Professional Diploma in Education



This professional diploma course, part of our professional studies in education programme, offers the opportunity to study one area of education in detail. It is aimed at education professionals and those who are involved in supporting learning, in both formal and informal environments. The modules available address a range of current educational issues but all offer you the opportunity to investigate issues of interest to you in your own practice and context. You may also qualify for this professional diploma if you do not complete a full masters degree in education.


Planning your studies

To register for this professional diploma course you must usually hold a bachelors degree from a UK university or other recognised degree-awarding body or a qualification at equivalent level.


Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for professional study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you seek assessment under the International English Language Teaching System (IELTS).


You will usually need to be able to work with learners, but not necessarily in a formal teaching situation. You will be encouraged to relate the content of the modules to your own experiences and to develop skills of independent study and enquiry. If you are not sure whether your qualifications and experience are suitable, please do not hesitate to ask our Student Registration & Enquiry Service for advice.


We expect you to complete one module a year and, you must normally complete this diploma within a maximum of four years from the date of first registration on the qualification. You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 40 credits from UKAP modules that have not been counted in any other UKAP qualification that has previously been awarded to you.


Career relevance and employ ability

Across the globe there is an increasing demand for creative, innovative education professionals who have highly developed skills and a deep understanding of learning. This professional diploma course offers teachers and other education professionals working with learners of all ages, both formally and informally, the opportunity to develop professionally and academically through masters-level study. It is suitable for graduates working in formal education settings (nurseries, schools, colleges and universities), those supporting non-formal learning as well as education leaders and policy makers. Modules in this qualification are designed to enable you to update your knowledge and skills and give you the opportunity to reflect on your professional practice whilst developing your understanding of theoretical models and current debates.


Case studies and examples are from a worldwide context and this qualification will be relevant to educators across the globe.


Please note:  This qualification does not qualify you for teacher registration with teaching authorities.


For this 120-credit professional diploma you require:


60 credits from the following compulsory module:


UKAP compulsory module

 Educational enquiry 60 credits

Explore educational enquiry, including data processing and analysis, and learn effective techniques for reading, assessing and reviewing research literatures with this introductory masters-level course.






And 60 credits from the following list of optional modules:


 Contemporary issues in science learning 60 credits

 Investigate key issues in contemporary science teaching, including the influence of theories of learning; the purposes of science education; and using ICT to support learning.


 Continuing professional development in practice 60 credits

 Audit and assess the impact that your continuing professional development (CPD) activity has had on your work, and evaluate ways of sharing your learning.


 Critical issues in equity, diversity and educational practice 60 credits

 You will develop of an understanding of the factors contributing to social and educational exclusion and explore approaches and pedagogies for establishing inclusive learning environments.


 Curriculum, learning and society: investigating practice 60 credits

 This course enables teachers and education professionals to analyse, evaluate and develop their own and others’ practice and enter debates in teaching, learning and assessment.


 Difficulties in literacy development 60 credits

 Explore appropriate curriculum responses to the needs of children as well as the wider issues relevant to adults who experience difficulty in literacy development.


 Educational leadership: context, strategy and collaboration 60 credits

 This course explores current thinking on educational leadership and management and encourages effective integration of theory and practice in developing your leadership skills.


 Investigating language in action 60 credits

 This master’s level course examines and reflects on the nature and use of language in action, and develops your skills in analyzing English texts.


 Language, literacy and learning in the contemporary world 60 credits

 If you are interested in exploring language, literacy and learning in today’s world with its increasing linguistic and cultural diversity and rapid technological development, this online masters-level course is for you.


 Leading professional practice in education 60 credits

 You will explore the internal-facing aspects of leadership and management through looking at the curriculum and the learner’s role, leading change and promoting professional development.


 Reflecting on professional learning in education 60 credits

 Reflect on your experience studying for your OU PGCE and examine how your theoretical understanding   relates to your thought processes and practice as a teacher.


 Researching mathematics learning 60 credits

 This course offers valuable insight into the teaching and learning of mathematics for anyone involved – from classroom assistants and teachers to lecturers and parents.


 Understanding children's development and learning 60 credits

 Examines children's development and learning in cultural, educational and social contexts and how children shape their own development through meaningful interaction with others.


Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:


 Knowledge and understanding

 Cognitive skills

 Practical and professional skills

 Key skills


Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.


Credit for previous study elsewhere

If you have already completed some successful study at UKAP level at another institution you may be able to transfer credit for this study and count it towards this UKAP qualification. If you wish to apply to transfer credit you must do so as soon as possible as it may affect your choice of UKAP modules. If you are awarded credit for study completed elsewhere, you may find that you need to study fewer UKAP modules to complete your qualification with us.


Visit our Credit Transfer site for more information and details of how to apply for credit transfer.


On completion

On successful completion of the required modules you can be awarded a UKAP Diploma in Professional Studies in Education entitling you to use the letters PRDE (UKAP) after your name.

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