PGCE for International Schools

(Postgraduate Certificate in Education for International Schools)

About this qualification

Delivered by our partners at the National Institute of Teaching and Education (NITE).

This teacher training qualification is tailored specifically for trainee teachers in schools abroad (junior, preparatory and senior).

It has been designed to sit alongside the National Teachers’ Standards in England and upon successful completion could significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at a later stage. Qualified Teacher Status is the recognised award to teach in state-maintained schools in England.

Entry Requirements

Prior experience in teaching or in schools is not a prerequisite of acceptance onto the qualification.


Must be employed in a school for the duration of your study.

Higher Education

Hold a UK undergraduate degree or equivalent.

English as a Foreign Language

Participants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in verbal and written English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall with no component less than 5.5, or TEFL 600. If you have IELTS 6.0 you may be eligible to study our online pre-sessional English qualification.

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Qualification information

The qualification aims to develop teachers who are confident, inspiring and highly effective in transferring knowledge and skills to their pupils. In doing so, the qualification aims to:

  • Enable you to explore wider perspectives in education and have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of codes of practice and contemporary issues affecting schools.
  • Equip you with the skills to reflect on your personal and professional development and respond positively to feedback through critical analysis of your practice.
  • Support you to develop an inquiry-led approach to research of your own practice and reflect on strategies for effective teaching and learning.
  • Foster a culture of independent learning and self-awareness so you can take responsibility for your own professional development while understanding your strengths, weaknesses and how to progress your own teaching.

Career Path

While this qualification does not provide Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) – the recognised award to teach in state-maintained schools in England – it has been designed to sit alongside the national Teachers’ Standards in England and national guidelines for Initial Teacher Training (ITT), as prescribed by the Department for Education. Evidence collated for the qualification is rigorously assessed, which may substantially reduce the amount of time it takes to gain QTS at a later stage.

Successful completion of the qualification will result in 60 Level 7 credits that may be transferred as prior learning credits for future study at master’s degree level.

Units Covered

A 15-credit module consists of 150 hours of learning, which comprises a mix of directed and self-directed study.

During your study,  you will have access to an experienced team, including associate lecturers, progression coaches and student experience officers, who will support your studies through regular feedback and dedicated live seminars.  

How you’ll be taught

The qualification comprises four modules and is typically studied part-time over one academic year (three school terms). You’ll receive day-to-day guidance from a school-based mentor trained by the university, and will also be assigned a university tutor who will visit you in your school up to twice a year. 

The modular structure of the qualification is blended in approach. It combines online distance learning with practical in-school support. There are also optional face-to-face sessions, which aim to provide valuable peer support and a collaborative learning environment for trainees to have the chance to learn from one another while sharing and reflecting on experiences away from school.

For trainees teaching outside the British Isles, all travel, accommodation and reasonable sustenance costs of two tutor visits are charged in addition to the qualification fees. 

We regularly review our qualification content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, qualification modules may be updated.

How you’ll be assessed

Assessment throughout the PGCE aims to be varied, engaging and designed to stimulate learning. It includes lesson observations, case study research, oral presentations and written assignments.

The Practical Teaching Practice module culminates in a summative assessment at the end of the year via a portfolio of evidence. You are required to collate evidence for this throughout the qualification and it will be assessed formatively across the first three modules of study.

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Fees & Funding






£2,000 per year

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