PgCert Educational Issues, Impact & Immersion

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Key facts

  • Start date: Feb 2020

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Issues, Impact & Immersion will provide focused, research informed professional learning for international teachers.

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Why this course?

This programme will develop your professional learning in relation to the pedagogical, empirical, critical and contextual dimensions of the teaching experience. The course will reflect the educational priorities of the present and the future with the aim of enhancing the complex developmental process of teachers' professional learning.

Teachers who complete the Postgraduate Certificate will emerge with a value system, secure and contextualised professional knowledge, and understanding and skills that meet the needs and aspirations of children and young people.

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Course content

Phase 1: Induction

Phase 2: Professional Specialisation ELT (PS)

Phase 3: Educational Policy & Perspectives (EPP) Principles and Policy in Practice (PPP)

Phase 4: Professional Placement (PL)

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What you'll study

You'll cover the following:

  • Professional Specialisation ELT (PS-Int)
  • Educational Policy & Perspectives (EPP-Int)
  • Principles & Policy in Practice (PPP-Int)
  • Professional Placement (PP)

These modules provide you with opportunities to develop your understanding of educational issues in a broader intellectual context. The aim is to develop your capability for critical and informed professional engagement.

You'll experience the curriculum as woven and cumulative, with learning in the four modules planned in such a way as to incorporate theory and policy (EPP-Int), practical wisdom (PS-Int), knowledge for practice (PPP-Int), and the development of contextualised research and/or evidence informed understanding of practice (PP).

Work placement

You'll spend time at local schools where you'll complete the Professional Placement module.


Teaching will be delivered within a carefully structured course which provides opportunities for flexible and personalised learning (where appropriate), and also ensures a comprehensive range of IT support and facilities.

You'll be able to make full use of the University's virtual learning environment, Myplace, and the extended variety of resources it offers.

Guest lectures

You'll benefit from the opportunity to attend guest lectures.

Course content

Phase 1: Induction

Phase 2: Professional Specialisation ELT (PS)

Phase 3: Educational Policy & Perspectives (EPP) Principles and Policy in Practice (PPP)

Phase 4: Professional Placement (PL)

Learning & teaching

You require to attend lectures and classes at Strathclyde. Outwith these times, you'll engage with online learning resources through Myplace, which will have a dedicated page for each class within the course.

A variety of learning and teaching approaches will be used including lectures, group work, seminars, self and peer assessment, and independent, collaborative, directed and online study.

You'll engage in independent reading, research, and study, paired activities, and in group tasks and collaborative working.

Student-led activities will also feature as part of the seminar experience.


Continuous assessment throughout the course.

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Fees & funding


Please contact us for more information about the fees for this course.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Educational Issues, Impact and Immersion - February

Qualification: PG Certificate
Start Date: Feb 2021
Mode of Attendance: full-time

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