Education at University of Sunderland - UCAS

Course summary

If you are already working in a school and wish to further your professional development as a teacher, or are wishing to embark on a career in teaching, ourPGCE IDL is the ideal course for you. The PGCE IDL at the University is an internationally recognised teaching qualification. This course blends applied teaching theory and practice in three taught modules and one extended teaching practice module. It has been developed so that it can be delivered to primary, secondary, and post-16 teachers with any subject specialism. It is a 36 week full-time course, completed in one academic year. Currently there are three entry points during the year in September, January and March/April. The course has been designed so it can be undertaken both in the UK and in international settings. Our PGCE IDL is taught in two semesters and you will be assessed in four core modules. You will undertake your teaching practice module in a local school, where, for example, you may already be employed or where you have arranged a placement. While the PGCE IDL does not offer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is normally required to teach in England and Wales, it is possible to obtain QTS through the ‘Assessment Only Route to QTS’ should it be required (eligibility criteria will apply).


Subject Studies (Masters Level 6), Practice of Teaching (2 blocks) 6 weeks of teaching practice with 11 hours of teaching per week, 6 weeks of teaching practice with 14 hours of teaching per week, Development of Learning: Case Study (Masters Level 7) and Negotiated Individual Study in Education (Masters Level 7). Further details can be found on our website.

Assessment method

We use a wide variety of teaching methods with tasks including required reading, directed activities and self- assessments. There are online discussion forums where trainees are invited to debate current issues relevant to the module content and, if you live close to other students on the course, we encourage you to form a study group. The teaching practice is work-based and conducted entirely in a school or other educational institution that you have secured a placement at or currently working at. This is supported by a mentor and university staff. We assess both the theoretical and practical elements of the course. Assessment is through written assignments, a profile of evidence of teaching standards and observed teaching.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

International applicants

For those without a first degree studied in the medium of English, IELTS is required. (A minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, with 6.5 in writing, and no less than 6 in Reading and Speaking and Listening) Observation of experienced teachers. You should secure a minimum of two days of teaching observations per week whilst undertaking the "Theory of Teaching 1" module. This can be in a school of your choice, and it is usually the school where you will undertake your placement. Transcript or certificate of your degree which clearly states you studied in the medium of instruction in English. Letter from your University clearly stating the medium of instruction to be English.

Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to hold an honours degree or equivalent.

English language requirements

For those without a first degree studied in the medium of English, IELTS is required. (A minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, with 6.5 in writing, and no less than 6 in Reading and Speaking and Listening)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7000 Year 1
Scotland £7000 Year 1
Wales £7000 Year 1
EU £15000 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Education at University of Sunderland - UCAS