Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University

Secondary Education (Biology with Balanced Science, Welsh medium)

This course consists of school experience, which is in 2 different schools; trainee involvement in teaching builds up gradually, from observation and supported teaching initially, to solo teaching for 1/2 a timetable, or more, by the end of the year; trainees have mentors within the school, who can instruct in educational and professional matters generally; students also have 1 tutor within the Department who acts as pastoral tutor to each school to advise on non-subject-specific difficulties; successful completion of this course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), subject to satisfactory performance in skills tests.

Entry requirements

A single or joint Honours degree of grade 2.2 or above, at least 50 per cent of which is in a subject which is directly relevant to the teaching subject; grade B or above in GCSE English and mathematics or equivalent; experience of working, in either a paid or voluntary capacity, with children or young people; interview.

Course modules

Educational and professional studies course; 1 option from: English at KS3, Welsh at KS3, history at KS3, geography at KS3, drama, special educational needs, and games teaching.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: Continuous assessment by school mentors and tutors, and fulfilment of the attendance requirements of the course; written assignments; classroom assessments; self assessments.

Sponsorship information

Students may be eligible for a teaching grant of �6,000; these grants are available to all eligible European Union residents; if students train to teach through the medium of Welsh they may also be eligible for a further incentive of �1,500.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 8,695 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Llanbadarn Campus Aberystwyth SY23 3RJ Wales

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01970 622104