Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications

Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications (Cambridge PDQs) provide a strong framework to support the effective continuing professional development of teachers and leaders.

They help teachers and leaders to: 

  • engage critically with relevant concepts, principles, theories and international best practice 
  • apply new ideas and approaches in reflective practice 
  • evaluate experiences and outcomes to plan further development 
  • improve the quality of their teaching and leadership to enhance the quality of their learners’ learning.

The Cambridge PDQs are available at Certificate and Diploma level and cover four themes relevant to Cambridge leaders and teachers: 

Cambridge PDQs are offered through schools and organisations that have a Programme Leader who has been accredited by Cambridge to develop and run the programme. To take a Cambridge PDQ teachers must find an accredited organisation near to them. The qualifications cannot be taken directly through Cambridge.

  1. Curriculum

    Our syllabuses reflect the latest research and best practice in professional development, teaching and learning. The qualifications are available at Certificate and Diploma level.

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  2. Programme Leaders

    The Programme Leader designs and manages the Cambridge PDQ programme at the Centre. This section sets out Programme Leader responsibilities, the criteria they must meet and the support resources we offer.

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  3. Qualification

    A consistent design approach across all the qualifications helps teachers and leaders progress from Certificate to Diploma on a clear professional development pathway. For each module, candidates produce a portfolio evidencing teaching practice, learning and reflection. This portfolio is examined by Cambridge.

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  4. Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge O Level are recognised by higher education institutions and employers around the world


    Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications are accredited by the Institute of Education, University of London. This helps successful candidates to confidently progress to higher level programmes.

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Interested in running a Cambridge PDQ programme?

If you are a Cambridge school contact our Centre Support team.

If you are not a Cambridge school please complete the Expression of Interest Form