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PGCert Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International)

Why this course?

The University of Strathclyde has a rich history of teaching and innovation. This programme builds on the international research strengths of the School of Education in the areas of children and childhood, equity and social justice, pedagogy and curriculum policy and teachers and teacher education.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International), or iPGCE, at Strathclyde is a one-year part-time teacher education course which prepares students to teach in international settings. The course aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills of reflecting on their own professional experience by linking theory to practice. Students can choose a specialised area: Early Years, Primary Education, Secondary Education (subject-specific), according to their own interests and experience.

The course content draws on expertise from our existing teacher education courses including BA Primary Education, PGDE Primary and Secondary, PG Cert Educational Issues and Impact, and MSc TESOL and Intercultural Communication.

What you’ll study

Students will study the following three modules:

  • International Education: Issues, Debates & Challenges
  • Learning, Teaching & Professionalism in International Contexts
  • Practitioner Enquiry for Professional Learning

Successful completion of these three modules leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate.

All modules are at Masters level. The programme also offers a route into a full Master's degree and a research-orientated career.

Course content

International Education: Issues, Debates & Challenges

This module explores the aims, purposes and values of education in the students own country using examples of other international contexts for comparison. The content of this module draws on current research and allows students to critically evaluate and discuss the impact of educational policy on learning and teaching. Students will debate the complexities of education through an international and comparative lens.

Learning, Teaching & Professionalism in International Contexts

In this module, students will develop their pedagogical skills and learn about innovative approaches to teaching. They will also reflect on a range of strategies for teaching specific subject areas in their own settings. They will see the immediate impact of their pedagogical practices in pupils’ learning.

Practitioner Enquiry for Professional Learning

This module develops students’ dispositions of systematically scrutinising their knowledge and understanding about the complex relationship between theory and practice. Students learn how to conduct investigation of an educational nature and ways of evidencing its impact on learners and professional practices. From this, they will conduct an independent practitioner enquiry project.

Learning & teaching

The programme will be fully online with ‘live’ interactive lectures designed and delivered by experienced academic staff who also teach on our domestic BA and PGDE Primary and Secondary Education programmes.

Lectures are supplemented by online tutorials and seminars where students will be in smaller groups. For some elements of the programme, students will receive one-on-one support from tutors.

To enhance student experience, we will also organise two course support conferences, which provides the opportunity for students to meet and work with the tutors in groups and on an individual basis.


The programme will be assessed by written assignments, presentations, video analysis, practical team and individual projects.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree with at least a 2:1 or degree lower than this with professional experience working in an education-related setting. Normally applicants will already be working in an educational setting as early-career teachers, teaching assistants or equivalent.

It is strongly recommended that candidates nominate their current employer as one of the referees in the application stage.

English language requirements

You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English.

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (with no score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigrations (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Vis and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Fees & funding


All fees quoted are per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • £6,500

Rest of UK

  • £6,500


  • £6,500

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


The students will already be working in educational settings as early-career teachers or teaching assistants prior to undertaking this programme.

Students who successfully complete the programme will pursue careers in teaching in their home countries or internationally. This could be to young learners, high school students, college or university students or adult learners.

The programme also offers a route into a full Masters degree and a research-orientated career. Possible job titles of graduate could be:

  • early years practitioner
  • primary school teacher
  • secondary school teacher
  • principal teacher
  • university lecturer
  • course designer
  • course director

Information about eligibility to register to teach in Scotland can be found on The General Teaching Council for Scotland website.

Information about gaining QTS in order to teach in England can be found on the UK government website.

Contact us


Education (International) - January intake

Qualification: PG Certificate, Start date: Jan 2020, Mode of delivery: online, part-time

Education (International) - September intake

Qualification: PG Certificate, Start date: Sep 2020, Mode of delivery: online, part-time

Education (International) - January intake

Qualification: PG Certificate, Start date: Jan 2021, Mode of delivery: online, part-time

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