The PGCE Primary programme has been designed to provide students with a variety of challenging experiences with a continuum of school and university work, in order to prepare students to become primary teachers and to enable them to meet the standards for Qualified Teacher Status.
The School based component of the programme comprises block school experience in partner schools. The students are assessed on their school experience according to a set of criteria for Terms 1, 2, and 3. Successful completion of Term 3 enables students to receive the qualification of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), awarded by the General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW).The university based sessions include either experience in the Areas of Learning outlined in the Foundation Phase or the subjects outlined in the National Curriculum orders. All university based modules are studied at Master's level, allowing 60 credits to be achieved.All students learn Welsh as part of the university based programme and approximately 25 per cent of our students are prepared for teaching posts in Welsh medium education.Employability and Careers
The programme provides trainees with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and provides opportunities for employment at the primary level.
- Literacy Test
There will be two tests for postgraduate applicants:The first will test spelling, punctuation, grammar and comprehension. This test will be completed electronically on the day of interview but a printable, sample copy of the paper is available here. This test will be 30 minutes long.To prepare for the first literacy test, applicants should work through the sample paper provided. In addition, the current literacy skills test in England, as found on the DfE website, will also serve as a useful reference tool as the tests are similar in content.
- Numeracy Test
There will be one numeracy test which focuses on the functional mathematics which teachers need in their professional role.
- Welsh medium applicants
Applicants who wish to train for the Welsh medium sector should indicate this choice clearly on their applications. You will be placed in Welsh medium schools and some of the university provision is through the medium of Welsh.
During the interview procedure you will be assessed on your ability in both English and Welsh.