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The programme is mainly school based in line with government requirements with 24 out of 36 weeks spent in partnership schools, where student teachers work with a subject specialist (the subject mentor) and a senior member of the school staff (the senior mentor). The university-based modules comprise of initial professional development and curriculum studies in the subject in which the student teacher is specialising.​

Welsh medium school placements are available within all subject pathways in Cardiff Met's PGCE Secondary programme. Apart from the PGCE Welsh programme, all subject areas are taught through the medium of English, but all school placements and a significant element of the professional development on the programme can be undertaken through the medium of Welsh.

Welsh language support is given to students wishing to teach through the medium of Welsh to enhance their language skills. All students will be given additional support to develop their Welsh language skills.

Entry requirements

Essential Criteria for 2017 entry

Initial Degree Requirements:

Whilst it is expected that the content of your degree will contain a significant proportion of the subject in which you wish to train to teach, we do favourably consider applicants whose degrees are in a subject that is closely related. Your application and interview (should you be selected) will be assessed on your potential to meet the Qualified Teacher Standards relating to subject knowledge, understanding and skills, and the extent to which these can successfully underpin your practice as a teacher of a particular subject, up to and including the teaching of A level and other post-16 curricula.

  1. Applicants for PGCE PE are required to have carried out a significant amount of work experience in secondary school PE      departments, ideally in a different school to the one they attended. Evidence of this should be highlighted on the UCAS  application within the personal statement.
  2. Applicants for PGCE Maths will also require an A-level in Maths as well as a relevant degree.​
  3. Limited Spanish or German only placements are available and also French/Italian.

GCSE Requirements:

GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics at Grade B or above (grade 5 or above for applicants holding the newly reformed GCSEs in England). For Physical Education only, applicants must also have GCSE Science at grade C or above.

A B grade in Welsh (First Language) will be considered in combination with a C grade in English Language for entry.

Applicants who have achieved a D or above in GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics on application, will be considered for interview (grade 4 or above for applicants holding the newly reformed GCSEs in England).

Students studying to teach in Welsh medium schools will also need a GCSE grade C or above in Welsh (First language).

GCSE resits:

Applicants will need to have made arrangements to resit the GCSEs in order to obtain a B grade and indicate this on the UCAS Teacher Training application. If successful at interview, applicants will be offered a place subject to the B grade attainment. Please note, if you are taking a GCSE equivalent qualification, do not choose the option 'Equivalent' on the UTT ap​plication as this suggests you are applying to sit an internal test with Cardiff Met which we do not offer, you will need to select 'Other'.

GCSE Equivalents:

Cardiff Metropolitan University will be offering an in-house equivalency exam for GCSE English Language and Maths to meet B grade requirements. More information can be found here. We will also accept equivalent qualifications for the GCSE requirements, which include examinations undertaken with Equivalency Testing and with the University of South Wales. ​

Please click here for guidelines on B grade GCSE equivalents (English and Mathematics) as recommended by all providers in Wales. For further guidance on what Cardiff Met accepts please click here.

Criminal Records Check:

Entry is also subject to a satisfactory criminal records check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/dbs.

How to Apply:

Applications for this course should be made via UCAS Teacher Training. Information in relation to the application procedure and applying can be obtained at: www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/teacher-training.

UCAS Application Codes:
This course offers the following pathways of study and the following PGCE application code should be used on your UCAS - Teacher Training application form:

PGCE (Sec) Art and Design: W1X1
PGCE (Sec) Biology with Science: C1X1
PGCE (Sec) Chemistry with Science: F1X1
PGCE (Sec) Design & Technology: W9X1
PGCE (Sec) Drama and Theatre Studies: W4X1
PGCE (Sec) English: Q3X1
PGCE (Sec) History: V1X1
PGCE (Sec) ICT & Computing: G5X1
PGCE (Sec) Mathematics: G1X1
PGCE (Sec) Modern Foreign Languages: R9X1*
PGCE (Sec) Music: W3X1
PGCE (Sec) Physical Education: X9C6
PGCE (Sec) Physics with Science: F3X1
PGCE (Sec) Welsh: Q5X1

PGCE (Sec) Art and Design (Welsh Medium): W1XX
PGCE (Sec) Biology with Science (Welsh Medium): C1XX
PGCE (Sec) Chemistry with Science (Welsh Medium): F1XX
PGCE (Sec) Design & Technology (Welsh Medium):​ W92X​
PGCE (Sec) Drama and Theatre Studies (Welsh Medium): W4XX 
 PGCE (Sec) English (Welsh Medium): Q3XX​
PGCE (Sec) History (Welsh Medium): V1XX
PGCE (Sec) ICT & Computing (Welsh Medium): IX1X​
PGCE (Sec) Mathematics (Welsh Medium): ​G11X
PGCE (Sec) Modern Foreign Languages (Welsh Medium): R9XX
PGCE (Sec) Music (Welsh Medium): W3XX
PGCE (Sec) Physical Education (Welsh Medium): C6XX​
PGCE (Sec) Physics with Science (Welsh Medium): F31X​
PGCE (Sec) Welsh (Welsh Medium): Q5X1​

Pre Entry Tests, Interview and Selection Procedure:
Applicants who meet the essential criteria for courses which lead to QTS at Cardiff Metropolitan will be required to sit Pre Entry tests in Literacy and Numeracy, click the 'Tests' tab to find out more. Tests will be completed and supervised under 'exam' conditions. The tests will be undertaken as part of the interview day.

Depending upon the subject pathway you apply for, the interview will comprise a one to one interview or group discussion. See ‘Interview Process’ Tab for further details.
Applicants with additional needs who are requested to sit these tests will need to notify Cardiff Metropolitan University immediately so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Due to the high number of applications received for this programme, applicants who do not meet the entry criteria listed above cannot be considered. Any queries on any aspect of the information detailed should contact the Admissions Unit.​

Course modules

The programme is mainly school based in line with government requirements with 24 out of 36 weeks spent in partnership schools, where student teachers work with a subject specialist (the subject mentor) and a senior member of the school staff (the senior mentor). The university-based modules comprise of initial professional development and curriculum studies in the subject in which the student teacher is specialising.​

Welsh medium school placements are available within all subject pathways in Cardiff Met's PGCE Secondary programme. Apart from the PGCE Welsh programme, all subject areas are taught through the medium of English, but all school placements and a significant element of the professional development on the programme can be undertaken through the medium of Welsh.

Welsh language support is given to students wishing to teach through the medium of Welsh to enhance their language skills. All students will be given additional support to develop their Welsh language skills.

Assessment methods

Student teachers will be assessed both on practical teaching and academic assignments. The latter is assessed at Masters level and affords student teachers 60 credits at 'M' level. A pass is required for both school and university based modules. Progress is monitored by continuous assessment of student teachers' competence against statutory standards.

There is no formal end of programme examination.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Fee status Fee Study period Duration
PGCE Full-time 1 years

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