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. We have responded to Covid-19 and the continuing high demand for this course by enhancing the blended nature of the programme to remodel the elements taught in-person prior to the pandemic.

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 2022.
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 5,000 teachers worldwide.


Students will not travel to the locations listed here. Instead, you will interact with tutors and other students in an immersive digital environment for an intensive 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 timings of the induction sessions suit you as it is compulsory that you engage in these sessions on the dates/times stated.

Location Start date Induction session
(takes place in an immersive digital environment)
Bangkok, Thailand 1 October 2022 15 and 16 October 2022
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 1 October 2022 22 and 23 October 2022
29 and 30 October 2022
(four half day sessions)
UAE 1 October 2022

14 and 15 October
10 and 11 March 2023
(takes place face-to-face in Ajman)

Singapore 3 January 2023 21 and 22 January 2023
28 and 29 January 2023
(four half day sessions)
Prague, Czech Republic 1 February 2023 18 and 19 February 2023
Bangalore, India Next cohort to be arranged  
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Next cohort to be arranged  
Nottingham, UK Next cohort to be arranged  
Hong Kong Next cohort to be arranged  
Shanghai, China Next cohort to be arranged  
Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa Next cohort to be arranged  
Suzhou, China Next cohort to be arranged  
Valencia, Spain 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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