Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) is offered by the University of Birmingham in partnership with selected schools in and around Birmingham. Like a PGCE the PGDipEd leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), however it also offers the equivalent of 120 credits which may be used towards our Master’s Degree in Teaching Studies.

This unique course offers a substantial amount of practice in schools, high quality training and excellent employment prospects. It is a highly rewarding and extremely well regarded programme combining both theory and practice and rated ‘outstanding’ by consecutive inspections led by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted). 

Secondary Education 

For general information on all the secondary initial teaching training courses please view: Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) 

For information on the individual Secondary PGDipEd subjects, please view the pages below:

- English

- Geography

- History/History and Citizenship

- Mathematics

- Modern Languages: French/German/Spanish

- Physical Education

- Physics with Mathematics

- Religious Education

- Science: Biology

- Science: Chemistry

- Science: Physics

For general enquiries about the secondary PGDipEd (QTS) please email

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses 

Physics Enhancement Course

The Physics Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course, is a conversion course for those who wish to teach Science and Physics and have a degree in a science related discipline. It is suitable for applicants who do not meet the subject entrance requirements for our Science: Physics or Physics with Mathematics PgDipEd programmes.

If you are interested in the SKE programme for 2016, please get in touch with Dr John Kirkman ( for an informal conversation . 

Mathematics Enhancement Course

The Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course, is a full time, campus-based conversion course for those who wish to teach mathematics but have a degree with relatively little mathematics content. The course helps develop a deep understanding of mathematics at A level and beyond.

If you interested in the Mathematics SKE course for 2016 entry, please get in touch with Mary O'Connor 

How to choose the PGDipEd route or School Direct 

If you are unsure as to whether to chose the PGDipEd or School Direct route, please view the video and/or our FAQ on the webpage.