Taught course

PGCE (Wales)

Open University · Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

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Entry requirements

You must have the following:

  • A UK degree (or equivalent). If you want to become a secondary school teacher, your degree should ideally contain a significant proportion of the subject you want to teach. For those applicants applying to Secondary Welsh, your degree does not necessarily have to be in this area if you can demonstrate that you are a fluent language user, as consideration may be given dependant on depth of knowledge.
  • GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics–numeracy at Grade B or above (or equivalent). Due to current exceptional circumstances, Grade C (GCSE or equivalent) in Mathematics or English Language may be accepted. You would be required to achieve the necessary Grade B (GCSE or equivalent) during the programme or will be required to withdraw from the course.
  • GCSE English Language or Welsh Language at Grade B or above (or equivalent). Or, GCSE English Literature or Welsh Literature at Grade B or above (or equivalent), plus GCSE English Language or Welsh Language at Grade C or above (or equivalent).
  • GCSE Science at Grade C or above (or equivalent) if you want to become a primary school teacher.
  • Experience working in a school environment/with young people if you want to study the salaried route. Be prepared to complete a voluntary week in school before starting the course if you want to study the part-time route.

For a comprehensive list of all entry requirements for this PGCE, visit the PGCE qualification page.

Months of entry


Course content

To become a teacher, you need a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and this PGCE will qualify you to work at either the primary or secondary school phases and focuses on the curriculum in Wales.

You can study through the medium of English, Welsh or a combination. Teaching is online, including live online seminars, with face-to-face support provided in school. You’ll experience teaching in two different schools in Wales (at least 120 days over the two years). Students endorsed by a school participating in the scheme may be fully funded (salaried route); or, you can self-fund and could be eligible for a student loan and/or a maintenance grant (part-time route).

Information for international students

This qualification is not available outside of the UK.

Fees and funding

For more information about fees and funding, please visit The Open University website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

The Open University
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