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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Irish Medium

Course Title

Post Graduate Certificate in Education – Irish Medium


1 year, Full-Time


£4,750 per year (NI & ROI)
£9,250 per year (England, Scotland & Wales)
£20,800 per year (EU Other & International)

Academic Year


Awarding University and Degree Title

Queen’s University, Belfast – Postgraduate Certificate in Education


The Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) is a recognised teaching qualification which affords graduates qualified teacher status. The PGCE (Irish-medium) at St Mary’s University College Belfast is a 36 week programme, designed to equip student teachers with the professional competences required to become an effective teacher.  It is a recognised bilingual programme for graduates who aspire to teach in an Irish-medium setting. In addition to the PGCE teaching qualification, successful students are also awarded a Certificate in Bilingual Education, reflecting their specialist Irish-medium competences.

Programme Aims

  • develop a range of professional competences
  • engage in informed debate about major issues in education and training
  • reflect in depth on theory/practice relationships within professional contexts
  • keep abreast of research, innovation and developments in education in general and Irish-medium education in particular
  • develop research skills.
TICO students and lecturers on the steps of St Marys

“During my PGCE year at St Mary’s, I had an incredibly positive experience. The supportive faculty and engaging learning environment fostered my growth as an educator. The opportunity to work with dedicated students and collaborate with passionate colleagues enriched my journey, leaving me inspired and prepared for my teaching career.”

Niamh Downey

Irish-medium PGCE

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How to apply

PGCE Applications are now closed for 2024/25 entry.