Enhance your understanding of education and teaching through master’s-level study. Suitable for both primary and secondary school teachers, the PGCert Reflective Practice course is designed for those who have either gained QTS already or who are working towards the qualification.
This course comprises a mixture of face-to-face sessions with online tutorial support. The sessions take place over three days in the autumn half term, two days in the spring half term and a tutorial at the end of the Easter holiday.
You will complete two assignments. One will address a whole-school issue (such as behaviour or inclusion). The other will involve an action research project designed to develop an aspect of your work in the classroom.
At the Institute of Education we address our teaching to suit your individual needs. The structure of our postgraduate courses gives you the opportunity to create your own tailor-made course, shaping our programme to suit your needs and your personal career aspirations.
Tutors are internationally or nationally renowned and their research regularly has a direct impact on school curricula and learning techniques, both in the UK and abroad. As experts in their field, their research also directly informs the focus and content of your course.
Our teaching is interactive, experiential and innovative. We utilise a wide variety of technologies to enhance your learning, including making use of presentation tools, interactive whiteboards, mixed media, social media and mobile technologies in our teaching and screen capture in assessment.
The Institute of Education is based in our historic London Road campus, which has undergone a £30 million refurbishment of the classical Oxford-cloistered quadrangle to create a dedicated world-class education centre.
We have created custom-built spaces for the teaching of specialist subjects, including:
musical studios, including an electronic drum kit room and a recording studio
well-equipped art studios and facilities for the practise of work in drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media
studios for wet photography and printmaking, including silk-screen.
Alongside these fantastic facilities you will also find places to eat and drink as well as plenty of green space to relax in.
The Learning Hub
We have an incredible collection of teaching and research resources housed in the Learning Hub. A treasure trove for teachers and researchers, the Learning Hub contains every type of teaching aid imaginable for loan or for reference, from big books to puppets. A printing and binding facility, and technical equipment library are also available for your use.
The Research Excellence Framework (2014), the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, placed the Institute of Education in the top quartile of Education departments in the UK. Over 80% of our research publications were rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The impact of our research on educational policy and practice in first and second language education was judged to be world leading.
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).
Entry requirements: This programme is for either primary or secondary school teachers, who already have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or are working towards QTS.
What will you study?
Students undertaking the Primary Postgraduate Certificate in Education must take:
Professional studies: the reflective practitioner
Students undertaking the Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education must take:
The reflective teacher
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £2,514 per year
New international students: £5,349 per year
Fee per module
Home/EU: £ 838 per 20 credit module
International: £ 1,783 per 20 credit module
The fees listed relate to courses starting in the 2019/20 academic year. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
Suitable for either primary or secondary school teachers, for those with QTS or working towards it, this course is designed to enhance your understanding of education and teaching through master's-level study.