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This one-year PGCE course will prepare you to teach in international settings.

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Contact us: pgcei@warwick.ac.uk

What's the course about?

What is this course?What is the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International)?

This one-year Post-Graduate course is specifically designed to prepare you for teaching in international settings. It will equip you to be a reflective, competent and professionally aware educator through a unique blended learning programme that includes:

An intensive five day face-to-face induction in Thailand led by Senior Teaching Fellows from Warwick.

‘Live’ online sessions in all Subject Studies, Reflective Practice and Professional Practice modules throughout the year.

Completion of a Professional Digital Portfolio (PDP), with its enhanced evidence of reflection and final assessment against the UK Teachers’ Standards.

The completion of two Master’s level assignments, one based on a subject-related issue and one on a comparative international theme.

Teaching practice with assessment points and a summative lesson observation from a Warwick tutor.

Three personal tutorials led by staff at Warwick and on-going mentor support provided by schools throughout the year.

The University of Warwick’s reputation amongst employers is rated as one of the top fifteen in the world. We are also consistently ranked as one of the top ten in the United Kingdom. The Centre for Teacher Education is the University’s global-service provider for high quality training and professional education. It has been awarded “Outstanding” provider status by the British government standard (OFSTED).

For January 2019 the International PGCE will be offered at a promotional 10% discounted price of £6,750. Future cohorts will be required to pay £7,875.

Why train to teach?

What will I learn?Teaching and assessment

The PGCEi is a 90-credit course based around three 30-credit modules:

Subject Studies (primary or secondary education) 30-credits
You will follow a programme of subject studies sessions related to your area of phase and expertise. These sessions are designed to heighten your awareness of the pedagogical approaches related to each subject/phase specialism. This will help you adopt a range of approaches and strategies to ensure your teaching is sufficiently diverse to challenge or support as appropriate in an international education setting.

You engage critically and analytically with a range of theories and models which underpin effective teaching and learning. You'll develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required to be an effective teacher. You'll nderstand the impact this has on pupil progress in their subjects, building towards a vision for outstanding learning and teaching in your area of expertise that will underpin your practice on teaching placements.
Assessment will comprise of a summative 4000-word Master’s level assignment.

Reflective Practice 30-credits
You'll engage critically and analytically with a range of theories and models which underpin effective teaching and learning in international educational settings. You will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required to be an effective teacher and understand the impact this has on pupil progress in a range of international contexts.

You'll also be introduced to skills and techniques to support your development as a reflective practitioner, gaining access to a wide variety of pedagogic styles and innovative methods for learning and teaching in international settings. Throughout the course, links between critical reflection and your subject specialisms will be emphasised, helping you to embrace the concept of a connected curriculum.
Assessment will comprise of a summative 5000-word Master’s level assignment.

Professional Practice 30-credits
This component consists of a minimum 90-day teaching placement in your specialist phase. This includes regular meetings with your school mentor, as well as evaluations of professional practice through mentoring conversations on placement following lesson observations.
There are 2 components for the assessment of this module, both of which must be passed for the module to be completed.

  • Reflections which detail your progress towards the UK Teachers’ Standards which are evidenced in the Professional Digital Portfolio (PDP) – equivalent to 3000 words (pass/fail)
  • All practical teaching in the classroom must also be assessed against all the UK Teachers’ Standards (pass/fail)

Please note - Qualified Teacher Status in England and Wales is conferred by the Teaching Agency on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education (England) and the Minister for Education and Skills (Wales) and not by universities. The PGCE international programme does not, therefore, offer a licence to teach in the UK or elsewhere. We have assessment-only options should you wish to gain Qualified Teacher Status.


What are the requirements to take this course?What are the entry requirements?

You must hold an approved Bachelor’s degree with Honours at 2:2 or above, (or) equivalent level.

Primary trainees: English, Maths, and Science GCSE A-C or equivalent.

Secondary trainees: English, Maths GCSE A-C or equivalent.

Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, you will need a minimum score of 6.5 or equivalent under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no less than 6.0 in any element. Please see their website for details.

To ensure you have the appropriate computer requirements to enable you to study online, please check our computer specification guidance notes.

Apply nowFurther Study

You may choose to put your 90 Master’s-level credits towards the Centre for Teacher Education’s MA in Professional Education.

This would require you to complete a Foundation Research Methods module (30-credits) and dissertation (60-credits), all of which can be completed via distance learning.

Wondering if this is the course for you?

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