Stranmillis University College

Stranmillis University College

Early Years Education

This course is designed for those who wish to prepare for a teaching career specialising in the 3-8 age range. The focus of this course is pre-school, the foundation stage and key stage 1 (KS1) curriculum; the time is divided equally between work undertaken at the University College and work undertaken in schools; both aspects of the course have been designed to complement each other and to contribute to the development of professional competence. The University College-based part of the course includes 3 key areas, namely: Educational issues, focusing on current initiatives in early years education; curriculum content, addressing how young children's learning can be developed in pre-school, foundation and key stage 1 classes; and classroom practice, developing the teaching skills and competencies that are required to become effective classroom practitioner.

Entry requirements

Honours degree (minimum upper 2nd Class Honours degree) in the area of early years; GCSE minimum grade C (or equivalent) in English language, mathematics and a single or combined science subject. GCSE qualifications must have been gained at the time of application. Substantial and recent experience of working with children in a structured early years environment is essential, to be obtained at the time of application. Entry to the PGCE will be based on qualifications, reference, relevant experience and an interview.

Course modules

The course consists of 4 modules: Teaching the key stage 1 primary curriculum; implementing a play-based curriculum; professional experience 1; professional experience 2. A range of educational issues will be focused upon throughout this course such as: A quality early year�s curriculum; experiential learning and the powerful medium of play; international perspectives; special educational needs; children's rights; pastoral issues.

Assessment methods

The course is assessed wholly by course work and continuous assessment, including the assessment of practical teaching.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 3,465 per Academic year (home fees) 36 weeks
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 36 weeks

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Stranmillis University College Belfast BT9 5DY Northern Ireland

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