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Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 1 year

UK/EU fee

£2,625 (2020/21)

International fee

£2,625 (2020/21)

Course level



PG Cert

Start dates

January, September, May



Online course description

Building on our strengths in teacher training and education, we are pleased to launch our new International Postgraduate Certificate of Education (iPGCE) qualification. The iPGCE programme is designed to support home and international students who already have or are currently working towards qualified teacher status in their home country. The programme provides appropriate Level 7 study and a qualification that is the foundation of good professional understanding and practice, complementing the teacher qualification appropriate to the country of residence.

This International Postgraduate Certificate of Education (iPGCE) is not a teaching qualification but as a teacher already involved in the international school sector you will benefit highly from this qualification, gaining the professional development necessary to achieve more senior roles, enrich your knowledge, challenge your practice and boost your confidence. You may be inspired to continue onto a Masters programme such as our online MA Education.

This internationally recognised postgraduate qualification will be unique in its flexibility, it will allow you to study a number of optional areas such as applied pedagogy, evaluating learning, and curriculum challenges, from an international perspective. Furthermore, there will be an option to undertake a module dedicated to inclusion and understanding differences, a highly topical area in the modern teaching environment.

By studying this postgraduate qualification, you will be gaining valuable knowledge relevant to all subjects and curricula, encouraging you to consider new ways of understanding teaching, learning and education in an international context.

Goldstandard teaching**Teaching Excellence Framework

Gain a global perspective of education

Learning online allows you to connect with practitioners across the world allowing you to reflect on education on a global scale as well as seeing how different methods of teaching are applied in an international context giving you a rounded view that can help inform your own practise. Discuss your experiences with your peers in our online learning environment specifically designed to create an enriched learning environment.

Learn from tutors who have worldwide experience in teaching

Be inspired and soak up the experience of our tutors who have a wealth of global experience.

Study at an institution with an excellent reputation in education

We provide high quality teacher education, as reflected in our awards of OFSTED Outstanding in Primary and Further Education phases, and Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework. These are both government assessment bodies in the UK.

This, coupled with University of Derby Online Learning’s (UDOL) reputation in online learning design and student support, means that this programme will offer a high quality experience to learners.

What you will study

We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.

To complete the International Postgraduate Certificate of Education (iPGCE) you will need to complete a total of 60 credits by studying the two 20 credit core modules and one of the two optional modules.

Postgraduate certificatePostgraduate certificate

Code: 7PE592

Curriculum Design and Development

This module provides a basis for understanding pedagogy in relation to the curriculum, theoretical approaches and classroom practice. The module provides the knowledge, skills and understanding for teachers to recognise and respond to the needs of learners, schools and other stakeholders in the design and development of an effective curriculum. You will explore a range of education theories and research which they will critically analyse and evaluate in relation to pedagogic principles and practice. You will be expected to engage in the active synthesis of theory and practice.

You will be encouraged to relate the module to their own field of interest and expertise, including under 5s, statutory and non-statutory education and training and community learning environments.

The module is, therefore, designed to meet the needs of a wide range of teachers and through on-line blended materials, discussions and individual virtual tutorials, will enable each student to have every opportunity to make full use of the knowledge and expertise they may bring to the course.

Formative assessment will provide opportunity for students to synthesise their learning to date and share ideas with peers. You will be able to take account of your own self-assessment as well as tutor and peer review to identify your progress across this module.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

Learning Outcome 1

successfully identify and analyse a range of culturally diverse learning, teaching and assessment practices which help support progress for all learners;

Learning Outcome 2

successfully identify and analyse an appropriate theory and research in order to advance their subject and pedagogical knowledge

Module content

The module will include consideration of the ideological, social, cultural and economic factors which give shape to the curriculum, together with critical analytical reflection upon aspects of curriculum in practice, including: 

  • Exploration of effective pedagogical approaches
  • Exploring concepts within relevant curriculum areas
  • Curriculum theory, construction and knowledge

Digital and Employability skills developed in this module include:

  • Engaging in critical appraisal, including judgements on reliability and validity, of student’s own work and the work of others
  • Articulating the advantages and disadvantages of peer review practices
  • Assessing whether an instance of online collaborative working has been effective and appropriate
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20 Credits

Code: 7PE593

Research Informed Practice

Through this research-based module you will be challenged to engage critically with appropriate academic reading and research findings and synthesise their studies with a negotiated area of education related to their setting. You will be encouraged to develop an analytical approach to understanding the nature of research methods and approaches, and to assessing their relevance to professional practice. Assessment will be provided through formative online tasks such as a written proposal relating to the subject of your enquiry.

This module will develop your understanding of the relevance of ethical educational research and theory to school contexts and to a teacher’s professional integrity. The module will provide a platform for exploration of your enquiry within your own professional context whilst equipping you with the professional and academic skill set to effectively apply research-informed practice in your own classrooms.

Throughout the module, you will have the opportunity to synthesise your studies with practice and to relate your developing understanding of learning and teaching to the classroom.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Apply advanced skills to develop analytical knowledge and understanding of a negotiated area of practice.
  2. Evidence knowledge and understanding of appropriate research methods and approaches to teacher enquiry

Module content

This module will cover pertinent areas of educational and professional practice that support you in achieving the learning outcomes. It is likely to include:

  • Critical knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of ethical research methods and effective teacher enquiry approaches
  • Consideration of the impact of an evidence-based profession
  • Critical evaluation of pedagogical choices in relation to a negotiated area of study
  • Relevance and impact of educational research and theory to school contexts and professional practice

During this module the following digital and employability skills will be developed

  • Articulate the characteristics of digital scholarship in the relevant subject and/or professional area
  • Apply digital techniques to conduct and share research
  • Demonstrate the ability to search independently and fluently across a comprehensive range of information sources in any medium, including specialised information such as archives, data sets, special collections, colleagues and contacts in research networks
  • Produce an independently conducted thorough literature search in a specific subject area, making effective use of advanced search techniques such as citation searching
  • Identify the most effective ways to use research outputs (e.g. reports, conference proceedings, journal articles) to create impact
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20 Credits

Code: 7PE554

Innovative 21st Century Teaching

The use of information technology is growing rapidly in education institutions locally, nationally and globally through a wealth of innovative tools and services that engage learners and educators in the learning process.

This module would allow education practitioners to address the challenges of supporting students in developing 21st century skills: learning and innovations skills; digital literacy skills; and life and career skills. The module also provides the opportunity to investigate digital solutions to enrich traditional instructional practices. The module provides the knowledge, skills and understanding to equip all those with an interest in the broad field of innovative education to accommodate the challenges and opportunities that arise when keeping pace with the changing landscape of teaching and learning approaches which may utilise the affordances of a range of technologies.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse and evaluate digital solutions and their underpinning pedagogies with relevance to 21st century teaching
  2. To synthesize the evaluation of these digital solutions and pedagogies within their chosen context

Module content

The module consists of a critical review of what is meant by 21st century teaching and how it might be supported by the application of digital tools and services. Subjects for consideration will reflect current developments within the field but might typically include: developing communities of practice, strategies for developing creativity in teaching and learning, managing learning in cyberspace, encouraging self-directed learning, adopting supportive technologies, the design of innovative learning environments, open educational resources, social media applications and the expansion of MOOCs. Learners will investigate networking technology to make schools and other institutions more connected to communities and evaluate the challenges of providing equal access to educational content.

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20 Credits

Code: 7PE594

Inclusive Practice

This module focuses on critical debate and discussion exploring inclusion from a range of perspectives including attitudes, policy and practice in order to best serve the needs of all learners in classrooms today. Ensuring all learners achieve good outcomes is complex. This module offers a range of opportunities to explore the concept of ‘inclusive practice’, relating to areas such as Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, second language learners, children from a range of socio-economic backgrounds and the associated educational interventions designed to support learners with any exceptionality. A consideration of strategies to reduce potential barriers to success, whilst promoting participation in the classroom, affords the opportunity for discourse around learning in diverse educational settings.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

Learning Outcome 1

Critically evaluate the current policy and practice of inclusive education, informed by academic research and professional practice;

Learning Outcome 2

Interpret and explain educational training and interventions which support inclusive practice in the classroom, through advanced scholarship.

Module content

This module will consider current international educational professional debates regarding policy and practice of inclusive education including:

  • Children with an exceptionality in a specific setting
  • Research of exceptionality from a variety of perspectives and appraisal of provision in educational settings
  • Labelling, terminology and the implications and impact of ‘labels’
  • Critical exploration of inclusive practice in action
  • Appraising and designing effective intervention programmes.

During this module the following digital and employability skills will be developed:

  • Application of digital techniques to conduct and share research
  • Proactive participation in academic and/or professional online networks outside the UoD study community
  • Engagement in critical appraisal, including judgements on reliability and validity, of student’s own work and the work of others
  • Application of critical criteria to the evaluation of unfamiliar online tools
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20 Credits

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Who will teach you

Andy Bloor
Programme leader

Andy Bloor is a Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Programme Lead for the iPGCE. His fields of interest is around International and Comparative education and Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties in children, particularly those with Attachment Disorder and neuro-atypical children.

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Thursday, 10 December 2020 16.00 - 17.00

Join this webinar to discover more about studying an iPGCE online at Derby. The webinar includes a 30 minute presentation from Andy Bloor, Academic Lead for iPGCE.

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Entry requirements

You will require:

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

*If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5, you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes, which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £875 £2,625

2021/22 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £875 £2,625

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three payment plan options:

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.


This iPGCE will allow you to progress in your career.

You could also consider further study and research towards a PhD qualification.

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