PGCE Secondary with QTS


The PGCE Secondary course is an exciting and challenging 36 week training programme which will prepare you for the teaching profession. 

Key Facts

Institution Code: S96
Course Length:
One year

SWW Centre of Teacher Education
Contact Email:
Language Choice
English   Welsh

Following successful completion students are recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The aim of the course is to prepare you to become a confident and an excellent secondary school teacher in your chosen subject area.  Creativity, innovation, critical reflection, academic rigour and professionalism are key attributes which we regard highly and foster and expect from you if you were accepted onto the course. 

  • Module 01: Principles of Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy in Secondary Education (Level 6 – English only.  Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available)
  • Module 02: Skills and learning across the Curriculum (Level 6 – Welsh or English. Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available)
  • Module 03: Investigating Issues in Secondary Education (Level 6 and 7 – Welsh or English. Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available)
  • Module 04: Curriculum Development and Enhancement (Level 6 - Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. and Level 7 – Post-graduate Cert.Ed..  Both English only)
  • Module 05: Professional Teaching Experience (Level 6 – English or Welsh/bilingual. Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available)
  • High quality new and well established staff with recent and relevant experience of secondary school provision.
  • English and Welsh medium student provision.
  • We are geographically well placed to serve the whole of South Wales.
  • Our programme is the largest provider of Secondary PGCE training in Wales.
  • Long established English and Welsh medium partnership schools and very experienced school /college mentors.
  • Excellent subject and ICT resources available for students.
  • Post-course CPD opportunities.
  • We have the best employment rate throughout Wales.

The following bursaries are examples of the 2014 bursaries. Welsh bursaries for 2015 will be confirmed in December:

Honours degree qualification of student Postgraduate secondary courses in mathematics, physics, and chemistry Postgraduate secondary courses in modern languages, ICT and Welsh All other postgraduate secondary
(and 2.1 in physics)
£20,000 £15,000 £3,000
(not physics)
£10,000 £10,000 £0
2.2 £6,000 £0 £0

Module 01 Principles of teaching, learning and pedagogy in secondary education

  • Coursework: 8000 words
  • Literature reviews/ Reflective presentation / Evaluative commentary

Module 02 Skills across the curriculum

  • Coursework – 4000 words
  • Conference style paper

Module 03a or 03 Investigating issues in secondary education

  • Coursework : 4000 words equivalent
  • An investigation using problem based learning & critical evaluation.

Module 04a or 04 Curriculum development and enhancement

  • Coursework : 4000 words equivalent
  • A critical analysis of a teaching intervention

Professional Teaching Experience

  • Placement [100%]
  • Achievement of QTS evidenced by PDP and formative and summative assessments by mentors, senior mentors and tutors. Moderated by University internal and external examiners

For the September 2015 entry you will need a B grade at GCSE in English and Mathematics and if you intend to follow your course through the medium of Welsh, a C grade in Welsh. 

If you hold a C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics and are successful in other aspects of the selection process you will be given the opportunity to sit the equivalency test. If you are successful and you accept your place to study with us then you can start your programme as planned. Attendance at the workshops prior to the test is a compulsory part of the equivalency testing programme.

For further information please contact Ceri Hadler: 01792 482103

Good GCSE and A level qualifications related to your subject area are generally expected.  The normal minimum entry requirement to the programme is a second class honours degree in one of the subject areas offered by the programme or in a strongly cognate discipline.   A Level 'equivalent' qualifications such as Btec advanced will also be taken into account.  Details of particular subject entry requirements can be obtained by contacting the tutors named below.

If accepted onto our course, you will be required to obtain a clear enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly known as CRB, Criminal Records Bureau) clearance check as soon as possible.

If you were called to interview, it would be advantageous if you gained some work experience at a secondary school in order that you begin to realise what it means to be a classroom teacher and understand the demands that would face you in your chosen career.

The PGCE Secondary programme has a well-established link with the CANTEACH programme that supports and facilitates Canadian graduates’ application to the PGCE Secondary programme. 

Statistics indicate a generally stable recruitment level into the teaching profession of between 50 and 60%, which compares favourably against national figures (Wales). For example, GTCW data for 2009-10 shows the proportion of students gaining teaching posts in Wales in 2009-2010 was 60%. This was above the overall Wales figure of 52% for the same years. 

If you are called to an interview you would need to undertake 30 minute Literacy and Numeracy tests and if you wanted to follow the course through the medium of Welsh, an additional Welsh Literacy test. You might also be asked to undertake: a presentation related to your subject area, group discussion, an extended writing  exercise, a formal interview with a subject tutor and school mentor.

You would need to demonstrate a passion and enthusiasm for your subject.

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