Diploma Of Professional Development (DPD) in Leadership

Leadership skills are sought after by many employers; they not only show that you have good interpersonal skills, they also show that you have the ability to co-ordinate, motivate and shape a team. The Diploma is an "Apprenticeship-type" award for those of you who are in positions of authority for example, student executives, leaders or supervisors. Please register with the Skills Development Service at SDS@cf.ac.uk before commencement.  We require your name, ID, role e.g. Lead Volunteer and the level you are aiming to complete.  Please note that there are only so many places available on the Diploma scheme so early registration would be strongly recommended. This below is not an exhaustive list and many candidates will be undertaking suitable roles outside of University and the Students' Union - if in doubt over whether you qualify check with the Skills Development Service.

Please note from 2019-20 prior application to the Skills Development Service will be necessary in order to enrol for this award and students will need to prove their qualifying status.

The Diploma was a very rewarding experience, I learned techniques which I can take forward into my future career and professional development. Units were quite inspiring with a lot of very good advice and insight.

Diplomas are jointly signed by the University Vice-Chancellor and Students' Union President.     


  1. Attendance at 5 taught units in Leadership Styles, Leadership In Difficult Situations, Problem Solving, Teamwork and Team Briefings
  2. 50 hours volunteering/work experience in an active leadership capacity = PASS; 100 hours in same = MERIT; 200 hours in same = DISTINCTION.  You can mix and match your experiences if appropriate in the above list rather than limiting it to one group of responsibilities. Record your evidence on the downloadable pro forma.  You can view a sample of how to evidence your experiences on the form here. 
  3. You need to itemise rather than summarise the work you are evidencing. This means listing them as the examples on the form show. Start the description of your activities with the word "I" followed by "doing" verbs in past tense such as: • Demonstrated • Instigated • Initiated • Taught • Coached • Devised • Organised • Co-ordinated • Created • Constructed • Investigated • Outlined • Delivered • Projected • Formulated • Assessed etc. Please note: A maximum of 8 hours can be evidenced on any one row.
  4. Attendance at a group interactive lecture on articulating and reflecting of knowledge, skills and experiences acquired.

    Monday 23 March 2020, 530-630pm

    The scheduled timetable of units for the 2019-20 academic year semester 2 is available here.

    Experiential Learning Evidence Indicators

    Any activity that is of an executive/leadership/supervisory nature.  See the list below.  However this is not exhaustive and there maybe other activities which you carry out/have carried out that are prefectly valid.