PGCE for International Trainees (Fully Online) at University of Buckingham - UCAS

Course summary

The University of Buckingham is:

  • Home of the two-year degree, the University of Buckingham, based in the South East of England, is ranked 6th for Student Satisfaction in the UK (National Student Survey, 2020).
  • We are proudly independent and not-for-profit, and offer courses in Allied Health, Business, Computing, Education, Humanities, Law, Medicine, Psychology and Security and Intelligence. We are one of the few universities in the UK that offer September and January start dates for almost all of our courses.
  • Based in Buckingham on a riverside campus, we are only 20 minutes’ from Milton Keynes central station and a short drive from Bicester, Aylesbury, Banbury and Northampton. There is free parking on-site and we are within easy reach of London and Oxford.
  • Our award-winning small class tutorials ensure every student is known by name and supported throughout their studies, including by dedicated personal tutors.
  • As pioneers of the two-year degree, we offer a condensed version of the traditional three-year degree, meaning you can gain a full honours degree and complete your studies a whole year earlier. Alternatively, you can complete both your undergraduate and master’s degree with us in just three years: saving you time and money.
Course Info The Postgraduate Certificate in Education for International Trainees offers teachers based in schools outside the UK, who have not undergone a period of formal training, the opportunity to participate in a structured programme of professional development. It is the leading course of its kind available in the UK. Starting every September, the International PGCE is a 37-week school-based course available to teachers who already have a job in a school, during which trainee teachers work under the guidance of a mentor (appointed by the school in which they work) and receive weekly tutorials to review progress and set targets. The course is available in most subjects and age levels. It is also possible for Primary teachers to specialise in a subject area. Six one day ‘live’ training sessions plus two induction days (in late August) run by the university will be delivered online. Attendance at all these days is mandatory. “Although I had been teaching for 8 years previously, the PGCE had a significant impact on my practice, especially engaging with the weekly programme of readings. By the end of the course, the training hadn’t just impacted on me, it had improved practice in my department and the wider school!” – Ezzat Ali, PGCE 2020. “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn. Personally, this PGCE course through The University of Buckingham has enriched my teaching and was one of the best decisions I made to increase my professional development.” – Belinda Orlandini, 2020 International PGCE Students.

Entry requirements

UK degree (2.2 or above). For equivalent qualifications, contact [email protected] to confirm that your qualification meets the University entry requirements GCSE grade C/4 or above in English Language. For equivalent qualifications, contact [email protected] to confirm that your qualification meets the University entry requirements. You must be employed as a teacher in an international school abroad that teaches English National Curriculum or the International Baccalaureate (IB) and be in sole charge of a full-size class for a minimum of 10 hours a week. In addition, you must: Obtain a commitment from your school to provide a suitable mentor. Show the physical and mental fitness to teach. The employing school must be able to fully support a candidate through the course, enabling them to demonstrate all of the English Teachers’ Standards.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £4200 Whole course

Additional fee information

Applicants must also pay a £275 non-refundable Registration Fee. Fees are invoiced at the beginning of the course. Instalments can be arranged directly with the Finance department upon receipt of the invoice. All staff at COBIS member schools get a 5% discount on course fees. To ensure the discount is applied please select ‘COBIS’ from the partnership box on your application form. If you would like a tutor to travel from the UK to observe lessons in person, this is possible for an additional fee. Please contact: [email protected] Applicants from China should apply through the Buckingham International School of Education, please click here:
PGCE for International Trainees (Fully Online) at University of Buckingham - UCAS