Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)
School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences
Join education professionals from all over the world: our postgraduate courses will launch your career in education, or aid your continuing professional development.
Our graduates work in the UK and overseas in schools, universities, and local and national government. Some are teachers and lecturers. Others use their skills in policy development, education, administration, psychology and social work.
About the course
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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.
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 between the provider-led and the School Direct routes are:
You’ll learn through seminars, group work, tutorials, individual consultations, practical activities. You’ll spend 24 of the 36 weeks in schools.
As well as a PGDE qualification and Qualified Teacher Status, you’ll gain 120 credits at Masters level if you successfully complete the course. You can put these towards study for an MA Applied Professional Studies in Education.
36 weeks full-time
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.
You also need grade 4 or grade C in English Language and Mathematics at GCSE, or equivalent. You need to pass the Professional skills tests before the start of the course.
If all or part of your qualifications are from outside the UK, you may be asked to formally recognise your qualifications through a NARIC check. You can compare overseas qualifications to the British degree standard on the Gov.uk website.
Disclosure and Barring Service & 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.
Fees and funding
You can find out about bursaries and funding on the Department for Education Get into Teaching pages.
Fee for Disclosure and Barring Service & Safeguarding Training
The cost for these is £71 (payable via the University's Online Shop). For more on the Disclosure and Barring Service and Safeguarding Training, see entry requirements above.
If you have already paid for a previous DBS Enhanced Disclosure and signed up to the DBS update service, you'll pay the reduced cost of £27 (payable via the University's Online Shop).
This fee includes the cost of a learning journal, which is provided at the start of the course.
If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:
The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.