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Courses of Initial Teacher Education in Northern Ireland

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Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in Northern Ireland is provided in the following institutions:

Stranmillis University College

A College of Queen’s University Belfast
Stranmillis Road
BELFAST  BT9 5DY

Telephone Local:  028 9038 4263
Telephone International:  +44 (0)28 9038 4263
Fax Local:  028 9038 4444
Fax International:  +44 (0)28 9038 4444
E-mail:  registry@stran.ac.uk

St Mary’s University College

A College of Queen’s University Belfast
191 Falls Road
BELFAST BT12 6FE

Telephone Local:  028 9032 7678
Telephone International:  +44 (0)28 9032 7678
Fax Local:  028 9033 3719
Fax International:  +44 (0)28 9033 3719
E-mail:  admissions@smucb.ac.uk

Queen’s University Belfast

School of Education
69-71 University Street
BELFAST
BT7 1HL

Telephone Local:  028 9097 5941/3323
Telephone International:  +44 (0)28 9097 5941/3323
Fax Local:  028 9097 5066
Fax International:  +44 (0)28 9097 5066
E-mail:  education@qub.ac.uk

University of Ulster (Coleraine)

Cromore Road
COLERAINE
Co Londonderry
BT52 1SA

Telephone Local:  028 7032 4595
Telephone International:  +44 (0)28 7032 4595
Fax Local:  028 7012 4918
Fax International:  +44 (0)28 7012 4918
E-mail:  ad.graham@ulster.ac.uk

ITE is phase-related, ie both the professional studies and the school experience elements of the courses provided are directed at teaching in primary or secondary schools.

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You can view the minimum educational qualifications for admission to ITE Courses In Northern Ireland Institutions on our Minimum educational qualifications page.

Details of the provision are as follows:

1.    Stranmillis University College:  a College of Queen’s University Belfast

  • a four year BEd (Hons) course directed at primary level teaching;
  • a four-year BEd (Hons) courses directed at post-primary level teaching in Business Studies, Religious Studies, Technology and Design, Mathematics/Science; and
  • a one-year course directed at primary level teaching for university graduates leading to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). The subject specialism on offer is Early Years.

2.    St Mary’s University College:  a College of Queen’s University Belfast

  • a four-year BEd (Hons) course directed at primary level teaching;
  • a four-year BEd (Hons) courses directed at post-primary level teaching in Business Studies, Religious Studies, Technology and Design, Mathematics/Science; and
  • a one-year course directed at primary level teaching in Irish Medium Education schools for university graduates leading to the award of a PGCE.

3.    Queen’s University Belfast

  • A one-year course directed at post-primary level teaching for university graduates leading to the award of a PGCE. The subject specialisms on offer are English, Mathematics, Computing/IT, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Modern Languages, Religious Education, Social Sciences (Politics, Sociology), Irish Medium Education (in association with St Mary's University College).

4.    The University of Ulster (Coleraine)

  • a one-year course directed at primary level teaching for university graduates leading to the award of a PGCE;
  • a one-year PGCE course directed at post-primary level teaching for university graduates holding relevant degrees. The subject specialisms on offer are: Art and Design, English with Drama and Media Studies, Geography, History, Home Economics, Irish Medium Education (in association with St Mary's University College), Music, Physical Education, Technology and Design.

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Applications

Applications forms and details of the entry requirements for admission to PGCE courses may be obtained from the Registrar/Admissions Officer of the College or University concerned. Addresses are provided at the top of this document. Applicants for the four-year BEd courses at Stranmillis University College must apply through UCAS, and applicants for the equivalent course at St Mary's University College must apply directly to that College.

Tuition fees

From September 2006, institutions in Northern Ireland can charge variable tuition fees to all new full-time ITE students, including graduates commencing PGCE courses. All eligible students can choose to defer payment of their fees by taking out a fee loan which they will repay when they leave higher education and have an income over a set level. Details may be obtained from the Education and Library Board which serves the area in which you normally reside or, in the case of candidates from a country with the European Union, the Student Loans Company in Darlington (Telephone:  0141 243 3570, Telephone International:  +44 (0)141 243 3570 or E-mail:  EU_Team@slc.co.uk).

Addresses of the Education and Library Boards can be found on our types of school page.

Vetting

All candidates who are accepted for a place on a course of ITE are subject to a police criminal records check.

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