St Mary's University College, Belfast

St Mary's University College, Belfast

Primary Education (Irish medium)

The general aim of the course is to provide students with the opportunity to develop a range of professional competences; engage in informed debate about major issues in education and training; reflect in depth on theory/practice relationships within professional contexts; keep abreast of research, innovation and developments in education in general and Irish-medium education in particular; develop research skills. Students have the opportunity to gain meaningful insights into educational issues relevant to immersion education including practical teaching experience in schools. Students will spend two blocks of School Experience in an Irish-medium school and one block in an English-medium school.

Entry requirements

Degree from recognised university, or diploma, or other qualification approved as equivalent; plus GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent), in English language, Mathematics and Science; additionally knowledge of Irish (both written, and oral) at a high level required.

Course modules

Modules include School-based work; Learning and Teaching in the Irish-medium Primary School; Perspectives on the Primary Curriculum.

Assessment methods

These include coursework.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 3,466 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 10,730 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
St Mary's University College, Belfast Belfast BT12 6FE Northern Ireland

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