Taught course

International Postgraduate Certificate in Education (iPGCE) (online)

University of Sheffield · Department of Education Studies

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree, or at least three years’ experience within a field of education.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

This course will help you develop a deep understanding of planning, teaching and assessment strategies, along with helping you to get the most out of new technologies. It will help you to develop links between practice, theory and research through reflection on your own teaching, in order to enhance your professional performance.

Your career

We offer postgraduate courses that will launch your career in education or aid your continuing professional development.

Our graduates work in the UK and overseas in schools, universities, and local and national government. Some are teachers and lecturers. Others use their skills in policy development, education, administration, psychology and social work.

About us

We value creative teaching that challenges inequalities in the education system. We believe in increasing opportunities for education, for everyone. Our research has a direct impact on educational theory, policy and practice. We’re supporting the development of children, families and learning communities through dedicated research centres.

You’ll learn from world-class academics such as Professor Cathy Nutbrown and Professor Dan Goodley. Cathy, who teaches on three of our postgraduate courses, won an Outstanding Impact in Society award in 2013 for her work on literacy. Dan’s work on disability in education has been described as ground breaking.

Our research seminar programme gives you access to the latest findings, often before they’re published. The University’s library has online catalogues and databases, e-books and e-journals.

Teaching and assessment

The iPGCE programme is fully online. An introductory period during the first weeks of the programme consists of reflective tasks, learning to use the library, and online discussions, setting the expectations for the rest of the programme and ensuring all students begin the first module on a similar footing. Teaching and Learning takes place at numerous levels. Each student is assigned a personal supervisor. This supervisor will be advising on assignment proposals and drafts, as well as completing the marking of the student’s work.

The iPGCE consists of two 30-credit modules, Module 1 - Education, Teaching and Learning and Module 2 - Practice-based Inquiry

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12-36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
(+44) (0)114 222 8177