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Education - Primary Education


This course leads to qualified teaching status within the primary school and the Religious Certificate is recognised by all four churches within Northern Ireland.


The course prepares you to teach a full range of pupils in primary school.

Teaching and learning assessment

The central purpose of the course is to help develop teaching competence and this is reflected in the teaching and learning methods employed. In the university-based work these often take the form of workshop activities, although a variety of lectures, tutorials peer tutoring and computer assisted learning will also be used. Assessment is through satisfactory performance in course work and school experience.

Work placement / study abroad

19 weeks in a primary school.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants must strictly meet all the criteria listed

1 GCSE passes at grade C in Mathematics, English and Science.
Please note that the Level 2 Essential Skills - Application of Number is not deemed an acceptable alternative to GCSE Maths.

2. An honours degree. Priority will be given to students with a 2.1 degree but students holding a 2.2 degree are welcome to apply. The degree must be appropriate to a primary education subject area. Primary curriculum subjects include Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, Languages/Literature, Art, Music, Drama, Personal Development, Physical Education and Religion.

3. 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).

4. Medical certificate of satisfactory health.

5. Evidence of good quality presentation and basic literacy skills are required throughout the application process.

6. Applications will be scrutinised to ensure that they do not have a criminal record which would inhibit their ability to work safely with children.

7. Two acceptable references must be provided - one character and one academic.

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.


Full time.

Careers or further progression

Career options

Teaching and related professions.

Further enquiries

Programme Coordinator: Shauna McGill
T:+44 (0)28 7012 3186

Admissions Office
T: +44 (0)28 7012 3210

Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Enrolment and start dates

Start dates: September 2019 & August 2020

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