Postgraduate Certificate in Education International

Entry year
Course code
School of Education and Childhood
One year
Distance learning; September and April start
Programme leader
Juliet Edmonds

This course is open for applications

The structure and content of this course is currently under review and subject to final UWE Bristol approval. The new details will be published on this page during May 2024

Page last updated 18 April 2024


Enhance your teaching career by studying a range of best practice pedagogical approaches on this flexible, practice-focused, online postgraduate course for those working in international contexts in any location.

Why study international education?

With a growing interest in international education, many educators are now keen to learn more about different best practice teaching approaches used internationally, and how to apply them in their own practice.
Teachers with an international qualification are increasingly sought after to teach and lead in schools and educational organisations around the world.

Why UWE Bristol?

This one-year international Postgraduate Certificate in Education (iPGCE) from UWE Bristol is for teachers, or aspiring teachers, in international schools or those with an international focus.

Supporting you to provide the best education for learners, we will share different theories, models and practice approaches.

You will be supported to try out new ways of working, implement different strategies, and evaluate the impact of your teaching on learners' needs in your own setting.

Delivered as an online course, you will study at a distance, supported by UWE tutors, alongside your work.

Because this is a very practice-focused course, you need to be teaching during the course. You will try out different teaching strategies and ways of managing your classroom. We will support you to evaluate your practice and we will provide clear feedback. We will refer to a range of evidence to support this, including videos of your teaching, audio clips, transcripts, photographs, self-evaluation and feedback to monitor and support your practice and progress. Tutor feedback on your practice will refer to the appropriate English Teachers' Standards.

You will need the support of your school/organisation to enrol on the course.

The iPGCE course is taught and assessed in English.

Please note: Qualified Teacher Status in England is awarded by the Teaching Regulation Agency on behalf of the government. It is not awarded by universities and so this course does not lead to QTS, or to the equivalent in any other country.

Where can it take me?

The insights and knowledge you gain by studying, applying and evaluating teaching approaches used internationally will help to transform the way you teach.

You can position yourself as an internationally specialised teacher, which can support your progress into education management and leadership.

Taking what you have learnt into your school will add value to their education offer.

Find out more about UWE Bristol's School of Education and Childhood.

iPGCE at UWE Bristol

Learn more from the Programme Leader about our iPGCE.



You will study:

  • Learning and Teaching
  • Contextual Inquiry
  • Professional Practice.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

This course is delivered online in English, through a series of videos, readings, webinars and online tutorials. There will be regular study tasks and group input tasks..

You will be able to try out and evaluate different pedagogical approaches, adapting them to your own practice and environment, as you develop as an informed, highly reflective teacher.

As you engage with the course online, you will be able to connect and share with your tutors and fellow students.

Students are organised into groups, supported by a Study Tutor to share good practice and ideas, and to maintain the new professional connections and friendships you make through the course.

Throughout the course you will have access to academic and technical support. You will also receive feedback, on your teaching from a UWE Bristol tutor.

Find out more about our academic staff, their teaching expertise and research interests.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

This international PGCE is a one-year course, delivered online.

You'll decide when to study, but the course is structured to help keep you on track.

You'll need to create opportunities to try out different strategies with the learners you work with, evaluating their impact and working out next steps.

You'll also need time to reflect on your journey through the course, and as a teacher.


You can expect to be assessed through portfolios, reports, presentations and reflection exercises. We'll give plenty of support in preparing for assignments.

Learn more about assessments.



You will usually complete at least 60 days of teaching and supporting learning during the course, comprising of at least 120 hours of direct teaching to groups of eight or more learners.

Study facilities

Your course materials and reading will all be available to you online.

You'll log onto our virtual learning environment to watch videos and webinars, take part in discussion activities and access your study tasks.

Technical and academic support will be available throughout the course.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Education and Teaching facilities and see what's on offer here for you.

Studying a PGCE at UWE Bristol

PGCE students talk about the support they have received from the PGCE programme at UWE Bristol.


Postgraduate support

Our support includes access to fantastic facilities, study tools and career consultants, plus practical help to access everything from funding to childcare.


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Careers / Further study

Studying this course will help to transform the way you teach, with access to new ideas and approaches you can feed into your practice.

You can position yourself as an internationally specialised teacher, who is knowledgeable and experienced in a range of pedagogical approaches, with the potential to progress in education management and leadership.

Taking what you have learnt into your school will also add value to the education offer they are able to provide to learners and families.


Supplementary fee information

See our funding pages for more information.


Entry requirements

The University's standard entry requirements apply. Students will need to show that they have, or are due to have at the time of starting the course:

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent.
  • Some experience of teaching and supporting learning, and be in work and teaching regularly.

The student's school/educational organisation needs to agree to their engagement on the course and to confirm that they expect them to be able to complete at least 60 days of teaching and supporting learning during the course, with at least 120 hours of direct teaching to groups of eight or more learners, and be able to confirm that the student has any safeguarding clearance required in that education system/context. 

When applying to this course students should upload a personal statement which explains why they want to do this course and what they hope this course will allow them to achieve once completed.

English Language Requirement

International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no component below 5.5 (or approved equivalent*).

The university accepts a large number of UK and International qualifications in place of IELTS. To find details of acceptable tests and the required grades, please visit English Language Requirements.

How to apply

Applicants apply directly to the University by completing the formal application form.

Applicants linked to Council of British International Schools (COBIS) are eligible for a 5% discount on tuition fees. To apply with the discount, in your application please answer "Yes" when asked "Are you making an application through a partner institution which has an agreement with UWE Bristol?" and then select "Council of British International Schools" as a partner.

Check if your school is a COBIS member.

Read more about postgraduate applications.

Read more about international applications and key international deadline dates.

For further information