The OU in Wales has recently announced a new flexible PGCE programme. You can now study to become a primary or secondary school teacher through distance learning, provided you’ve already got a degree and meet the entry requirements.
So, here are 5 reasons why you should start your teaching journey with us.
This is a new way to study for your PGCE over two years, combining online learning and placements in schools.
Because we’re a distance learning university, you won’t have to travel to a campus every day.
This means you can combine learning with raising a family, caring for a relative, or other commitments in your life. You’ll be placed in a school for part of your course, and you’ll attend compulsory seminars online. The rest of your learning will be done at a time that suits you.
We have two routes in our PGCE – one for people working in a school, like teaching assistants. But if you don’t already work in a school, we’ll try to match you to one near you.
The other, part-time route is for people who work somewhere else or have other commitments –it’s a great opportunity to embark on a new career.
If you study the PGCE part-time with the OU, you can get up to £3,000 to help with your living costs.*
This isn’t a loan, so you don’t need to pay it back. If you are on the salaried route, your school will pay you a salary and your tuition fees will be covered.
Although you’ll be learning online, you never need to feel alone.
You’ll have a curriculum tutor who knows about your chosen field, and a mentor in the school where you’re placed to give you practical support. We also have a dedicated student support team in our Cardiff office who can help you over the phone, on email or in person.
Meet Kyle, one of the team managers, who’ll tell you a bit more about the help they give students:
We recognise that we need great people who can teach in English or Welsh, so our we’ve set up our PGCE for you to study in either language
If your Welsh is rusty, if you want to improve your grammar, or even if you feel like learning some basic skills, our team of staff can help. Pob lwc!
We don’t compromise on quality.
We use the best technology to make sure you get the most out of learning online. You’ll be taking part in high-quality academic study as well as essential school placements. Our PGCE is fully accredited by the Education and Workforce Council, and you’ll also achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on succesful completion of your course.
We are proud to offer the new PGCE in partnership with the Welsh Government, Regional Consortia and partner schools across Wales.
Applications are now open for primary level and secondary level with Science, Maths or Welsh on both routes, starting in October 2020.
You can also apply for a secondary Science course on the full-time salaried route, which will start in April 2020.
*Eligibility criteria applies for financial support.
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