Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Level 7) QCF


This flexible qualification offers three specialist routes – applied linguistics, inclusive practice, or leadership and management – enabling you to engage with issues, concepts, and debates in an area that supports your professional development. Your investigative study will draw on your own and others’ experience and on appropriate literature and will develop your understanding of the role and the limitations of research in informing educational practice. The qualification includes a literature review on a topic of your choice and a substantial dissertation or research project situated in your own practice. You will need some experience of working with learners, either in teaching, the education advisory service, educational administration or an allied field, which may include informal learning settings.


Key features of the course

·                Flexibility to suit your needs with a fast track option to complete in 2 years, or take up to 6 years

·                Leads to MA or M Ed, with a rich diversity of modules to suit your interests

·                An emphasis on professional development through collaborative learning 

·                Develops and consolidates advanced scholarship and independent learning in the context of your own practice.

Entry Requirements

  Learner must fulfil at least one of the following criteria to be allowed entry to the qualification:

Possession of an honours degree in related subject or UK levels 6 diploma or an equivalent overseas qualification

Mature learners (over 21) with management experience (learners must check with the delivery centre regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)


English requirements: 

If you are not from the United Kingdom or a majority English-speaking country, you must provide evidence that you are competent in the English language  at a minimum of CEFR (the Common European Framework) level B2 from a recognised English test provider or IELTS level 5.5 in each component


Qualification Structure

Learners need to complete all 4 mandatory units and any 4 from optional units that provide a combined total of 120 credits:


Course Details

       Unit code

Unit description

Credit points

QCF Level


Educational leadership: agency, professional learning and change




Applied linguistics and English language




Addressing inequality and difference in educational practice




Educational Technology




Understanding literacy: social justice and inclusive practice 




Development Education




Leadership and management 




Educational Administration



 Duration and Delivery

The qualification is designed to be delivered over one academic year for full-time study but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning. 

The qualification is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, distance, online by approved centres only.


  Assessment and Verification

 All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and verified by UKAP.

 The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning  outcomes.

 To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, a learner must have successfully passed all learning outcomes for that unit.

 The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the Learner’s overall achievement has been arrived at.




 Passing the UKAP Level 7 Diploma in Educational Studies enables learners to progress into or within employment and/or continue their further study. UKAP has progression arrangement with a number of UK universities that acknowledges the ability of learners after studying Level 7 qualifications to be considered for advanced entry into masters top-up programmes.

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