School of Education

Postgraduate Certificate Education (International) (PGCEi)

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If you love teaching, and want to get better at it, the PGCEi is for you. It focuses on improving professional practice for international educators through critical reflection and research.

You will compare teaching approaches in different countries and develop a global approach to education. It does not matter what age or subject you teach – the PGCEi is relevant to all curricula and phases. 

The PGCEi has always been a blended course with elements of face-to-face teaching combined with asynchronous distance learning. Covid infection rates are taken into account when planning our cohorts, so although most induction sessions now take place in-country, some will remain online. Please see cohort pages for induction details.

You will interact with tutors and other students in an immersive digital environment throughout the course in groups and on a one-to-one basis. These meetings will support your engagement with expert-taught course content over the 11 months of the programme. 

The PGCEi is a Level 7 qualification on the UK National Qualifications Framework and carries 60 CATS points.

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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.


Why Nottingham?

award iconThe PGCEi programme is offered by a truly international university, with the School of Education ranked in the top 10 in the UK and top 50 worldwide in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023.
globe iconEducators from more than 70 countries have studied our PGCEi, taught by world-expert tutors with a range of specialisms. As a graduate, you will be joining a large network of more than 6,000 teachers worldwide.


You will interact with tutors and other students for an intensive induction teaching block at the beginning, and then at various points throughout the course. This will support the development of a learning community, enabling you to get to know your tutor and for your tutor to get to know you.

The induction sessions will be held 9am to 5pm (in the local time zone for the cohort location) unless stated otherwise on the cohort page. You are welcome to apply for any cohort but please ensure the dates/timings/location of the induction sessions suit you as it is compulsory that you engage in these sessions.

Location Start date Induction session

Nottingham, UK 1 June 2023 26 to 29 June 2023
Hong Kong 16 June 2023 15 and 16 July and
22 and 23 July
(four 4-hour sessions)
Online induction
Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa 1 July 2023 14 and 15 July 2023 and
5 and 6 January 2024
Shanghai, China 11 August 2023 9 and 10 September 2023 and
16 and 17 September 2023
(four 4-hour sessions)
Online induction
Valencia, Spain 1 September 2023 16 and 17 September 2023 and 
3 and 4 February 2024
Suzhou, China 1 September 2023 30 September and 1 October 2023
Online induction
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 22 September 2023 20 to 23 October 2023
Bangkok, Thailand 1 October 2023 13 to 16 October 2023
UAE 1 October 2023 7 and 8 October 2023 and
9 and 10 March 2024
Singapore 2 January 2024 22 to 25 February 2024
Prague, Czech Republic Next cohort to be arranged  
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 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.


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

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


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