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Ulster University: PGCE Post Primary - Technology and Design
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.
Professional Graduate Certificate in Education - PGCE (Professional)
|Level||RQF Level 6|
a. English and Mathematics (GCSE grade C or a Qualification that is equivalent in breadth and depth to a GCSE e.g. Irish Leaving Certificate). Please note that Essential Skills/Key Skills is not accepted.
b. An Honours degree, in a technology related subject. In the case of a combined Honours degree at least 50% shall be in the specialist subject. The normal minimum offer standard is a 2:2 Honours. Applications are welcomed from engineers (electrical, mechanical, civil), product designers, and architects; and also from quantity surveyors, graphic and interior designers whose applications are supported by relevant A level (or equivalent) subjects.
c. All applicants need to provide evidence of knowledge, interest and experience in working with young people of post-primary age normally in a formal/informal education setting.
d. Applicants for the post-primary pathway also require:
i Two supportive references.
ii Medical certificate of satisfactory health.
iii Applicants will be scrutinised by Access NI and must also satisfy the University and the Department of Education that nothing would prohibit them from working with children.
e. The application form will be examined for spelling, punctuation and use of English and general quality of presentation.
f. Applicants appearing to fulfil the above requirements will be shortlisted. In the event that the programme is oversubscribed, enhanced criteria (e.g. degree classification) will then be applied and candidates fulfilling these criteria will be interviewed to ascertain their suitability for the course.
g. An offer of a place will be conditional upon satisfying the Selection Committee on all of the above criteria.
h. Applicants who are deemed suitable but for whom an immediate place is not available will be placed on a waiting list and offered a place if another applicant declines his/her place.
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