Teaching and Learning

Programme aims

This programme aims to develop the student’s interest in and knowledge and understanding of:


  • Specific theories, ideas and practices, and the relationships between perspectives from different disciplines.
  • A range of research methods appropriate for their professional practice.
  • The importance of developing clear lines of argument that are underpinned by critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
  • The role of reflective practice in the development of professional identity and expertise.
  • Complex issues surrounding innovation and change and preparation for employment in changing and varied contexts.
  • The skills and abilities required for successful engagement in focussed, professionally relevant independent learning through the production of a supervised dissertation.
  • A range of practical and transferable skills.

This pathway is particularly well-suited to students who wish to build on their Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGD) facilitating the design of a tailored flexible pathway that focusses on the learning needs of the individual on issues related to Education and Training.

Entry Requirements

  Learner must fulfil at least one of the following criteria to be allowed entry to the qualification:

§        Possession of an honours degree in related subject or UK level 6 diploma or an equivalent overseas qualification

§        Mature learners (over 21) with management experience (learners must check with the delivery centre regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)


  English requirements: 

§         If you are not from the United Kingdom or a majority English-speaking country, you must provide evidence that you are competent in English language  at a minimum of CEFR (the Common European Framework) level B2 from a recognised English test provider or IELTS level 5.5 in each component


  Qualification Structure

  Learners need to complete all 4 mandatory units and any 4 from optional units that provide a combined total of 120 credits:


After completing the core research methods unit students go on to choose a further two units from across the Level 7 provision before embarking on a dissertation. The number of taught units will be dependent on the number of credits imported.

With guidance from our internationally-renowned academic staff, this pathway allows you to explore a wide variety of topics from across the field of Education. The flexibility of this pathway is intended to ensure that it provides the greatest professional benefit.

This programme is offered on both a full time and part time basis.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Training offers an exciting opportunity for students to design a tailored programme of study suited to their cultural, learning and professional needs.

Unit Code Unit Discription Credit points  QCF Level 
UK09211 Introduction to Educational Inquiry 15 7
UK09212 Addressing Controversial Issues in Education 15 7
UK09213 Assessment in Schools 15 7
UK09214 Collaboration Across professional Contexts in Special and Inclusive Education 15 7
UK09215 Contemorary Perspectives on Learning 15 7
UK09216 Developmental Psychology 15 7
UK09217 Education Policy in a Global Context 15 7
UK09218 Disseration 20 7


Duration and Delivery

The qualification is designed to be delivered over one academic year for full-time study but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning.

The qualification is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, distance, online by approved centers only.


Assessment and Verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the center and verified by UKAP. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.


To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, a learner must have successfully passed all learning outcomes for that unit.


The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the Learner’s overall achievement has been arrived at.



Passing the UKAP Level 7 Diploma in Education and Training enables learners to progress into or within employment and/or continue  their further study. UKAP has progression arrangement with a number of UK universities that acknowledges the ability of learners after studying Level 7 qualifications to be considered for advanced entry into masters top-up programmes.

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