What will I learn?

This Graduate Diploma has been developed to enable participants to reflect on their own educational practice, taking a professional academic approach. The programme's presentation is either fully online for individual students or mixed mode for those joining a school-based cohort group (minimum of 20 participants for the whole programme which includes MA participants).

About this degree

This programme has been developed to respond to educational practitioner needs in both UK and international settings. Students will reflect on learning, curriculum and practitioner inquiry within their educational settings. It is also designed as pre-masters level teaching so enabling those whose undergraduate qualifications do not meet master's level entry the opportunity to gain a qualification which will prepare them for master's level.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered through a combination of workshops and tutorials to school-based cohort groups or fully online through our virtual learning environment (VLE) Moodle, to individuals. All participants are assessed by coursework (which may be an essay, portfolio or presentation) on completion of each module and receive both formative written assessment on a draft and summative written assessment following final submission.


Students are expected to be working in educational settings, or have access to educational settings as a volunteer.


The majority of students on this programme are currently working as teaching assistants in the UK and others as teachers in international settings. It is expected that study on the programme will support promotion and application for master's level awards.

Which department am I in?

Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£14,400.00 (14,75,225) per year
Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

September 2021


UCL Institute of Education, University of London

20 Bedford Way,



WC1H 0AL, England

Entry requirements

For international students

An ordinary degree or level 5 equivalent qualification (e.g. Cambridge International Education Professional Development Qualification studied in English) as this is an Honours level award (i.e. level 6). IELTS: Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests. TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.