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Training to be a teacher

There are several providers of initial teacher education (ITE) in Wales where you can train as a primary or secondary teacher on undergraduate or PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate of Education) courses. There are also short courses to help prepare people for ITE or to help former teachers return to the classroom.

Institutions which provide ITE must be accredited. For provision delivered from September 2019, accreditation will be regulated by the Education Workforce Council through its ITE Accreditation Board. ITE provision will be delivered by;

  • Yr Athrofa at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • CaBan (including Bangor University and the University of Chester)
  • Aberystwyth University
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University.

You can find up to date and full information about courses and routes into teaching in Wales on the Discover Teaching website.

Performance information on ITE

Estyn (the Office of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector in Wales) inspects ITE provision in Wales to ensure its quality and compliance with the requirements for ITE. You can find copies of inspection reports on the Estyn website.

Financial support

There is a variety of sources of funding and support available to you as a trainee teacher while you complete your course.

Further information is available via the UCAS and Student Finance Wales websites.

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