Ulster University

Ulster University


Our primary postgraduate certificate in education offers students the opportunity to progress into primary school education in 1 year; it enable students to understand, prepare and subsequently deliver the full range of subjects from the Northern Ireland (NI) curriculum; covering foundation stage, key stage 1 (KS1) and key stage 2 (KS2), the course ensures students have the theoretical basis as well as the practical experience of spending time within the primary school environment; the course is suitable for students if students have a degree in a subject field that is taught within primary schools under the NI curriculum.

Entry requirements

GCSE passes at grade C or above, or equivalent qualifications, in English and Mathematics and Science; an Honours degree at 2.2 standard or above in an appropriate primary education subject; primary curriculum subjects to include mathematics, science, geography, history, languages/literature, art, music, drama, personal development, physical education, and religion; knowledge, interest and experience in the education of primary aged children in a formal classroom setting gained within the last three years (classroom practice should exceed at least 2 weeks); medical certificate of satisfactory health; evidence of good quality presentation and basic literacy skills are required throughout the application process; applicants will be scrutinised to ensure that they do not have a criminal record which would inhibit their ability to work safely with children; 2 acceptable references must be provided - 1 character and 1 academic.

Course modules

Students spend 19 weeks in school and 19 weeks in the university; the course promotes the student�s intellectual development and preparation for teaching incorporates critical reflection on educational issues, theories and classroom practice; school-based work, which is an integral part of the course, enable you, as a student teacher, to develop and acquire teaching skills and to critically reflect and analyse what students have experienced; students are introduced to the requirements of the NI curriculum at foundation stage, key stage 1 and key stage 2 in all subject areas with particular emphasis on language and literature, mathematics and the world around us; students undertake a specialism in 1 subject of the NI curriculum which is appropriately related to their degree subject(s); during the course students also acquire personal, subject and teaching competence in information and communications technology; the course also includes a qualification in the teaching of religious education in the primary school.

Assessment methods

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


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 38 weeks

Campus details

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

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