Year of entry 2024
- Start date
- September 2024
- Delivery type
- Blended learning
- 24 months part time
- Entry requirements
- A bachelor degree and relevant experience.
Full entry requirements
- English language requirements
- IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component
- UK fees
- £7,250 (Total)
- International fees
- Not applicable
- Available to UK residents only
The Postgraduate Diploma in Deaf Education is a two-year course leading to the Mandatory Qualification for Teacher of the Deaf (QToD) for England and Wales.
This course is taught part time using blended learning, providing the opportunity to study both online and face to face. This flexibility allows you to balance your studies alongside your existing work and other commitments.
We also offer a MA Deaf Education (QToD) in this subject, which includes the additional opportunity to pursue a dissertation and undertake in-depth research into an area that you are passionate about.
The School of Education has a national reputation in the field of deaf education, drawing students from all over the UK with a variety of experiences and knowledge. The course is led by national and international leaders, as well as senior practitioners in the field.
- Work closely with peers and build a strong network of colleagues throughout the UK across a wide range of settings.
- Approved by the Department for Education, you'll benefit from a course that integrates cutting-edge research knowledge with practitioner expertise, to become a skilled, knowledgeable and critical practitioner.
- Assessments are varied and designed to help you to develop the skills you need in the field, and have recently been updated based on student feedback.
- We welcome suitably qualified deaf and hearing applicants and provide appropriate access and support arrangements for all students. All University-based sessions are supported by British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters and notetakers. Assessed presentations may also be delivered in BSL.
- A partial-fee scholarship is available to UK Deaf Education schools or services funding two or more students in a single year, see the Funding section for details.
Accredited by the Department for Education (DfE), this course meets the requirements of the mandatory qualification for Teacher of the Deaf, for England and Wales.
PGDip Deaf Education comprises six core modules delivered across two years. All the modules are developed in conjunction with the new Mandatory Qualification (MQ) and you’ll build a portfolio of professional skills across the two years to demonstrate your proficiency against the required MQ competencies. You’ll work closely with peers from across the UK, building a strong network of colleagues across a wide range of different settings.
Central to the course is an understanding of the establishment of language fluency and effective communication as a basis for cognitive, social and emotional development. It recognises the plural and diverse linguistic contexts of deaf children’s lives, and that maximising engagement with curriculum must be the educational priority for all deaf learners while supporting their development as a deaf individual.
Through consideration of the roles of spoken and signed languages and increasingly sophisticated hearing technologies, you’ll develop a broad knowledge base and the skills to respond flexibly to deaf children’s dynamic and changing communication academic, social and emotional needs. You’ll become a reflective and critical thinker equipped to work with deaf children, their parents/carers and other professionals to prepare deaf learners for life as a deaf adult.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
Year 1 compulsory modules
|Deafness and Development||30|
|Communication in Deaf Education||15|
|Deaf Education in Context||15|
Year 2 compulsory modules
|Facilitating Learning in Deaf Education||15|
Learning and teaching
Each semester comprises a study day or a short residential in Leeds, followed by online sessions, two live online tutorials and a live regional tutorial. Bespoke online meetings, phone, email and Teams support is also available from tutors.
We expect you to commit to the equivalent of one study day per week as a minimum for this course – to be negotiated with your employer at the application stage. Some practical requirements of the course are difficult to fulfil without this allocated time. We also ask you to identify someone in your school or service who will act as a mentor for you throughout the training.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Assessment is through a combination of presentations, essays, critical reports, case studies and a practical skills portfolio that includes a minimum of 20 days assessed placement. Assessed presentations may be delivered in BSL.
A bachelor degree or non-UK equivalent.
You will also need:
- Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Sskills (QTLS) (required for Teacher of the Deaf award)
- one year of teaching experience or experience of working with deaf children in educational settings
- contact with a school or service that will enable you to work with deaf children to meet the requirements of the Mandatory Qualification
- British (or local) Sign Language CACDP/ Signature/ iBSL Level 1 (required for Teacher of the Deaf award) or equivalent
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
How to apply
- Friday 16 August 2024
If you intend to apply for funding, you should submit an application for a place on your chosen course at least one month before any specific scholarship deadline.
The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Documents and information we will need include:
- Original or certified copies of your degree certificate
UK: £7,250 (Total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
Fees for part-time courses are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
Additional cost information
This fee includes the cost of the two course residentials including accommodation and food. It does not include the cover and travel costs associated with course attendance and teaching placements.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more on our living costs and budgeting page.
Scholarships and financial support
Scholarships are available to UK/EU schools or services funding multiple students in a single year to the MA or PGDip Deaf Education (Teacher of the Deaf) courses.
Graduates will use the knowledge and skills developed throughout this specialist teaching qualification to progress in their existing educational roles, or pursue opportunities in schools, local authority support services or clinical programmes.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more about Careers support.
Study abroad and work placements
For the Teacher of the Deaf award, a minimum 20-day assessed teaching placement is required. Additional days may be required depending on experience.