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PGCE International - PGCEi

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

This one-year postgraduate 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. **Given the current Covid-19 Pandemic the induction for the cohort beginning in July 2021, i will now be delivered virtually**
  • ‘Live’ online sessions in all Phase Studies, Professional Practice and Professional Enquiry modules throughout the year. These will take place at 7pm Bangkok time for x2 hours in length, bi-weekly and mainly in term time. Overall there are 18 online sessions covering a range of educational themes across both primary and secondary phases.
  • 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 phase-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).

Teaching and assessment

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

Phase Studies (primary or secondary education) 30-credits

You will follow a programme of 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 will understand 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.

Professional Enquiry 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. Over these 90 days you will need to have completed a minimum of 144 hours of teaching, to groups of eight or more students. The placement will include 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 (delivered in the UK) should you wish to gain Qualified Teacher Status. Please note that Assessment-only programmes have their own nationally-regulated course entry requirements and we recommend that you review these should you intend to progress to this programme following your PGCEi. Further information on our Assessment-only programme can be found on our website here.

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

Primary trainees: 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.



Course Start Date

Total Course Fee payable to Warwick by Student

Non-refundable deposit of £600

Instalment 1 (50% of fee, less deposit amount) – start date of course

Instalment 2 (25% of fee) – start of month 4

Instalment 3 (25% of fee) – start of month 7

PGCEi Cohort 4


9th August 2021

£7,450* per student

£600 payable by 19 July 2021

£3,125 due on start date of course

[£3,725 less deposit of £600]

£1,863 due Nov 2021

£1,862 due Feb 2022

*Reduced from £8,269 per student as a decision was taken to deliver induction fully online and not in Bangkok due to Covid-19.

Additional course costs

You may incur costs associated with obtaining a relevant visa for permitted entry into Thailand. It is your responsibility to ensure you hold a relevant visa for attendance at the induction event.

Should you fail your summative lesson observation carried out by a Warwick Link Tutor, you will incur a resit fee to cover the costs of arranging and carrying out a further assessment which will vary depending on the location of your educational setting.

You should consider these costs when deciding whether or not to accept this offer. Read more on our funding pages.

Wondering if this is the course for you?

To find out more about our current course, including an induction in Bangkok, Thailand, please contact pedagogue at warwick dot ac dot uk

If you'd like to find out more about future locations or opportunities for partnership, please contact pgcei at warwick dot ac dot uk

Option of further study afterwards

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.

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