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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 (level 7) towards a Master’s degree in Education.


The overall aim of our PGCE programme at Ulster is 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.

Specifically, the course offers graduates wishing to progress into post-primary education the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to become effective teachers of history. You are introduced to the most recent research-informed developments in history curriculum and pedagogy, relevant to teaching the revised Northern Ireland Curriculum. History's place in the curriculum is established along with its links to other subject areas. Throughout the course history teaching is related to wider educational themes including learning theory, the improvement of literacy and numeracy, classroom and behaviour management, assessment and to developing students' skills in Information and Communication Technology.

While the initial motivation for wishing to enter this course may be to teach a specialist subject it is important to recognise that there is much that is covered that is generic to teaching and learning in all subjects. In addition to academic achievement, teachers are prepared for contributing to young people's development as individuals, and as contributors to society, the economy and the environment.

In Northern Ireland history teaching has an important role in helping young people understand past conflict so that they can better contribute to a more just and peaceful society. The PGCE programme is committed to education contributing to the vision of Northern Irish society as embraced within the Shared Future agenda. Those enrolling can expect to be challenged to reflect on the impact education can have on a society emerging from conflict.


This is a programme for the professional training of teachers. Attendance, therefore, is compulsory for all activities, modules and components of the course. Students are required to attend all classes and course activities including placement in school.

The course duration is 36 weeks. Teaching, other activities or school placements are organised on a Monday to Friday schedule.

Work placement / study abroad

Twennty four weeks of the programme are school based. This includes one week in a primary school and two 11-12 week placements in post primary schools.

Career options

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. However, it may also provide opportunities to work in education related posts with non government organisations and museums.

Visit the History - PGCE page on the Ulster University website for more details!




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