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Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Queen's

The PGCE is broadly aligned with the Northern Ireland Curriculum, preparing graduates to teach across the 11-18 year age range.

You will gain a recognised teacher education qualification and 'Eligibility to Teach' (referred to in some other jurisdictions as 'qualified teacher status', QTS).

The programme combines university-based tuition, consisting of taught sessions and directed independent study, with professional placements in schools.

We are pleased to announce that we are able to accept late applications for the 2020 PGCE course at QUB. Applications are particularly welcome in: English, Mathematics, Science (Chemistry, Physics) and IT/Computing.

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Interested in studying in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen's? Speak to us today. 

For more information please email the PGCE Programme Secretary, or alternatively register your interest below.

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The PGCE is organised around three interdependent strands:
  • Professional School-based Experience - focuses on developing practical teaching competence particularly through working closely with experienced teachers during periods of school placement.
  • Subject Studies (eg English, Mathematics) - focuses on teaching and learning within your subject specialism (and cognate areas).
  • Educational and Professional Studies - focuses on common aspects of teaching and the professional role of the teacher, including Northern Ireland Curriculum policy, the education system, assessment, theories of learning, educational disadvantage, barriers to learning, pastoral care and child protection/safeguarding, mental health and wellbeing of students, relationships with other professionals, promotion of inclusion, effective use of technologies, digital safeguarding, and, literacy and numeracy in the classroom.


Qualified teachers have found employment in secondary schools in Ireland, the UK, or abroad.  They have progressed through either a subject specialist or pastoral role or into middle and senior management.

Others go on to further study, training roles in industry or working in alternative education.

Fees and Finance

The tuition fees for Initial Teacher Education are the same as the full-time undergraduate fee (£4,395 for NI/EU, £9,250 for GB).  Please refer to the University's Undergraduate Tuition Fees for further information.

Visit NI Direct and Student Finance NI (undergraduate finance) for financial help and advice about a student loan for tuition fees.


I’m from Mullingar in County Westmeath, Ireland. I taught Maths and Science in Bolivia for three years before coming home in 2018 to get a teaching qualification.

Through Irish medium, I taught in a primary school until June 2019 and then taught at an English as a Second Language Summer School in Dublin. I am the first of my family to go to Queen’s University.

Choosing the PGCE at Queen’s made sense. I would have been charged international fees in the Republic of Ireland, compared to standard fees at Queen’s. Time-wise, it’s a one-year course in Queen’s but two years in the Republic. Rent and cost-of-living are very manageable in Belfast. Also, I was genuinely interested in experiencing a new city. Finances might have been a key reason for coming to Belfast but it’s only part of what’s keeping me so engaged.

PGCE 2019/2020

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