This course prepares students to teach the full range of pupils in secondary and grammar schools. The main subjects at Coleraine are Art and Design, English with Drama and Media Studies, Geography, History, Home Economics and Music. At Jordanstown, Physical Education and Technology and Design are available.
Religious Education can be taken as a subsidiary subject for students with a suitable academic background in Religious Studies, (normally GCSE grade C or equivalent).
Students not choosing Religious Education will take a subsidiary study in a specialised area of Curriculum or Professional Studies.
Irish Medium Education
An applicant with A level or equivalent in Irish is eligible to apply for one of three places outside the quota for PGCE subjects. Applications for an IME place can be made in any of the eight Post Primary subjects offered by the University of Ulster.
Duration and Mode of Attendance
Full-time: one academic year.
36 weeks for all main subjects except for Technology and Design which lasts for 42 weeks and includes a 6 week workshop practice at Mountcollyer Technology Centre, Belfast and commences in July.
All students who successfully complete the PGCE will be eligible to claim 30 M level credit points towards a Masters qualification.
Preference will be given to applicants who apply by the 10th December.
The number of entrants to the course is controlled by a quota set by the Department of Education.
Structure and Content
The major aim of the course is to help students acquire competence in the basic skills of teaching and classroom management within their chosen subject area. In order to ensure a close link between theory and practice, the course includes both university and school based work throughout the year. Students will spend 24 weeks in schools and 12 weeks in the university. Students are also introduced to the most recent curriculum developments in their subject with particular attention being paid to the requirements of the Northern Ireland Curriculum. Consideration is also given to the wider social, economic and political context within which these educational changes are taking place. Throughout the course students are made aware of the links between subjects, the statutory crosscurricular themes and the development of pupils’ literacy, numeracy and information communication technology competence via the main subject specialism.
Teaching and Learning Methods
Paramount importance is given to teaching competence by the student. To facilitate such acquisition students experience:
Designed primarily for the imparting of knowledge by the lecturer to the student body.
Tutorials Group or individually designed to assist and advise students experiencing difficulty or 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 clinics.
Workshops Designed primarily to allow students to examine the relationship between theoretical perspectives introduced in lectures and their main subject specialism.
As this is a competency based course students will need to demonstrate competence and satisfactory performance in: Coursework and School Experience, Information and Communication Technology, School-Based Project and Subsidiary Study.