Entry requirements

Here at the University of Essex Online, we believe that education should be accessible to all. That is why we offer both an academic and work-based experience route onto our PG Dip Education course. Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within your two-week induction period of the course in order to continue with your studies.

Academic entry route

You must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a or a relevant professional qualification.

Work experience entry route

You must meet the following criteria:

  • at least two years’ teaching experience in a post-compulsory educational setting

English language requirement

Our courses are taught in English so to study with us you must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 or equivalent. If you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, you will be required to pass a free online English test to assess your proficiency. You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Months of entry

April, July, October

Course content

Are you eager to develop your educational practices? Progress your career with this 100% online and part-time PG Dip Education, designed specifically for those working within the education sector.

Enjoy opportunities to work alongside fellow educational professionals and reflect on your current teaching or training role. Uncover how educational theory relates to practice and research a fascinating area of interest within academic literature.

Throughout the duration of the course, you will examine a wide range of topics including:

  • contemporary educational assessment practice: the key issues
  • the historical and philosophical context of educational practice
  • applying a learning analytics approach to data analysis
  • reviewing literature: an overview of educational research

Upon completion of your studies, there is the option to progress onto our Master of Education (M.Ed.) programme. (180 credits)

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
  • Full payment discount of 5% if you pay upfront.
  • Regional scholarship available for international students based overseas in eligible countries.
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.
  • 10% corporate discount available when three or more of your employees study with us.


£8,111 UK / £8,285 International (2023-24)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    16 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    16 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 1206 489 358