If you are a graduate with a passion for your specialist subject and a desire to inspire young people, this course is for you! The PGCE Secondary Education programme is a one year course that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. The course aims to prepare student teachers to be highly-skilled, confident, critically reflective and innovative practitioners who are committed to life-long professional learning and the education of young people.
The course provides professional training for graduates who wish to teach the following subject areas:
Art and Design
Biology with Science
Chemistry with Science
Design & Technology (specialising in Resistant Materials & Systems or Food & Textiles)
Information Communications Technology & Computing
Modern Foreign Languages (Specialising in either French, French and Spanish, or French and German. Limited French/Italian placements and also limited Spanish placements are available.)
Physics with Science
Learning & Teaching
The university and school-based teaching and learning opportunities have been designed to complement one another in order to maximise student progress. The methods used emphasise and facilitate student teachers' critical development skills, and cohere around the integration of research and enquiry, practice and theory. In both University and school settings, student teachers will normally experience both tutor-led learning and self-directed methods of learning, developing increasing independence and reflection as they progress through the course. There will be regular opportunities throughout the course for student teachers to review their personal progress with their tutors and take responsibility for planning and executing their own learning.
Employability & Careers
Successful completion of the programme will lead to a recommendation to the Education Workforce Council for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and provides opportunities for employment at the secondary level. Graduates can obtain work in schools across Wales, the UK and abroad.
The course is designed to provide a wide range of experiences that will provide our graduates with the knowledge, skills and confidence to prepare them well for the world of work. Cardiff Partnership's Lead Partnership Schools have been identified as leading providers of education and professional development in Wales and so the opportunity to learn from them and within their own environments means that career progression from student teacher to Newly Qualified Teacher should be seamless.
All applicants will be required to apply through UCAS ITT by completing an online application form. Applications will then be assessed against the entry criteria for the relevant programme and applicants invited to attend an interview on the basis of this information.
All applicants should:
have a previous education background which provides the necessary foundation for work as a teacher in the relevant phase and subject specialism;
have the aptitude, capability, and resilience to meet the required QTS outcomes by the end of their ITE programme;
possess the appropriate personal and intellectual qualities to become excellent practitioners;
read effectively and be able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written English and/or Welsh;
not have a criminal background which might prevent them working with children or vulnerable young people, or as an education practitioner; and have not previously been barred or excluded from teaching or working with learners (student teachers are required to arrange for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS);