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Study to become a teacher: applications are now open for the OU in Wales’ PGCE programme

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Applications are now open to study for a PGCE with The Open University in Wales, which will start in October 2021. The qualification gives graduates Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which allows them to work as a teacher.

There are two routes students can take towards a PGCE with the OU in Wales:

  • The salaried route is ideal for someone working in a non-qualified teacher role within a school. The student teacher will study for their PGCE around their existing school duties, receiving a salary for that work and having their costs of study covered by a training grant from the Welsh Government.
  • The part-time route allows people to study the PGCE alongside other life commitments and still provides in-school experience. Financial support is available for both course fees and living costs when studying on the part-time route.

For the second year, the OU is offering the PGCE across both routes in primary phase, and secondary phase with Science, Maths or Welsh. Study on any of the PGCE courses is available through the medium of English or Welsh.

The PGCE combines 50 years’ experience of distance learning from The Open University with local, practical knowledge of nearly 200 partner schools in Wales. This means that students can study regardless of where in Wales they are based.

Our innovative course combines first-class distance learning with high-quality practice learning in one of our partner schools over two years. You could be someone who has recently graduated and is looking for a rewarding career in teaching, someone with several years of work experience and seeking a change in career, or you could already be working in a non-teaching role in a school setting.

We welcomed nearly 150 new student teachers onto our PGCE routes this year - competition was extremely high for places, particularly on the salaried route, so we advise anyone interested to apply as soon as possible.

Read more Andrew Pickford, Senior Manager, PGCE

Application deadlines vary by route with the first closing date on 29 January 2021. More details of the routes, entry criteria and guidance on how to apply can be found here.

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