PGCE Secondary Business Studies with QTS

The education and training of Business Studies teachers is a long-established feature of UWTSD.

The course is the main provider of Business Studies teachers in Wales and enjoys an enviable reputation in the sector. The course incorporates the most recent innovations and thinking in Business Studies teaching.

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: 2X5T
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
10 months

Scholarships and Bursaries

SWW Centre of Teacher Education
Contact Name:
Alison Suzanne Evans
Contact Email:
Language Choice:
English   Welsh

  • Business is a subject that can be applied to real-life because it is practical and relevant. Choosing GCSE Business Studies can open doors everywhere.

    Hannah Elizabeth DaviesPGCE Business

  • Business applies to real life and to all subjects and industries.

    Kate Morris

  • I chose teaching because children are the future and we need to invest in young people if the world is going to be a better place. Learning about business impacted my life and made me more determined to work hard and make money.

    James Little

  • I was working in industry as a Regional Operational Manager for a vehicle company and the part of the job I loved the most was the training and development of people and getting the best out of people. In teaching I could get the best from people every day.

    Sam Hyde

  • Everything is business, business is everywhere. The younger generation need to be informed so that they can use it to their advantage when they go out into the world.

    Bridie Phipps

The aims of the course are to provide an engaging and relevant professional training that enables Business graduates to (i) transform their Business Studies expertise into competent and effective classroom teaching, (ii) develop an understanding of how pupils learn Business subjects, (iii) critically evaluate and enhance their teaching to improve quality and effectiveness in the classroom.

The Business Studies course has strong links with the professional Business Studies teaching networks. There is regular use of visiting expert teachers and professionals from partner schools/colleges, Awarding Bodies, and industry and commerce.

The PGCE Business Studies course has links with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David's Swansea Business School. The 'Big Business Bonanza' is an event that is held every year and local pupils are invited to attend, with the PGCE Business students helping to organise and run the event.

The PGCE Business Studies course uses partner schools and colleges across South Wales. Placements are decided after consultations between mentors, subject tutors and the Programme Director.

Trainees are given the opportunity to express preferences as to the areas in which they wish to practise; however, many other factors need to be considered in placing trainees and there can be no guarantees that trainees' wishes will be met. All placements will be found within realistic commuting distances, although trainees are expected to be prepared to travel to placements.

  • ECSP6001: Principle of teaching, Learning and Pedagogy in the Secondary sector.
  • ECSP7001: Investigating contemporary issues in Secondary education.
  • ECSP7002: Curriculum Development and Enhancement.
  • ECSP6002: Professional Teaching Experience with QTS.

The Business Studies PGCE at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David makes rigorous demands on participants, but trainees are also given a high level of constructive support and counselling in developing their teaching and personal skills.

The University offers excellent support to trainees in seeking their first posts. There are dedicated jobs bulletins and notice boards. Participants are trained in interview techniques. There is also a large and popular annual Teaching Employment Fair in January.

The employment rate for the course is the best in Wales and many graduates of the course are now Heads of Department or Senior Teachers and act as Mentors for the programme.

As a postgraduate academic course, the PGCE is assessed through two main components: there are four written assignments and Professional Teaching Experience includes thorough assessment of practical teaching skills.

The written assignments are based around realistic professional teaching tasks which seek to integrate preparation, research and inquiry.

A good Degree in Business or a Business-related subject is required (50% Business content).

GCSE subjects
GCSE subjects:-
Maths Grade B or above or equivalent
English Grade B or above or equivalent
(as many other subjects as possible)

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.

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Advanced Level

A level Business or equivalents are clearly advantageous, but not mandatory.

If you do not meet the current GCSE requirements, please state clearly on your application if you intend to resit or gain an equivalent prior to the start of the course.

At the interview, you will be challenged to demonstrate your:

  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Commitment to teaching
  • Determination and perspective
  • Passion for your subject

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Many school and college departments, both locally and nationally, are staffed with several of our teachers and many of our trainees have gone 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 Mentors on the programme.  This creates a very strong, sustainable professional network of teachers which is a rich source of continuing professional development.

Recently our PGCE Business Studies graduates have gone on to work as Secondary teachers in many independent and state schools in Wales, England and abroad including (but not limited) to: John Kyrle High School (Ross-on-wye), Wembley High Technology College (Wembley), Wheatley Park School (Oxford), Ysgol Gyfun y Strade (Llanelli), Maesteg Comprehensive School (Maesteg), Ysgol Bro Dineswr (Carmarthenshire), Arden Academy (Solihull).