PgCert Education (International)

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Key facts

  • Start date: January/September
  • Application deadline: August/December
  • Study mode and duration: 12 months part-time online
  • Online delivery: ‘live’ interactive sessions and one-to-one support from experienced academic staff

  • Ranked: 3rd in UK for Education (The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)

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  • an internationally-recognised Master’s level teacher professional development programme
  • this fully online course is ideal for teachers and teaching assistants currently working in international school settings
  • designed for those looking to advance their future career prospects and to improve their quality of teaching
  • explore key aspects of learning and teaching in the context of a 21st century multilingual and multicultural landscape
  • aimed at deepening your understanding of educational issues, our course will enable you to apply innovative pedagogical ideas with immediate classroom impact
  • develop your professional knowledge and skills by giving you an opportunity to conduct a small-scale action research project that will inform your own practice
  • the international PGCE is also known as the iPGCE, PGCEi, PGCiE and PGCE IDL

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Why this course?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International) or iPGCE is a fully online Master’s level teacher professional development programme. Whether you're just starting out in your teaching career, or are keen to take your skills to the next level, the iPGCE offers fantastic learning opportunities. You'll have the opportunity to apply what you learn from the iPGCE to your own classroom as well as the wider community.

This is ideal for teachers and teaching assistants working in international school or bilingual school settings. To study the iPGCE you must have secured a teaching post at a school before the programme start date and be able to demonstrate support from your own school. We have students on this programme currently working in international schools around the world: Spain, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, South Africa, UAE, Pakistan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

The course aims to develop your professional knowledge and skills by linking current debates in education to your practice. You can choose a specialised area: Early Years, Primary Education, Secondary Education (subject-specific), according to your interests and experience.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International) is delivered by our academic staff who bring a wide range of experience and expertise in education. Many are internationally recognised experts in educational research.

The programme also offers a route into a full Master’s degree and a research-orientated career.

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At the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, our friendly and knowledgeable team will be available to provide you with all the information you need to kick-start your postgraduate journey at the University of Strathclyde.

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What you’ll study

You'll undertake the following three Masters-level modules:

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

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

Learning & teaching

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

Lectures are supplemented by online tutorials and small-group seminars. For some elements, you'll receive one-to-one support from tutors.

You'll benefit from attending two course support conferences, which provide the opportunity for you 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.

The PgCert gave me the opportunity to potentially work anywhere in the world, giving me the freedom to choose who I want to be as a person. It shaped my beliefs as an educator and made me a better teacher.
Marta Jane Perinon

Frequently asked questions

Timetable information

There is one live session that you will attend each week for two hours. We have asynchronous lectures and tasks to be completed before each live session. Note that reading weeks are built into each module to give students time to prepare for their assessments.

We have classes that run at two different times each week. You can attend the class that suits your work life best.

All of our students are teachers or teaching assistants so attend at the time that suits their school day. The learning is closely aligned to your own teaching practice so should augment what you are already doing in school. Our current class are gaining a lot from this pre-tutorial preparation.

Project & assessment information

There are three separate modules with three specific assignments. There is no additional overall assessment for the award. We meet on Zoom each week for the live sessions. We have team tasks, presentations and fo​rmative assessment built into these tutorials to support our students' learning.

Additional information on course structure

All the modules are designed to help you explore your own practice. Even the Education Studies module, which is more theoretical, is based on the practice in your school and classroom. If you plan to start in January you will start with a module focusing on pedagogy, then complete a research module and undertake the Education Studies module in September. Students who start in September start with the Education Studies module.

Are there any course specific stipulations such as number of teaching hours to pass?

Because we only have teachers and teaching assistants on our course we do not accept students who need to find their own placement. This is a Postgraduate Certificate taught at Master's level that is designed to help people teaching in schools to enhance their professional and academic practice. If you are an EAL teacher and teach full-time (or close to full-time) in school you will benefit from this programme. It has been designed to allow international teachers to learn at Master's level while developing their professional knowledge, understanding and skills. Our postgraduate courses are designed to allow students to see an immediate impact on their thinking and their practice.

The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. University of the Year shortlisted.
The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. University of the Year shortlisted.
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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.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements/experience

Undergraduate degree with at least a 2:1 or degree lower than this with professional experience working in an education related setting.

Applicants will already be working in an educational setting as teaching assistants, teachers, Head of Department, Senior Managers or other professional roles.

English language requirements

Please check our English requirements before making your application.

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are per academic year unless stated otherwise.

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

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Fees & funding

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

Dun Wang iPGCE student
I chose the iPGCE offered by the University of Strathclyde as it is highly recommended and rated.
Dun Wang