The National Professional Qualifications (NPQ)

The University of Wolverhampton NPQs brings together the Institute of Education’s high-quality teacher education with some of the highest quality and most inspiring serving school leaders in our partnership. Our programme offers nationally recognised leadership qualifications at four levels, middle, senior, aspiring head teacher and executive leadership. The approach is a blend of face to face, workplace and online learning to maximise accessibility.

These programmes support you to lead a team, develop leadership skills across a school, enhance your strategic management capabilities, improve the quality of educational provision and managing resources to achieve your leadership goals. You will study alongside aspiring and serving leaders from across the region. If you wish, we are always happy to work with you to accredit your learning through our Masters programme in a way which suits you.

It is widely recognised that effective leadership creates the right conditions for all pupils to achieve. These new qualifications will secure better outcomes for all learners, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

These qualifications relate to leadership at different levels, and they are broken down into Middle Leadership, Senior Leadership, Headship and Executive Leadership. They are designed to be a clear pathway of progression through to Executive Leadership, helping to grow individuals and support school improvement.

The Middle Leadership, Senior Leadership, Headship qualifications are delivered in the West Midlands and the Executive Leadership qualifications are delivered nationally.

National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)
National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)
National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)
National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

By choosing to study for your NPQ in leadership with us, you will have access to placements in our wide range of partners where you can gain experience of leadership.

All NPQs are designed to last 12 months with an option to extend to 18 months, if necessary.

If you have any questions about the programme, you can contact us by email Please include your full name and NPQ course title in the subject line. Alternatively you can speak to us on 01902 322882.

Application form

NPQ Application V3. (PDF 801K, Downloads file)

Once it has been submitted we aim to process them within a 14 day period and applicants will be contacted via email to inform them as to whether they have been successful.

National Professional Qualification (NPQ) Flyer (PDF 133K, Downloads file)