Taught course

Deaf Education

University of Leeds · School of Education

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree or non-UK equivalent.

You will also need:

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (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

Visit our website for full entry requirements, including the alternative qualifications we accept.

Months of entry


Course content

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 an 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.

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 course's Funding section for details.

Information for international students

Our English language requirements are IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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