About the iPGCE

The International Postgraduate Certificate in Education (iPGCE) is Masters’ level, fully online learning programme that can help to raise the quality of teaching in your international school.

Tes Institute have partnered with University of East London (UEL) to provide a unique iPGCE that draws upon decades of practical classroom-based teaching expertise and Higher Education provision to deliver a digitally-led programme worth 60 Masters’ credits.

The iPGCE programme is designed to offer your school a number of benefits, including the ability to:

  • Upskill existing staff and promote from within your current team
  • Bridge recruitment gaps and address teacher shortages at your school
  • Increase the quality of teachers at your school
  • Recruit and retain quality candidates who show strong potential for becoming good to outstanding teachers
  • Grow your own high-quality teachers at a low cost, efficiently and effectively
  • Develop staff professionally while they continue to work at your school

Our iPGCE programme is based on the English National Curriculum, although the context driven programme tasks and assessments have been specifically designed so that they can be applied to an international school context across a range of English language curricula.

Eligible English language curriculum include:

  • English National Curriculum at primary or secondary level (all main secondary subjects covered)
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Cambridge international curriculum
  • A blend of any of the above curricula


The iPGCE programme is designed to help your staff to:

  • Develop a level of professional competence equivalent to that of a new teacher
  • Become an empowered, reflective practitioner and manager in education who can be an agent of change
  • Critically engage with a wide range of education issues from a multidisciplinary subject/phase perspective
  • Develop models of good practice by drawing on a range of literature and comparing their own teaching practice to existing good practice models, identifying and setting potential areas for their professional development
  • Build upon their professional experience to link theory with research, policy and practice in international education and development

Successful completion of this Tes Institute programme leads to the award of International Postgraduate Certificate in Education by University of East London.


Who provides this iPGCE?

Tes Institute is a leading teacher training provider in England, qualifying hundreds of teachers and developing the subject knowledge of thousands of trainees each year. UEL is ranked in the world’s top 200 in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2018 – and second in the UK for the quality of its teaching. Together, we offer a
unique iPGCE programme that blends applied teaching theory with practice, supported by experts from the classroom and academia.

Course delivery

Specialist pathway tutor support

Throughout the programme, your staff members will be supported online by our knowledgeable iPGCE team made up of UK based teachers and higher education professionals from Tes Institute and University of East London (UEL). All iPGCE pathway tutors are highly experienced education professionals and specialise in developing qualified and unqualified teachers. They are qualified teachers themselves and have held school leadership positions previously, so they understand the sector extremely well and can offer relevant, impartial, practical advice and support.

Depending on your school and location, we may also be able to offer some face to face in-school support for an additional fee.

In-school mentoring

Your school will need to appoint a mentor to support you throughout your iPGCE programme. Your mentor should be a suitable member of staff from your employing school, appointed to work closely with your staff to make sure that they are working to their approved personal preparation plan and keeping on schedule. The school mentor will have experience of coaching and supporting new teachers.

Programme Structure

An iPGCE programme will consist of two core modules that blend applied teaching theory with practice, focusing on the relevant aspects of the professional role of a teacher as well as the aligned Teachers’ Standards.
Module title Credits FHEQ level Core or optional
Developing effective subject knowledge and pedagogy  30 7 Core
Investigating strategies for raising pupil learning and achievement 30 7 Core


All work will be assessed against the learning outcomes for each module. You’ll have the opportunity to explore key features of learning and teaching in the context of international school systems, while developing your own practice through critical engagement and research on practice in your online learning modules.

Enquiries from Hong Kong

Please note that registration for the [programme name e.g. iPGCE] is under review and it is at the discretion of your employer to recognise the validity of the qualification.”

Entry criteria

In order to join the iPGCE your staff members must:

  • Be in a teaching role by the time they start the programme in a school where the working language is English
  • Have the full support of your school for the entirety of the programme, which includes a suitable in-school mentor
  • Hold a degree awarded by a UK University or a recognised degree equivalent qualification
  • If English is not their first language, they must achieve IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (no less than 6.0 in any element)
  • Have day-to-day access to a computer and the internet and regular access to a classroom context

Start dates

The iPGCE programme is part-time, and we expect your staff to be studying for approximately one academic year to complete it. 

Application deadline Start date
02 September 2019 16 September 2019


The programme fee is £3,500 per teacher.