We offer a module for groups of professionals who wish to collaborate on a project.  It is designed to support them in taking a literature-based, research driven approach to issues of concern to the teacher(s) and their schools.

Professional Development in Education

We offer a range of highly flexible continuing professional development options including study towards a variety of postgraduate awards or purely for professional interest.

The Professional Development in Education route is recommended if you

  • are interested in a particular module but are not intending to study for a Masters qualification
  • don’t wish to commit to a Masters’ programme at the outset but would like to accumulate credits towards a qualification should you decide to take further modules in future

Our modules are taught at postgraduate level and cater for students with a specific interest in an area of professional practice, or those who require development at a particular stage of their career (e.g. as a newly qualified teacher or mentor).  We also offer a module for groups of professionals who wish to collaborate on a project.

The modules are accredited so you have the option to build up credits towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or the MA Education. A Certificate of Advanced Study may be awarded upon completion of a single 30-credit module.

Search our wide range of modules here.

Depending on the modules you choose, the following options are available:

  • Campus-based (entirely at our St Luke’s Campus)
  • Distance learning (online only)
  • Blended learning (mixture of campus-based, mostly Saturdays, and online learning)
  • School-based (for Educational Issues, Policies and Practices only)

Learning methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, peer-led activity, and online resources and interaction. Some modules also involve studio and classroom work, field trips, and school visits. Check individual module descriptions for details.

All modules are assessed through course work and there are no final examinations. Assessments are varied and include essays, online projects, portfolios and presentations.  

You may take a single module, or choose to accumulate credits over a maximum of five years towards a qualification by taking a number of modules.  

The table below shows how you can build 30-credit modules into a postgraduate qualification. If you know from the outset that you wish to study for a Masters qualification, please apply for the MA Education.

Certificate of Advanced Study 30 credits
Postgraduate Certificate 60 credits
Postgraduate Diploma 120 credits
MA Education 180 credits

You will normally be expected to have obtained a first degree equivalent to at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours or Masters level credits (e.g. PGCE) in a relevant discipline.

You will normally also be expected to have at least three months’ professional experience in an educational or other relevant setting. Please note that some modules require Disclosure and Barring Service checks, specific experience and/or current practice. Check individual module descriptions for details.

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements. You will also need to satisfy our English language entry requirements. Please see our English language requirements pages for details.

Please note fees for individual modules may be subject to annual increases.

Fees for academic year 2017/18
 Full-timePer 30 credit module
UK/EU £6,900 £1,150
International £16,500 £2,750



Funding may be available for specific postgraduate programmes. Please see the College's funding for Masters programmes for further details.

Follow this link to apply now.