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Postgraduate Certificate in Education [Primary (3-11)] (Teacher Training)

Aberystwyth University · School of Education

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements UK Bachelors (Honours) degree, or international equivalent, in any subject area.

English Language Requirements IELTS 7.0 with minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent

Other Requirements GCSE Grade C in either English Language or Welsh Language (First Language). Grade C in GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics-Numeracy and Grade C in GCSE Science is also required. Other qualifications that demonstrate achievement at the same level are also acceptable. Please contact the PGCE Admissions staff for further details: ellstaff@aber.ac.uk. Previous experience or observation in a school setting is an advantage. Please note that all applicants will be interviewed as part of the selection process.

Months of entry


Course content

The Primary PGCE course aims to give student teachers the professional skills needed to become successful teachers who can engage all learners and lead learning across the primary age range. You will gain an understanding of children’s development and learning across the Foundation and upper primary age range. Working across all Areas of Learning and Experience, you will work with skilled and experienced practitioners and will be trained to teach ambitious and capable learners who are informed and confident about the world beyond school. This is an innovative course, which will give you an enriched understanding of the progression of pupils into the next phases of their education through focused experiences in other phases of schooling.

Subject to Education Workforce Council accreditation.

This pioneering, integrated programme responds to the needs of teacher education in the 21st century, and trains student teachers who can teach across both the primary and secondary sectors. This emphasis on cross-phase teaching is in keeping with Welsh Government’s National Mission and the Curriculum for Wales, as well as with the increasing emergence of All-Through schools. The PGCE is a full-time academic and professional programme, broadly comprising university-based provision of approximately 12 weeks, and at least 24 weeks based in school.

Together with your fellow students on the primary and other secondary programmes, you will study the principles of effective pedagogy, assessment, lesson and curriculum planning. You will participate actively in learning, contributing to seminars, delivering presentations and engaging critically with research. During the University sessions, you will plan and deliver micro-lessons in preparation for the practical element of the course. You will study the full range of the primary curriculum with an opportunity to focus on specialist areas and phases in either the Foundation Phase or Upper Primary.

You will be supported in developing your knowledge of those areas outside your degree studies. There will be a focus on the development of learners’ literacy, numeracy and digital competence. Placements will occur in selected Partnership Cluster Hubs where schools will have close links with the University and where trained mentors will be guiding and supporting your development. On placement, you will work closely with your subject mentor and the University Link Tutor to develop your practical skills in teaching.

In addition to specialist placements in primary schools, you will experience a short placement in a secondary school working to develop your understanding of the continuum of children’s learning. You will also undertake an action research project to develop an aspect of your practice and begin your career as a research-informed teacher.

Information for international students

Please note that the Qualifying Teaching Status (QTS) permits you to teach in the UK and some other countries. You may have to undertake additional examinations that permit you to teach in your home country.

Fees and funding

There are a variety of sources of funding and support available to you as a trainee teacher while you complete your course. This will depend on a number of factors.

Visit our website for further details on financial support.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    10 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Available in various subjects: Primary (upper and lower); Secondary: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, ICT, Welsh, English, Modern Languages, Drama, History, Maths, delivered through English or Welsh. Modern Language course also available by DL.

Course contact details

+44 (0)1970 622270