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Education - Primary Education

This course prepares you to teach within the 4-11 age range. It leads to qualified teaching status within primary schools. Successful completion qualifies you to seek registration with the General Teaching Council of Northern Ireland and the religious certificate is recognised by all four churches within Northern Ireland. The major aim of this course is to help you acquire competence in the basic skills of teaching and classroom management within the primary school. In order to ensure a close link between theory and practice, the course includes both university and school-based work throughout the year. In total, you will spend 19 weeks in school and 19 in university. The course promotes your intellectual development and preparation for teaching and incorporates critical reflection in education issues, theories and classroom practice.

Successful applicants must apply for Access NI clearance and complete an Occupational Health Check.

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

Wenli Xu
T: +44 (0)28 7012 3373

Steven Park
T: +44 (0)28 7012 3503

Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 26 March 2020
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