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University of Birmingham: Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS)

Institution University of Birmingham View institution profile
Department School of Education View department profile
Study type Taught


  • The one year Postgraduate Diploma in Education leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and offers 120 credits towards our MA Teaching Studies. Our specialist programmes, which offer high quality training and support, will prepare you to teach in the 11-18 age range and are run in close partnership with schools.*

The School of Education benefits from our unique collaboration with University of Birmingham School as well as a wide range of partner schools , including mixed comprehensive, single sex, religious and selective schools and sixth form colleges. The diverse communities we serve enrich the experience of students on all our teaching the programmes.

On all our Secondary PGDipEd programmes you will be challenged to develop informed and justified decisions about how you approach your teaching, in order to enable you to continue to develop over your career. On successful completion of your PGDipEd, you may return to study with us on a part-time basis to complete your Masters in Teaching Studies.

The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering teacher training courses. Its teaching has been graded as 'outstanding' three times by Ofsted inspectors which affirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training.

Subject Areas The Secondary PGDipEd is available in the following subjects: - English

  • Geography

  • History

  • Mathematics

  • Modern Languages: French/German/Spanish

  • Physical Education

  • Religious Education

  • Science: Biology

  • Science: Chemistry

  • Science: Physics

Additionally, we offer a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course in mathematics for those who do not meet subject entrance requirements. (Subject to confirmation from DfE in December 2020).

The School of Education, also offers secondary programmes through the School Direct route. To help you decide which route to take, we have put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions


University of Birmingham
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.

The School has been graded as 'outstanding' three times by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills), confirming the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training., offering training for both Primary and Secondary Education.

It is an international leader within its field and one of the largest research-led schools of education in the …

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