Before you Apply
Making a decision to apply for a place to study isn’t just a question of choosing the right course, you’ll also need to consider where you want to spend the next year of your life.
Cardiff is one of the best student cities to live in the UK. It’s an exciting, modern capital city that punches well above its weight for its size and relatively small population of around 350,000 people.
You can find more information on Cardiff and student life on our Student Life pages. You can also view our video on Cardiff Student Life here.
The Department of Initial Teacher Education (DITE) within the Cardiff School of Education is recognised as being amongst the largest centres of teacher education and training in the country. The Department has over three hundred students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, and three different programmes of initial teacher training. You can also keep up to date with activities within the department on their blog and Twitter.
To find which programme is best suited to you, please see the information on the pages below,
PGCE Secondary (with specialist pathways)
We also offer;
PGCE/Cert Ed Post Compulsory Education & Training – part-time over two years aimed at teaching age 16+ in Further Education
When you have made the decision to apply for one of our PGCE programmes, you will need to apply through UCAS – Teacher Training (UTT).
Apply 1 is the first stage in the application process. You have three choices in Apply 1, although you don’t have to use all three, and these are considered simultaneously by the universities you have chosen. You can make your application in Apply 1 from November in the year prior to entry.
When a training programme is opened for the first time, it stays open for a minimum of two weeks. It’s worth doing some research into the programme open dates and what three choices to make.
Your Apply 1 choices will be considered by your chosen providers at the same time. We have 40 working days (excluding weekends and holidays) after you apply to consider your application, interview you and let you know if we can offer you a place. UCAS will show you which days are counted as holidays, and will also let you know when your 40 working day deadline is.
Apply 2 is another opportunity to submit an application, if you have been unsuccessful in Apply 1. You can make as many choices as you want but only one at a time.
You need to have a minimum of 10 days relevant experience across the primary age ranges completed within the 12 months prior to attending interview. This needs to be detailed on your UTT application. Full details are on the PGCE Primary course page.
Experience requirements can vary, dependent on the subject being applied for. If you are applying for PGCE Secondary PE, you will need to detail a significant amount of work experience in a secondary school PE department, which ideally should be a different school to the one you attended. Full details are on the PGCE Secondary course page.
We have a variety of open events and taster days through the year where you can find out more information on our PGCE programmes. Keep up to date and find a relevant date to visit us.