Taught course

PGCE History

Ulster University · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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) History degree Alternatively, applicants may possess a Master's degree in History. 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;


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.

Months of entry


Course content

The post primary PGCE is a one year, full-time programme that prepares students for a career in teaching.

The closing date is 8th January 2023.

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 towards a Master’s degree in Education. In total the PGCE is worth 120 points (60 at Master’s level 7 and 60 at Post graduate level 6).

Information for international students

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Clare McAuley