The course has been developed jointly by Cardiff Met and the Open University in Wales and is being funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. The course is offered on a very flexible basis and includes six days school experience in a school local to each student. A personal tutor is allocated to all students plus a school facilitator. At the end of the programme students will know whether they are temperamentally suited to train to be a teacher and whether there are any gaps to be filled in their subject knowledge.
The following areas are covered on this programme:
- Formative/diagnostic element (led by Cardiff Met), involving an interview, a ‘taster’ experience in school, and advisory and counselling support as progress is made through the subject modules, culminating in a self-review.
- Subject study element (led by the OU), based on relevant undergraduate modules and determined by the diagnostic interview to meet students’ needs
This course is specifically designed to meet the shortfall of teachers of maths, science, modern foreign languages, design and technology and Cymraeg at key stages 3 and 4. The number of graduates in these subjects is declining, which is in turn affecting the number of applicants to PGCE courses. There is thus a need to recruit graduates who have degrees in related areas. Those who successfully complete the course should have excellent prospects of gaining a place on a PGCE course and subsequently of finding a teaching post.
Applicants should have a motivation to teach plus one of the following:
- English and Mathematics at GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)
- A first degree (or equivalent) in a subject where an appropriate amount of the chosen specialism i.e. Maths, Science, Modern Foreign Languages, Design & Technology or Cymraeg was studied
Validated by: Open University
School: Cardiff School of Education
Course Length: Flexible
This course is assessed on a pass/fail basis. Students must successfully complete the subject study modules and compile a professional development portfolio.
Selection is usually based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application.