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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.


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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. 

Qualified Teaching Status

While the iPGCE does not offer Qualified Teacher Status, many international schools recognise the value of our postgraduate education certificate. Please see our explanation of Qualified Teaching Status for more information.


Module one is assessed via two pieces of work (each 3,000 words). Module two consists of a report on a small-scale research project (equivalent to 6,000 words).


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 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 any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.