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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    36 weeks

  • Course Type

    PGCE

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    12 January 2018

Course content

The PGCE is aligned with the Northern Ireland Curriculum, training graduates to teach across the 11-18 year age range. You will gain a postgraduate qualification and qualified teacher status (QTS).

The PGCE combines university-based tuition, consisting of taught sessions and directed independent study, with professional placements in schools. The programme of study is organised around three interdependent strands:

• Professional School-based Experience - focuses on developing practical teaching competence particularly through working closely with experienced teachers during periods of school placement.

• Subject Studies (eg English, Mathematics) - how to teach your subject.

• Educational Studies - common aspects of teaching and the professional role of the teacher, including pastoral care, promotion of inclusion, theories of learning, educational disadvantage, assessment and management.

Subjects

The PGCE trains students to teach the following school subjects up to Advanced-level GCE:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Information Technology/Computing
  • Modern Languages (applicants, including native speakers of languages other than English or Irish, should normally offer at least one of French, Irish or Spanish. German and Italian might also be considered as second languages offered. Native speakers will be assessed during interview in a curricular language other than their native language. Modern Languages students should state specific language(s) on the supplementary application form. Note that German alone is not considered).
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Social Science
  • Religious Education

IME (Irish Medium Education) - Extra places are reserved to prepare those who are interested in teaching a subject through the medium of Irish in Irish medium schools. These students do a number of elements, including a Gaeltacht residentual in the August preceding the course, which is delivered by St Mary's University College, Belfast. They receive an additional certificate in IME and applications are welcomed from students wishing to do such courses in one of the subjects listed above.

The PGCE combines university-based tuition, consisting of taught sessions and directed independent study, with professional placements in schools. The programme of study is organised around three interdependent strands:

  • Professional School-based Experience - focuses on developing practical teaching competence particularly through working closely with experienced teachers during periods of school placement.
  • Subject Studies (eg English, Mathematics) - how to teach your subject.
  • Educational Studies - common aspects of teaching and the professional role of the teacher, including pastoral care, promotion of inclusion, theories of learning, educational disadvantage, assessment and management.

Students are assessed on these three strands of practical, professional and acedemic competences. Coursework comprises subject studies assignments, practical teaching and core tasks arising from lectures, workshops and tutorials addressing key educational issues.

Students are also offered optional, non-assessed workshops on a variety of topics.

Course Structure

After enrolment and registration in early September, you will complete a two week block experience in a primary school. The next block of the course is devoted to university-based tuition (an induction week, taught sessions and directed independent study). This is followed by your first 10 week period of professional placement based in a school (which we arrange).This block practice straddles the Christmas vacation, so you will only be free to take the same holiday as that of the school in which you are placed. At the beginning of February, you return to university-based tuition in preparation for your second 10 week professional period in a school different from that of your first placement. This second placement straddles the Easter period and again the vacation is determined by the school in which you are placed.A final week of university-based tuition completes the course at the beginning of June.

Successful completion of the PGCE depends on achieving satisfactory standards in both practical teaching and in course work. The extended placements are in two different schools, normally one spent in a school catering for 11 – 16 age range and the other in an 11 – 18 age range. This ensures a varied experience of teaching in different schools and working with pupils from the whole ability range. In the two post-primary schools you will work closely with members of each school’s staff. Your subject methods lecturer from Queen’s will also maintain close co-operative links with these teachers during your school placements.


Visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!

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