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Discovering Online Learning Webinar

During this hour-long webinar, we’ll take you through the basic principles of how online learning works and what you can expect as an online learner with the University of Derby Online Learning.

Andy Bloor - Programme leader

Andy Bloor is a Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Programme Lead for iPGCE. His field of interest is around social, emotional, and mental health difficulties in children, particularly those with Attachment Disorder and neuro-atypical children.
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Entry requirements

You will require:

  • An undergraduate degree (at least a 2:2) with Honours or equivalent
  • You must be an established educator who is currently employed in educational/classroom context

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6.0* – also accepting IELTS Indicator (where available)
  • TOEFL (including TOEFL online) 550 (paper based) 213 (computer based) or 80 (internet based)
  • Pearson Test of Academic English: 51
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Pass
  • London Tests of English: we accept level 4 for undergraduate courses
  • International GCE O-level English Language: Grade C
  • International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: Grade C*

This iPGCE will allow you to progress in your career.

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Pace of study

We recommend about 8 hours (based on a student survey) of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week session.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

What will you study

We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.

Teacher Reviews

T. Davis

British International School Shanghai, China

A well-designed course with prompt and thoughtful tutor feedback. Andy was always very upbeat and the content on-point. Being online with such a diverse group was very engaging and I now have contacts across the world.
C. Silva

British School of Tokyo, Japan

This course has allowed me to apply successfully to a high-level international school. Without it I would not have made the shortlisted candidates. Thanks to Andy and the rest of the team at Derby for the all their hard work and organisation.
R. Turner

Aiglon College, Switzerland

I especially enjoyed the Innovative 21st Century Teaching unit, as this gave me innovative tools that engage my students in the learning process. The course has given me the confidence to take my career to the next level.

IPGCE Course

A one year programme for educators working outside the UK.

Online Learning

Delivered through an online platform and school-based learning.

Personal supervision

Each student is assigned a personal supervisor. Your supervisor will advise on assignments.

Course Modules

Curriculum Design and Development (Core)

This module provides a basis for understanding pedagogy in relation to the curriculum, theoretical approaches and classroom practice. The module provides the knowledge, skills and understanding for teachers to recognise and respond to the needs of learners, schools and other stakeholders in the design and development of an effective curriculum. You will explore a range of educational theories and research which they will critically analyse and evaluate in relation to pedagogic principles and practice. You will be expected to engage in the active synthesis of theory and practice.

Research-Informed Practice (Core)

Through this research-based module, you will be challenged to engage critically with appropriate academic reading and research findings and synthesise their studies with a negotiated area of education related to their setting. You will be encouraged to develop an analytical approach to understanding the nature of research methods and approaches, and to assess their relevance to professional practice. Assessment will be provided through formative online tasks such as a written proposal relating to the subject of your enquiry.

Inclusive Practice (Optional)

This module focuses on critical debate and discussion exploring inclusion from a range of perspectives including attitudes, policy and practice in order to best serve the needs of all learners in classrooms today. Ensuring all learners achieve good outcomes is complex. This module offers a range of opportunities to explore the concept of ‘inclusive practice’, relating to areas such as Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, second language learners, children from a range of socio-economic backgrounds and the associated educational interventions designed to support learners with any exceptionality. Consideration of strategies to reduce potential barriers to success, whilst promoting participation in the classroom, affords the opportunity for discourse around learning in diverse educational settings.

Innovative 21st Century Teaching (Optional)

The use of information technology is growing rapidly in education institutions locally, nationally and globally through a wealth of innovative tools and services that engage learners and educators in the learning process.