The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) is delighted to announce that it has been awarded the status of Professional Development Qualification (PDQ) Center. This means that UNNC is now licensed by Cambridge International to deliver PDQs courses, and in fact is the first PDQ center in East Asia to be approved to deliver PDQs wholly online. 

What are Cambridge PDQs?

Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications (Cambridge PDQs) are practical, convenient and impactful qualifications for ambitious teachers and educational leaders. UNNC is offering three Cambridge PDQ certificates:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Teaching Bilingual Learners
  • Teaching with Digital Technologies
150 hours of learning                                                                                                                                         
From top academics                                                                                                                                           
Online over 24 weeks                                                                                                                                      
With 4 key targets!                                                                                                                                             




  • All the necessary theory, with a focus on its practical implementation to improve your performance
  • Learn best practice from UNNC's expert academics
  • Gain globally-recognised certificate from UNNC and Cambridge Assessment International Education


  • Collaborate with other committed teachers and leaders from a wide range of educational contexts
  • Become more engaged with your work through reflective practice
  • Join a wider community, and attend an annual PDQ day at our beautiful Ningbo campus



  • Create a meaningful connection with a more experienced teacher or leader at your institution
  • This person acts as a bridge between the course and its practical application in the workplace
  • The mentorship system encourages everyone to continue reflecting, collaborating and improving even after the course


  • Study part-time over 24 weeks and develop without putting your career on hold
  • Course delivered online for maximum convenience
  • Missed a class? Don't worry, they are all recorded, just catch up later


Bespoke Cohorts (10 or more candidates)    

Dates: 4-month, 8-month or 24-month programmes 

Price:12,000 RMB per candidate

To discuss bespoke cohorts for your school or institution, contact us:

  • +86(0)574 8818 0016
  • CELEKE@nottingham.edu.cn

Public Course Information

Course dates: 10 October 2022 - 28 April 2023

Twelve online classes at the following times:

Teaching and Learning: Wednesdays, 19:00-20:00

Teaching Bilingual Learners: Thursday, 19:00-20:00

Teaching with Digital Technologies: Thursday, 19:00-20:00

All other work can be completed flexibly to fit your schedule.

The final date to submit E-portfolios is 29 May 2023.

Individual price: 13,500 RMB

Group price : 12,000 RMB

(for groups of 3 or more enrolled on the same programme)

Deadline: 23 September 2023

Please scan the QR code below to pre-register. To check you are suitable for our courses and to answer any questions you may have about them, we will arrange for you to have a fifteen-minute online consultation with the course leader. We look forward to your enrollment!

Pre-register for a PDQ




Frequently asked questions

*Please click on the questions below for answers
Who assesses candidates, and how?

The UNNC academic team will provide regular feedback throughout the course.

At the end of the programme, candidates must submit a portfolio of work to Cambridge Assessment International Education for final assessment.

What qualifications do I need?

To register for our Cambridge PDQs, there are just two simple requirements. All applicants must...

  • be practicing teachers/educational managers (currently in a job)
  • have English level of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent*

*If you do not have recognized certification for your English level, UNNC will provide a direct-entry written language test.

What impact will a PDQ have on my classroom/school?
The course encourages candidates to design learning activities/leadership plans specific to their own professional context.
  • Candidates will develop their reflection skills to keep improving beyond the end of the course.
  • The mentor system encourages collaborative learning which can make for a more supportive and dynamic workplace.

Can I do a PDQ anywhere else in China?

Yes, there are other PDQ centres in China but we are the only organisation in East Asia that is licenced to provide PDQs wholly online. What really sets us apart though is our fantastic delivery team: our current cohort got 100% distinctions in their final Cambridge marked assessment.

Is it diffcult?

Yes, this is a challenging programme that requires considerable reflection, reading and hard work. Candidates must be willing to study for approximately 6-8 hours per week for the duration of the course. Of course, the tutors will be there to provide 1-on-1 support whenever needed.

Who will be the mentor?

Participants will need to identify an experienced member of staff at their school who can act as a mentor and who will receive guidance from Cambridge and your programme leader. It is important that you mentor is someone who you trust and with whom you have a good working relationship.

Sometimes our schedules change.What if someone misses a class?
Instead of attending the live class, candidates can watch the playback afterwards in their free time. Of course, it is preferable to attend the live class, but we understand that life sometimes gets in the way, so we try to make the PDQ flexible and accessible for everyone.
What certification will candidates receive?

At the end of the 24-weeks course, upon successful completion of an assessment, candidates will receive certification from both UNNC and Cambridge Assessment International Education.

The Cambridge PDQ certificate is the equivalent of RQF Level 4.

What else does UNNC offer for schools?

We also offer:

  • MA International Higher Education
  • MA Applied Linguistics
  • PhD Education
  • PhD Studies of English 
  • ...

Contact us

 Business Development Office

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China

+86(0)574 8818 0016


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