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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.  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 engage fully 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.

Click here to view the 2020 Prospectus.

Applications are now open for the 2020 course commencing 1st February 2020. To apply, please complete the
application form or email commgov@slcc.co.uk for more information.

Jonathan Whitehurst, Clerk to Potton Town Council, won the 2017 Came & Company Local Council Insurance scholarship and commented:

"The modules studied have already proven very useful to the town council and they have helped with various projects that have been delivered (e.g. skate park and town guide) and projects that are still to be delivered (e.g. car park extension and cycleway)."

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

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 leading to either:

•    A Certificate of Higher Education in Community Governance (Level 4)
•    A Foundation Degree in Community Governance (Level 5)  
•    An Honours Degree (Level 6)

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

"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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Community Governance is part of the National Training Strategy:


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