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Secondary PGCE with QTS

Swansea University · College of Arts and Humanities

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Entry requirements

Applicants for the Secondary PGCE are required to have achieved the following prior to admission to the programme:

  • An honours degree at a minimum of 2:2 in a relevant subject, or a related subject with at least 50% relevant subject content;
  • Grade B GCSE in English/Welsh language (students applying for the Welsh medium programme will be required to have a GCSE in Welsh);
  • Grade B GCSE in Maths
Applicants with a grade C in GCSE English Language/Welsh or Mathematics who meet all other entry criteria may be accepted if they successfully complete an equivalency test.
All PGCE applicants will be required to attend a face-to-face interview in one of our partner schools with members of SUSP teaching staff. Interviews will be held in English or Welsh as desired. All prospective student teachers will undertake the same interview process, with provision made for subject focus. This will consist of an observed group activity, followed by a short interview and professional discussion.
Applicants will be required to complete Professional Skills Entry Tests in literacy and numeracy as part of the interview process. All PGCE students will complete a Digital Competence audit on enrolment and have digital competence training embedded into their PGCE programme of study.
All applicants must meet the requirements of the Education Health Standards (Wales) confirming their health and physical capacity to teach.
All applicants will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS check. Applicants must not have been excluded from teaching or working with children nor be registered with the DBS as unfit for working with children or young persons.

Months of entry


Course content

The one year full-time Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) offered by the Swansea University Schools' Partnership connects research and policy to practice. SUSP is committed to delivering high quality initial teacher education that meets the needs of a Welsh education system undergoing significant curriculum transformation. Our PGCE programme will allow you to develop teaching skills in your subject and learn how your subject fits in the new curriculum Areas of Learning and Experience.

You will have the opportunity to work with experienced mentors in our Partnership schools across Wales to develop, and reflect upon, your own teaching practice. All aspects of the SUSP programme are underpinned by research, allowing student teachers to benefit from the University's national and international reputation.

Subject specialism pathways include:

· Biology

· Chemistry

· Computer Science

· Design and Technology

· English

· Mathematics

· Modern Foreign Languages (French, Spanish)

· Physics

· Welsh

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Swansea University Postgraduate