Applicants for the Primary PGCE are required to have achieved the following prior to admission to the programme:
- An honours degree at a minimum of 2:2 in a relevant curriculum subject, or a related subject;
- Grade B GCSE in English/Welsh (students applying for the Welsh medium programme will be required to have a GCSE in Welsh);
- Grade B GCSE in Maths
- Grade C GCSE in Science
The GCSE Grade B in English/Welsh and Mathematics are a requirement set by the Welsh Government.
However, we welcome applications from those with a GCSE Grade C in English/Welsh and/or Mathematics. Applicants with a grade C in GCSE English/Welsh or Mathematics who meet all other entry criteria may be accepted if they complete successfully an equivalency test. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are unable to follow our planned timetable of equivalency testing. Therefore, applicants will be expected to sit their equivalency test(s) during the PGCE academic year where they will be given up to 3 attempts. Should the situation change before the summer, we will restart our programme of tutorials and tests before the beginning of the academic year. Please note that applicants must pass their equivalency test(s) in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
All interviews will be held virtually (using Microsoft Teams) with a PGCE primary specialist through the medium of English or Welsh as desired. The format will consist of a short interview and professional discussion.
All PGCE students will complete a Digital Competence audit on enrolment and have digital competence training embedded into their PGCE programme of study.
All applicants will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS check. Applicants must not have been excluded from teaching or working with children nor be registered with the DBS as unfit for working with children or young persons (please see additional costs section).
All applicants must meet the requirements of the Education Health Standards (Wales) confirming their health and physical capacity to teach (please see additional costs section).
Completing the PGCE programme in the UK does not provide ‘Leave to Remain’ status to work as a teacher within the UK. Applicants should familiarise themselves with the UK Visa and Immigration Service regulations and requirements that apply to study and post-study in the UK.
Successful completion of the Swansea University Schools Partnership Initial Teacher Education programme leads to (i) the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and (ii) a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status and registration with the Education Workforce Council for Wales. Applicants should consult with the relevant education service or government department to enquire if completion of a PGCE in a UK University will allow them to teach in their home country or any other country outside the UK.
Applicants typically require an overall IELTS (or equivalent) test score of 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (writing, reading, speaking and listening).