2020 start

International Postgraduate Certificate in Education (iPGCE)

School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences

Enhance your professional performance by developing a deeper understanding of planning, teaching and assessment strategies, new technologies and links between practice, theory and research.
Postgraduate education student, Yan Wu

Course description

This course will help you develop a deep understanding of planning, teaching and assessment strategies, along with helping you to get the most out of new technologies.

It will help you to develop links between practice, theory and research through reflection on your own teaching, in order to enhance your professional performance.

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.


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Learning and teaching

The course is fully online. An introductory period during the first weeks of the course consists of reflective tasks, learning to use the library and online discussions, setting the expectations for the rest of the programme and ensuring all students begin the first module on a similar footing. Teaching and learning takes place at a variety of levels.

Personal supervision

Each student is assigned a personal supervisor. Your supervisor will advise on assignment proposals and drafts, and mark your work.

Independent study

Independent study is fundamental to the course. You'll critically engage with, reflect on and formulate perspectives on important issues and debates concerning teaching, schools and other teaching institutions, and explore education from relevant academic and other literatures.

Interactive collaboration

Because nearly all students on the course are professionals – at varying stages in their careers – we actively encourage students to connect with each other and share their learning and reflections through interactive, scheduled discussions. Using both real-time and asynchronous communication tools, our students share and explore current developments in education, programme-specific materials, and their own progressing work and development. 

An overview of studying the iPGCE

Our programme director and students describe how you'll develop your professional skills on our flexible and interactive course.


The iPGCE consists of two 30-credit modules. Assessment develops as the programme progresses, and throughout the programme you're actively encouraged to tailor assignments to your personal and professional development needs.


1 year part-time (online)

It's very exciting to be able to use our findings, through research, to further/better inform not only our own teaching practice and learning journey, but also to have a positive impact on our work environment, and ultimately our students.

Matt Green
iPGCE Student

Entry requirements

A good first degree (2:1 or above, or the international equivalent) and/or suitable professional experience.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.