Taught course

Secondary Education with QTS

University of Chester · Faculty of Education and Children's Services

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally:

  • hold or be expected to gain a minimum 2:1 honours degree (2:2s are considered)
  • have relevant experience in state schools and experience of working with young people
  • have grade B/grade 5 in the GCSE examination in any of the following: English Language, English Literature, Welsh Language (First Language), Welsh Literature. Where an equivalent to a grade B in either English Literature or Welsh Literature is achieved, a minimum of a grade C/grade 4 must be achieved in the corresponding GCSE examination in English or Welsh (First) Language.
  • have a Grade B/Grade 5 in the GCSE Examination in Mathematics or Mathematics-Numeracy. Where an equivalent to a grade B in Mathematics is achieved, a minimum of a grade C/grade 4 must be achieved in the corresponding GCSE examination in Mathematics or Mathematics-Numeracy.
  • have to fulfil pre-course entry tests as determined by the Education Workforce Council (EWC)
  • satisfy the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check made through the University.

Months of entry


Course content

This brand new, exciting and innovative course has been co-created with our Lead Partner Schools in Wales and Bangor University. It is designed to provide you with a deep understanding of how children and adolescents learn, and aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to develop as a creative and innovative teacher.

This course is available in the mediums of both English and Welsh. It can be followed through the medium of Welsh through the CaBan partnership at Bangor University.

Why study this course with us?

The CaBan (Chester and Bangor) Partnership builds on our shared rich history of developing highly skilled and knowledgeable teachers. This course, which has been designed in full collaboration with our Lead Schools, is both practically rigorous and academically challenging. You will be supported to develop a critical appreciation of how educational research informs practice and impacts on the learning and well-being of secondary-aged children. Through dedicated commitment to the course, you will be very well equipped for a career within the teaching profession.

A significant proportion of your time involves being actively engaged within our partner schools where fully trained mentors will guide your professional learning and journey towards becoming a qualified teacher.

Your expertise and employability will be enhanced through access to different educational settings, e.g. secondary, special schools and centres for outdoor education.

Through the CaBan Partnership we offer a wide range of secondary subjects through both English and Welsh-medium. Please ask.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Faculty of Education and Children's Services