Applicants are required to hold a good honours degree (2:2 minimum).
Grade B or above in GCSE English Language OR English Literature OR Welsh Language OR Welsh Literature plus Grade C or above in GCSE English Language.
Grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics OR GCSE Numeracy.
Grade C or above in GCSE Science (or equivalent).
Equivalence workshops and tests are available for those with Grade C GSCE in English Language, Mathematics, and Welsh (first language).
A-Levels/Level 3 Vocational Qualifications
If applicants do not hold an undergraduate degree in a curriculum subject, successful study at appropriate higher levels must be evidenced.
You should be aware of the realities of being a teacher and life in a classroom and so we ask for recent and relevant experience in a primary educational setting. This may be through employment or volunteering in a school and should be for a minimum period of two weeks.
Gaining experience in a school classroom will help to strengthen your application and better critically inform your personal statement. It will also prepare you for our selection process and give you some experience from which you can draw in your interview.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
If accepted into our programme, you will be required as soon as possible to obtain a clearance check via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB, Criminal Records Bureau). Please note there is a fee associated with the service and you should ensure also that you opt for the 'update' service to maintain the validity of your clearance check.
For further information please contact PGCE admin:
01792 482111 TeacherEd@uwtsd.ac.uk
What we are looking for?
- A positive view of education as a means to transform lives
- Motivation towards becoming an excellent teacher
- An empathetic desire to make a difference to young people's lives
- Positive attitudes to social justice, inclusion and equity
- Ability to work individually and as part of a team
- Energy, enthusiasm and flexibility
- Resilience and reliability
- Professional attitudes and behaviour
- Willingness to be a lifelong learner
How we select our student teachers?
- Quality of personal statement
- Evidence of subject expertise
- Recent and relevant experience in an educational setting
- Quality of individual interview
- Performance in selection tests – e.g. literacy, numeracy and dispositions
As part of its commitment to widening access, UWTSD pays particular attention to recruiting student-teachers from under-represented groups and has a proactive marketing strategy for engagement with Community First areas, groups with disabilities, ethnic minority communities and Welsh medium learners.
Many schools and college departments, both locally and nationally, have former student-teachers as a part of their staff with many going on to forge successful teaching careers at strategic, professional and management levels at home and abroad.
Our PGCE graduates usually remain in close touch with us as they make their careers in the teaching profession and they often become Subject/Class Mentors on the programme. This creates a very strong, sustainable professional network of teachers which is a rich source of continuing professional development.
All students register for the PGCE on the Master's pathway, which incorporates teaching and learning in a critical and reflective framework. The majority of students choose to follow this higher level pathway and make this decision, with support from tutors during the academic year.
Our PGCE Primary programmes are extremely popular and do attract a large number of applications, for this reason, we advise you to apply as early as possible, to ensure that we are able to consider your application (ideally before Christmas). Due to the demand for this programme and the limited number of places we have to offer, we usually have to stop accepting applications in the Spring of each year, sometimes as early as January.