This new PGCE is designed for the new Curriculum for Wales 2022 and fits into the reform agenda for professional development of teachers.
You can follow one of two routes: the salaried route or the part-time route. Both routes include a mix of online and face-to-face sessions with mentors and practice tutors.
If you already work in a state school as a teaching assistant or in a non-teaching role, you can apply for your school to endorse you. You’ll work in school full time and study around your existing duties. Your application must be endorsed by your school as they will pay your salary. Your course fees will be funded by the Welsh government. If you don’t currently work in a state school, you can still apply for the salaried route, but you’ll need a state school willing to endorse you, which we can help you find.
If the salaried route isn’t right for you, consider the part-time option. You can study towards your PGCE around your current job or other life commitments. You can apply for a student loan and part-time maintenance grants to help with the costs of this self-funded route. This route offers some flexibility as you can gain part-time practical teaching experience in a school alongside your existing commitments. Across the two years, you’ll have 120 days of school placements; 60 per year. In the second year, 30 days of your school placements must be completed in a continuous block.
Both routes comprise three modules. The first two modules are 30 credits each at level 6 (undergraduate) and the final module is 60 credits at Level 7 (postgraduate).
All modules are compulsory, and you study them in the order specified.
To gain this qualification, you need 120 credits as follows:
Each module involves academic study through online seminars led by your curriculum tutor; a period of school experience; and the submission of a portfolio of evidence that includes responses to academic tasks and reports from your school experience. From the start of your studies, you will engage with the medium of Welsh in a school context, building on your level at the start of the PGCE.
You’ll move from introductory familiarisation in PGCE 1 to consolidation of your learning in PGCE 2 to autonomy of teaching practice in PGCE 3. As you move through the modules, your understanding of the theories and concepts will progress. Your practical experience and assessments will also prepare you for your next module.
Teaching across all of the modules will be through a series of practice-focused strands. You’ll develop skills from the following:
- Understanding learners
- Planning for learning
- Professional practice
Academic theory will be combined with substantial, supported experience in schools. Salaried students will undertake practical experience at the same time as studying. Part-time students will undertake their practical experience after completing their academic study in each module. School placements will be available in Welsh medium and English medium schools.
You’ll work with your mentor, and school staff members to take on increasing teaching responsibility. You’ll move from classroom support, and planning and teaching of single lessons in PGCE 1 to planning and teaching of a sequence of lessons in PGCE 2 to responsibility for planning, resourcing and solo teaching a range of lessons in PGCE 3.
Whether you’re on the salaried or part-time route, you’ll undertake an individual classroom research project in PGCE 3. For students on the part-time route, you’ll need to complete 30 full days of teaching experience (five days a week over six consecutive school weeks).
Mentors will support you throughout your school experience. They’ll mediate and facilitate regular school-based tasks, which feed into your studies.
We regularly review our curriculum; therefore, the qualification described on this page – including its availability, its structure, and available modules – may change over time. If we make changes to this qualification, we’ll update this page as soon as possible. Once you’ve registered or are studying this qualification, where practicable, we’ll inform you in good time of any upcoming changes. If you’d like to know more about the circumstances in which the University might make changes to the curriculum, see our Academic Regulations or contact us. This description was last updated on 17 March 2020.