Key Facts

Course Title: PGCE - International
Course type: Postgraduate Certificate of Education
Mode of Study:Part Time
Contact Details:Angela Shelley (Programme Administrator)
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Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Subject Area: Education


Our next intake of the PGCEi for acaemic year 2018/9, with completion by September 2019, will commence from  6th - 10th August 2018, when we will offer the taught modules on a one week residential basis at Keele University in the UK. 

Keele University is one of the top teaching and research universities in the UK and has been delivering postgraduate programmes for international school teachers and administrators since 2010.  Aimed at in-service teachers in International Schools, Universities, and Language Schools who are seeking professional certification, the Keele PGCEi offers course members direct and extensive taught input by UK education specialists.

The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (International) (PGCEi) is a one year part-time programme, commencing in August and concluding in June the following year. It is accredited, validated, taught and assessed by Keele University, UK. The course is designed for in-service teachers currently working in international schools and similar organisations and who wish to acquire an internationally recognised teaching certificate. It is also suitable for non-qualified British in-service teachers seeking their first move into international schooling.

The PGCEi can be undertaken in any country. The only attendance requirement is a one week residential held at Keele University, UK, in early August. The remainder of the programme is delivered by semi-distance learning and a 12 week in-school assessed teaching practice.

The aim of this prestigious, highly accessible and specialist teaching qualification is to advance a teacher’s career and professional development, together with their international employment prospects. Previous graduates of the Keele PGCEi work in leading international schools around the world. 


  • Annual entry for in-service teachers seeking professional certification.
  • Taught modules delivered during a 5 day residential held at Keele University, in August.
  • 12 week flexible teaching practice for in-service teachers (undertaken in current school).
  • Designed to be flexible in order to accommodate the diverse demands of international schooling.
  • Suitable for those working in Kindergarten, Primary, Secondary or Post-compulsory Education Sectors, including Language Schools, Bilingual Schools, State Schools and applicable to all major curriculum (including IB, AP and the National Curriculum of England and Wales).
  • Opportunity to progress to MA studies.

NB:  Qualified Teachers Status in England is conferred by the Department of Education and not by universities.   This PGCEi does not therefore offer a licence to teach in the UK.  Similarly, the programme does not confer Qualified Teachers Status for the Learning and Skills Sector (Post-compulsory education).

Keele University reserves the right to alter any aspect of the PGCEi programme, including fees, without prior notice.

Aims of the Course

  • To support the development of education professionals;

  • To develop the ability to critically examine a wide range of educational issues, especially those pertinent to working in international schools;

  • To support course participants in developing the knowledge skills and competencies they require to be effective practitioners in the classroom, and in the wider school/college environment.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements include an honours degree (minimum 2:2) from an awarding institution, or its equivalent.  Applicants from a country where English is not the first language are required to take one of the internationally recognised English language tests such as Academic IELTS. The minimum entry level is IELTS 6.5, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each subtest, or equivalent English language test scores.

Applicants should be in-service teachers/educators in an international school setting, who have the full support of their school to undertake the programme. 

Course Content


One year part-time, semi-distance learning programme with designated Keele University tutor support throughout:

Taught Modules:  

Learners, Learning and Assessment (30 credits):  
This module examines the relationship between learning theories and classroom practice; Students will consider questions such as what do we know about how students learn? How do these ideas affect our practice as educators?  What factors affect student learning?  How might we take those factors into account when deciding what we want students to know understand and be able to do? How has the concept of multiple intelligences affected classroom practice? Why do we assess students?  Who decides what to assess? How fit for purpose are the assessment instruments that we use?

International Educational Practice (15 credits):  
This module explores the changing world of international education, especially international schools in Asia.  It reflects on the ‘nature’ of international identity, both for teachers and students,  and critically explores what it means to be ‘international’ in an educational context together with associated practices. In examining the diverse character of  international education, the module also encourages course members to reflect on identity elements such as gender, race, class, ethnicity  and culture.

Creative Practice (15 credits):  
The module will critically examine definitions of creativity as applied to classroom practice, course members will be asked to consider the perspective from which creativity is defined and the criteria that are used as the basis for the definition.  Students will explore the practical implications of teaching creatively and teaching for creativity and will have the opportunity to critically examine alternative models of learning and teaching and how can they be incorporated into their practice.

Programme includes 12 weeks main teaching practice (15 credits), which is undertaken in your current school.


Teaching and Assessment


  • 3 formal assignments of c. 3,500 words;
  • a series of formative assessment activities;
  • final portfolio with reflective essay;
  • reflective journal/log
  • assessment of capability in the classroom with end of placement reports.

Academic modules offer exit awards at Masters level or Professional Graduate level (final outcome based upon level of performance in the assignments).

Our tutors are highly experienced in education provision both in the UK and in international school settings.

Additional Costs

  • Additional costs for textbooks, inter-library loans, photocopying, printing, and potential overdue library fines.
  • Travel, subsistence and accommodation costs are to be covered by the student.

Residential and Non-Residential Costs:  6th - 10th August 2018

Please note that for the August 2018 residential at Keele University, students will opt to be resident or non-resident for the duration of the teaching week. The full facilities fees are as shown below:


Non-residential Facility Fee:  £185* (day delegate rate only x 5 days (Monday to Friday)).

Residential Facility Fee £600*  (based on arriving Sunday 5th August – departing Saturday 11th August 2018)

1 Bed and Breakfast (Sunday)
24 hour delegate rate x 4.5 days (Monday to Friday am)
1 Bed and Breakfast (Friday).


*All facility fee invoices will be raised to individuals on completion of the UK August residential.