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Higher Education: Community Governance

Community Governance is an advanced qualification for local council officers who work with local communities.  At Level 4 in the national framework, it builds on CiLCA and leads to a Certificate of Higher Education in Community Governance: Local Council Management.  This award is recognised in law as a qualification for clerks. It is tailored specifically to the needs of local council officers and is therefore highly relevant to the work you do.

It is a distance learning course with residential study days that help you get to know fellow students and the teaching team and provide an opportunity to fully engage with your study with the support of workshops/presentations and seminars from your tutors.

We also have speakers from a variety of backgrounds and professions to broaden your experience and give you a wider perspective. The 2018 academic year runs from 1st March to 31st October.

Click here to download the 2018 application form. Win a scholarship of £1,000 towards the tuition fees, click here to find out how!

Applications for the 2018 course close on the 15th February 2018.

Watch our video to find out how Community Governance can help you.


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Community governance is the way in which people and organisations work together and independently, making decisions for the benefit of a local community.

You can study for a qualification awarded by De Montfort University (subject to validation) leading to either:

•    A Certificate of Higher Education in Community Governance: Local Council Management (Level 4)
•    A Foundation Degree in Community Governance (Level 5)  
•    An Honours Degree (Level 6) and postgraduate study.  

If you already have the CertHE tailored specifically for the local council profession, then you can apply to join Level 5 in 2018.  If you already have the tailored Level 5 then you could consider joining Level 6 in 2019.

It is also possible to study one or two modules as Continuing Professional Development or as a taster of higher education study.  These modules do not carry academic credit but do carry credit to use as part of our
Professional Development Scheme if you are a member of the institute; ILCM.


"I would like to thank the tutors on the Community Governance course for their patience, constructive criticism, support, encouragement and much more. You have been brilliant in allowing me to grow, reflect on my role as parish clerk, gain in confidence and succeed. This has been an entirely positive experience of higher education." Belina Boyer, clerk to Clipstone Parish Council and Bleasby Parish Council.
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