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Overview

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

Summary

Study PGCE Music at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The closing date has been extended to 31 January 2017.

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 towards a Master’s degree in Education. In total the PGCE is worth 120 points (60 at Master’s level 7 and 60 at Post graduate level 6).

Jurisdiction

The PGCE is a recognized teaching qualification in the UK. For those applicants wishing to teach in other jurisdictions we recommend that you contact the relevant authorities there to discuss their requirements for recognised teacher status.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

English and Mathematics (GCSE grade C or equivalent).

An Honours degree, in Music. 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).

All applicants need to provide evidence of knowledge, interest and experience in working with young people of post-primary age normally in a formal/informal education setting.

Applicants for the post-primary pathway also require:

Two supportive references.

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.

Applicants appearing to fulfil the above requirements will be shortlisted. In the event that the programme is oversubscribed, enhanced criteria (e.g. degree classification) will then be applied and candidates fulfilling 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. 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

Exemptions

The PGCE is a complete programme and a student cannot be exempted from any part of the programme.

Given the unique structure of the PGCE course in the University of Ulster it is not possible to transfer with exemption from another course or institution.

Jurisdiction

The PGCE is a recognized teaching qualification in the UK. For those applicants wishing to teach in other jurisdictions we recommend that you contact the relevant authorities there to discuss their requirements for recognised teacher status.

Duration

Attendance

This is a programme of professional education and training of teachers for the teaching profession. Attendance therefore is compulsory for all activities, modules and components of the course. The course runs from the end of August to the beginning of June. University modules normally run from Monday to Friday (9:30-4:30) and students are required to attend all classes and course activities. School placements (of which there are two, each of twelve weeks) require commitment to the school, usually 8:30-5:00 with evenings spent in lesson preparation.

Careers or further progression

Career options

The course prepares the student to teach their chosen subject in a post-primary school or college. Successful completion of this course qualifies the graduate to seek registration with the General Teaching Council of Northern Ireland.

Jurisdiction

The PGCE is a recognized teaching qualification in the UK. For those applicants wishing to teach in other jurisdictions we recommend that you contact the relevant authorities there to discuss their requirements for recognised teacher status.

Further enquiries

Paul McQueen
Course Coordinator: Post Primary PGCE
Course Director: PGCE Music
T: +44 (0)28 7012 4056
E: p.mcqueen@ulster.ac.uk

Subjects taught

About

“The Northern Ireland Curriculum aims to empower young people to achieve their potential and to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives.” The overall aim of our PGCE programme at Ulster is to support this aim and 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. To achieve these aims the PGCE post-primary programme at Ulster University prepares student teachers to be competent in the following: - the ability to plan, teach and assess worthwhile learning activities in their subject area(s) in post-primary schools in Northern Ireland for the 11-18 age group; - the acquisition of the knowledge, understanding and skills that are essential for the promotion of learning among pupils; - to assume responsibility for developing as competent reflective practitioners, able to monitor and evaluate their teaching performance; - to realise a commitment to on-going personal and professional development in pursuit of sustained pupil learning and school improvement. Student teachers on the PGCE will evidence their competence through achieving the following objectives by demonstrating:
a critical understanding of the Northern Ireland Curriculum and of National Curriculum requirements;
a knowledge of their subject and its contribution to the area of study and to the “Big Picture” of the curriculum at Key Stages 3 & 4 with its objectives of: a) developing the young person as an individual; b) developing the young person as a contributor to society and c) developing the young person as a contributor to the economy and the environment.

The successful completion of the PGCE also requires the student to:

recognise and take account of those factors which influence curriculum planning in a particular school context;

understand how children learn and appreciate the social, moral, psychological and cultural factors which affect educational attainment; plan, teach and evaluate lessons, units and schemes of work organise and manage classes effectively;

use a range of teaching and learning methodologies supported by resources for pupils of all ability levels, including those with special educational needs;

recognise the need for continuity, progression and differentiation in pupils' learning;

assess for learning including the recording and reporting pupil achievement;

adopt an assessment of learning mindset;;

develop pupils' language and numeracy skills through the teaching of their subject;

promote skills of problem solving, decision making, presentation, teamwork, leadership and independent learning;

develop pupils' personal and interpersonal skills;

promote fairness and equality of opportunity;

build and sustain good relationships with both pupils and staff;

work co-operatively with colleagues and other student teachers and contribute to school wide activities;

develop skills and confidence in Information Communications Technology (ICT) and emerging technologies for both personal and professional use.

Assessment method

Assessment
Performance on the course will be assessed through coursework and school experience.

Enrolment and start dates

Start date: September 2017

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