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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    See Course

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year

  • Course Type

    PGCE

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    09 October 2018

Course content

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 yearcourse 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)
  • Drama​
  • ​English 
  • Geography
  • History 
  • Information Communications Technology & Computing
  • Mathematics 
  • Modern Foreign Languages​ (Specialising in either French, French and Spanish, or French and German. Limited French/Italian placements and also limited Spanish or German only placements are available.)
  • Music
  • Physical Education 
  • Physics with Science​
  • Religious Education
  • Wel​sh​​​

To train to teach at Cardiff Metropolitan University is an exciting opportunity to learn within the Cardiff Partnership for Initial Teacher Education, the only provider in South East Wales to be accredited by the Education Workforce Council for 2019 entry. 

 The Cardiff Partnership consists of Cardiff Metropolitan University, University of Oxford, Cardiff University, Central South Consortium (CSC), Education Achievement Service (EAS), City of Cardiff Council and Lead Partnership Schools and Alliances. Together, the Cardiff Partnership collaborates to ensure that our student teachers not only achieve but seek to surpass the professional standards for QTS through high-quality professional education that is rigorously practical and intellectually challenging. Graduates will develop the values and dispositions that will enable them to be highly employable and ready to meet the demands of the classroom. 

Some of the distinctive features of the course includes:  

  • 60 credits at Masters’ level that can be ‘traded in’ towards an MA in Education. 
  • University and school experiences that train student teachers to teach the Curriculum for Wales across the full age-range of the secondary school 
  • Research-informed clinical practice where structured opportunities enable student teachers to use theory to interrogate practice and vice versa. 
  • A supportive and collaborative culture of learning 
  • School-led training days led by schools identified as leading providers of education and professional development 
  • A ‘return day’ to university and/or lead partnership schools every week to consolidate and cohere learning 
  • Opportunities for cross-phase learning with our PGCE Primary programme 
  • Person-centred enrichment opportunities to build on strengths and develop innovative, collaborative, professional learning and leadership skills. 
  • A commitment to the development of Welsh language skills of all student teachers based on their individual experience and needs 

To find out more about the individual pathways please visit the UCAS Teacher Trainingwebsite,​ or contact the individual pathway leader on the contact details listed under 'Contact us'.

For more information on how to become a teacher or further your teaching career, visit the Discover Teaching Wales website.

Please note: ITE courses in Wales have recently undergone an accreditation process by the Education Workforce Council (EWC). Cardiff Metropolitan University will continue to provide PGCE Primary and PGCE Secondary ITE courses; we will start receiving applications for both courses in October 2018.

Please refer to the EWC website for further information regarding the accreditation.

Employability & Careers​

Successful completion of the programme will lead to 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.   

For further information visit the Discover Teaching website.

What can I expect to earn when I start teaching? 

Information can be obtained from the Training and Development Agency for Schoolswebsite.

Professional Development: 

The programme also offers an advantage towards continuous professional development by affording 60 credits at Master's level. These credits may be carried forward towards a full Master's qualification studied on a full or part time basis. 

For further information see MA Education (with Pathways).


Visit the Secondary - PGCE page on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website for more details!

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