Welcome to PGCE Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (non QTS) distance learning
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.
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.
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.
An Introduction to Your Modules
† 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.
Entry Requirements 2023-24
An undergraduate degree of 2.2 and above.
QTS or a relevant teaching position.
The University's minimum entry requirements for this course is as follows:
- a second-class honours degree from a UK university, or a qualification which is regarded as equivalent to such an Honours degree, including overseas qualifications.
- 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.
Fees and Funding
For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, UK students can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.