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Action Learning Facilitation (PGCert)

Course Description

Most businesses and organisations rely heavily on teamwork to achieve a shared successful outcome, but what if these teams are not working together to the best of their ability. As an action learning facilitator you can help groups of people work together more effectively and engage in a positive way to achieve their mutual goals. This course - the first of its kind in the UK - will allow you to gain a greater understanding of how people work and learn together by tackling issues and reflecting on their actions.

You will develop the skills to run meetings between small groups to reflect on and review steps that need taking - known as action learning sets. By laying down ground rules for leaders and managers working together, you will help people question, listen and reflect, and find solutions to real work problems through group discussion.

You will enhance your people awareness skills as you learn to dig deeper into team-working and become effective at facilitating and directing groups to achieve meaningful change, improve effectiveness and boost productivity within an organisation.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/actionlearningfacilitation

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


This course provides the stimulus to apply new ideas and strategies across a wide variety of industries both nationally and globally, giving you the skills to develop your career as a leading facilitator and move your professional practice to a higher level.

Alternatively, if you are working independently, opportunities may arise for you to move into consultancy work and support others in moving their businesses forward.

- Action Learning Facilitator
- Business Development Coach
- Project Manager
- Leadership Development Consultant

Careers advice:
Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

View the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Action learning facilitation has been proven to enhance capability within organisations by focussing on teamwork leadership. Whether you're a coach, consultant, project manager, or working in HR or general management, this course enables you to develop your network, share ideas and learn from the practical experiences of other like-minded leaders, allowing you to apply your new skills in the workplace.

You will be guided through your studies by leading action learning academics Professor Mike Pedler and Christine Abbott, who both have more than 30 years management and organisation development experience.

At Leeds Business School we're dedicated to supporting your professional development - that's why we offer a guest lecture programme. Past speakers include the CEO of the London Stock Exchange, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, past Chair and President of the Academy of Marketing, Chief Executive of the British Bankers Association, the Chief Economist of Yorkshire Bank and the Editor of Cosmopolitan. To see our full programme and to register for a lecture click here (http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/guestspeakers).

Nick Beech

Principal Lecturer

"Directing selected masters and professional executive programmes has given me a greater understanding of how to convert management theory into effective working practice. My research and passion is in studying boardroom power and effectiveness. This allows me to help individuals to chart the right career progression routes, and help shape the leaders of tomorrow."

A former Infantry Major, and current sports coach and mountain leader, Nick has a diverse range of practical experience in leadership. He specialises in boardroom development, leadership and executive coaching.


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Action Learning Facilitation (PGCert) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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