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Catholic School Leadership modes of study

Full distance learning

If you are happy to work independently an join an online learning community - supported by a designated tutor - this may be the mode for you.

The full distance learning programme is available throughout the UK. Colleagues based in Catholic schools overseas are also welcome to apply.

You will study two 30 credit modules per year, selecting from one of three possible start dates (October, February and June).

Our highly regarded hard copy course materials will be posted to you and you will be enrolled within MyModules and invited to engage in online learning activities and discussions with fellow learners within the virtual learning environment (VLE).


Semi-distance learning

This mode of study combines independent learning with attendance at four Saturday Schools per year (two per module) held on our South West London campus. 

In previous years we have had students travel a considerable distance to attend these seminars - York, Birmingham and even flying from Northern Ireland and Jersey.

After meeting your colleagues face-to-face at the first Saturday School you work independently, joining in discussions and sharing ideas on our MyModules learning platform.


Centre-based courses

We teach the MA in Catholic School Leadership in a number of regional centres, making access to the course easier for busy school leaders.

By blending monthly evening taught seminars - mixing input with lively discussion - with independent and online learning, you can more easily fit the course in with the professional demands of your work.

You will take one module with four seminars in each half of the school year. All the centres have excellent facilities.

Current centres
  • Holy Cross College, Bury, Lancashire

  • St David's College, Cardiff

  • Christ the King College, Lewisham

  • Ursuline Convent High School, Brentwood

  • St Peter’s Catholic School, Guildford

  • St Mary's School, Cambridge

Setting up a centre

If you are a headteacher/principal, who would like to consider basing a course in your school or college and believe you can attract a group of 10 to 12 from you own community and neighbouring Catholic schools please contact john.lydon@stmarys.ac.uk.


Full-time tutor supported study

It's possible to study for the MA in Catholic School Leadership full time. Full time students work to complete the course in one academic year attending regular evening tutorials.