Ulster University

Degree level: Postgraduate

PGCE Post Primary - History (Taught)

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Course summary

The aim of a PGCE is to prepare you to become a competent teacher. In order to ensure a close link between theory and practice, the courses include both university and school-based work throughout the year. The university components are taught through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials: group or individually designed to advise in the preparation for school experience, curriculum projects and/or school-based investigations
  • Practicals: involving simulations, role play, practical activities and school experience
  • Workshops: designed primarily to allow students to examine the relationship between theoretical perspectives introduced in lectures and their main subject specialism.
Successful completion qualifies you to seek registration with the General Teaching Council of Northern Ireland. If you hope to teach in other jurisdictions you will need to contact the relevant authorities to determine their requirements for recognised teacher status. 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.


Entry requirements

a. GCSE passes at Grade C or above in English and Mathematics (or equivalent qualification). (Please note Essential Skills Level 2 qualifications are not regarded as equivalent for entry to this professional course). b. At least a 2:2 Honours (or above) degree directly related to PGCE Physical Education. Alternatively, applicants may possess a Master's degree that is linked to PGCE Physical Education. In the case of a combined Honours degree, at least 50% of the degree shall be in the specialist subject. c. Two acceptable references must be supplied - one academic, one character. d. Medical certificate of satisfactory health e. Applicants will be scrutinised by Access NI procedures to ensure that they do not have a criminal record and must also satisfy the University and the Department of Education regulations that nothing would legally prohibit them from working with children. f. The application form will be examined for spelling, punctuation and grammar skills. Applicants will also be expected to complete a set piece of formal writing as part of the selection process. g. Applicants should comply with the DE Circular requirements as outlined in the hyperlink below; https://www.education-ni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/de/2010-03-initial-teachereducation-approval-of-programmes.pdf H. Demonstrate evidence of knowledge and interest in working with young people of postprimary age. Additional criteria In order to facilitate a manageable shortlist, the following criteria will be applied: At least 2 weeks experience in working with young people of post-primary age gained within the past two years. This must be evidenced in the application form and candidates meeting 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.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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PGCE Post Primary - History at Ulster University - UCAS