1. What is a PGCE? The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a full-time 36 week course which is developed and delivered collaboratively by the Swansea University Schools’ Partnership (SUSP). The course furnishes you with the skills, knowledge and school experience that enable you to become a successful, qualified teacher.

  2. What level is a PGCE? The Swansea University Schools’ Partnership (SUSP) PGCE programme consists of 60 credits at level 7 (Masters Level) and 60 credits at level 6 (final year of Bachelors degree) on the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ).

  3. How long is a PGCE? The SUSP PGCE is a one year full-time programme. Throughout the academic year, you will spend 120 days on school placements and 60 days in University-based provision.

  4. How do I apply for a PGCE? To apply, select your chosen subject specialism here and click ‘apply’ on the top right hand corner of the course page. You will be directed to the UCAS website where you will be able to begin the application process.

  5. How much does a PGCE cost? PGCE tuition fees for UK students for academic year 2021/22 are £9,000. International and EU students: £16,150.

  6. Can I get a student loan for a PGCE? Please visit our PGCE Funding Page for more information on student loans, additional funding for eligible students as well as Welsh Government Teacher Training Incentives. Incentives are available for priority subjects and are based on your Bachelor’s degree classification or further qualifications.

  7. Is Biology a high priority subject area in Wales? Yes, Biology  has been identified as a high priority subject area by the Welsh Government (WG). For 21/22 entry, eligible student teachers can apply for a WG Teacher Training Incentive of up to £20,000. The incentive amount is based on your degree classification and/or Masters, PhD: £20,000 (1st, PhD, Masters), £10,000 (2:1), £6,000 (2:2).

  8. Is there funding  available for studying through the medium of Welsh or to teach Welsh? Yes.  The Iaith Athrawon Yfory Incentive Scheme is an incentive paid to eligible persons who complete an accredited secondary postgraduate ITE programme in Wales that enables them to teach through the medium of Welsh or teach Welsh as a subject. A total of £5000 for eligible student teachers is paid in two instalments:

    1. £2,500 for eligible persons on completion of an eligible secondary postgraduate ITE programme in Wales leading to QTS;
    2. £2,500 for eligible persons on successful completion of induction at a maintained Welsh-medium or bilingual secondary school or teaching Welsh in any maintained secondary setting in Wales.
  9. Does the PGCE qualify me to teach? After successful completion of the programme, you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to the Education Workforce Council (EWC). This will enable you to teach as a New Qualified Teacher (NQT). QTS allows you to teach in England and Wales, as well as a number of other countries. We advise that you check with the respective country’s teaching association to confirm transferability and recognition.


    When do PGCE applications close for 2021/22 entry? PGCE applications for 2021/22 entry are now closed. We do, however, welcome applications and enquiries for 2022/23 entry. Please email us for more information