Taught course

Reflective Practice

University of Reading · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

his programme is for either primary or secondary school teachers, who already have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or are working towards QTS.

Months of entry


Course content

Suitable for both primary and secondary school teachers, our PGCert Reflective Practice course is designed for those who either hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) already, or who are working towards the qualification.

Enhance your understanding of education and teaching through master’s-level study. This course comprises a mixture of face-to-face sessions and online tutorial support. The sessions take place over three days in the autumn half term, two days in the spring half term and a tutorial at the end of the Easter holiday.

You will complete two assignments. One will address a whole-school issue, such as behaviour or inclusion. The other will involve an action research project designed to develop an aspect of your work in the classroom.

At the Institute of Education, we address our teaching to suit your individual needs. The structure of our postgraduate courses gives you the opportunity to create your own tailor-made course, shaping our programme to suit your needs and your personal career aspirations.

Your tutors are internationally or nationally renowned experts, and their research regularly has a direct impact on school curricula and learning techniques — both in the UK and abroad. As experts in their field, their research also directly informs the focus and content of your course.

Our teaching is interactive, experiential and innovative. We utilise a wide variety of technologies to enhance your learning, including use of presentation tools, interactive whiteboards, mixed media, social media and mobile technologies in our teaching, and screen capture in assessment.


The Institute of Education is based on our historic London Road campus, which has undergone a £3m refurbishment of the classical Oxford-cloistered quadrangle to create a dedicated world-class education centre.

We have created custom-built spaces for the teaching of specialist subjects, including:

  • modern laboratories
  • musical studios, including an electronic drum kit room and a recording studio
  • well-equipped art studios and facilities for the practise of work in drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media
  • studios for wet photography and printmaking, including silk screen.

Alongside these fantastic facilities, you will also find places to eat and drink, as well as plenty of green space to relax in.

The Learning Hub

We have an incredible collection of teaching and research resources housed in the Learning Hub. A treasure trove for teachers and researchers, the Learning Hub contains an extensive selection of teaching aids for loan or reference, from big books to puppets. A printing and binding facility, and technical equipment library are also available for your use.


The Research Excellence Framework (2014), the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, placed the Institute of Education in the top quartile of Education departments in the UK.

Over 80% of our research publications were rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The impact of our research on educational policy and practice in first and second language education was judged to be world leading.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
£2,514 per year (2019/0 entry)
International students
£2,514 per year (2019/0 entry)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    10 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

This course is suitable for either primary or secondary-school teachers.

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team