International Postgraduate Certificate in Education

What is iPGCE?

The iPGCE course is designed and delivered by top teachers worldwide, giving you support and providing evidence of what works well to improve both teaching and learning. You’ll be learning on the job which is a great way to develop your skills by absorbing information from experienced teachers around you.

International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS) allows trainee teachers not currently based in the UK to attain their qualified teacher status (QTS). This is a new accreditation which is issued by the Department for Education.

Online Online

The course is delivered to you online via webinars, videos, podcasts research and tutorials. With interactive and engaging platforms it encourages both independent and peer learning.

School-based School-based

You will be based in schools for the entirety of the course, teacher training is most effective whilst learning on the job. iPGCE will be completed over 1 academic year for full-time and 2 academic years for part-time.

Worldwide Worldwide

You can be employed or on a placement in a school from anywhere in the world. However, your selected school will be required to meet our selection criteria, ensuring that the right support is provided.

Support Support

The course is described as ‘excellent’ by Ofsted. With regular online tutorial programmes, we ensure that you gain deeper knowledge and understanding of the topics you cover. You will also be guided on a day-to-day basis by your own in-school mentor.

Employed route

This route is for unqualified teachers will are currently employed in a school that would like to gain a teaching qualification. 

Read the guide to explore:

  • Course structure
  • Features of the course
  • Perks and benefits

Non-employed route

This route is for graduates who are not employed in a school currently. You will be hosted on placement in a school. 

Read the guide to explore:

  • Course structure
  • Features of the course
  • Perks and benefits

How will iPGCE benefit me?

The course curriculum covers everything required to become a high-quality teacher, developing your knowledge on how to teach a specialised subject at a secondary level or cover a range of subjects at a primary level. Other great benefits of enrolling on the course include – Learning how to manage behaviour in the classroom and gaining a deeper understanding of how children of different abilities learn. When completing the iPGCE course you will be visited once in school and twice virtually by a university assessor.

There are currently two separate entry routes to qualify for this course which allows you to teach in Primary or Secondary schools – an employed and a non-employed route. The program focuses on developing your skills as an educator through a school-based training model for Teacher Training, whilst delivering content and learning online. 

Key iPGCE information

Once you successfully complete iQTS, the DfE will automatically award you QTS (Qualified Teaching Status), which is recognised in England and other countries as a formal teaching qualification.

There are three start dates in each academic year for both full-time and part-time routes – September, January and April. This qualification is awarded by the National Institute of Teaching and Education, part of Coventry University. 

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