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Practice of Education

The Postgraduate Certificate in the Practice of Education is a flexible part-time course comprising 60 Masters-level credits: one research methods module plus another module chosen from a list of optional modules also offered on our MA in Education course. With the option of transferring to the MA in Education upon successful completion of both modules, this course is ideal for those who wish to sample postgraduate study prior to committing to a full Masters degree programme. Teaching has previously been delivered through intensive teaching weekends scheduled around (Durham) school half-term holidays making the course suitable for those working full-time.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: A good honours degree at 2:1 (or equivalent). Significant relevant experience will also be considered.

Course modules

Over the course of a year students study two 30 credit modules from the list below. In previous years these have included: 21st Century Technology: Implications for Teaching and Learning (30 credits); Arts in Education (30 credits); Curriculum Analysis (30 credits); Enhancing Teaching and Learning for Purposeful Thought (30 credits); Intercultural and International Education (30 credits); Intercultural Communication (30 credits); Policy Studies (30 credits); Psychology of the Learner (30 credits); Special Educational Needs and Inclusion: Rhetoric or Reality? (30 credits); Teaching and Learning in Science (30 credits).

Assessment methods

On the Postgraduate Certificate in the Practice of Education course, you will take two option modules, a total of 60 credits depending on your individual interests. Modules are offered either mid-week or at weekends, which provides flexible study routes and a wide choice of options. Modules are delivered using a combination of lectures, seminars workshops and tutorials. The core modules are designed to provide you with a critical understanding of theories, research and issues relevant to your chosen programme of study. Outside timetabled contact hours, you are also expected to devote significant amounts of time to reading, discussing and preparing for classes, assignments and project work.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 - 1 Years

Campus details

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Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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