PGCE Secondary with QTS


Designed to provide you with a deep understanding of how children and young people learn, the PGCE Primary and PGCE Secondary courses aim to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to develop as a creative and innovative teacher. A significant proportion of your time will involve being actively engaged within our partner schools, where you will learn from highly experienced teachers who will help to develop your confidence in teaching, both collaboratively and independently.


The PGCE courses comprise of three modules with 60 credits at Level 7 (Master’s level).

School Experience (PR0220)

You will have the opportunity to gradually build your confidence and develop your teaching skills in the classroom and other settings, and learn about the development and needs of children and young people, their learning and the curriculum – all with the support of experienced teachers and mentors in our Lead and Network schools and at the University. You will work with a designated Welsh Language mentor who will support the development of your Welsh language skills.

Schools in North Wales have a varied linguistic profile  and both primary and secondary schools can be broadly categorised as English Medium, Welsh Medium or Bilingual. Students are allocated placements in schools that match their linguistic abilities. All schools will offer at least some exposure to the Welsh language giving CaBan students the advantage of experiencing a multilingual environment and developing their own language skills at the same time.

Teaching skills gained will be valued and transferable beyond Wales; and QTS gained from a course accredited by the Education Workforce Council (EWC), Wales, is also accepted in England as well.

Professional, Pedagogical and Core Studies in Secondary Education (PR7212) 30 credits at Level 7

Within this module, you will consider:

  • the diversity of educational settings;
  • cultural, social and emotional influences the development and learning of children and young people;
  • approaches to managing behaviour, planning for and assessing learning;
  • current policy and the role of research in developing educational practice.

Personal Welsh language skills and an understanding of Welsh culture and heritage will be developed in this module. With regard to acquiring and developing the Welsh language, progress from personal starting points will be individualised.

Subject Studies (PR7214) 30 credits at Level 7

Through workshop sessions and collaborative activity in school and university, you will explore learning, teaching and assessment within the new curriculum for schools in Wales which is being developed by teachers and informed by the most up-to-date research. You will be taught how to improve your own practice through experimenting with new techniques and evaluating their effectiveness and will conduct a small-scale professional enquiry in school as the assessment of the module. Professional and academic learning takes place within University and partnership settings in lectures, seminars, practical workshops, tutorials and through innovative practices in school such as ‘quality teaching rounds’, lesson study and other collaborative activities.

Subject Studies in the Primary phase is focused on the Six Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLEs). In the Secondary phase you will learn how your specialist subject fits into the AoLEs which include:  

  • Health and well-being;
  • Literacy, language and communication;
  • Mathematics and numeracy;
  • Science and technology; and
  • Expressive arts.

Language of study

English medium PGCE Primary courses will be available at Bangor University and University of Chester. Welsh medium Primary courses will be only be available at Bangor University.

PGCE Secondary subjects are available at Bangor University and University of Chester. For a full list of the subjects offered and the languages of study, please visit

(We offer all subjects except for Physical Education and Outdoor Activities with an optional ODA (outdoor activity) enhancement).

You will acquire an in-depth understanding of the pedagogy of your specialist subject which is informed by the latest research, as well as cross-curricular approaches to learning. In addition, you will learn how to develop pupils’ literacy, numeracy and digital skills within your subject.

Entry Requirements

You do not need to live in Wales or speak Welsh to apply. If you are a Welsh learner, we will provide you with Welsh language tuition which is tailored to your needs whether you are a complete beginner or advanced. A desire to become an excellent teacher supportive of the educational initiatives taking place in Wales is a must.

Applicants will normally:

  • hold or be expected to gain a minimum 2:2 honours degree
  • have relevant experience in state schools and experience of working with young people
  • have grade B/grade 5 in the GCSE examination in any of the following: English Language, English Literature, Welsh Language (First Language), Welsh Literature. Where an equivalent to a grade B in either English Literature or Welsh Literature is achieved, a minimum of a grade C/grade 4 must be achieved in the corresponding GCSE examination in English or Welsh (First) Language
  • have GCSE grade C in Science
  • have to fulfil pre-course entry tests as determined by the Education Workforce Council (EWC)
  • satisfy the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check made through the University.
  • Have a positive attitude towards learning the Welsh language and value the importance of promoting the Welsh language and culture

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