Details of the different routes into a career in teaching.
Becoming a qualified teacher
To become a teacher and teach in a maintained school in Wales, you need to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Routes into teaching include:
- studying at university at undergraduate and postgraduate level
- employment-based training in a school
All routes focus on the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) standards.
Find out which route into teaching could work for you at Discover Teaching.
Minimum entry requirements for Initial Teacher Education (ITE)
From September 2019 all ITE programmes will be subject to new accreditation criteria and entry requirements.
- a GCSE Grade B (or equivalent) in mathematics or Mathematics-Numeracy
- a GCSE Grade B (or equivalent) in either English Language, English Literature, Welsh Language or Welsh Literature. Where an equivalent to a grade B in either English Literature or Welsh Literature is achieved, a minimum of a grade C (or equivalent) must be achieved in the corresponding GCSE examination in English or Welsh Language
- a GCSE Grade C (or equivalent) in science if you want to teach in primary school
- a degree with at least 50% relevance to the subject you want to teach to become a secondary school teacher (you can check this with ITE providers)
ITE providers can also add their own entry requirements.
Initial Teacher Education Partnerships in Wales
From academic year 2019/20 there will be four Initial Teacher Education Partnerships for teacher education:
- CaBan – (Chester/Bangor North Wales Partnership)
- Cardiff Partnership
- Yr Athrofa: Professional Learning Partnership
- Aberystwyth ITE Partnership
From academic year 2020/21 there will be further Initial Teacher Education Partnerships available for teacher education:
If you do not already have a degree, you can take an undergraduate teacher training course.
- Bachelor of Education (BEd)
- Bachelor of Arts (BA)
- Bachelor of Science (BSc)
You will need to apply through UCAS.
You may be eligible for general student support whilst you are studying. Contact Student Finance Wales for information on what is available.
If you already have a degree, you can study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
The PGCE is a year long programme of training. It will develop your skills as a teacher while you work towards the QTS Standards.
PGCE courses are available at ITE Centres in universities across Wales. You can apply through the UCAS website.
Part Time PGCE
From September 2020 a new Part Time route into teaching in Wales will be available.
The new route will take two years to complete and will allow student teachers to study while working or balancing other life commitments. You will work towards a PGCE qualification (including 60 Masters level credits) and meeting QTS standards.
The Open University has developed this new route in partnership with Welsh Government, Regional Consortia and Schools throughout Wales.
Further information is available on The Open University website.
From September 2020 a new employment based route into teaching in Wales will be available.
The new route will take two years to complete and will allow you to receive an unqualified teacher salary while you work towards a PGCE qualification (including 60 Masters level credits) and meeting QTS standards.
The Open University has developed this new scheme in partnership with Welsh Government, Regional Consortia and Schools throughout Wales.
Further information on this programme is available on The Open University website.
Further detail on the delivery of the employment based route is available.
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
All Initial Teacher Education (ITE) trainees must meet the professional standards for teaching and leadership. New standards apply from September 2019 which set out what ITE trainees must know, understand and be able to do at the end of their course to gain QTS.
The QTS Standards have statutory force and are set out in legislation.
Once you have gained QTS and are a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) you will need to undertake your induction.