PGCE Post Primary Education - Various Subjects

Ulster University - Coleraine

PGCE Post Primary Education - Various Subjects

The aim of a PGCE is to prepare you to become a competent teacher. To ensure a close link between theory and practice, the courses include both university and school-based work throughout the year. The university components are taught through a combination of:
• Lectures
• Tutorials: group or individually designed to advise in the preparation for school experience, curriculum projects and/or school-based investigations
• Practicals: involving simulations, role play, and school experience
• Workshops: these allow you to examine the relationship between theoretical perspectives introduced in lectures and your subject specialism

Ulster University offers a range of post-primary PGCEs in the following subjects:
• Art and Design
• English with Drama and Media Studies
• Geography
• Physical Education
• History
• Home Economics with Food and Nutrition and Nutrition and Food Science
• Music
• Technology and Design with Engineering and Manufacturing

Successful completion qualifies you to seek registration with the General Teaching Council of Northern Ireland. To teach in other jurisdictions, you will need to contact the relevant authorities to determine their requirements for recognised teacher status. The Post Primary PGCE is for those who wish to teach the 11-19 age range.

Work placement / study abroad
Twenty four weeks of the programme are school based. This includes one week in a primary school and two 11-12 week placements in post-primary schools.

For further course details please see "Course Web Page".

Subjects taught

Year one
School Experience 1
School Experience 2
Foundation for Learning and Teaching
Developing Effective Learning and Teaching
Principles of Religious Education This module is optional
Improving Practice in Religious Education This module is optional

Entry requirements

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

a. GCSE passes at Grade C or above in English and Mathematics (or equivalent qualification). (Please note Essential Skills Level 2 qualifications are not regarded as equivalent for entry to this professional course).

b. At least a 2:2 Honours (or above) degree directly related to History. Alternatively, applicants may possess a Master's degree that is linked to the specialist PGCE subject on offer. In the case of a combined Honours degree, at least 50% of the degree shall be in the specialist subject.

c. Two acceptable references must be supplied - one academic, one character.

d. Medical certificate of satisfactory health

e. Applicants will be scrutinised by Access NI procedures to ensure that they do not have a criminal record and must also satisfy the University and the Department of Education regulations that nothing would legally prohibit them from working with children.

f. Evidence of good quality presentation and basic literacy skills are required throughout the application process. The application form will be examined for spelling, punctuation and grammar skills. Applicants will also be expected to complete a set piece of formal writing as part of the selection process.

g. Applicants should comply with the DE Circular requirements as outlined in the hyperlink below;

h. Demonstrate evidence of knowledge and interest in working with young people of post-primary age.

Additional criteria
In order to facilitate a manageable shortlist, the following criteria will be applied: At least 2 weeks experience in working with young people of post-primary age gained within the past two years. This must be evidenced in the application form and candidates meeting these criteria will be interviewed to ascertain their suitability for the course. An offer of a place will be conditional upon satisfying the Selection Committee on all of the above criteria.

Application dates

Your Application
Application is through the University's online application system (see "Application Weblink").

Enrolment dates

Start Date: September 2024

Post Course Info

Career options
The PGCE course prepares you to teach History in a Post Primary school or college. Successful completion of this course qualifies you to seek registration with the General Teaching Council of Northern Ireland. On the post-primary strand of the programme the focus is on preparing you to teach 11 to 18 year olds in the formal education sector. However, there may also be opportunities to work in education related fields, including as an education officer in a non -government organisation or a museum.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Certificate at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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