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Learning and Teaching in International Contexts (Online) PGCEi

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1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

This course offers current and aspiring education professionals, teaching within a range of international contexts, a flexible route towards gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Education International (PGCEi) Learning and Teaching in International Contexts (Online). The course is relevant to all subjects and focuses on the improvement of individual practice through critical reflection and developing an understanding of research-informed practice.

It enables you to compare teaching approaches in different countries and develop a global approach to education.

Delivered through our online learning platform, you will learn in a rich and rewarding online environment, engaging in professional discussions and communities of practice with practitioners in a variety of international contexts.

You will:

  • develop the capability to motivate and inspire learners to succeed and progress through the implementation of a range of innovative, creative and adaptive teaching strategies
  • discover inclusive and varied learning, teaching and assessment strategies to gain depth and breadth of knowledge and confidence in delivery
  • promote critical reflection and the ability to link theory to practice to become confident, critical, creative, adaptable, articulate and inspiring educators
  • develop your understanding of international educational contexts and approaches
  • learn about research informed practice and demonstrate the capacity to actively engage in educational research within the practice context to support the enhancement of learning, teaching and assessment.

How you are assessed

Forms of assessment include a practice based research project, a comparative essay and an Individual Learning Portfolio (ILP).

The ILP includes:

  • a reflective journal
  • informal teaching observations by the mentor and/ or peers
  • self-assessment observations linked to recorded excerpts of the students’ teaching
  • critiques of specific aspects of practice
  • target setting for professional enhancement
  • observations of other teachers/ in alternate contexts
  • evidence of learning, teaching and assessment
  • a defined professional development project.

Career opportunities

The course is aimed at current and aspiring educational professionals who have an interest in developing and enhancing their understanding of worldwide approaches to education. You will graduate with the knowledge and professional skills required to support your career development and pursue teaching roles in a range of international schools and educational settings.


You gain an understanding of practitioner-led approaches to educational research, and how educational research can be used to inform practice. You will have the opportunity to become an effective practitioner with a thorough understanding of relevant research theories. Tasks completed throughout this module are designed to enhance your judgements and abilities to make links between educational practice and educational research.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

£1,500 for each 20 credit

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

£1,500 for each 20 credit

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following (including GCSE, or standard equivalent, in English and maths grade 4 (C) or above): First degree (minimum of a 2:2); A signed practice agreement form that confirms you are employed as a teacher within a school/ college in an international context. Alternatively, you must demonstrate that you have at least 50 hours of teaching practice agreed and are fully supported by a school/ college in an international context (with all local suitability checks in place). In all cases the practice agreement must show that the school/ college agrees to provide a mentor.

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