A Stepping Stone into the Education Sector

Our PGCE Initial Teacher Training programmes are a stepping stone into the education sector. We offer training programmes that provide Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for Primary and Secondary school teachers and work with more than 350 schools in south and west Wales to provide placement opportunities for our student teachers.

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Why UWTSD for PGCE study?

  • We have an excellent 97% employment rate (DLHE, 2015/16)
  • 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 
  • Study 40-60* Level 7 credits which can count towards your MA Education

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. At UWTSD we pride ourselves on the level of support that we give to our trainee teachers, you will have a university-based personal tutor as well as a mentor in the school/schools that you are placed in who will support you throughout the programme. 

At an open day 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.  


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. 

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 an 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. 

*Completion of 60 Level 7 credits from 2016 onwards subject to validation