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The post primary PGCE is a one year, full-time programme that prepares students for a career in teaching.


Study PGCE History at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The closing date for this course is 10 December.

On successful completion of initial teacher education student teachers will be able to evidence their competence and be awarded the Post Graduate Certificate in Education allowing them to register with the General Teaching Council of Northern Ireland. They will also accrue 60 CATS points (level 7) towards a Master’s degree in Education


The overall aim of our PGCE programme at Ulster is to foster the development of pedagogical competences in the following three areas: - Professional Values and Practice; Professional Knowledge and Understanding and Professional Skills and Application.

Specifically, the course offers graduates wishing to progress into post-primary education the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to become effective teachers of history. You are introduced to the most recent research-informed developments in history curriculum and pedagogy, relevant to teaching the revised Northern Ireland Curriculum. History's place in the curriculum is established along with its links to other subject areas. Throughout the course history teaching is related to wider educational themes including learning theory, the improvement of literacy and numeracy, classroom and behaviour management, assessment and to developing students' skills in Information and Communication Technology.

While the initial motivation for wishing to enter this course may be to teach a specialist subject it is important to recognise that there is much that is covered that is generic to teaching and learning in all subjects. In addition to academic achievement teachers are prepared for contributing to young people's development as individuals, and as contributors to society, the economy and the environment.

In Northern Ireland history teaching has an important role in helping young people understand past conflict so that they can better contribute to a more just and peaceful society. The PGCE programme is committed to education contributing to the vision of Northern Irish society as embraced within the Shared Future agenda. Those enrolling can expect to be challenged to reflect on the impact education can have on a society emerging from conflict.

Work placement / study abroad

Twennty 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.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

a. English and Mathematics (GCSE grade C or equivalent). b. An Honours normally in the specialist subject (History). In the case of a combined Honours degree at least 50% shall be in the specialist subject. (N.B. The normal minimum offer standard is a 2:2 Honours). c. All applicants need to provide evidence of knowledge, interest and experience in working with young people of post-primary age. Applicants for the post-primary pathway also require two supportive references and a medical certificate of satisfactory health. Applicants will be scrutinised by Access NI and must also satisfy the University and the Department of Education that nothing would prohibit them from working with children. The application form will be examined for spelling, punctuation and use of English and general quality of presentation. There should be evidence of knowledge, interest and experience in working with young people of post-primary age normally in a formal/informal education setting. Applicants appearing to fulfil the above requirements will be called for interview to ascertain their suitability for the course. In the event that the programme is oversubscribed, enhanced criteria (e.g. degree classification) will then be applied. An offer of a place will be conditional upon satisfying the Selection Committee on all of the above criteria. Applicants who are deemed suitable but for whom an immediate place is not available will be placed on a waiting list and offered a place if another applicant declines his/her place.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

There are no exemptions recognised for entry to this course and it is not possible to transfer from other courses. Access to the PGCE is by the successful completion of the application and interview process.



This is a programme for the professional training of teachers. Attendance, therefore, is compulsory for all activities, modules and components of the course. Students are required to attend all classes and course activities including placement in school.

The course duration is 36 weeks. Teaching, other activities or school placements are organised on a Monday to Friday schedule.

Careers or further progression

Career options

The PGCE is an internationally recognised programme for Initial Teacher Education leading directly to a career in teaching. The post primary PGCE is for those who wish to teach the 11-19 age range. However, it may also provide opportunities to work in education related posts with non government organisations and museums.

Further enquiries

For general enquiries regarding the post-primary PGCE contact Angela Graham in the Social Science Faculty Office, Coleraine campus.

T: +44(28) 7012 4595


For specific enquiries regarding PGCE History contact the Course Director, Dr. Alan McCully

Enrolment and start dates

Start date:September 2017

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