Professional Practice in Education PGDip

Professional Practice in Education PGDip

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

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    One or two years

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  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

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  • Start Date:

    September and January

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Why study this programme?

This course supports those working in HE, Further Education and Skills Sector and broader educational settings to critically engage with their professional practice as part of their continuing development. The PGDip is a separate exit award and is also the first part of the MEd route. It is possible to either work towards achieving the PGDip in Professional Practice as an end goal or take it as the first part of the MEd. The PGDip is delivered at the Preston Campus.

This course is an internal progression route for our PGCert LTHE and also for our well established teacher education partnership, which offers PGCE and Cert Ed awards in post-compulsory education. The overriding aim of the course is to support professional development as a reflective researcher within a collaborative research community made up of peers and tutors. It will build research confidence to enable progression to further research activity and reflection.

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Entry Requirements

All of the following are expected:

  • A class 2:2 honours degree or equivalent
  • A teaching qualification such as PGCE or PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in HE is normally required 
  • Participants will normally be employed by the University of Central Lancashire or in an associated HEI, college of FE or other educational institution and will have demonstrated ability to cope with master’s level study through previous qualifications.

Non-native speakers of English need to demonstrate a level of English broadly equivalent to IELTS 7.5 or upper Band C1 on the Common European Framework. Applicants must be able to produce original certificates to prove their English language level. Please note that a UCLan English Language Examination is also available via the School of Languages & International Studies.

APL for the programme will be available for participants with previous appropriate Level 7 credits in education or a closely related field, but the extent of APL/credits will be agreed on an individual case by case basis.

Programme at a Glance

Each year comprises three 20 credit modules at Level 7. The PGDip is equivalent to 60 credits at Level 7. Core modules include one research module and a choice of two others in each academic year. These are drawn from, modules on curriculum design, innovation in teaching and learning, professional development, professional writing and communication.

Module availability is agreed on an annual year by year basis.

Further Information


The over-riding aim of the programme is to support professional development as a reflective researcher within a collaborative research community. It builds research confidence to enable progression to further research activity and reflection.

Further subsidiary aims of the programme are defined as:

  • Enabling researchers /teachers to critically explore demands placed on them within their work context and professional role through research activity
  • To develop a critical understanding of the impact of strategy, policy and quality procedures on their practice at institutional and sector levels
  • To support the development of professional learning communities within Higher, Further and Lifelong Learning contexts
  • To enable trainees to develop deep subject or pedagogic knowledge through research activity
  • To support reflective and reflexive activity

Increasingly the PG Diploma is welcoming staff from secondary, primary and other educational settings seeking to develop their practice as professionals and as practitioner researchers.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

For further information contact Clare Winder, email:


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Assessment methods include: written assignments, presentation, academic poster, professional writing, dialogue, critical review and working with curriculum documents.

Academic Expertise

The course is delivered by experienced staff with relevant research or practice in FE and HE in the areas of teaching and learning, professional development and education. Members of staff also teach on the MEd and EdD.

The programme has exceptionally high retention and completion figures with most students progressing to the MEd.