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PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) for International Schools

PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) for International Schools

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Full time | Coventry University | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching / Training In Post-Compulsory Education Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary


A teacher training course tailored specifically for trainee teachers employed in schools abroad (junior, preparatory and senior) .

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education teacher training course is tailored specifically for trainee teachers employed in schools abroad (junior, preparatory and senior). It has been designed to sit alongside the national Teachers’ Standards in England and upon successful completion could significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at a later stage. Qualified Teacher Status is the recognised award to teach in state-maintained schools in England.

The PGCE course is school-based, which means that you will study while in employment in a school as a trainee teacher, teaching assistant or learning assistant, under the supervision of an in-school mentor and university tutor. It combines the flexibility of online learning with practical in-school experience, which aims to provide you with relevant study to complement your work in-school. You can choose to study solely online but also have the opportunity to attend up to six days of face-to-face sessions at the university.

The course is designed to be highly practical in nature because we believe that learning the craft of the classroom is best done on the job. It is also grounded in applicable pedagogical research and aims to provide successful teaching practice that is geared to enable you to become a first-class teacher upon successful completion.

We offer multiple start dates throughout the year, so you can start at the right time for you. The course is usually studied over an academic year, but is also flexible and can take longer to allow for individual circumstances –for example, if you work part-time or simply wish to take more time to complete the course. Whenever and wherever you choose to study, our aim is to help you become not just a teacher but a great teacher.

Course information

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a teacher training course tailored for trainee teachers, teaching assistants and learning support assistants, who are employed in schools abroad (junior, preparatory and senior) and wish to have the opportunity to train on the job.

The course aims to develop teachers who are confident, inspiring and highly effective in transferring knowledge and skills to their pupils. In doing so, the course aims to:

  • Enable you to explore wider perspectives in education and have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of codes of practice and contemporary issues affecting schools.
  • Equip you with the skills to reflect on your personal and professional development and respond positively to feedback through critical analysis of your practice.
  • Support you to develop an inquiry-led approach to research of your own practice and reflect on strategies for effective teaching and learning.
  • Foster a culture of independent learning and self-awareness so you can take responsibility for your own professional development while understanding your strengths, weaknesses and how to progress your own teaching.

Career prospects

The course is designed for teachers, teaching assistants or learning support assistants, who are employed in schools abroad but have not undergone any formal teacher training. The course aims to prepare trainee teachers for the ongoing changes and demands in schools, as well as the need for continuous professional development in teaching, upon successful completion.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)


Entry requirements

To gain entry to the course, all trainees must: Hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent as assessed by NARIC; Be employed in a school for the duration of your study. Prior experience in teaching or in schools is not a pre-requisite of acceptance onto the course. Trainees can include recent graduates who have secured a teaching or teaching assistant job in a school, career changers and teachers/assistants who have worked in a school for a time but have no formal teaching qualification.

University information

Coventry University is a well-established higher education institution located in the West Midlands. As the UK’s fastest growing university, and the 6th largest overall, Coventry offers students a wide range of postgraduate courses, award-winning facilities and an extremely high standard of teaching. The main campus is in the heart of Coventry, a truly global metropolitan city with a diverse and dynamic student population. The university...more