International Student Advice and Support PGCert


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Qualification name:International Student Advice and Support
Duration:1 year part-time
Entry requirements:Candidates should normally hold an approved first degree with at least second class honours (or equivalent) or an approved professional qualification deemed to be equivalent to a second class honours degree.
Other requirements:Applicants should also have experience of working with international students within an educational institution. Applicants with the UKCISA Certificate for International Education Professionals are well placed to engage with this programme. Applicants with qualifications other than a first degree who have an approved professional qualificatin, or those with non-standard applications, will be considered on an individual basis.
IELTS:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
Start date:November
Campus:Jubilee Campus

Course Overview

This course starts in November and can be completed over one year of part-time study.

The Postgraduate Certificate International Student Advice and Support addresses the needs of a range of professionals who work or seek employment in educational settings where the recruitment and personal, academic and professional support of international students is core business.

Principally this programme will enable individuals working with international students (for example in student support services and international offices) in the independent sector (eg. English language schools, public schools), and in higher and further education to systematically develop, extend and deepen their knowledge of both theory and practice. 

In a pervasive climate of local, national and international change, such professionals require expertise in interpreting changing political, social and legal frameworks, alongside the cultural and psycho-social aspects of helping and advice work with a variety of international students. This programme will address the central issues facing international student advisors in their day-to-day working lives.

The UK Council for International Students Affairs (UKCISA) has chosen The University of Nottingham's School of Education, with its expertise in counselling and international education, as their preferred institution to deliver this innovative qualification for professionals working in the sector. 

We're delighted to be working with The University of Nottingham on this exciting new opportunity for enhancing the professional development of International Student Advisers and related staff. The role of the ISA has never been more crucial to the well-being of students and the international activity of their institution.


Beatrice Merrick, Director of Services and Research, UKCISA

Read about course alumnus, Lizzie Huckle's, experience of the course and how it helped with her career development.

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Course Details

This course can be completed over one year of part-time study.

The course comprises four 15-credit core modules. Each module is delivered in a two and a half day intensive block totalling 15 hours (generally four hours on Friday, seven hours on Saturday and four hours on Sunday). You are also required to attend an induction event on the Thursday preceding the first module.



  • Thursday 1-6pm
  • Friday 9.30am-12.30pm

Module delivery

  • Friday 2-6pm
  • Saturday 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Sunday 9.30am-1.30pm

You can view the course timetable but please note this is subject to change.

Entry requirements

Yyou would normally be expected to hold an honours degree at 2:2 level or above, or its international equivalent and have at least two years' relevant experience.

Applicants with qualifications other than a first degree who have an approved professional qualification, or those with non-standard applications, will be considered on an individual basis.

If your first language is not English, you must achieve either:

  • an overall score on the IELTS test* of at least 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element 
  • a pass with Merit on a preparation course at the Centre for English Language Education, University of Nottingham

*Please note IELTS test scores have a shelf life of two years. You are required to have a current and valid IELTS test score for entry to this course.

How to apply

Please go to the University's How to Apply webpages for further information.

To ensure your application is considered in time for the start date, please note the following deadline applies:

Application deadlines
Mode of Study Students Start Date Application Deadline 
Part-time Home/EU and international 10 November 2016 17 October 2016



The four 15-credit modules are:


Each 15-credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 3,000 words or equivalent. To complete the Postgraduate Certificate programme successfully, a pass of 50% must be achieved on each assignment.    


Up-to-date fees information and advice on funding opportunities can be found on our student fees and finance website.

International and EU students

The International Office provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, scholarships, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.


Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary and secondary school teachers and vocational and industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study and study for professional development within their chosen career.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 91.9% of postgraduates in the School of Education who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,833 with the highest being £39,000.* 

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. 

Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  

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