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Bradford College

Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Training (In-Service and Pre-Service)

Qualification Gained
Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Training
Study Level
University, Level 7, Postgraduate
1 year Full-time, 2 years Part-time
Start Date
September 2023
Study Mode
Full-time or Part-time
Lister Building


This course meets the qualification requirements for QTLS (Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills) status and is 120 Credits.

You will be able to gain QTLS (Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills) status once you have completed with the Society for Education and Training (SET).

This professional course is for those who wish to teach 14+ in Further education and training settings. You will undertake academic modules to provide you with the knowledge and skills required and work alongside a mentor and other colleagues to develop in practise as a reflective practitioner.

In-Service: This Certificate is for those who are currently working as teachers but lack a full teaching qualification.

Pre-Service: This Certificate is for those who are working towards securing employment in education.

Generous bursaries available for pre-service routes for specific subjects. Bursary information can be found here.

  Key Info

We use a strong element of work-based learning to make sure your studies can be directly applied to your teaching practice. For the first part of the course, we focus on the development of teaching and learning skills and developing knowledge of your sector. This will equip you with the necessary skills to enter the classroom with confidence. A personal tutor will offer you support and guidance, along with the course tutor and team.

You will be taught in classroom sessions using a variety of teaching methods but with the emphasis on active learning. These sessions will help you to work with other teachers. Specific Modules will also demand workplace-based assessment tasks, for example, the observation of an experienced teacher.

  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Theories that Underpin Teaching and Learning
  • Subject Specialist Pedagogy*
  • Researching Teaching*
  • Designing and Developing Curriculum
  • Developing Professional Practice.

*If you are taking a specialism in ESOL, Literacy or Numeracy you will study two specialist modules instead of the starred modules.

Entry to this course requires an Honours degree.

In some subject specialisms you will also be required to have at least a Level 3 qualification. A GCSE/ Level 2 qualification in English. A GCSE/Level 2 Maths qualification is desirable but this can be achieved alongside the course.

A satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required for this course.


Each Module has its own unique assessment which can take many different forms including essays, individual and group presentations or portfolios. These will draw upon your experience and knowledge gained as part of your work placement, as well as your own studies. All assessments are supported by your module tutor. Additional learning support is offered to develop your writing and study skills.

This course involves a substantial teaching placement.

Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) is awarded by the Society for Education and Training once you have passed your course. QTLS status is recognised in law as equivalent to QTS for teaching in secondary schools. This is an excellent reason to choose this course for those wanting to teach in Further Education and secondary schools. Your future career will be built on a solid foundation of the highest academic standards of teaching and learning – as many of our teaching staff are experts in their fields.

Full-time: £9,000. Part-time: Pro rata rate depending on intensity of study* *Intensity of Study refers to the amount of credits being studied in the academic year.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.

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