Why study this course

Gain a recognised qualification from a UK university with a strong reputation in teacher education.

Learn from a team of education specialists with expertise in a wide range of disciplines.

Distance learning – study from anywhere in the world.

Stimulating activities to help you learn at a time that suits you.

Course summary

The International Postgraduate Certificate in Education (iPGCE) is a distance-learning programme tailored to those looking to gain a recognised qualification from a UK university with a long and distinguished history in education and teacher development. Studying for the iPGCE is fully online and designed for students who are already undertaking teaching work in international settings, or who wish to do so in the future. Upon successful completion of the iPGCE, students will also have developed the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue further studies, such as an education-related MA.

Key facts




1 Year

Mode of study


Awarding institution

Bishop Grosseteste University

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About this course

The iPGCE is predominately aimed at in-service practitioners seeking professional development that would help further their career by complementing other teaching qualifications and advancing their understanding of educational issues pertinent to their own context. During the course, students will gain valuable insight to inform their own professional development, bring together theory and practice. Whilst the programme itself is not a form of teaching licence, nor does it lead to International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS)/Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), it is a fantastic way for practitioners to enhance their practice and career prospect.

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What you will study

Students on this course currently study some or all of the following modules:

This module explores key elements of effective teaching and learning which are relevant to education in different contexts. You will consider contemporary challenges, such as those relating to planning and assessment, and how policy and curriculum can impact these. The module will also explore innovative pedagogical approaches that can benefit a range of settings, linking theory and practice.

This module will guide you to reflect on your own professional practice to draw critical insight and engage with research to inform your professional development. You will explore your own pedagogical approach through a critical lens and consider how your impact can be maximised through effective teaching, reflective practice, and active engagement in research/ professional development activities.

This module explores a range of educational technologies that are capable of transforming the future of education. You will consider the associated opportunities and challenges these technologies can bring and how they can be incorporated in practice. By examining relevant literature, practice and research from across the world, you will apply your understanding, drawing up a plan to show how your chosen technology can be utilised within your own setting.

Entry requirements

Students must have an undergraduate degree (typically 2:2 minimum or equivalent). Any applicants who do not meet this requirement should be referred to the Programme Leader as relevant professional experience may be considered. Due to the distance learning nature of the course, all students must also have regular and reliable internet access.

Whilst prior teaching experience is not essential, by the time students commence the iPGCE, they must be working or volunteering in a role involving education, teaching or training. More specifically, this would mean a minimum of 10 hours per week (or equivalent) for the duration of the course. To meet this requirement, students will need to provide confirmation from their employer or volunteer setting that the required minimum hours can be achieved, and that all relevant clearance is in place as appropriate to the country concerned (UK students will need to provide their DBS number). In order to enrol, all applicants must therefore submit a completed version of the workplace agreement document provided by the Admissions team.

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in each component.

Please include references and qualification documents with your application.

If you have any questions about the entry requirements for this course, please contact our Enquiries team for advice on +44(0) 1522 583658 or email enquiries@bishopg.ac.uk

Further information

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In accordance with University conditions, students are entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning, RP(C)L, based on relevant credit at another HE institution or credit Awarded for Experiential Learning, (RP(E)L).

How you will be taught

The course has been specifically designed with distance-learning in mind. This delivery mode offers students significant flexibility, something that is important to those working full-time or in different time zones. When undertaking the iPGCE, you will have access to a plethora of multimedia learning materials, covering a wide of topics. Given the flexible nature of the assessment tasks, you can specialise in a particular area that you want to focus on whilst still able to enrich your learning by exploring all the topics on offer. Alongside a range of independent asynchronous tasks, multiple interactive activities and formative assessment opportunities have also been incorporated, meaning you will be able to work within a thriving learning community and receive regular tutor support.

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Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. You will feel confident approaching us for help and advice.

Throughout the iPGCE, you will be supported by your own personal tutor and will have full access to the Library's catalogue. All students will also have access to a range of professional services, such as Student Advice, Digital Learning and Learning Development.

Fees & Funding

The tuition fee for the iPGCE course is £3000.

A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step.

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