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How do I study?

Community Governance is a distance learning programme – you study at home or at work.
•    We provide course materials and lots of pointers to help you study.
•    Networking is vital; you learn from other students and from experienced tutors.  You will be required to attend three, 24-hour residential study days during your study year. The proposed study day dates for 2019 are:

February:  Marsh Farm or De Montfort University depending on the availability of accommodation

Level 6

Tuesday 5th 11.00 to Wednesday 6th 11.00

Level 5

Wednesday 6th 1.30 to Thursday 7th 1.30

Level 4

Thursday 7th 3.00 to Friday 8th 3.00

A Level 4 study day will be held in or near York on 12/13 February if there is sufficient demand and the study day cannot be held at DMU.

May: Marsh Farm

Level 6

Tuesday 14th 11.00 to Wednesday 15th 11.00

Level 5

Wednesday 15th 1.30 to Thursday 16th 1.30

Level 4

Thursday 16th 3.00 to Friday 17th 3.00

A Level 4 study day will be held in or near York on 21/22 May if there is sufficient demand.

September: At DMU  

Level 6

Tuesday 10th 11.00 to Wednesday 11th 11.00

Level 5

Wednesday 11th 1.30 to Thursday 12th 1.30

Level 4

Thursday12th 3.00 to Friday 13th 3.00


•    Local tutorials can be arranged on request.
•    You also join our online space where you find resources and discussion forums..
•    We provide tutors and help you to find fellow students who enrich your experience of learning.
•    You complete your coursework – usually one or two projects per module.  

Each 15 point module involves an average of 150 hours of study over the year (or approximately 3 hours a week).  This includes private study time, attendance at teaching events and time spent learning from what you do in the workplace.

'The assignments have given me an opportunity to give serious thought towards my work and I’ve got some actions to get on with which I can approach confidently. I’ve now got some clear actions that I can follow up with. I found the experience of studying through the SLCC a very positive experience. The study days were excellent in terms of meeting other students and the support network of tutors was also very reassuring.' Darren Rees, Llanelli Rural Council Community Development Officer.

Community Governance case studies featuring in The Clerk magazine:

Click here to read 'Strengthening Sustainability - A Clerks Challenge' from The Clerk magazine (May 2016 edition). Faye Lebon, Clerk to Swanton Morley in Norfolk, explains how studying the
sustainability module on the community governance course has helped her.

Click here to read 'Are your finance documents working well for your council?'. Kelly Holland, clerk to Canewdon Parish Council, explains how her council has benefitted from her studies.



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