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Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Higher Education)

Qualification Gained
Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Higher Education)
Study Level
Level 7
Course Type
2 years
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
Lister Building


*Subject to validation*

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Higher Education) is a recognised, advanced teaching qualification.  

This course trains you to teach your specialist subject (vocational or academic) in colleges. Learn practical skills, develop inclusive teaching methods, and stay up to date with the latest in the Higher Education sector.  

Course benefits

  • Contemporary course content 
  • Specialist pathways – meeting the needs of the local community 
  • Opportunities to study in or pre-service, and with flexibility at either full or part-time 
  • Aligned with occupational standards 

  Key Info

The principal aims of the programme are to:  

  • Gain the skills and knowledge to become a competent, confident and ambitious teacher 
  • Promote fairness and opportunity in education 
  • Stay up to date on the latest teaching methods. You will keep up with new research, what teacher organisations are recommending, and any recent government changes in education.  
  • Develop a commitment to lifelong learning and Continual Professional Development; 
  • Develop graduates who have an analytical and reflective approach to professional practice in which theory, academic understanding and pedagogy are inter-related and integrated through Level 5 study. 

Year 1:

Semester 1

  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Innovating Specialist Practice

Semester 2

  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Theories of Learning

Year 2:

Semester 1

  • Developing Professional Practice
  • Designing and Developing the Curriculum

Semester 2

  • Developing Professional Practice
  • Improving Practice through Action Research

Applicants should normally have achieved the following prior to registration for the programme:  

Admissions criteria 

  • Honours degree. Candidates will normally be required to have at least a 2:2. 
  • Level 3+ subject relevant qualification. 
  • An eligible GCSE/Level 2 Maths and English qualification or equivalency*. 
  • Relevant experience/prior learning. 
  • Enhanced DBS and health check, successful interview. 

*full list of eligible maths/English quals: Eligible maths and English qualifications | Society for Education and Training (  

You will be assessed on teaching practice via observations conducted by teacher educators in collaboration with specialist mentors Constructive developmental feedback will be provided to guide you on areas for improvement in your practice, ensuring that by the end of the programme you are teaching at the expected level according to occupational standards.

Pathways exist if you are already working as a teacher but don’t have a full teaching qualification (in-service), or if you are working towards securing employment in education (pre service).

In addition to a general route, the programmes will allow you to become qualified in specialist areas of your choice.

To apply for our Initial Teacher Training courses, you will need to submit your application through Find and Apply for postgraduate teacher training courses.

To find our courses, you can search us by training provider: Bradford College (B60). Then select Further education, this will then show you the courses that we have available.

Once you have submitted your application, it is processed by the Admissions Team. 

Once the team has received your application, they will conduct a check of your application to make sure that you have the correct entry requirements for the course you have applied for. 

They will arrange your interview and assessment (if required). If successful at your interview, our curriculum team will make you an offer to study with us.  

This offer will include any pre-enrolment information that you will have to provide in order to be able to enrol onto the course. Failure to provide the information will mean that you will not be able to enrol on the course. 

For information about how Bradford College use your application data, we encourage you to read Bradford College privacy policy   

For this or any other questions regarding your application, please email [email protected]. 

Full-time: £9,000 per 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.

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

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.