Secondary PGCE with QTS (PG Cert)

the United Kingdom

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The award
PG Cert

How long you will study
1 Years

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How you will study
full-time

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About Secondary PGCE with QTS at Swansea University

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:

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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.  

What students think about Swansea University

    Farhana Jaidin, Brunei (Politics)

    Swansea has a lot of tourist attractions and aside from that, the city is bustling with every entertainment you could think of, cinemas, restaurants, occasional student gatherings, you name it!

    Swansea is also within easy reach from London or Cardiff Airport, three hours and an hour respectively, so it is effortless if students want to travel for a mini weekend break.

    People in Swansea live in a close community so you don’t feel left out. You are so much in a part of the family as everyone else is. The student societies are very active in Swansea University and there are a lot of choices to choose from.

    Abir Abdul-Rahim, Malaysia

    Where are you from?
    Shah Alam, Malaysia

    Where did you study (which institution or school) before coming to Swansea?
    Tunku Abdul Rahman College, Kuala Lumpur for A Levels.
    Tunku Kurshiah College, Negeri Sembilan for high school.

    Why choose Swansea University?
    Low cost living and student life here is said to be good. Making it a conducive environment to study.

    What course are you doing?
    BSc Actuarial Science

    What do you do in your free time?
    I am involved with student body organisation based in London called UKEC (United Kingdom and Eire Council). It's a representative of all Malaysian Societies in the UK and Eire. Am currently the National Treasurer of it.

    What has been the highlight of your time in Swansea?
    Being part of the societies and organized student events for our fellow students here. It has helped me to mingle well with the other nationalities.

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