approach to emergent change. These leaders work as collaborators and partners, leading highly autonomous accountable teams that develop emergent responses to complex environments.

Students on the PGCert Systems Change are able to progress onto the Master Leading Social Change

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.

All members of LSBU's Health Systems Innovation Lab work on organisational change programmes in health and social care, alongside research and teaching. Many of our staff are also practising clinicians. We provide the London Primary Care Quality Academy, which is leading the development of Primary Care across the NHS.

Teaching and learning

The programme utilises the following approaches and strategies for learning:

  1. Presentation of useful theory and exploration of its utility through adult learning methodologies
  2. Immersion –visits into other organisations and communities to explore coproduction in different environments
  3. Myers Briggs Type Indicator as a way of understanding diversity
  4. Leadership Inquiry – interviews with senior professional and citizen leaders in health and social care as a group and individually
  5. Co-consulting – one to one consultation sessions with Faculty on the design of the projects
  6. Action Learning Sets – for the application ideas into practice and into the student’s wider work.
  7. Practice Workshops to develop leadership skills
  8. Interviews with stakeholders for the projects, to be reviewed in the Action Learning Sets.
  9. Designing and leading a change project in their local context.
  10. Assessments of understanding through assignments to evaluate innovation in health and social care, and evaluating coproduction projects, through presentations and group review and through a full project report and reflection

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:2 first degree/Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in a relevant subject area.


  • Relevant previous professional/ leadership or ‘expert by experience’ experience will also be considered. If applicants do not have the prior qualifications, then they must have at least 4 years in a relevant leadership role.

Applicants will be assessed on their personal statement as well as the entry qualifications.

We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5, Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

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PgCert Systems Change: Collaborative Communities (PT) - Year 1 PT Southwark APR

The fee shown is for entry 2021/22
UK fee: £3855International fee: £4966.67
AOS/LSBU code: 5479Session code: 1PS01

PgCert Systems Change: Collaborative Communities (PT) - Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2021/22
UK fee: £3855International fee: £4966.67
AOS/LSBU code: 5479Session code: 1PS00

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