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.

Core modules

Module 1: Education, Teaching and Learning Module 2: Practice-based Inquiry


This course is taught via online modules with individual online tutorial support and independent study


Module 1 is assessed through two pieces of work (each 3,000 words in length) and participation in online course discussions. Assessment for Module 2 consists of a report on a small-scale research study, equivalent to 6,000 words.

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