Teacher Training

University of Nottingham

In 2013, Braeburn partnered with the University of Nottingham to offer Post Graduate Certificate in Education International (PGCEi) courses. This is an extremely popular course and attracted over 100 students in its first 2 years.

The PGCEi is a part-time, distance learning programme of professional development and enrichment for educators working in countries other than the UK.

Catholic University of Eastern Africa

In 2015, Braeburn approached Catholic University of Eastern Africa to form a partnership . The aim of the partnership is to develop teachers for the international sector. Trainees acquire the necessary knowledge and skills required for teaching in international schools.

The course is offered as an elective unit to Bachelor of Education students in their third year and is delivered through, workshops, online activities and lectures. The aims of the course are to:

  • Develop an understanding of International Education.
  • Develop the pedagogical skills in teaching and learning in an International school.
  • Create an understanding of the expectations in International Schools.


Braeburn runs a PGCEi course in partnership with the University of Nottingham. This is an extremely popular course and attracted over 100 students in its first 2 years.

The PGCEi is a part-time, distance learning programme of professional development and enrichment for educators working in countries other than the UK.

  • The PGCEi focuses on the improvement of individual teaching practice through critical reflection and action research.
  • This course enables students to compare teaching approaches in different countries.
  • It comprises a face-to-face introductory event followed by distance learning and tutor support.
  • Qualified Teacher Status in England and Wales is conferred by the General Teaching Council of the relevant country and not by universities. This PGCEi does not therefore offer a licence to teach in the UK.

Course Structure

  • The PGCEi consists of four compulsory 15 credit modules.
  • Each module will be assessed by a 3,000 word assignment or portfolio equivalent.
  • Successful completion of all four modules will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (international).
  • Credits at 50% or above can be used towards a full Masters award (180 credits) from the University of Nottingham.
  • The face-to-face programme will involve small group discussion, presentations, whole group interaction and individual tutorials.
  • The web-based component uses a dedicated virtual learning environment including online course materials, learning resources and tutorial support.
  • The recommended timescale for the course is approximately twelve months.

Course Modules

Module 1: Contexts

Contexts is about national and international contexts for education and considers ideas from the philosophy of education about the purposes of education in different national settings. This introductory module introduces a philosophical, comparative and observational focus which runs throughout the course.

Module 2: Understanding Learning

This module will focus upon broad areas within the field of learning theory: motivation, intelligence, behaviourism and constructivism will be considered. 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

Within this module, teaching strategies will include materials on questioning, group work, and other forms of collaborative learning and aspects of pedagogy will include materials on pupil management, planning, assessment and differentiation. Students will be offered several choices between primary or secondary approaches.

Module 4: Investigating Student Understanding

You will be asked to plan and undertake a small-scale investigation in your own school. The outcome will be a 3,000 word study of the ways in which a sample of learners practically develop their understanding in the context of the classroom.

Entry Requirements

Students will need day-to-day access to a computer and the Internet and regular access to a classroom context. You should be a graduate of an approved university or other institution of higher education, generally with at least a second class honours degree, or hold an approved professional qualification deemed equivalent to an honours degree. However, non-standard applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you must fulfil as a minimum one of the following conditions:

  • Graduate of any university in Tanzania or Kenya (for whom Nottingham currently waives the English Language entry requirements)
  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
  • TOEFL iBT 87 (no less than 21 in listening, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking and 21 in writing).

How to Apply

Applications for the course must be sent by email to the Jennifer Kaumbulu (jennifer.kaumbulu@braeburn.ac.ke), the Group Manager of Teacher Training.


The fees for the course are GBP £3,500, payable upon acceptance on the course.