Secondary Welsh (PGCE): 2X6M
Ambitiously supportive of the Welsh Government’s aim for a million Welsh speakers by 2050, the Welsh Secondary PGCE pathway prepares you to innovate as Welsh teachers. Respectful of the complexities of teaching Welsh as a first or second language we will arm you with an understanding of the curriculum and progressive teaching and learning methodologies.
Working together with fellow language students, we will encourage and lead a culture of bilingual and multilingualism. There will be extensive opportunities for you to work together with students from cross-curricular subjects and through the medium of Welsh.
You will be prepared to teach Welsh as a first or second language, and participate in our new Welsh Language Development Pathway designed to improve every student teachers’ Welsh from beginner to fluent.
On location in our partnership schools, you will receive high-quality mentoring develop and transform pupils' experiences of the Welsh language across the secondary age range.
The content of the programme has been grouped under four module headings:
• The Learner – who am I teaching?
• Learners, schools and communities – where am I teaching?
• Researching the learning – what, why and how am I teaching? (focus on research)
• Leading the Learning – what, why and how am I teaching? (focus on subject discipline in practice)
Organising the modules in this way means that you will be able to focus on the pupil and take full account of the wider context that impact on education.
You will also be able to ensure that your classroom-based practice draws on a sound research base.
This means that our programme will challenge you both practically and intellectually at the same time.
The programme offers 60 credits at Masters level and 60 credits at Graduate Level. These are awarded on successful completion of module assessments which include:
• Case studies
• Video presentation
• Research Project
All assessments are closely linked to practice and are designed to offer you the opportunity to develop teaching and learning that has a positive impact on children and young people.
Award of QTS
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is awarded to those student teachers who have fully met the professional teacher standards for QTS.
This aspect of the programme is assessed through a portfolio of evidence and a professional dialogue with a specialist mentor and tutor.
The Education Workforce Council (the statutory body for teachers in Wales) has a very useful website:
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
Applicants are required to hold a good honours degree (2:2 minimum) in an area related to chosen secondary subject.
Grade B or above in GCSE English Language OR English Literature and GCSE Mathematics .
Student teachers studying to teach in Welsh medium schools will also need a GCSE grade B or above in Welsh Language Or Welsh Literature (first language).
Equivalence workshops and tests are available for those with Grade C GSCE in English Language, Mathematics and Welsh.
A-Levels/Level 3 Vocational Qualifications
If applicants do not hold an undergraduate degree in a curriculum subject, successful study at appropriate higher levels must be evidenced.
You should be aware of the realities of being a teacher and life in a classroom and so we ask for recent and relevant experience in a secondary educational setting. This may be through employment or volunteering in a school and should be for a minimum period of two weeks.
Gaining experience in a school classroom will help to strengthen your application and better critically inform your personal statement. It will also prepare you for our selection process and give you some experience from which you can draw in your interview.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
If accepted onto our programme, you will be required to obtain a clear enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service formerly known as CRB, Criminal Records Bureau) clearance check as soon as possible. There is a fee associated with the service and you should ensure that you opt for the 'update' service
For further information please contact PGCE secondary admin: 01792 482111 at S_PGCE@uwtsd.ac.uk
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,000||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,000||Year 1|