About the PGCEi

The PGCEi qualification not only prepares teachers for the classroom but can additionally count towards a Masters degree in Education.
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 the required standard, these credits can be attributed towards a full Master’s degree in Education award (180 credits) from The University of Nottingham.

• The course has two habitual start dates available per year: September and February. Spring 2021 course will unfortunately not be running this year due to COVID-19. However, September 2021 will go ahead as usual.

• The content for the three 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. These are led by The University of Nottingham’s course lectures and facilitated by PGCESpain.

• The first visit for the September cohort occurs in September and the second in February. The first visit for the February cohort takes place in February and the second in May. *This may be adapted due to COVID 19 travel restrictions.

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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.

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Teaching Practice

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. This would enable them sufficient time and experience to gain confidence in the classroom and facilitate the completion of the academic 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.

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Course fees

The following fees are for 2020/2021 academic year.

There is a fixed fee of £4,320 to the University of Nottingham.

There are no additional fees payable to the University for resources. Fees can be paid in four equal instalments as follows:
First instalment - 1 September 2020
Second instalment - 1 November 2020
Third instalment - 1 January 2021
Fourth instalment - 1 March 2021
In addition to the £4,320 payable to the University of Nottingham, all applicants accepted on to the course are expected to pay an additional €990 fee directly to PGCESpain prior to the start of the course. The fee includes support for your teaching placement practice.

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Further Guidance

By becoming a teacher, you can nurture and encourage students to appreciate and develop their natural abilities and special interests while forming the blueprint for the rest of their lives.

Important Information

Please, pay into this account before 5th of September if possible and then you will receive a receipt immediately. If payment is made after this date, receipts may be delayed.• Enter your name and the name of the school where you are teaching/doing the practice, in the subject box.

Payment Structure

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.