Taught course

Primary PGCE with QTS

Swansea University · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants for the Primary 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 curriculum subject, or a related subject;
  • Grade C GCSE in English/Welsh (students applying for the Welsh medium programme will be required to have a GCSE in Welsh);
  • Grade C GCSE in Maths
  • Grade C GCSE in Science

The GCSE Grade C in English/Welsh and Mathematics are a requirement set by the Welsh Government.

All interviews will be held virtually (using Microsoft Teams) with a PGCE primary specialist through the medium of English or Welsh as desired. The format will consist of a short interview and professional discussion.

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 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.

All applicants must meet the requirements of the Education Health Standards (Wales) confirming their health and physical capacity to teach.

Months of entry


Course content

SUSP is committed to delivering high quality initial teacher education that meets the needs of a Welsh education system undergoing significant curriculum transformation.

The one year full-time Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Primary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) offered by the Swansea University Schools' Partnership (SUSP) connects research and policy to primary practice.

Our PGCE Primary programme will allow you to develop teaching skills across the primary age phase and develop your understanding of the new curriculum in Wales. You will work with experienced, enthusiastic University tutors and mentors in our Partnership schools across South Wales to develop and reflect upon your own teaching practice.

The programme is unique in that after experiencing teaching placements across the primary age phase, you can chose to specialise in Foundation Phase, Key Stage 2 or All-Age contexts. This will not only enhance your knowledge of teaching and the curriculum in your specialist phase, but also deepen your understanding of how children learn and develop.

All aspects of the SUSP programme are underpinned by research, allowing you to benefit from the University's national and international reputation.

With the Partnership’s strong commitment to wellbeing, you will experience high quality personal, professional and academic support throughout the year.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Swansea University Postgraduate