Education (BEd)

BEd Honours



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Course length

4 year(s)

A-Level Requirements *

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*Indicative Only. Please see the Course Entry Requirements section for details on subject specific or GCSE requirements.


Education is studied both as a preparation for teaching in schools and as an important area of academic and professional activity. If you are considering a career in teaching, there are two possible routes:

1. The concurrent route

The four-year Bachelor of Education (BEd) Honours degree offered by the University Colleges (St Mary's or Stranmillis) is a professional degree programme for those intending to teach in Nursery, Primary or Post-Primary schools. Professional preparation is concurrent with the study of academic subjects.

2. The consecutive route

You will come to the University and take a degree other than Education, applying on graduation to the one-year postgraduate teacher training course (PGCE) in the University's School of Education. St Mary's and Stranmillis offer specialist PGCE programmes in Irish-Medium education and Early Years Education respectively. Either way, you will be a graduate of Queen's and a qualified teacher. The University and the University Colleges are required by the Government to adhere to strict quotas for admission to each type of course as a means of matching the output of teachers to the number of vacant posts. However with the concurrent route you will still be qualified to teach in any type of school.

If you want to be a Primary or a Post-Primary teacher and decide on the concurrent route, you can apply through UCAS to follow the BEd degree in Stranmillis University College. Applications for the BEd degree in St Mary’s University College must be made directly to the College, thereby providing additional application options outside UCAS. Information on how to apply is available on the Colleges’ websites.

Why Queen's?

Both St Mary's and Stranmillis have a range of well-established partnerships that enable students to undertake part of their studies in alternative workplace settings or in international placements.

Other undergraduate degrees offered in the University Colleges are:

 * Also available as Foundation Degree options

Course Content (including module information)

The BEd is a professional degree for those intending to teach in Primary or Post-Primary schools and is four years in duration. Teaching and learning for the degree are undertaken in the University Colleges.

BEd Honours Primary (4 yrs)

The degree comprises five inter-related strands:

1. Education Studies
2. Key Skills
3. Professional Development and School Experience
4. Curriculum Studies
5. Subject Study and Subject Application (St Mary’s only)

In addition to education theory (Education Studies), students will study all areas of learning in the Northern Ireland Curriculum. Students at St Mary's University College will be required to specialise in one of the following academic subject areas:

  • English
  • History
  • Irish
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies
  • Science

BEd Honours Post-Primary (4 yrs)

Students will have the opportunity to specialise in one of the following academic subject areas:

  • Business and Enterprise
  • Mathematics and Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Technology and Design

Assessment & Feedback

Learning and Teaching

Entry Requirements



Note: each of the University Colleges issues its own Prospectus and application is made differently for each.

For any specific queries regarding entry to these courses, please contact the relevant School/University College:

St Mary’s University College
Academic Registry
T: +44 (0)28 9032 7320

Stranmillis University College
Academic Registry
T: +44 (0)28 9038 4263

How To Apply

Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate courses at Queen’s should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at:

When to Apply

UCAS will start processing applications for entry in Autumn 2017 from 1 September 2016.

The normal closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2017.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

Earlier applicants normally receive decisions more quickly, however, UCAS accepts that some applicants, especially those from outside the UK, may find this difficult. Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

Take care to enter the details of the institutions and courses clearly and correctly on the application. For Queen's, the institution code name is QBELF and the institution code is Q75. These should be entered in the Choices section of your UCAS application. A Campus Code is not required. For further information on applying to study at Queen’s, please click here.

Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.

Career Prospects

Students graduating with a BEd degree are qualified to teach in all types of Primary and Post-Primary schools in the UK, and the degree is also a recognised teaching qualification in many international settings.

In addition, the BEd qualifies graduates to work in education-related settings appropriate to their academic specialisms, for instance, as an Education Officer or Advisory Teacher, as well as in alternative education settings, and can also lead to employment in organisations where the training of staff is a key priority.

All students have the opportunity to continue their studies to postgraduate level at Stranmillis University College by selecting an appropriate specialist option from the MEd, MTeach or MA programmes. St Mary’s offers an MEd programme specially designed for the professional development of teachers and educationalists which has nine specialist options.

Fees & Scholarships

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union. Higher education funding arrangements mean that students can study now and pay later.

Further details can be found on our fees and funding section.

Queen's works to ensure that all those who can benefit from a university education have the chance to do so, and a generous system of financial support is in place to help them. Each year Queen’s offer a range of scholarships and prize for new students. The most up to date listings are available here.

For international students, information on tuition fees, can be found here. Information on scholarships for international students, can be found here.

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