PGCE Secondary courses

The PGCE Secondary course is a stimulating and demanding 36-week training programme that aims to prepare students to become accomplished teachers. This programme refreshes and extends students’ subject knowledge and provides them with the opportunity to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and make a difference to young people's lives and ambitions.

The course is divided into university and school/college-based sections. The 12-week university-based section is taught by highly respected staff with extensive experience of secondary school provision. Our tutors will introduce you to various aspects of teaching, including lesson planning, resource preparation and selection, teaching approaches for examination courses, class management and control, and assessment of attainment.

You will then spend the other 24 weeks gaining Professional Teaching Experience (PTE) on two placements at our established partner schools/colleges between Pembrokeshire and Monmouthshire. On both of these placements, an experienced teacher will act as a mentor to you and will keep in close contact with your university tutors to ensure the smooth development of your teaching competences. Placements will be available in either English or Welsh-medium secondary schools.

The course will involve four written assignments, while the PTE will be assessed through teaching observations by both experienced placement mentors and university tutors against the QTS.

Key Points:

  • Our programme has one of the highest employment rates in Wales.
  • Our campus is ideally located to serve the whole of South Wales.
  • Excellent subject and ICT resources are available to our students.
  • Becoming a teacher will provide you with the unique job satisfaction of guiding the development of young people in your specialist subject.
  • Teaching offers an attractive starting salary (£21,804) and many promotion possibilities, from classroom teacher to head of faculty to head teacher.

Art and Design

The course is designed to enable you to become a confident, creative, imaginative teacher of Art and Design with a passion for your subject and the enthusiasm to make learning an enjoyable experience for pupils. Practical skill-enhancing workshops feature prominently within the course and emphasis is placed on the use of contemporary art through links with outside agencies such as Welsh museums and galleries, Artes Mundi and the Saatchi gallery.

Biology

This course will open exciting opportunities for you to teach Biology as a specialist subject in secondary schools.  It will appeal to enthusiastic Biologists who have already studied the subject at undergraduate level and will also provide you with the skills and knowledge to teach other sciences as a non-specialist.

Business Studies

This long-established course is the main provider of Business Studies teachers in Wales and enjoys an enviable reputation in the sector. We are seeking to maintain this reputation by building the most recent innovations and thinking in Business Studies teaching into the Business Studies PGCE.

Chemistry

The course will provide you with the skills and experience you need to teach Chemistry across the full 11-18 secondary age range, specialising in Chemistry, with complementary courses in Physics and Biology. You will learn to make your knowledge accessible and interesting to students by implementing a range of teaching approaches and techniques for managing activities in the classroom.

Computing and ICT

This course equips trainees to teach Computing and ICT within the secondary sector (including Welsh medium if requested). This is an exciting time for education in Computing and ICT. You will have the opportunity to explore new and innovative ways of teaching using interesting and engaging applications.

Design and Technology

The Secondary PGCE in Design and Technology enables trainee teachers to use their specialist skills, as well as offering the opportunity to gain new skills in the D&T curriculum.  The course gives trainee teachers the challenge and inspiration to teach across the secondary age range in D&T.  A willingness to be creative with an innovative approach is essential!

English

This rewarding training programme will help you to develop the skills and knowledge to succeed as a teacher of English. We will give you opportunities to really develop your skills and become part of a dynamic and important profession at an interesting and exciting time for English as a classroom subject.

Geography

Studying for your PGCE in secondary geography at UWTSD will provide you with an ideal opportunity to fully understand the intricacies of pedagogy, whilst expanding your subject knowledge and developing your professional teaching practice.  You will work in an environment that is both supportive and challenging, and you will have access to high-quality tuition and guidance throughout the experience.

History

The History PGCE course is jointly designed by tutors and teachers to provide you with opportunities to teach in innovative, varied ways in a supportive environment. During the year, you will have an opportunity to visit the Trenches and other historical sites in order to develop your understanding of learning history outside the classroom.

Mathematics 11-18

This course equips trainees to teach Mathematics up to and including A Level within the secondary sector. The programme successfully integrates theoretical aspects and relevant research with classroom practice, refreshes and extends students’ mathematical knowledge and study, and provides the opportunity to make a difference to young people's lives and aspirations.

Mathematics 11-16 with ICT

This course equips trainees to teach Mathematics up to and including GCSE and ICT at KS3 within the secondary sector. The programme successfully integrates theoretical aspects and relevant research with classroom practice, refreshes and extends students’ mathematical knowledge, and provides the opportunity to make a difference to young people's lives and aspirations.

Modern Foreign Languages

The Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) course will prepare students to teach their target language to pupils aged 11-18, and, where applicable, their subsidiary language to pupils aged 11-14. Other features include financial incentives – depending on your degree subject and classification, and language enhancement sessions. The department actively engages with language learning students from other pathways at events throughout the year including our Languages Day.

Physics

The PGCE Secondary Physics course will provide you with the skills and experience you need to teach Physics across the full 11-18 secondary age range, specialising in Physics, with complementary courses in Chemistry and Biology. You will learn to make your knowledge accessible and interesting to students by implementing a range of teaching approaches and techniques for managing activities in the classroom.

Religious Studies

Our Secondary PGCE Religious Education programme will provide you with the training and support you require to put theory into practice in the classroom. You will learn how to effectively utilise your subject knowledge through a variety of pedagogical approaches; and will explore and engage in strategies which make Religious Education accessible and relevant to all learners in the secondary sector.

Science 11-16

This course will equip trainees to teach Science within the 11-16 age range in a variety of schools and colleges (including Welsh medium if requested). The course provides you with training to teach Science, i.e. Biology, Chemistry and Physics, up to GCSE examinations.

Welsh

The course will provide you with the skills and experience you need to teach Welsh as a First or Second Language across the full 11-18 Secondary age range. You will learn to make your knowledge accessible and interesting to students by implementing a range of teaching approaches and techniques for managing activities in the classroom.