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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    1-2 years part time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    21 January 2018

Course content

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. 


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


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 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..

Visit the Professional Practice in Education - PGDip page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!




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