About the course

The iPGCE course is designed to facilitate postgraduate study from overseas. It is therefore primarily based on a model of distance learning with one initial four-day study school taking place at the University of Sheffield. Apart from the study school, students are introduced to blended teaching and learning practices using a range of online resources, peer discussions and individual tutorials. Over the course of two modules, we will work on a strong pedagogical basis for learning and teaching, exploring theory as well as practical strategies, and looking at the educational context from a variety of geographical locations. In the third module, students will be asked to undertake a small research project.

The study school was a great way to meet the other course participants, learn about their own contexts around the world, and to share ideas based on our very different experiences.

Laura Quinn

Photograph of iPGCE students on a study school

The programme’s teaching is research-led. It makes reference to cutting-edge research in pedagogy and draws on staff’s own research activity whilst also encouraging the development of students’ own research skills in relation to their practice. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own professional development, learning to analyse their own teaching, assess their pupils’ learning, and reflect on the implications for improvement or development. They are also encouraged to adopt a rigorous, research-driven approach which enables them to innovate, evaluate critically and enhance learning standards.

The initial four-day study school is set to take place in October, and is compulsory. Those students who wish to study with us but cannot commit to attendance at the study school are invited to consider the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Professional Studies in Education (PGCert), which forms the first year of the MA Applied Professional Studies in Education (Online), and is taught, entirely virtually. Progression to the MA is also possible from the iPGCE, for those students preferring a face-to-face study school, but wishing to continue their studies to Diploma or Masters level.