menu icon
Book your open day visit nowClick to book open day
PGCE Education (Social Science)

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) Social Sciences Education Studies Sciences Teaching

Course type


Course Summary


The PGCE in Social Science is a recognised teaching qualification aligned to the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland professional competences which affords graduates ‘Eligibility to Teach’ (referred to in some other jurisdictions as 'qualified teacher status', QTS). The course is aligned broadly with the Northern Ireland Curriculum, supporting graduates in teaching Social Science across the 11-18+ year age range. We offer three routes within this pathway: Politics, Sociology and Health and Social Care (with students supported in teaching other Social Science related subjects in the curriculum, such as Learning for Life and Work and qualifications cognate to their subject specialism).The programme aims to develop your competence and confidence in the teaching of Social Science and in the general professional role of the teacher.

Our PGCE will appeal to you if you wish to move into teaching, if you are a graduate in Social Science or about to graduate in Social Science.

Extra places are reserved to prepare those who are interested in teaching their subject through the medium of Irish in Irish-medium schools. An additional certificate in Irish Medium Education (IME) is awarded in conjunction with St Mary's University College.

Professional Accreditations

We are a General Teaching Council (GTCNI) accredited provider of Initial Teacher Education programmes. on completion of the programme you will achieve Eligibility to Teach / Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).


Subject Studies - focuses on teaching and learning within your subject specialism (and cognate areas).

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)


Entry requirements

All applicants must possess the following: At least a 2:2 Honours degree (and/or higher degree) or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University relevant to teaching either Politics or Sociology to A-level. Degrees in cognate areas may be considered if 50% or more of the modules studied are deemed currently relevant to teaching either Politics or Sociology to A-level; At the time of application, GCSE Mathematics grade C/4, and GCSE English Language grade C/4 or equivalent qualification.

Department profile

A Community of Scholars We are a busy, multidisciplinary community of learners, dedicated to using the wide range of subjects on the arts and humanities to make a difference in lives locally, nationally and internationally. We are home to some 7600 students and 700 academic and support staff who work in five Schools – Arts, English and Languages, History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Law, Management, and Social Sciences,...more