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Systems Change - Collaborative Communities

Postgraduate Certificate
12 months
3750 GBP/year
3750 GBP/year
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This Systems Change - Collaborative Communities programme at London South Bank University 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.

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People making a real difference in communities may have a history of volunteering or have a more explicit role as a community champion. This Systems Change - Collaborative Communities programme at London South Bank University 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.


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Innovating in Collaborative Systems
  • Core Concepts of Quality
  • Leading Collaborative Change Programmes

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

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60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3750 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3750 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.


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Systems Change - Collaborative Communities
London South Bank University