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University of Reading

University of Reading

Reflective Practice

Enhance your understanding of education and teaching through master's-level study. Suitable for both primary and secondary school teachers, this 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 modern laboratories; 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; and studios for wet photography and printmaking, including silk-screen.

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.


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.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.

Apart from the standard University entry requirements, students either need to have achieved Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) already and be working in a school, or else be enrolled on a course leading to QTS.

Course modules

Students undertaking the Primary Postgraduate Certificate in Education must take:

* Special study
* Professional studies: the reflective practitioner

Students undertaking the Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education must take:

* The reflective teacher
* Investigating practice


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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PgCert Distance learning £ 2,000 (Whole course) Home/EU 10 Months
PgCert Distance learning £ 4,700 (Whole course) International 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 10 Months

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