Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (non QTS) distance learning

Key Information


1 year

Typical Offer

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Course Overview

This programme offers current and aspiring education professionals, teaching within a range of educational contexts, a flexible route towards gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (Non-QTS Distance Learning). The course is relevant to all subjects and students will have the opportunity to focus on improving their individual practice through critical reflection and developing an understanding of evidence-informed practice.

Key Features

Online Delivery


Teaching delivered by expert academics

Wide range of assessment types

Opportunity to build a portfolio

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How You Study

The course is delivered online and the structure of the course offers students convenient and flexible access to undertake PGCE study alongside employment as a classroom practitioner. The structure of the programme will involve a variety of interactive taught pre-recorded sessions and independent study. The modules provide manageable blocks of study that fit within schools' term time structure and are flexible enough in scope to meet the needs of a diverse range of UK and international student contexts.

The programme will make use of the University's learning technologies for content delivery, including podcasts, webinars, and discussion groups so that course materials and participation are as accessible as possible. Students will complete each learning unit through self-directed study of online resources, supported by academic staff.


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (non QTS) distance learning 2024-25EDM9817Level 72024-25This programme offers current and aspiring education professionals, teaching within a range of educational contexts, a flexible route towards gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (Non-QTS Distance Learning). This an excellent way to gain an internationally recognised PGCE without the commitment to campus-based learning. The programme is relevant to all subject and students will have the opportunity to focus on improving their individual practice through critical reflection and developing an understanding of evidence-informed practice. This programme would appeal to: 1. Home (English and Welsh) schoolteachers who have a BA with QTS (i.e. no postgraduate qualification because they became a teacher through an undergraduate route) – the candidate may need a PGCE to teach in Australia, for example. 2. Overseas schoolteachers who have their own country’s teaching qualification but would like a PGCE – this can enable them to teach in international (British) schools in their home country, for example. 3. Teaching assistants (with an undergraduate degree) who want a postgraduate qualification – QTS is not compulsory to become a teacher in Multi-academy trust schools for example, and a PGCE might strengthen their appeal to employers if they wanted to become a teacher. 4. Existing teachers/teaching assistants with a BA or BSc who want a stepping-stone to a full Master’s degree at a manageable pace. This qualification enable graduates to do 1. Provides a PGCE qualification (60 M-Level credits) in addition to their undergraduate degree with QTS – can be an advantage when wanting to teach overseas; 2. May be an advantage in gaining employment/promotion. 3. Move onto further study for a full masters qualification or doctoral study.Core

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. In addition to the information provided on this course page, our What You Need to Know page offers explanations on key topics including programme validation/revalidation, additional costs, contact hours, and our return to face-to-face teaching.

How you are assessed

The course is a one-year part-time programme comprising of one 60 credit Master's level module which is sub-divided into six equally weighted learning units, aligned to the UK Government's Teachers' Standards linking between theory, policy, and practice in an educational setting.

Students will be required to produce a portfolio for assessment, containing six equally weighed elements, one per learning unit, with regular time-released formative assessment opportunities within each learning unit to prepare the students for the final summative assessments.

The nature of the portfolio assessments will allow the students to demonstrate their academic skills across a broad range of media such as an annotated video presentation, oral presentation, reflective learning journal, in-tray exercise, and written assignment.

How to Apply

Postgraduate Application Support

Applying for a postgraduate programme at Lincoln is easy. Find out more about the application process and what you'll need to complete on our How to Apply page. Here, you'll also be able to find out more about the entry requirements we accept and how to contact us for dedicated support during the process.

How to Apply
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Entry Requirements 2024-25

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree at 2.2 or above is essential, or a qualification which is regarded as equivalent to such an Honours degree, including overseas qualifications. Primary or secondary classroom experience with ongoing access throughout the programme is essential. Qualified teacher status (QTS) is optional.

A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (Overall Band Score) English language proficiency, with 6.0 in all elements, or equivalent, for those applicants whose first language is not English.

Due to the nature of the programme and its links to professional practice, it will not follow current University policies that allow students to utilise accreditation of prior certificated and experiential learning, in regard to advanced entry.

Course Fees

You will need to have funding in place for your studies before you arrive at the University. Our fees vary depending on the course, mode of study, and whether you are a UK or international student. You can view the breakdown of fees for this programme below.

Course Fees

The University offers a range of merit-based, subject-specific, and country-focused scholarships for UK and international students. To help support students from outside of the UK, we offer a number of international scholarships which range from £1,000 up to the value of 50 per cent of tuition fees. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Funding Your Study

Postgraduate Funding Options

Find out more about the optional available to support your postgraduate study, from Master's Loans to scholarship opportunities. You can also find out more about how to pay your fees and access support from our helpful advisors.

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Career Development

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future. It can help you to further or completely change your career, develop your knowledge, enhance your salary, or even prepare you to start your own business. Postgraduate students at the University of Lincoln benefit from inspirational teaching combined with high-quality facilities and learning spaces, great industry links, and unique research opportunities, all of which are designed to help you stand out from the crowd and make the most of your time with us. 

Why Postgraduate Study?

Postgraduate Events

To get a real feel for what it is like to study at the University of Lincoln, we hold a number of dedicated postgraduate events and activities throughout the year for you to take part in.

Upcoming Postgraduate Events
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The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.