Course Structure

The PGCEi leads to a Masters in Education. By becoming a teacher, you can nurture and encourage students to appreciate and develop their natural abilities and special interests that will form the blueprint for the rest of their lives.

1. Programme Outline

  • The PGCEi course comprises three modules, each of which is assessed by a 3,000-word assignment or portfolio equivalent. Successful completion of the three modules leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education worth up to 60 Masters level credits. If the assessed work is completed to a suitable standard, these credits can be used towards a full Master’s in Education award (180 credits) from The University of Nottingham.
  • The course has two start dates available per year: In September and in January.
  • The content for the four modules is taught mainly through a dedicated virtual learning environment (WebCT/Moodle) including online course materials, learning resources and tutorial support. A complementary face-to-face programme takes place and involves small group discussion, lecture presentations, whole group interaction and individual tutorials. For PGCESpain, the face-to-face programme will comprise two weekend visits by Nottingham staff per cohort. The first visit for the September cohort will be taking place in September and the second visit will be due in January. The first visit for the January cohort will take place in January and the second in May.
  • The recommended timescale for the course is one year. The maximum course duration is 18 months with the possibility of up to one year’s suspension within this time period where formal application for extenuating circumstances has been agreed.

2. Course Structure

The course is divided into three modules and a practical teaching component.

Module 1: Educational Aims and Values in International Contexts
This is an introductory module which deals with national and international contexts for education and considers ideas from the philosophy of education about aims and purposes of education in different settings. It introduces a philosophical, comparative and observational focus, which runs throughout the PGCEi course.

Module 2: Understanding Learning and Teaching in International Contexts
This module focuses on the relationship between theories of learning and models of teaching and enables you to translate your developing understanding into your practice through critical reflection. There are a selection of different learning theories and pedagogical approaches to choose from.

Module 3: Inquiring into Educational Practice in International Contexts
This final module focuses on educational research and requires you to complete a small-scale investigation in your own educational context. The project is an investigation into an aspect of your students’ learning. In preparation for the inquiry and data-gathering processes, the module supports you to develop your understanding of the principles and methodological and ethical considerations of practitioner research.

PGCESpain Practical Teaching Component

The nature and duration of the teaching practice placements will be negotiated individually to fulfil each student’s needs. Students wishing to train to become teachers should undertake the School Experience introductory placement and one extended teaching practice placement, which will allow them sufficient time and experience to gain confidence in the classroom and to be able to complete the assignments for the PGCEi. Experienced teachers must also access the PGCESpain practical teaching component and the associated services provided.

The practical teaching component and the associated services offered by PGCESpain are supported wholeheartedly by participating schools and by schools belonging to NABSS (National Association of British Schools in Spain) and the British Inspection Monitoring Committee, chaired by Mr Peter Friend HMI. It continues to help improve the quality and standards expected of the teaching community in participating schools, as well as enabling schools to assure quality when recruiting new teaching staff.

3. Suggested Pathway

Below is a suggested route taking the September start date as an example for the PGCEi course:

Date University of Nottingham PGCEi Component PGCESpain Practical Component
September Face o Face Weekend 1
Start Process Work for Module 1
Start Introductory Placement: “School Experience” (up to 3 weeks)
October Submit Process Work for Module 1
November Submit Process Work for Module 1
Start Process Work for Module 2
January Face-to-Face Weekend 2
Submit Process Work for Module 2
Submit Assignment for Module 1
Start Process Work for Module 3
February Start Teaching Practice
March Submit Process Work for Module 3 Finish Teaching Practice
April Submit Assignment for Module 3
June Complete PGCEi Course
December Graduation Ceremony in Nottingham

4. Course Fee

The fee for the total course is 990 euros.

Payment needs to be done in the following bank account:


ES24 2100 5375 1602 0002 4068


  • Please, pay into this account before 5th of September if possible and then you will receive a receipt immediately. If you pay later, the receipts will take a little longer.
  • Put your name and the name of the school where you are teaching or doing the practice
  • Our burser will then need to know the school bank details, payment goes to the school and no longer the mentor. The name of the mentor, if known, will be necessary the first weekend of course.

Later, our kids will be starting their payments for the term and the receipt will take a little longer.

NOTE. The University of Nottingham and PGCESpain publish the course fees annually. These are to be found on the University’s website. University fees are paid on acceptance onto the course. All students registering on the course from Spain and attending the face to face component in Valencia, Spain pay to PGCESpain directly to PGCESpain prior to the first face to face weekend. PGCESpain advices that monies received on behalf of PGCESpain will not be returned under any circumstance.