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Postgraduate Certificate in Education International PGCEi (2022 entry)

About this taught graduate course

Course overview

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 virtual induction led by Senior Teaching Fellows from Warwick (see the 'Teaching and learning' tab for information about the additional course cost of this induction).
  • ‘Live’ online sessions in all Phase Studies, Reflective Practice and Professional Practice modules throughout the year. These will take place at 7pm Bangkok time for 2 hours in length, bi-weekly and mainly in term time. Overall there are 17 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).

Qualified Teacher Status in England and Wales

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 the Centre for Teacher Education website.


General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

You must hold an approved Bachelor’s degree with Honours at 2:ii 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 (PDF).

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.


English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

  • Band A
  • Overall IELTS (Academic or UKVI) score of 6.5 and component scores.

International qualifications

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.


Additional requirements

There are no additional requirements for this course.

Core 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 will 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.

Professional Enquiry 30-credits

You will 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 will 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.

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.


Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this course.


Teaching

Regular tutorials and a flexible seminar programme ensure that you are treated as an individual from the outset and are supported to progress according to your ability, taking account of your professional and personal development needs.


Assessment

Phase Studies (primary or secondary education) 30-credits

Assessment will comprise of a summative 4000-word Master’s level assignment.

Professional Enquiry 30-credits

Assessment will comprise of a summative 5000-word Master’s level assignment.

Professional Practice 30-credits

There are two 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)

Reading lists

Most departments have reading lists available through Warwick Library. If you would like to view reading lists for the current cohort of students you can visit our Warwick Library web page.


Your timetable

Your personalised timetable will be complete when you are registered for all modules and you have been allocated to your lectures, seminars and other small group classes. Your compulsory modules will be registered for you when you join us.

Your career

Upon completing one of our courses, you will gain 90 credits at Master’s level. This allows you to fast-track to stage two of CTE’s Master’s degree, quickly progressing your professional development.

Career progression may be through taking responsibility for co-ordinating an area of the curriculum or leading a Key Stage, with next steps being a senior management role.

Centre for Teacher Education (CTE)

Our vision and ambition for the Centre for Teacher Education (CTE) derives from a commitment to continue the long history of Teacher Education at the University of Warwick where generations of new teachers gain employment in our partner schools to improve the life chances of the children they teach. Our programmes are underpinned by our core values of social justice, intellectual curiosity and creativity.

Our commitment is to ensure we support and develop you as a newly-qualified teacher and engage you as part of our alumni community. CTE’s Master's in Professional Education is aimed at practising teachers and school leaders and is designed to ensure the content aligns with an individual’s educational research interest. You will focus your research on an area of your own choice to ensure your studies and learning has real value and impact within your school context.

We pride ourselves on making a difference to our students. We place high-quality teaching and student support at the heart of what we do and recognise that our success is built on the strength of our partnership with our students and schools. Teaching is our top priority and our commitment to our students is paramount.

Learn more about us from our website.


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Tuition fees

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

Taught course fees  Research course fees


Fee Status Guidance

The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.

If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.


Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits
  • Dissertation binding
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

Scholarships and bursaries

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