Q: Do I need to be able to speak Welsh?
Q: I would like to train as a primary school teacher but my degree is not in a National Curriculum subject. Am I likely to be offered an interview?
A: It is usual, but not essential, for the content of an applicants’ degree to be appropriate to education and the primary curriculum. If you do not have a core curriculum degree, some teacher training providers may request that at least 50% of your degree relates to a core curriculum subject. It will be your responsibility to demonstrate this and advisable that it is demonstrated in your personal statement on your GTTR form. Interviewers will also consider your degree classification, the subjects you studied at A level and GCSE and any recent experience in a UK primary school before making the decision on whether to ask you for interview. The school experience should normally be a minimum of five days within the last three years and should have been completed by the interview day.
Q: What is the difference between a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education?
A: In Wales, the only Professional Graduate Diploma in Education course is currently provided by Aberystwyth University and is only available for Secondary teaching. The different terminology relates to the fact that 40 credits of the course are at Master’s level. Many institutions will accept the M level credits as counting towards a full master's level qualification after you have completed your PGCE course. Both the PGCE and the PGDE courses will lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Q: How do I apply for the teaching grant?