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About the course

The PGCE Secondary course is an exciting and challenging 36 week training programme which will thoroughly prepare you for the teaching profession.

Following successful completion students are recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The aim of the course is to equip you to become a confident, high quality teacher of Art and Design. Excellent subject knowledge, creativity, imagination, passion for your subject and the enthusiasm to make learning in Art & Design an enjoyable experience for pupils are essential requirements for success.

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

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Entry Requirements

Good GCSE and A level qualifications related to your subject area are generally expected. The normal minimum entry requirement to the programme is a second class honours degree in one of the subject areas offered by the programme or in a strongly cognate discipline. Level ‘equivalent’ qualifications such as Btec advanced will also be taken into account. Details of particular subject entry requirements can be obtained by contacting the tutor named below.


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Where is University of Wales, Trinity Saint David


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Student Profile(s)

Sharon Morgan

“Before we go into our first teaching placement, which is after the October half-term, we are taught how to plan and organise workloads, how to write schemes of work, the theory behind teaching and learning strategies as well.

We also have the opportunity to work through micro-teaching experiences within the University, within the Art classroom and that’s fantastic. It really gives you confidence and really is a great experience in how to deliver a lesson appropriately.

We get the opportunity to build up our portfolios throughout the course, and by the end of the year we get some great, varied schemes of work to show our schools when we are at interview and it’s a great reflection of what we’ve done throughout the year.

The staff on the course are incredibly supportive and help you every step of the way. They’ve been invaluable, a terrific team of people to work with.

For me, it’s been a terrific course, I’m glad I’ve made it and been able to juggle family commitments, as well as completing the course. It’s been a great boost to my confidence and I’m really looking forward to getting set up in the workplace.” - Sharon Morgan, PGCE Art & Design


Daniel Trivedy

The highlight of my PGCE has been an exhibition of A Level photography work at Waterstones bookshop in Swansea. I co-curated the exhibition with the students. The students felt an immense sense of pride and satisfaction at having their work displayed in such a public place. News of the exhibition also made the local paper, which was a real bonus for my pupils.


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