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 12 months, but it can be completed in eight 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.

Commonwealth Scholarships

 The School of Education has secured five scholarships from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC), funding teachers and educators to study our MA Education (Flexible). As part of the scheme, the students will spend their first year as part of our PGCEi Bangalore cohort.

The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make change, but require financial assistance to undertake professional development through part-time masters programmes. The scheme aims to enable them to enhance the development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire.

Find out more about our Commonwealth Scholarships


Cohorts are currently being recruited in the locations below:

Country Location Start date 
China Hong Kong (SAR) July 2019
China Shanghai Next cohort to be arranged
China Suzhou Next cohort to be arranged
Colombia Bogotá June 2019
Czech Republic Prague February 2019
East Africa Nairobi July 2019
France Verneuil sur Avre August 2019
Ghana Accra July 2019
India Bangalore January 2020
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Next cohort to be arranged
Nigeria Abuja Next cohort to be arranged
Nigeria Corona Next cohort to be arranged
Nigeria Qaardan Next cohort to be arranged
Peru Lima July 2019 
Singapore Singapore Next cohort to be arranged
Spain Valencia Next cohort to be arranged
Thailand Bangkok Next cohort to be arranged
UAE Ajman Next cohort to be arranged
UK Nottingham July 2019
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City Next cohort to be arranged

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).


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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