Distance Learning

Course structure

The course starts in September with a study school and lasts until July. Module One is introduced at the study school and Modules Two and Three are taught via distance learning and online independent study.

Module 1: Teaching and Learning Part One

An introduction to general principles within education, including teaching, planning, assessment, and policy. The written assignment for this module is submitted in December.

Module 2: Teaching and Learning Part Two

An online module that allows students to pursue an issue or area related to their own context and/or subject with the aim of furthering subject-pedagogical knowledge and understanding critical reflection. The written assignment for this module is submitted in late March.

Module 3: Small-scale Study

Allows students to carry out a piece of classroom- or institution-based research. The written assignment for this module is submitted in early June.

Successful completion of all three modules will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Students awarded the iPGCE gain 60 credits at Masters level. These can count towards other qualifications at the School of Education including the MA in Applied Professional Studies in Education.

This qualification does not include UK Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of changes the University will consult and inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.