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The Postgraduate Certificate in Education is a one-year full-time course leading to full recognition as a teacher by the Department of Education. It is taught substantially through the medium of Irish and is intended particularly for graduates who wish to teach in Irish-medium primary schools. The course content is based on the requirements of the Northern Ireland Curriculum and students have the opportunity to gain meaningful insights into educational issues relevant to immersion education. The course is of thirty-six weeks duration, of which some eighteen weeks are spent on practical teaching experience in schools. Students will spend two blocks of School Experience in an Irish-medium school and one block in an English-medium school.


It is recommended that applicants applying for this course have a high level of competence in oral and written Irish. The selection procedure involves an interview and a written task.


View further information on PGCE course content.

View the course summary.

View the course prospectus.

Apply for the PGCE course.


The deadline for applications for the PGCE (Irish-medium Education) Primary is available here.



General Information on PGCE in Northern Ireland

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education is available from each of the Higher Education Institutions in Northern Ireland. Each institution offers a specialism for those wishing to obtain Qualified Teacher Status through this award.


Primary Education - University of Ulster (Coleraine)

Primary Education (Irish-medium) - St Mary's University College, Belfast

Post-Primary Education - Queen's University Belfast / University of Ulster

Early Years and Education Psychology - Stranmillis University College, Belfast


You should contact the relevant institution with regard to the specific Education sector that interests you.