University Based

Completing your teacher training course through a teacher training provider is the most popular route to achieving qualified teacher status.  Initial teacher training (ITT) combines university based theoretical learning with up to 24 weeks practical teaching experience.  ITT helps you develop the skills and knowledge you need to become an effective teacher.  

Those entering at PGCE will be expected to have good subject knowledge normally relevant to their degree.  Undergraduates who are combining their degree with teacher training will have their subject knowledge developed as part of their teacher training. Some university providers may expect you to undertake a 10 days directed pre-course school placement as a condition of your offer .  This is normally a week in a primary school and a week in a secondary school.  The 10 days (two weeks) contributes to the required 24 weeks of teaching experience.  This will be discussed with you at interview. 

Those who are fluent in Welsh may opt to take their teacher training through the medium of Welsh and take their practical teaching experience in a Welsh-medium school.   A Welsh-medium Incentive Scheme  provides financial and linguistic support to students who need additional confidence and competence training to help them teach their secondary subject through the medium of Welsh. Further information on this scheme can be obtained from the teacher training provider.

In Wales, you do not have to take the National Skills tests to be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status, however at interview, you will be asked to sit one test in numeracy and one in literacy.
Initial Teacher Training Provision in Wales
Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in Wales is provided for by three collaborative ITT centres of teacher education.  The structure, organisation and course portfolios of the centres will vary and will reflect the individual institutions involved.  The centres are:  

A full list of courses offered by these three centres may be found under 'Where Can I Train > Providers'


North and Mid Wales Centre of Teacher Education  South East Wales Centre for Teacher Education South West Wales Centre for Teacher Education