Leadership & Management in the Third Sector

This is the "starter" module for the course. It consists of a classroom session of 3 hours followed by around 2 hours' self-study using our on-line resource.

By the end of this module, learners will:

  • Be able to describe what makes the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) or "third sector" special and differentiates it from the commercial or public sector.
  • Understand the key roles within VCS and who are the leaders and managers.
  • Have looked at the main challenges and opportunities for the charity sector and the ways these are addressed at the strategic level.
  • Have worked through case-studies identifying failures in management or leadership and what good performance looks like.
  • Understand the skills and knowledge under-pinning leadership and management and the difference between the two.
  • Have started to apply the skills and knowledge to their own practice.
  • Have completed their own development plan and identified which modules are most useful for them.

The teaching style of the module will be interactive and practical with the programme including small group work and discussions, as well as whole group exercises drawing on a range of experience and opinion. Work done in this module is drawn together in the learner's own individual learning record for later application.