International Postgraduate Certificate of Education (iPGCE)

International Postgraduate Certificate of Education (iPGCE) 2021-07-27T09:01:13+00:00

Course Details


Level 7

ECTS Credits


Duration of Study Programme

1 Academic Year (part-time)

Awarding Body

University of Derby


January, September & May

Malta/EU Price

£2,625 (2020/21)

Course description

Building on our strengths in teacher training and education, we are pleased to launch our new International Postgraduate Certificate of Education (iPGCE) qualification. The iPGCE programme is designed to support home and international students who already have or are currently working towards qualified teacher status in their home country. The programme provides appropriate Level 7 study and a qualification that is the foundation of good professional understanding and practice, complementing the teacher qualification appropriate to the country of residence.

This International Postgraduate Certificate of Education (iPGCE) is not a teaching qualification but as a teacher already involved in the international school sector you will benefit highly from this qualification, gaining the professional development necessary to achieve more senior roles, enrich your knowledge, challenge your practice and boost your confidence. You may be inspired to continue onto a Masters programme such as our online MA Education (with TESOL and Leadership pathways) or other similar Level 7 courses.

This internationally recognised postgraduate qualification will be unique in its flexibility, it will allow you to study a number of optional areas such as applied pedagogy, evaluating learning, and curriculum challenges, from an international perspective. Furthermore, there will be an option to undertake a module dedicated to inclusion and understanding differences, a highly topical area in the modern teaching environment.

By studying this postgraduate qualification, you will be gaining valuable knowledge relevant to all subjects and curricula, encouraging you to consider new ways of understanding teaching, learning and education in an international context.

What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Curriculum Design and Development
This module provides a basis for understanding pedagogy in relation to the curriculum, theoretical approaches and classroom practice. The module provides the knowledge, skills and understanding for teachers to recognise and respond to the needs of learners, schools and other stakeholders in the design and development of an effective curriculum. You will explore a range of education theories and research which they will critically analyse and evaluate in relation to pedagogic principles and practice. You will be expected to engage in the active synthesis of theory and practice.
  • Research Informed Practice
Through this research-based module you will be challenged to engage critically with appropriate academic reading and research findings and synthesise their studies with a negotiated area of education related to their setting. You will be encouraged to develop an analytical approach to understanding the nature of research methods and approaches, and to assessing their relevance to professional practice. Assessment will be provided through formative online tasks such as a written proposal relating to the subject of your enquiry.
  • Inclusive Practice
This module focuses on critical debate and discussion exploring inclusion from a range of perspectives including attitudes, policy and practice in order to best serve the needs of all learners in classrooms today. Ensuring all learners achieve good outcomes is complex. This module offers a range of opportunities to explore the concept of ‘inclusive practice’, relating to areas such as Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, second language learners, children from a range of socio-economic backgrounds and the associated educational interventions designed to support learners with any exceptionality. A consideration of strategies to reduce potential barriers to success, whilst promoting participation in the classroom, affords the opportunity for discourse around learning in diverse educational settings.
  • Innovative 21st Century Teaching
The use of information technology is growing rapidly in education institutions locally, nationally and globally through a wealth of innovative tools and services that engage learners and educators in the learning process.

How you will learn

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester.

Method of Assessment

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Entry requirements

The qualification has been designed to be accessible without artificial barriers that restrict access and progression. Learners will be expected to hold the following:

  • some ability and possess qualifications at Level 3, for example ‘A’ Levels or vocational awards;
  • some time in an organisational role and shown they have capability and drive to develop;
  • learners seeking further professional development and gain work-related skills and know how.

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6 (or equivalent) is required.

Fees & funding

Get 70% back on the full course fee upon successful completion.

Current Fees

Malta/EU £2,625

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