Taught course

PGCE Technology and Design with Engineering and Manufacturing

Ulster University · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry


Course content

The closing date for applications is 8th January 2023.

This course will prepare you to teach Technology & Design to the full range of pupils in post primary schools. It is offered at the Coleraine campus with additional subject workshops in partnership with the Education Authority in their purpose-built facilities in Belfast.

Information for international students

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

Sammy Taggart