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Year of Entry 2021/22

Cooperative Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship

This course gives you the skills, knowledge and experience to advance your career in social enterprise management and cooperative development.

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What is the fee? Home: £4,885 for the course
International/EU: £5,360 for the course
How long will I study? 15 Months
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? January 2022

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Course summary

  • Enhance your leadership skills by encountering and managing varying perspectives on responsible management issues
  • Study flexibly by combining block study in Sheffield with self-directed and distance learning
  • Learn from specialists at Sheffield Hallam University, the Cooperative College and the Sobey School of Business

The Post Graduate Certificate in Cooperative Enterprise and Social Enterpreneurship, co-delivered with the Co-operativeCollege (Manchester, UK) and Co-operative Management Education Programme at Sobey School for Business (Halifax, Canada), is designed to enhance your leadership capability. The course focus is on providing you with support to identify your strengths and weaknesses, and delivers the necessary development to enable you to advance your career. This personal development is supported by practical experience and real world academic learning. Together this ensures that you have the skills, knowledge and experience that modern organisations seek from their leaders. On this specialist course, we connect you to staff and students studying at the Co-operative College (Manchester, England), the Co-operative Management Education Programme in Halifax (Canada) and social entrepreneurs coached by Social Enterprise International Ltd. This assists your professional networking efforts and increases your employment opportunities. On completion of the course you can choose to continue your studies and progressing to a full Masters degree, should you desire.

Sheffield Business School accreditation

Sheffield Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), placing us in the top 5% of business schools globally.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

This course offers a range of modules that will extend your current knowledge of social entrepreneurship and responsible management theory, including functional areas, people, processes and cooperative business strategy. In order to help you incorporate your learning with your career we streamline the module delivery into study blocks and distance learning activities , and the portfolio style assessments allows you to work related issues as part of your assessment for the programme.

You learn through

  • Applying learning to real and simulated case studies
  • Networking with industry professionals
  • In-class discussions and tutor-led input

Course leaders and tutors

David Wren
David Wren

David is a senior lecturer at Hallam. His interests are organisational culture and responsible management.

Applied learning

Work-based assignments

The periods between each module enable you to try out what you have learned and to give your organisation the benefits of your developing skills. For that reason, each module is followed by a work-focused portfolio assignment, where you apply and evaluate the theories you have learnt. We also recognize the importance of financial fluency for modern social enterprise leaders and finance is therefore embedded across all modules. For those who do not wish to use their organisation as the basis of their study, we can also suggest alternative assignment options.

Networking opportunities

When you study at Sheffield Hallam University you join a learning community of managers and leaders from across a range of professions and industry backgrounds. This provides you with excellent networking opportunities and you can benefit from seeing different perspectives and solutions to managerial challenges. In addition, we connect you to staff and students studying at the Co-operative College (Manchester, England), the Co-operative Management Education Programme in Halifax (Canada) and social entrepreneurs coached by Social Enterprise International Ltd. This assists your professional networking efforts and increases your employment opportunities.

Future careers

The Post Graduate Certificate prepares you for a career in a wide range of industries, and this specialist route in Cooperative Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship will additionally equip you to use your skills across a wide range of social enterprises and the third sector.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • Online material specifically designed for your course

Entry requirements

All students

You need either

• a 2.2 degree or equivalent and two years managerial and operational experience


• significant managerial and operational experience

We assess all applications on merit and interview candidates to ensure suitability for the course. We recommend that you contact us for guidance before applying.

Overseas applicants also need IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.0 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below this level, we recommend you complete a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required English level.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Concepts And Principles Of The Cooperative And Social Economy Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Learning And Reflexivity For Socially Entrepreneurial Managers Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Building Social Value Through Responsible Business Leadership Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Cooperative Leadership And Responsible Management Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2021/22 is £4,885 for the course.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting part-time study in 2021/22 is £5,360 for the course.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Business, management and enterprise courses (PDF, 267.5KB)

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

Apply for January 2022

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry. If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email

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