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

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

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Study mode

Distance without attendance


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching / Training (General) Flexible Learning Design Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

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.

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


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

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

Students need to have 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.

University information

For a century, the University of Leicester has been home to great minds; academics, researchers and students who aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo, advance new practices, and develop a fresh way of thinking. Through the ground-breaking work of the university’s expert research groups, postgraduate students will tackle the emerging social, economic, political, and scientific issues head-on and set the agenda where others simply follow....more

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