Bangor University

Bangor University

Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Secondary Education PGCE

Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities have joined forces to provide Initial Teacher Education for North and Mid-Wales. The North and Mid-Wales Centre of Teacher Education is one of three national centres and trains primary and secondary teachers.

The Centre is managed jointly by both institutions and works with primary and secondary schools across the regions. This collaboration is set in the context of a wider strategic partnership between Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities regarding Research and Enterprise.

The PGCE Secondary course is a one-year initial teacher training course which specialises in secondary education and leads to a professional qualification that is awarded by the Bangor University and to recommendation for qualified teacher status (QTS), which is awarded by the General Teaching Council for Wales. It is open to graduates of British institutions and to others with recognized equivalent qualifications.

Entry requirements

  • Potential to reach the QTS Standards
  • Entrants to ITT courses must have the capability to meet the required QTS Standards by the end of their course and possess the appropriate personal and intellectual qualities to be teachers.

  • GCSE standards
  • Entrants will need a GCSE grade B or equivalent in English and Mathematics. .

  • Suitability to teach
  • Systems are in place to seek information on whether entrants have a criminal background which might prevent them working with children or young persons, or as a teacher, and whether they have been previously excluded from teaching or working with children.

  • Communication
  • All entrants must be able to read effectively and be able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written English and, where appropriate in Welsh.

  • Numeracy and literacy skills
  • Entrants will be need to have demonstrated suitable functional personal skills in literacy and numeracy applicable in a professional teaching context.

  • Degree requirements
  • Entrants must hold an initial degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or a recognized equivalent qualification.

  • Interviews
  • As part of the selection procedures all candidates admitted for training will have taken part in a group or individual interview.

Course modules

Training in:

  • Lesson preparation
  • Teaching styles
  • Class management


During college-based weeks

During school experience

The trainee teacher will be supported in university by a subject tutor; in school, support will be provided by a senior mentor and a subject mentor. In addition, the university tutor will visit the trainee teacher periodically when on teaching practice to provide further support and guidance and to discuss performance and progress.

An introduction to :

  • Syllabuses and schemes of work
  • An understanding of current developments:
  • The National Curriculum
  • Information and communications technology
  • Whole-school issues

An insight into:

Educational theory


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 Years

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