Nottingham University PGCEi
The PGCEi at Nottingham University is one of the better known courses of this type, especially in Asia. (Nottingham was the first University to open a campus in another country, when it opened one in Malaysia ) It is also one of the most recognized due to the amount of students that have completed the course.
One of the advantages that the Nottingham PGCEi has is that you do not need to go to the UK at any point, but instead just need to go to one of the cohorts, which can be found in 14 locations around the world.
As part of this course you will be required to attend a week of lectures in any one of these places.
This means that if you don't live in one of these locations or they are full, you can go to a different one for the cohort and return to where you work when it has finished.
Start dates are determined by the course venue
Country, location, start date (2-3 weeks before the introductory event)
The price of the course depends on which cohort you attend. The range is fairly small, from £3,500- £3,700.To compare the price with other courses (Keele and Sunderland) please click here.
The PGCEi is split up into four core modules that are each worth 15 credits. These modules include
• Approaches to Teaching
• Investigating Student Understanding
• Understanding Learning
The cohort is an intensive block of study, where as the rest of the course is taught via distance learning, as well as learning on the job. Most people complete the course in 12 months, although it is possible to finish in 8 months. Some places such as Hong Kong do not accept this qualification because of the lack of a practicum module. If you intend to work in Hong Kong, then maybe you should consider either Keele or Sunderland for your PGCEi.
During the cohort, you will partake in small group discussions, presentations, large group discussions and tutorials. The rest of the course will be using a dedicated virtual learning environment (VLE), which will provide course materials, learning resources and tutorial support.
Each of the four modules will be assessed by coursework and a 3,000 word assignment.
To attend this course you will need to have a degree, or an approved professional qualification deemed equivalent. If English is not your native language you will also need to achieve IELTS 6.5, with no part below 6.0. You should also be a teacher currently working in a school who has access to a computer and the internet. If you are a teaching assistant you can still apply.
MA in Education
If you have completed the PGCEi, you could apply to continue your studies with us, and marks of 50% or above in a module can be used as credits towards our MA Education, MA Education (flexible), MA Educational Leadership and Management or the MA Special and Inclusive Education.
Here we meet Jason who has been teaching in Thailand for 6 years. We find out what he thought of the course, how it affected his life, work balance and the impact it has had on his career. Jason also did a degree in Thailand whilst he was working which allowed him to get on the course.
Qualified Teacher Status in England and Wales is conferred by the National College for Teaching and Leadership on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education (England) and the Minister for Education and Skills (Wales) not by universities. This PGCEi does not therefore offer a licence to teach in the UK or elsewhere.
Here we find out what someone who as already done the course found it. We find out if it helped them to find a new job, get a higher salary etc.