PgCert Leadership and Management: Homelessness and Housing

Southwark Campus

Mode: Part-time

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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 LSBU 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.

“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 examines the different concepts of leadership and management focussing on what might be considered the more appropriate styles in the homelessness and housing context.  It includes value-based leadership and change management. There are 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.

Finance for Non-Finance Managers (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. It introduces key elements of project accounting, including an understanding of basic costing approaches as well as understanding the theory and basis of management accounting, including budgeting and reporting.


100% coursework based on a case study.

Organisational Development (20 Credits)

This module provides an overview of theories, techniques and knowledge in the area of Organisational Behaviour and People Management. It adopts a critical and comparative perspective of the issues and implications which relate to managing people in homelessness and housing organisations. Underpined by Organisational Behaviour, Management and HRM research, the module aims to help students develop an understanding of people management issues in relation to working with both paid or unpaid staff. There will be ample scope to analyse your own organisation's practices in light of the theory.


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, Risk and Ethics (10 Credits)

This module enables participants to reflect on and understand the role of governance in ensuring accountability within their organisations. This module introduces concepts and theories of governance together with practical tools to facilitate and enable appropriate accountability.


100% coursework: individual written assignment based on a Case Study.

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

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.

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

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
1 year
Start date
Application code
Application method

Postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system. 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.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 516 KB).


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

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.

Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.

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.

International applicants should use our international application system. Full details can be found on our How to apply section for international students.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 516 KB).

Considering your application

Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

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)

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.


Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

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.

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 201 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.

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