This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by August 2021 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

AdvDip(CPD) Effective Practice in Teacher Education (HE7)

The Advanced Diploma of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Effective Practice in Teacher Education offered by the University of Bolton is ideal if you have responsibility for teaching trainee teachers. Our expert team will support you as you explore a wide range of teaching and learning strategies that will help you support those starting out in the profession and enhance your performance as a teacher educator.

Effective Practice in Teacher Education (HE7)

Key information



Mode of Study:



15 weeks


University of Bolton

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

This stand-alone advanced professional development course is ideal if you’re a teacher educator who has responsibility for supporting and leading the development of students who are undertaking initial teacher training. We’ll support you to extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the key principles of teaching and learning. This course focuses on helping you gain the advanced knowledge and skills you need to perform effectively in the role of teacher educator.

The Advanced Diploma of CPD in Effective Practice in Teacher Education examines a wide range of teaching and learning strategies. By drawing on and focusing on your work-based experiences, you’ll explore how you can employ these strategies in your role as a teacher educator. We’ll also support you to develop your personal inquiry, knowledge and scholarship to enhance your professional practice. These activities will be facilitated through reflection with support from peers and tutors.

You’ll be taught by our welcoming and diverse team of highly experienced, professionally and academically qualified staff. We aim to help you gain a sound understanding of the professional development phases of teachers, teacher identity and teacher educator identity. You’ll explore strategies for supporting trainee teachers to build their professional competencies and professional identity. Together, we’ll consider observations, providing feedback, mentoring and coaching, while keeping a focus throughout on your individual strengths and development needs.

At the University of Bolton, we have a ‘Teaching Intensive, Research Informed’ ethos. This means we aspire to offer student-focused courses that are valued by employers and underpinned by the research knowledge of our high-quality staff. Our postgraduate education courses are challenging and contemporary and we frequently update our programmes to ensure they continue to meet your professional needs and keep pace with new and emerging trends.

  • Our students are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds. Sharing the individual and unique educational insights and perspectives of your peers helps to enrich your learning experience.
  • We promote research and critical enquiry helping you learn to make sound, evidence-based independent judgements.
  • This course is part of a suite of professional development courses covering contemporary issues and developments in education that are designed to equip you with advanced skills and knowledge to help your career progression.
  • On successful completion of this course, you’ll be awarded a certificate worth 30 credits at Level HE7 that can contribute towards one of the Master’s in Education degrees offered by the University of Bolton.
Key Features
  • Taking this course allows you to gain career-enhancing skills without the need to commit yourself to an entire master’s degree.
  • One-to-one support is offered by our team of highly experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated experts.
  • Our academic team is actively involved in educational research, helping you to explore issues from a robust research-informed knowledge base.
  • Our well-stocked library offers a comprehensive selection of relevant texts and access to an extensive online database of multimedia sources.

  • You’re normally expected to have successfully completed an honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject and have appropriate work experience.
  • An initial qualification in teaching, if this isn't formally part of your first degree, is also required.
  • You must have appropriate current employment in the education sector because you’ll need to critically reflect on your experience and relate theory to practice.
  • A reference from your current employer is required.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.5 with normally no less than 6.0 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

This advanced professional development course is ideal if you’re a teacher educator whose role involves supporting students who are undertaking an initial teacher education programme. Completing this course will demonstrate your commitment to excellence in your profession and enhance your professional skills, knowledge and understanding of teacher education.

Course fees

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

Course application details are unavailable at present

Course application details are unavailable at present

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The programme adopts a blended style of learning and teaching and you can expect formally timetables classes with a tutor, online engagement and submission of evidence material. Personal and independent study is essential and you should expect to devote a significant amount of time to the course.

We use formative assessment to support your learning on the module, allowing you to reflect on feedback from your tutors and peers. This takes a variety of forms including feedback on assignments and evidence for the portfolio. It does not contribute to the final module mark.

The summative assessment strategy for the course consists of two components. For the ‘portfolio of evidence’ you’ll need to critically appraise and evidence contextual issues that impact on the leadership of teacher education programmes. You’ll be expected to demonstrate the ability to create effective learning environments to meet trainee teachers’ needs, based on evidence from your practice. You’ll also need to prepare a ‘reflective account’ in which you critically appraise contextual issues that impact on the leadership of teacher education programmes and critically analyse and evaluate your professional journey as a teacher educator, identifying areas for development.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Daniela Bacova
Programme Leader

+44 (0)1204 903219

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903


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