QAARDAN UK Limited in Collaboration with The University of Nottingham, is offering  the PGCE(i) which is one of the leading 
courses of its type. It is a part-time masters-level distance learning 
programme of professional enrichment for educators working in countries other than the UK.

The course focuses on the improvement of individual teaching practice 
through critical reflection and action research. It also enables you to 
compare teaching approaches in different countries.

The PGCEi comprises a face-to-face introductory event, where you will 
meet your Nottingham-based tutors and fellow students.  This is followed 
by online distance learning with individual tutor support. The good news 
is that the PGCEi graduates have the opportunity to further their 
studies through progression to the MA Education or MA Education (online)

The general aim of the PGCEi is to improve practice by building new 
ideas and strategies which are tested out in your own classrooms. More 
specifically, the programme aims to improve teaching by:

• Helping you to understand your own education system from an 
international perspective

• Enabling you to become conversant with the basic assumptions, concepts 
and principles of a range of learning theories and to evaluate their 
usefulness in specific educational situations

• Promoting a deeper understanding of a range of teaching strategies

• Developing expertise in practitioner research

• Making appropriate use of professional and research literature

Course content and structure:
The PGCEi consists of four compulsory 15-credit modules and each module 
is assessed by a 3000 word assignment:

Module 1:  (Contexts):
Exposes one to the National and International context for educational 
and ideas from the philosophy of education about the purposes of 
education in different national settings

Module 2: (Understanding Learning):
Focuses upon broad areas within the fields of learning theories. 
Motivation, intelligence, behaviourism and constructivism will be 
considered. The unit on behaviourism will elaborate the basic principles 
of B.F.Skinner’s theory and invite you to reflect on the strengths and 
weaknesses of Skinner,s approach to educational materials. The Units on 
constructivism will examine the respective approaches of Piaget and 
Vygotsky to ways in which children construct knowledge. The unit on 
intelligence will invite a critical approach to Multiple Intelligence 
theory and to currently fashionable theories of learning styles. In this 
module, critical approaches will be encouraged as well as a grasp of the 
practical importance for teachers of understanding how children learn

Module 3: (Approaches to Teaching):
This module will include generic materials on ‘teaching strategies’ and 
‘aspects of pedagogy’. ‘Teaching strategies’ will include materials on 
questioning, group work, and other forms of collaborative learning. 
‘Aspects of pedagogy’ will include materials on pupil management, 
planning, assessment and differentiation.

Module 4: (Investigating Student Understanding):
In this final module, you will be asked to plan and undertake a small 
classroom investigation in your own school.

Successful completion of all four modules will lead to the award of a 
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International).


The course mainly web-based which includes online course materials, 
learning resources and tutorial support; however students are given hard 
copies of materials at the beginning of the course. There is usually a 
face-to-face programme (Introductory session) at the beginning of the 
course and before the conclusion of the course. The face-to-face 
involves small group discussion, presentations, whole group interaction 
and individual tutorials.

The recommended timescale for the course is approximately twelve months 
but it can be completed in eight months.

PGCEi-Entry Requirements

Candidates should normally hold an approved first degree in an 
appropriate discipline with at least second class honours (or 
equivalent), or an approved professional qualification deemed to be 
equivalent to a second class honours degree.
You will need day-to-day access to a computer and the internet and 
regular access to a classroom context.

NOTE: If your first language is English, you are required to provide 
your WAEC certificate as evidence that you passed English language. If 
not, you must achieve an overall score of either:

•IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

•TOEFL IBT 87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

The course fee is £ 2,950 (Two thousand nine hundred and fifty pounds) 
which can be paid in five (5) Instalments.  Initial Deposit: £1, 000. 
The balance of £1,950 can be spread to seven (4) instalments

How to apply:
Purchase your registration form from QAARDAN office: 3 Tony Oghene  Jode Close, Off Omorinle Johnson Street, Off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

Registration form costs N5, 000.

You can deposit the money to this account detail:
Account Name: QAARDAN
Account Number: 0001411877

The recommended timescale for the course is between twelve to eighteen 
months. The programme runs on an annual basis and recruitment is 
now open for the next cohort  is in progress.


For further inquiries contact us

Personal statement:
In the application form you are required to write a personal statement 
which should be about your previous experience, hopes for the course, 
and plans for your future career. You should include details about your 
teaching experiences to date including your current role. Explain what 
you have learned from those experiences, and how you think the PGCEi 
will be able to help you develop as a teacher in future. If you have 
done other work in which you have trained people, or worked in a 
teacher-style role or as an educator please include details of these 
too. You should aim to write approximately 500-700 words.

Supporting documents
The Supporting documents for the programme are scanned copies of 
originals of the following:

1. Degree Certificate
2. WAEC  Certificate
3. Marriage Certificate (If applicable)
4. One academic/work related reference letter


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