Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International) iPGCE, by distance learning, 12 months

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The iPGCE is an innovative course for experienced and beginning teachers that offers unique opportunities to study pedagogy in a diverse range of professional settings. It is led by world-leading educational researchers, placing students at the forefront of the latest pedagogical developments.

Course description

Course description

The iPGCE is designed for teachers (either experienced or at the beginning of their career) in a range of educational settings, and enables them to develop their pedagogic expertise and enhance their career development potential. The programme supports teachers in developing research and evaluation skills that can be applied to their own practice and that of colleagues, so enabling them to contribute to school improvement initiatives.

The programme is distinctive because it offers the potential to work with local partners (schools and/or universities) to provide opportunities to align with local-delivered professional development. It is therefore both strongly student-centred and partnership-focused, so contributing to both students’ personal and professional career development and to the wider improvement priorities of the settings in which they work.

Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills in conducting school based research and analysis of teaching, learning and assessment of learning. The programme is founded on developing a critically reflective approach to teaching, and a deep understanding of pedagogic theory and the implications for practice.

The iPGCE offers an ideal foundation for students to progress to other School of Education programmes, carrying over 60 credits – such as the Masters in International Education (Campus-based or Distance Learning), MSc. Educational Leadership (Distance Learning), or Masters in Education (Campus-based).

Studying by supported distance learning allows you to choose when and where you study, meaning you do not have to take a career break. We pride ourselves on the level of support we provide our distance learning students. Our award-winning library has world class facilities for distance learning students. You will have full access to our other support services and will be assigned a personal tutor. Out virtual learning environment Blackboard offers a wide range of study support material, and you will have the opportunity to join an interactive web-based community of fellow students around the world.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

2:2 degree in a relevant subject, or international equivalent.

Applicants should be established teachers/educators with access to an educational setting and regular/reliable internet access.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

International Qualifications

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Not applicable

International Students

This is the total course fee. You will pay this fee wherever in the world you live.

Starting in September 2021

  • PGCert: £4,250

Please see our list of available course discounts.

Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Enhanced opportunities for career progression in educational contexts:

  • Middle and Senior School Leadership
  • Advisory Teacher roles (public sector, private and international schools)
  • Educational Consultancy/Professional Development and Training
  • Higher Education roles

Our Career Development Service is here to support you – by email, phone or skype – with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience and more. From registration to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course structure



  • Critical Reflections on Classroom Practice: how people learn and pedagogy
  • Classroom Research Project

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Education at Leicester has an excellent international reputation for the development and teaching of intellectually stimulating education courses.

Student-centred and partnership-focused, with opportunity for bespoke support with collaborative provision alongside local partners.

The University of Leicester has over 25 years' experience of offering high quality distance learning courses.

Designed to support progression (with credit transfer) to a range of Masters programmes in the School.

Teaching and learning

Teaching will be through a dedicated Virtual Learning Environment, with online seminars, guided presentations, directed activities and independent study. This will be complemented by opportunities for regular individual tutorial support and email feedback. Assessment for the taught modules is through coursework.

Find out more about distance learning.

Key dates

Start date: start date for September 2021 to be confirmed
Application deadline for September 2021 start: TBC

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