Aberystwyth University Requirements

Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University Requirements

In order to be considered for an interview for one of our Secondary PGCE courses you will need to have some formal qualifications. Ideally, you should also have experience of working, in any kind of paid or voluntary capacity, with children or young people but it is not an entry requirement. Observation at a school is also recommended but not essential.

We welcome applications from candidates from groups that are often under-represented in the teaching profession, for example male applicants, Welsh-speaking community, ethnic minorities or people with disabilities.

Formal qualifications

Normally you will need:

• a single or joint honours degree, at least 50% of which is in a subject which is directly relevant to the teaching of your subject in the Secondary school ‐ see individual subject leaflets for further details.

• a grade B or above in GCSE English and Mathematics or an equivalent qualification.

Equivalence tests

The School of Education runs GCSE English and Maths equivalence tests for entry to PGCE courses at Aberystwyth for those who do not already have the required GCSE or equivalent qualifications in English and Mathematics. For further information about the GCSE equivalence tests that we offer, please email the PGCE Office on education@aber.ac.uk


UCAS Application

The standard offer for the following qualifications is 300 UCAS tariff points:

  • A/AS Level
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Irish Leaving Certificate

Applicants offering A/AS level qualifications must include at least one Grade B from a minimum of two A Levels, and may include one or more A/S level qualifications. There are no preferred subjects, although an Advanced GCE in either Politics and Government or History is considered favourably. All AS and A2 subjects are accepted, including General Studies and Critical Thinking, as are Key Skills (Level 3) where noted on the UCAS form.