PGCE International Early Years

PGCE

International Early Years

This course is open for applications

About this course

Entry year:
2020/21
Course code:
X71A6
Applications:
University
Level:
Postgraduate
Department:
Education and Childhood
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
One year
Delivery:
Distance learning full-time; April start
Programme leader:
Rebecca Kingsley-Jones
Key fact:
Enhance your teaching career by studying a range of early years approaches and frameworks, including the Early Years Foundation Stage, on this flexible, online postgraduate course for those working in international contexts.

Page last updated 14 January 2020

Introduction

Why study international early years education?

With a growing interest in international education, many early years 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 education provision in kindergartens and schools around the world.

Why UWE Bristol?

This one-year postgraduate iPGCE from UWE Bristol is for early years teachers, or aspiring teachers, in international kindergartens, or schools with an international focus.

Supporting you to provide the best education for young learners, we will share different theories, models and curricula including the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

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. You will attend an additional one to two day community of practice event in China, in either Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen or Guangzhou.

You will need the support of your kindergarten or school to take part, and be teaching regularly as part of your current role.

The course is taught in English.

You will be assessed against the appropriate English Teachers' Standards.

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 this programme 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 early years teaching approaches and frameworks used internationally, including the EYFS, will help to transform the way you teach.

You can position yourself as an internationally specialised early years 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 Department of Education and Childhood.

Structure

Content

You will study:

  • Early Years Learning and Teaching
  • Contextual Inquiry in the Early Years
  • 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 attend an additional one to two day community of practice event in China, in either Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen or Guangzhou. You will have regular opportunities to test out, and evaluate, different pedagogical approaches, adapting them to your own practice and environment, as you develop as an informed, highly reflective early years teacher.

As you engage with the course online, there will be regular opportunities to connect with your tutors and fellow students.

We will organise students 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 be assessed, and receive feedback, on your teaching from a UWE 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 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 children 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. 

Assessment

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

See our full glossary of assessment terms

Features

Placements

You will need 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. 

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

Careers

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 early years teacher, who is knowledgeable about the EYFS, 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 children and families.

If you wish to take your studies further, you could progress onto our MA Education.

Fees

There is currently no published fee data for this course.

Supplementary fee information

See our funding pages for more information. 

Entry

Entry requirements

The University's standard entry requirements apply. Students need to have:

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent.
  • For those without a first degree in the medium of English, a minimum of 6.5 IELTs (with no element being lower than 5.5) or equivalent. Please see the University's list of alternative English Language qualifications.
  • Some experience of teaching and supporting learning, and be in work and teaching regularly.
  • The student's school/kindergarten needs to agree to their engagement on the course and to confirm that they will 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. 

In addition to the above applicants should be aware that they will be required to attend workshops so will need to be able to travel to the following cities:

  • Beijing
  • Shanghai
  • Shenzhen
  • Guangzhou.

The course also involves a UWE Bristol tutor visiting you in your educational setting; distance from these cities may therefore need to be considered as part of your application.

English Language Requirement

International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (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

Read more about postgraduate applications.

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