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Postgraduate Diploma in Education

School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences

Learn everything the qualified teacher needs to know about planning, teaching, learning, assessing, policies and processes. Our PGDE includes masters credits, which you could put towards study for an MA Applied Professional Studies in Education.
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Course description

Our graduates make great teachers. It’s that simple. The Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course helps you develop an understanding of research, policies and practice relating to education in general and secondary education in particular. You’ll analyse and reflect on what you learn to connect research with the classroom.

We teach an approach to your work that will stay with you throughout your career. Our graduates are dedicated to lifelong learning, developing their professional practice, and using classroom-based research. You’ll learn everything the qualified teacher needs to know about planning, teaching, learning, assessing, policies and processes.

Routes offered

We offer a provider-led route plus School Direct with a choice of four different clusters of schools. 

The routes are all quite similar, but the main differences for the School Direct routes are:

  • You’ll have your two school placements in the schools within the cluster that you are attached to, rather than in any school across the partnership.
  • The schools in your cluster will have a greater input into the PGDE programme throughout the year.
  • There will be a strong possibility of securing employment within the cluster of schools that you are attached to, subject to availability and suitability.

Subjects covered

  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Languages
  • Science with Biology, Chemistry or Physics
  • Physics with Maths

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Age range

Secondary (11–19).

Masters credits

As well as a PGDE qualification and Qualified Teacher Status, you will have gained 120 masters credits which you may wish to put towards study for an MA Applied Professional Studies in Education.

How to apply


You’ll learn through seminars, group work, tutorials, individual consultations, practical activities.

You’ll spend 24 of the 36 weeks in schools.


Continuous assessment.


36 weeks full-time

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (minimum 2:2, or for maths, physics and physics with maths applicants minimum class 3 with at least a grade B in the relevant A Level) in one of our teaching subjects or with a strong element of a teaching subject.
  • GCSE grade 4/C in English Language and Mathematics, or an equivalent qualification. Candidates without these qualifications may either take the necessary examinations in the year before the course starts or take our Entrance Test in English and/or Mathematics.
  • Completing a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course may also be a condition of an offer of a place on the course.

Disclosure and Barring Service, Work Health Assessment & Safeguarding Training

As this course leads to a professional qualification, student teachers are required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure and Work Health Assessment. You'll also need to complete Safeguarding Training.

Fee for Disclosure and Barring Service, Work Health Assessment & Safeguarding Training

See the School of Education's web pages for details about costs.

Entry requirements for international students

If you want to study at the University of Sheffield, you must be able to show that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all skills or an equivalent qualification. Please see our English language requirements for postgraduates page for more information.

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

Fees and funding

You can find out about bursaries and funding on the Department for Education Get into Teaching pages.


You'll need to apply for this course through UCAS:

Apply now via UCAS

+44 114 222 8177

Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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