PGCE (International) Postgraduate Certificate in Education PGCEi


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PGCert Education (International)
1 year part-time
Entry requirements
2:2 (or international equivalent)
Other requirements
Applicants should be established educators with regular access to a classroom setting and the internet
6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
Start dates throughout the year
Cohort locations across the world
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


The PGCEi is a Level 7 qualification on the UK National Qualifications Framework. It is taught by part-time, distance learning and is a programme of professional enrichment for educators working in countries other than the UK.
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The Postgraduate Certificate in Education International (PGCEi) is relevant to all curricula, subjects and phases. It focuses on the improvement of individual teaching practice through critical reflection and research on practice. It also enables you to compare teaching approaches in different countries and develop a global approach to education.

The course comprises a face-to-face introductory event in your cohort location, where you will meet your Nottingham-based tutor as well as your fellow students. This is followed by online distance learning with individual tutor support.

The general aim of the PGCEi is to improve practice by building new ideas and strategies which are tested out in your own classrooms. More specifically, the programme aims to improve teaching by:

  • helping you to understand your own education system from an international perspective
  • enabling you to become conversant with the basic assumptions, concepts, and principles of a range of learning theories and to evaluate their usefulness in specific educational situations
  • promoting a deeper understanding of a range of teaching strategies
  • developing expertise in practitioner research
  • making appropriate use of professional and research literature

Important note: The PGCEi is an academic qualification, not a teaching qualification, and therefore does not offer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in the UK.

Please visit the PGCEi website for more information and to see which countries are currently recruiting cohorts.


Course details

The PGCEi consists of four core 15-credit modules. The induction stage is an intensive block of study. All additional modules are taught via distance learning, allowing you to conduct practitioner inquiry in your own schools.

The recommended timescale for the course is approximately 12 months, but it can be completed in eight months.

The face-to-face programme will involve small group discussion, presentations, whole group interaction and tutorials.

The web-based component uses a dedicated virtual learning environment including online course materials, learning resources and tutorial support.

Each module will be assessed by coursework and a 3,000-word assignment.



The current modules are:

Each of the modules is 15 credits at level four (masters). Marks of 50% or higher for a module will result in masters credit which gives the possibility of credit towards an MA Education (180 credits are needed for the MA).

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



Please visit our course venues page for information on fees.



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.

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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