Ulster University

Ulster University

Post-Primary Education

This course prepares students to teach the full range of pupils in post primary schools; students are asked to choose 1 main subject; the main subjects available are as follows: Art and design; English with drama and media studies; geography; history; home economics; music; PE; technology and design. The major aim of the course is to help students acquire competence in the basic skills of teaching and classroom management within their chosen subject area; in order to ensure a close link between theory and practice.

Entry requirements

Candidate suitability for teaching will be explored via: An access NI check carried out by the University designated officer; applicants must have GCSE English Language and Mathematics (Grade C) or the equivalent in order to satisfy the Department of Education for Northern Ireland�s minimum entrance to teaching requirement. Applicants wishing to undertake Religious Education as an option in the Postgraduate Certificate must also have GCSE Religious Education (Grade C minimum) or its equivalent; 2 written confidential references one of which must be from a representative of the University from which the applicant received his/her first degree; the application form must be completed in full and be grammatically correct; a formal interview at which applicants will be offered the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of and commitment to teaching as a career; the Postgraduate Certificate Course Committee will determine the constitution of the interview panel; all candidates who are offered a place will be required to pass a medical examination before commencing the course; a vocationally relevant degree; applicants will normally be expected to have acquired a vocationally relevant Honours Degree at standard 2.2 or above, where modules reflect the knowledge components of the subjects in the Northern Ireland Curriculum; the selection committee will finally determine the vocational relevance of all applicant degrees; applicants will be expected to demonstrate a knowledge, interest and experience in the education of post primary aged children in formal and informal settings.

Course modules

The course includes both university and school based work throughout the year; students spend 24 weeks in schools and 12 weeks in the university during their PGCE course; students will also be introduced to the most recent curriculum developments in their subject with particular attention being paid to the requirements of the Northern Ireland revised curriculum; students will also be able to explore the wider social, economic and political context within which these educational changes are taking place; throughout the course, students are made aware of the links between subjects, the statutory cross-curricular skills and the development of pupils� literacy, numeracy and information communication technology competence via their main subject specialism.

Assessment methods

Your performance on the course will be assessed through coursework and school experience.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 36 weeks

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Coleraine Campus Coleraine BT52 1SA Northern Ireland

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