PgDip Learning and Development

Thames Valley University



How long?

This programme is designed to fit around candidates’ existing work and home commitments and is offered via supported open learning, starting every two to three months. It can be completed in 24 or 27 months. Learning methods combine self-study with work-based assignments and practical skills development workshops.

Entry qualifications

Applicants will need a first-degree qualification – or, at least two years’ management/supervisory experience and professional qualifications. This includes, for example, a Certificate in Training Practice, a Certificate in Personnel Practice or an NVQ 3 in a management-related area.


These include: core management (managing activities, managing in a business context, managing people, managing information); specialist electives with a training and development focus (learning and development, managing organisational learning and know-ledge, managing the training and development function, management development); people management and the thinking performer; and the management report.

Career opportunities

The course is developed specifically for training and development pro-fessionals and focuses on developing practical skills. It is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) to meet the requirements of its professional development scheme. Candidates who successfully complete the three fields of study and the management report module can apply for graduate membership of the CIPD.

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