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.

In accordance with the University’s widening access policy applicants may, in some circumstances, be made an offer below the standard offer of grades BBB. Please contact the Admissions Administrator for further details.

International students without these qualifications may study the International Foundation Certificate at Aberystwyth University.  The International Foundation Certificate will provide you with the academic and language skills needed for success as an undergraduate. It also provides a solid introduction to your degree subject, and gives you the opportunity to get to know your future department.

Other Qualifications


Access courses provide one of several routes of admission for candidates who do not possess conventional qualifications. Applicants who have achieved a ‘merit’ in 50% of level 3 modules may apply as part of the Aberystwyth University’s enhanced accessibility strategy.

BTEC/Vocational Certificates

Some students enter higher education through vocational qualifications that also earn equivalent points at AS and A levels. Applicants who hold one of these qualifications should consult with the Admissions Administrator before applying.

Qualifications from Outside the UK

A growing number of students are choosing to pursue an undergraduate degree in the Department of International Politics. The threshold for applicants holding the International Baccalaureate qualification is 30 points. Applicants holding other qualifications should consult with the Admissions Administrator.

English Language Requirements

All applicants are required to have pass the GCSE (or equivalent) English Language (or Welsh Language) at grade C or above. Non-native English speakers are required to take an Aberystwyth University recognised English language proficiency test. The minimum requirement for the IELTS is 7.0, Applicants who take the TOEFL test must achieve a score of 610 on the paper-based test or a score of 250 on the computer test, with an essay rating of no less than 5.5.