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.

One of the outstanding features of the course is the support that you receive from both the staff in the education department and your colleagues on the course. Not once in the entire year did I feel that there was no one I could go to in order to talk things through

Mathematics student teacher from the School of Education

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

Full-time course

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.

Postgraduate students in the School of Education

Subjects covered

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

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 between the provider-led and 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.

Age range

Secondary (11–19).


You’ll learn through seminars, group work, tutorials, individual consultations, practical activities. You’ll spend 24 of the 36 weeks in schools.



Masters credits

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.

Course duration

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.

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 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.

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Fees and funding

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

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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.

Lorna Bradford, Teacher of the Year for secondary education, Pearson Teaching Awards 2015

Thank you for teaching me how to teach ... Turns out you did a pretty amazing job!

Lorna Bradford, Teacher of the Year for secondary education, Pearson Teaching Awards 2015

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Apply now via UCAS

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 8177

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.