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1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching In Primary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

The Primary PGCE course provides a popular route for high-quality graduates wishing to achieve Qualified Teacher Status. This is an intense, stimulating and challenging course, designed to develop and extend professional skills and understanding.

Delivered in a creative mix of university and school-based modules, students gain a deep and broad knowledge of learning and teaching across the primary age range.

Course Overview

The Primary PGCE pathway are designed to prepare students for a career in teaching.

The PGCE is a full-time, intensive vocational programme, suitable for those wishing to train to teach, inspire and enthuse primary aged children, helping them to make excellent progress in learning. The course offers rich opportunities for personal development, as student-teachers embark upon the first stages of a professional journey which is challenging, fulfilling and rewarding.

The sessions both in school and at the university are intended to involve student-teachers in a range of experiences, which are carefully planned to increase understanding of learning and teaching across the Primary curriculum. There is a focus on developing personal reflective skills, and in engaging with current educational research in order to develop students as knowledgeable, effective and evidence-based practitioners.

The university element adopts a modular structure and teaching takes a blended learning approach including lead lectures, group seminars, tutorials, independent study and directed activities using the virtual learning environment (Moodle).

Professional Teaching Experiences take place in a variety of educational contexts. Student-teachers build confidence and expertise, culminating in taking responsibility for planning, teaching and assessing a class of children in their chosen phase for a sustained period of time.

In our most recent inspection, Estyn (the Welsh educational inspectorate) praised the good progress made by trainees towards achieving the standards for Qualified Teacher Status and the wide variety of challenging and stimulating learning experiences provided in both university and school settings.

Our PGCE Primary programmes are extremely popular and do attract a large number of applications, for this reason, we advise you to apply as early as possible to ensure that we are able to consider your application (ideally before Christmas). Due to the demand for this programme and the limited number of places we have to offer, we usually have to close the application process in the Spring of each year, sometimes as early as January.


Modules are carefully designed to integrate theoretical and practical knowledge and are mostly delivered during the university-based period.

Career Opportunities

The university provides opportunities to prepare for a career in teaching including a recruitment fair and related sessions. Students regularly gain employment in the local area, England and abroad.


Welsh Language Development Pathway - Core
Research Skill Development - Core
Professional pathway for Qualified Teacher Status - Core

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold a good honours degree (2:2 minimum). GCSE qualifications: Grade B or above in GCSE English Language OR English Literature OR Welsh Language OR Welsh Literature plus Grade C or above in GCSE English Language. Grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics OR GCSE Numeracy. Grade C or above in GCSE Science (or equivalent). Equivalence workshops and tests are available for those with Grade C GSCE in English Language, Mathematics, and Welsh (first language). 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. Work Experience: 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 primary 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.

University information

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is the oldest higher education institution in Wales and one of the newest. In 2022 it will celebrate 200 years since the original Lampeter campus was founded in 1822. Its 1828 Royal Charter is the third oldest in the UK after Oxford and Cambridge. A merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College Carmarthen in 2010, followed by Swansea Metropolitan University joining...more