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Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Professional and Vocational Education)

Programme Code C2P041
Mode of Study Two-year Part-time
Programme Leader Mr Li Chin Wa

Programme Aims

This programme is designed for addressing needs that have arisen from changes in post-compulsory education, including the development of career-oriented studies, associate degrees, vocational training and re-training. The programme aims to enable participants to develop the professional knowledge, skills and attitudes required for effective teaching and learning of professional and vocational education (PVE). It will also equip participants for continuous development as committed educators and change agents in their area of teaching. Participants are expected to integrate their disciplinary knowledge with the educational learning fostered by the programme.

On completion of the programme, participants are expected to:

  • apply and adapt key concepts and theories of education and learning within the contexts of PVE;
  • work effectively within their own contexts by understanding, evaluating and interpreting the contexts of PVE from multiple perspectives;
  • design and implement learning environments that are learner-centered and adopt a learning-by-doing strategy oriented to lifelong learning;
  • develop and implement online teaching strategies to support student learning;
  • develop and apply a range of formative and summative assessment strategies to facilitate participants' learning and to ensure that they meet the required standards; and
  • continue to learn within rapidly changing educational environments through the skills of inquiry, application and reflection.

Remark: The curriculum of this programme is currently under review and is subject to revision.

Programme Structure

This is a two-year part-time programme comprising 30 credit points (cps). The programme curriculum covers the following four components:

1. General Methods 6 cps
2. Education Studies 12 cps
3. Elective Studies 6 cps
4. Field Experience 6 cps
Year - Semester General Methods Education Studies Elective Studies Field Experience
Year 1 - Semester 1 Strategies for Teaching and Learning in PVE 
(3 cps)
Understanding Learning 
(3 cps)
  Combination 2;
Independent Project 
(3 cps) +1 Elective Studies 
(3 cps)
Workplace Learning Project I 
(2 cps)
Year 1 - Semester 2   Assessment 
(3 cps)
Combination 1:
2 Elective Studies 
(6 cps in total)
Principles and Practices of Instructional Design 
(3 cps)
Year 2 - Semester 1 Contemporary Issues in PVE 
(3 cps)
Developing Learning Resources in PVE 
(3 cps)
Workplace Learning Project II 
(4 cps)
Year 2 - Semester 2    

Programme Orientation

All participants must attend a programme orientation which includes information sessions about the curriculum, campus facilities and services.

General Methods and Education Studies

The General Methods and Education Studies components provide participants with a substantial grounding in the principles and practices of teaching and assessment relevant to the education of young adults in the professional and vocational education (PVE) context. These include a broad understanding of human development and the learning process; theories of adolescent and adult learning; approaches to teaching strategies; instructional design and assessment; developing learning resources and contemporary issues in the whole field of PVE. The courses include:

General Methods

  • Strategies for Teaching and Learning in PVE
  • Contemporary Issues in PVE

Education Studies

  • Understanding Learning
  • Assessment
  • Principles and Practices of Instructional Design
  • Developing Learning Resources in PVE

Elective Studies

The Elective Studies component offers participants with the extended studies that may be curriculum related or professional development oriented. Participants are required to choose two out of the following courses according to their own professional needs and/or interests. A list of Elective Studies courses offered in the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) Programme (PGDE(S)) and Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Professional & Vocational Education) Programme (BEd(PVE)) will also be provided for participants' selection, as appropriate.

  • Enhancing Participation and Engagement in Learning
  • Human Resource Development
  • Independent Project
  • Leadership in Learning Organizations
  • Promoting and Understanding the Development of Young Adults

Elective Studies courses:

Field Experience

The Field Experience component, as a platform for further professional development, builds on participants' existing teaching experience and knowledge of their work settings. Participants are expected to use relevant professional and vocational education practice to demonstrate the integration of skills and knowledge from other courses and their competence as teachers. Consistent with the University's practice in Field Experience, participants will be visited and provided with feedback on their work by their University Supervisors and colleagues in the workplace. The courses are:

  • Workplace Learning Project I
  • Workplace Learning Project II

Mode of Delivery

The Programme is delivered through face-to-face teaching, non-face-to-face (online and/or supervised) study and independent learning. The ratio of face-to-face teaching to non-face-to-face study is normally 6:4. Each 3-cp course includes 21-24 hours of face-to-face teaching, 15-18 hours of non-face-to-face study, and 78 additional hours of other independent learning, making 117 hours of total student effort. Classes are normally held in weekday evenings and/or on Saturdays in Tseung Kwan O Study Centre/Satellite Study Centre in urban locations/Tai Po Campus, while other arrangements will be made when necessary as decided by the University.

Methods of Teaching and Learning

A variety of teaching approaches, such as lectures, case studies, discussions, presentations, experiential activities, problem-solving activities and directed study, will be adopted. All teaching and learning activities emphasise inquiry, application and reflection.


A range of assessment strategies will be used throughout the courses to facilitate and monitor participants' professional development. These strategies include: case studies, field studies, online discussions, instructional planning, projects, review reports and presentations. All assessments are criterion referenced.

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction is mainly Chinese. English and/or Putonghua is adopted as the language of instruction for relevant courses, as appropriate.

Information Technology Competency in Education (ITCE)

Participants who are enrolled in education programmes (leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) / Qualified Kindergarten Teacher (QKT)) are required to complete the IT e-Portfolio for checking and pass all the required courses in the programme to demonstrate the attainment of Information Technology Competency in Education (ITCE) before graduation. For detailed information, please refer to

Block Credit Transfer

The programme recognises participants' prior learning and grants block credit transfer on an individual basis. Block credit transfer may be granted up to 50% of the total credit requirements for award. Applicant who has completed the following VTC Training Programme(s) may apply for Block Credit Transfer and applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis:

  1. "Introduction to Teaching at VTC (INT)" completed in or before May 2006 – a block credit transfer of one of the two Elective Studies courses;
  2. "Key Skills Programme (KS)" – a block credit transfer of Independent Project course on a condition of completing an additional work on the project related to key skills; and
  3. "An In-service Education and Training Programme for IVE Teachers (INSET)" – a block credit transfer of two equivalent courses, "Strategies for Teaching & Learning in PVE", and "Enhancing Participation and Engagement in Learning".

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants should normally:

  • hold a recognised Bachelor's degree, or equivalent; and
  • hold a teaching post in a local university, post-secondary institution or secondary school.

Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview.


  Admission Programme Programme Leader
(Mr Li Chin Wa)
Tel (852) 2948 6886 (852) 2948 8031 (852) 2948 8055