This PGDip Teaching Studies programme is for recently qualified teachers who are interested in continuing their professional development. Successful completion will allow you to progress onto the MA in Teaching Studies. The School also offers a number of specialised Professional Development programmes which will enable teachers to further develop their career.
These three modules will allow you to identify and investigate aspects of professional practice as qualified teachers with the aim of improving that practice. The course normally runs as a one year programme and commences in September and ends in July.
The modules are undertaken in succession and are taught on Saturdays.
Teaching studies 1
Investigating my work with learners
One Saturday in September, two Saturdays in October and one Saturday in November
This module will provide you with the opportunity to investigate teaching in relation to numerous issues. Examples of issues include behaviour management; motivation; being a class teacher in a primary school; being a form tutor in a secondary school; rewards and sanctions; mixed ability classes; set/streamed/banded classes; more/less able learners; older/younger learners.
Assessment deadline: January
Teaching studies 2
Investigating my subject teaching
One Saturday in January, two Saturdays in February, one Saturday in March
The Investigating my subject teaching module focuses on your work as a subject teacher and how lessons are created, along with other opportunities for learners to learn the subject most effectively. Teaching can be investigated in relation to numerous issues. Examples of issues include teaching specific aspects of a subject such as key concepts or essential subject skills and understanding; evaluating a series of lessons/scheme of work; balancing teaching to the test with broader subject learning; creating subject learning through science or technology experiments/field visits/sports competitions; subject teaching in a primary school.
Assessment deadline: April
Teaching studies 3
Investigating my work as a member of a school team
One Saturday in April, two Saturdays in February, one Saturday in June
This module will normally centre on your work with other staff in your school and how this work can contribute to overall school improvement. The module will provide you with an opportunity for you to investigate your work in relation to numerous issues. Examples include being part of a subject/pastoral/other team; engaging with parents; engaging with the local community; working on extra-curricular activities such as trips, sport and cultural activities.
Assessment deadline: July
Investigating my work as a teacher educator
About the School of Education
The School of Education has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy. It is an international leader in education with a history of top rated research. In the 2016 QS World Rankings, it was ranked 28th in the World and joint 7th in Europe/UK.
The School employs over 100 academic staff who teach more than 2,500 students. It is home to a number of departments and research centres with a history of top rated research and is an international leader in education.
School of Education ranking:
- Ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Tables 2017
- Ranked 10th in the 2017 Complete University Guide
- In Top 3 for HEI provision in the Good Teacher Training Guide
- Ranked 28th in the World in the 2016 QS World Rankings
- Ranked 9th overall for Research in the 2014 REF (with more than 82% of research rated as ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) or ‘world leading’ (4*).
- Rated 'outstanding' in latest Ofsted inspection (2013) for its Teacher Training programmes
- Ranked third for Education in The Times Good University Guide 2017
Funding and Scholarships
There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham
. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding
Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays
Virtual Open Days
If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk
You should be a practising teacher with a first degree and a PGCE with QTS (with M level credit). For primary school teachers a first degree classification of 2:2 or higher is necessary. All applications are subject to academic reference and you will also need the support of your headteacher.