School of Education

Postgraduate Certificate Education (International) (PGCEi)


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Qualification: Postgraduate Certificate Education (International) (PGCEi)
Duration: The recommended timescale for the course is approximately 11 months

Course overview

A Level 7 qualification on the UK National Qualifications Framework, PGCEi is relevant to all curricula, subjects and phases.

It focuses on improving individual teaching practice through critical reflection and research. You will compare teaching approaches in different countries and develop a global approach to education.

This course comprises either one or two face-to-face sessions (depending on cohort location), where you will meet your Nottingham-based tutor as well as fellow students. You will then complete your studies online with individual tutor support.

Why Nottingham?

The PGCEi at the University of Nottingham is one of the leading courses of its type. The programme is offered by a truly international university, with the School of Education ranked 8th in the UK for education in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

The PGCEi runs in 20 locations around the world, taught by world-expert tutors with a range of specialisms. More than 4,000 students have completed the programme, with approximately 900 currently on course.


Cohorts are available in the locations below. You do not need to be based in the cohort country, if you are prepared to travel further, you can apply for any cohort. Please also note that some cohorts split the face-to-face session into two, so please bear this in mind when choosing the cohort you wish to apply for.

Country Location Start date Face-to-face sessions
China Hong Kong (SAR) Next cohort to be arranged One
China Shanghai Next cohort to be arranged One
China Suzhou Next cohort to be arranged One
Colombia Bogotá Next cohort to be arranged One
Czech Republic Prague February 2020 One
East Africa Nairobi July 2020 Two
Ghana Accra Next cohort to be arranged One
India Bangalore Next cohort to be arranged Two
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur April 2020 One
Nigeria Lagos July 2020 Two
Peru Lima Next cohort to be arranged One
Singapore Singapore Next cohort to be arranged One
Spain Valencia March 2020 Two
Thailand Bangkok Next cohort to be arranged One
UAE Ajman March 2020 Two
UK Nottingham Next cohort to be arranged One
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City Next cohort to be arranged One

Please note: All PGCEi programmes are considered UK programmes for the purpose of registration and if you wish to make an enquiry please answer the question 'Where do you want to study?' as 'UK'. This does not alter your student status in anyway and is entirely for technical reasons.

Please note that this course does not give Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
QTS is conferred by the Teaching Regulation Authority (an executive agency of the Department for Education) on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education (England) or by the Education Workforce Council on behalf of the
Minister for Education and
Skills (Wales). This PGCEi 
does not therefore offer a licence to teach in the UK or elsewhere.


Our graduates consistently tell us that the course has enhanced their career prospects and been an aid to promotion.

I cannot find enough words to express my gratitude to those who have designed this course...since I have learned so much and most importantly, my thoughts have developed enormously and critically.

Gayana Krnatyan, Istanbul cohort

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