Building on tradition - with a vision of the future

At Yr Athrofa:Institute of Education (SWWCTE), we understand that teachers matter. UWTSD holds the teaching of teachers in the highest esteem and ranks the study of education as one of its most important functions. Built on partnership and collaboration, our programmes combine the practical, hands-on expertise of the school sector with the expertise of higher education.

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Built on partnership and collaboration, our programmes combine the practical, hands-on expertise of the school sector with the expertise of higher education.

Our PGCE Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes offer Qualified Teacher Status for both primary and secondary teachers in both Welsh and English.

Why UWTSD for PGCE study?

  • We have an excellent 100% employment rate (DLHE, 2015/16)
  • A PGCE qualification will prepare you for a career in teaching through a combination of classroom based study and practical school or college-based placements;
  • We have very close working relationships with schools, our local authorities and our regional consortia. 
  • We have partnerships with more than 120 secondary schools and colleges and 250 primary schools
  • We are responsible for piloting innovative, new programmes of school-based study and school-based development and practice
  • We have strong relationships with our graduates who work throughout the sector and draw on their expertise to support the learning and teaching of our PGCE students.  
  • Choose from 16 different secondary subject programmes
  • You can study 60 Level 7 credits which can count towards your MA Education
  • We have strong relationships with our graduates who work throughout the sector and draw on their expertise to support the learning and teaching of our PGCE students; 
  • You will be able to meet our tutors, chat to current student teachers, get application advice and participate in a teaching taster session with current PGCE students at our Open Days.
  • At Yr Athrofa we pride ourselves on the level of support that we give to our student- teachers - you will have a university-based personal tutor and a subject or class mentor during your professional teaching experience.

 

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Entry Requirements 

You will be expected to hold a good honours degree (2:2minimum) and be a graduate of a university, polytechnic or college of higher education approved by the University of Wales.  

If you wish to teach in Secondary schools then your degree should be closely linked to the subject that you wish to teach.  

All PGCE applicants in Wales 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. You also need a Grade C in Science.

However, if you hold a C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics and are successful in other aspects of the selection process, we offer the opportunity to sit an equivalency test provided by Colleg Sir Gar. 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.