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Technology & Design


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


Study PGCE Technology and Design at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The closing date has been extended to 28th February 2017.

This course will prepare you to teach Technology & Design to the full range of pupils in post primary schools. It is offered at the Coleraine campus with additional subject workshops in partnership with the Education Authority in their purpose-built facilities in Belfast.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

a. English and Mathematics (GCSE grade C or equivalent).

b. An Honours degree, in a technology related subject. In the case of a combined Honours degree at least 50% shall be in the specialist subject. The normal minimum offer standard is a 2:2 Honours. Applications are welcomed from engineers (elctrical, mechanical, civil), product designers, and architects; and also from quantity surveyors, graphic and interior designers whose applications are supported by relevant A level (or equivalent) subjects.

c. 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.

d. Applicants for the post-primary pathway also require:

i Two supportive references.

ii Medical certificate of satisfactory health.

iii 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.

e. The application form will be examined for spelling, punctuation and use of English and general quality of presentation.

f. 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.

g. An offer of a place will be conditional upon satisfying the Selection Committee on all of the above criteria.

h. 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.

Careers or further progression

Career options

The course prepares you to teach Technology & Design at post primary school level. Where appropriate students may have opportunities to teach other subjects, depending on their own degree and A-Level specialisms.

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.

Further enquiries

Course Director for PGCE: Paul McQueen
School of Education.
T: +44 (0)28 7012 4056

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