PG Cert
Safeguarding: Leading Safer Organisations

Key Information


9 months

Typical Offer

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Course Overview

The safeguarding of children, young people, and adults at risk of harm, protects them from neglect, abuse or harm. The PG Cert Safeguarding: Leading Safer Organisations is aimed at leaders in medium-to-large organisations in the third sector who interact with this demographic as a business.

The course aims to help leaders develop and implement the skills needed to introduce safe practices and cultures that seek to protect those who are at risk, as well as equip businesses with the processes to protect against allegations, should they occur.

The University of Lincoln has developed this course in collaboration with a range of key organisations including the Church of England, the Methodist Church of Great Britain, The Princes Trust, Save the Children, ActionAid International, and Lincolnshire County Council.

Why Choose Lincoln


Opportunities to explore safeguarding and leadership applied to their context

Opportunities to hear from subject matter experts, guest speakers, and industry leaders

Course is developed in collaboration with key organisations including the Church of England and The Prince's Trust

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How You Study

This part-time programme will be delivered through a mix of blended learning online with facilitated discussions between students and academic members of staff, as well as larger groups.

After an initial two-day induction, online sessions will be delivered for half a day per week during the academic year. All learning is online and will take place in the form of practical, evidence-based application of concepts in the workplace, with academic support throughout.


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Leadership and Safeguarding in an Organisational Context 2024-25HEP9008MLevel 72024-25This module seeks to build on students' understanding of safeguarding concepts. The focus is to consider organisational contexts and leadership and aims to help senior leaders develop a systematic understanding and knowledge of safeguarding processes as applied to their leadership approach and their organisation.CoreSafeguarding for Senior Leaders 2024-25HEP9009MLevel 72024-25This module explores key safeguarding concepts including ethics, policies and processes for children, young people and at risk adults in order to understand the impact on people who are affected by them.Core

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. In addition to the information provided on this course page, our What You Need to Know page offers explanations on key topics including programme validation/revalidation, additional costs, contact hours, and our return to face-to-face teaching.

How you are assessed

A range of assessment approaches will be used during the course. All assessments are designed to be relevant to you within your workplace and it is planned learning will be enhanced by learner blogs (audio, video, and written), group work and learner led formative assessments to culminate in summative essays and presentations.

Career Development

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future. It can help you to further or completely change your career, develop your knowledge, enhance your salary, or even prepare you to start your own business. Postgraduate students at the University of Lincoln benefit from inspirational teaching combined with high-quality facilities and learning spaces, great industry links, and unique research opportunities, all of which are designed to help you stand out from the crowd and make the most of your time with us. 

Why Postgraduate Study?

How to Apply

Postgraduate Application Support

Applying for a postgraduate programme at Lincoln is easy. Find out more about the application process and what you'll need to complete on our How to Apply page. Here, you'll also be able to find out more about the entry requirements we accept and how to contact us for dedicated support during the process.

How to Apply
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Entry Requirements 2024-25

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be completing or about to complete a recognised undergraduate degree with honours or postgraduate degree (or equivalent qualification) from an accredited college, institution or university, equivalent to or higher than a UK Bachelor of Honours degree qualification.

If you do not hold a recognised or ordinary degree, you must be able to demonstrate extensive experience of leading complex organisations. The course team will discuss any learning needs you may have to enter this level of study.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you will need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept IELTS 6.5 or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not have an English language qualification we will also consider applications with the following on a case by case basis:
- A degree qualification taught in English
- Evidence that you work in a company where English is the first language.


Eligible applicants will be required to participate in an interview with the programme team. During the interview, you will have the opportunity to discuss the rationale for applying for the course and also mention any learning requirements you might have.

Depending on applicants' individual needs, interviews can be conducted online or in person at the University's Brayford Pool Campus. 

Interview Support

Some of our postgraduate courses may require you to attend an interview before we can make you an offer to study with us. To support you with preparation, our expert Careers Service is delivering a Postgraduate Interview Advice Webinar on Tuesday 19 March which will provide you with an overview of our interview process, as well as helpful advice.

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Course Fees

You will need to have funding in place for your studies before you arrive at the University. Our fees vary depending on the course, mode of study, and whether you are a UK or international student. You can view the breakdown of fees for this programme below.

Course Fees

The University offers a range of merit-based, subject-specific, and country-focused scholarships for UK and international students. To help support students from outside of the UK, we offer a number of international scholarships which range from £1,000 up to the value of 50 per cent of tuition fees. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Funding Your Study

Postgraduate Funding Options

Find out more about the optional available to support your postgraduate study, from Master's Loans to scholarship opportunities. You can also find out more about how to pay your fees and access support from our helpful advisors.

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Academic Contact

For more information about this course, please contact the Programme Leader.

Sarah Lepley


Postgraduate Events

To get a real feel for what it is like to study at the University of Lincoln, we hold a number of dedicated postgraduate events and activities throughout the year for you to take part in.

Upcoming Postgraduate Events
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MSc Safeguarding: Leading Safer Organisations

The University also offers an MSc Safeguarding: Leading Safer Organisations, which runs part-time over three years. 

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.