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Postgraduate prospectus

International Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Online)

If you are passionate about developing inclusive intercultural learning and global connectivity in your teaching practice, this online course is ideal for you.

The iPGCE is a global teacher education qualification for practitioners, with two or more years of teaching experience, who want to gain a recognised international qualification for teaching in an early years, primary, secondary or equivalent educational context. This online course is designed to develop teaching skills and knowledge when working with a diverse student body. You will need to be teaching or supporting teaching in a formal education setting (voluntary or paid) throughout the duration of the course.

Studying the International PGCE will enable you to develop your professional competency, as a creative and inclusive educator, through critical reflection and research in a national and global context. This award is widely recognised as an international qualification for teaching excellence.

Once you complete the course, you can use 60 credits towards completing a part-time or a full-time Master’s in Education through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Though this course does not provide a direct route to QTS, it can be used with our UK Assessment Only Route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), if a candidate is suitably qualified and experienced.


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0.5 years full-time

1-3 years part-time

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Home/international fees

* January 2023 starters pay the 2022/23 fees.

2022/23 fees

What you should know about this course

  • iPGCE is delivered online and models how teaching practice can integrate digital technology.
  • The qualification is widely recognised as an international qualification for teaching excellence.
  • Successful candidates can obtain 60 Master's credits that can be used within 3-5 years (subject to the institution’s RPL processes) towards a Master's in Education.
  • Successful candidates who meet the criteria for Assessment Only Route to QTS can undertake this qualification.

International Postgraduate Certificate in Education (iPGCE) at the University of Greenwich

Programme leader of new International Postgraduate Certificate in Education (iPGCE) talks us through our new exciting online postgraduate qualification.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact for more information.

About the course team

Principles of equitable practice and sustainable development underpin our approach to global teacher education. Our team has an extensive range of international expertise and experience of research rich practice across different education sectors. We are qualified teachers and teacher educators, working creatively and effectively, to engage all students in thriving on an empowered journey of learning.

Entry requirements

If you are

Applicants should have:

  • A degree, (minimum of a 2:2 equivalent).

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

Applicants will need to be teaching in an international school, this can be voluntary or paid but they will need to be working with an employer for the duration of a programme.

For more information, contact:

Available to overseas students?


Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Covid safe teaching and learning

We are looking forward to welcoming students to our campuses for 2022/23. In line with government guidance, we are committed to delivering as much of our teaching, learning and student activity as possible on campus for the 2022/23 academic year. Depending on the national situation, and government advice, the situation may change but we are confident we are ready to manage any changes quickly and safely. Find out more about how we are keeping our campuses safe.

Learning experience

The iPGCE is a distance learning course that is delivered online. In a typical week, learning takes place through a combination of lectures and seminars. You will be able to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller group sessions. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

The typical student intake per year averages 20-30.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you will need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for coursework and assessments. Our online library resources and academic skills support will assist your further reading and research. You can also join a range of online student activities.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of contact hours (lectures, seminars, etc), independent learning, and assessments. You should expect to spend at least eight hours a week studying outside of University attendance.


On the iPGCE, students are assessed in a variety of ways including group work, presentations, evaluation tasks, self-reflective essays and research study. All assessment is designed to enhance professional development and strengthen understanding of inclusive global education practice.

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Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

* Calculated as an average of compulsory and optional modules (where applicable each year). You can find out more detail about how individual modules are taught within the 'What you will study' section.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2022/23 fees *

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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* January 2023 starters pay the 2022/23 fees.

Fees are assessed based on your country of domicile, with students domiciled in the EU charged international fees. If you are unsure, find out more about how your fee status is assessed.

There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university. EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

This postgraduate award promotes career development, particularly in relation to pedagogical leadership in diverse international education settings.

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Support from the department

We offer a well-developed personal tutoring system to support students individual needs.

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.