PGCE Secondary – Welsh

The following information has been put together to highlight the main features of the PGCE Secondary: Welsh programme and to answer some of the frequently asked questions we have from students looking to apply.

For more detailed information about the PGCE Secondary: Welsh programme at Cardiff Met, please refer to the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Main features of the programme:

  • Historical background of teaching Welsh, Teaching methods that encourage listening, reading, writing and oral skills, Teaching resources for the language and the contribution of the media, assessment, recording, reporting and profiling, Teaching literature, External examinations, Welsh in Years 12 & 13 and Extra Curricular activities.

  • Seminars, workshops, lectures are the main method of instruction.

  • University tutors work alongside school-based mentors to develop your knowledge, understanding and practical ability in teaching effectively.

  • We provide regular mentor meetings which allow you to ask questions and discuss topics/issues further.

  • You will receive feedback on your progress and lesson observations at regular points during the course.

Why study PGCE Secondary: Welsh at Cardiff Met?

  • We are situated on an attractive campus at Cyncoed with high quality resources for Education students.

  • PGCE Welsh subject sessions are taught through the medium of Welsh. In IPD, the vast majority of the speaker sessions are delivered in Welsh and there are Welsh medium IPD groups.

  • There is an opportunity for Welsh First Language students to undertake one of the two teaching placements in a Welsh medium school.

  • Financial incentives to train (training grants are available).

  • We have placement schools throughout South Wales, so you do not have to move to the Cardiff area to study/ undertake your school placement.

  • Well-established links with English and Welsh medium placement schools where relationships between tutors and mentors are excellent based on years of partnership experience. 

  • Sharing of good practice and resources.


  • Focused PGCE Welsh subject sessions from visiting speakers/mentors

  • Opportunities to gain teaching and extra-curricular experience.

  • Enrichment activities, e.g. day-long oral workshop with pupils from a partnership school and visits to local Welsh departments – English and Welsh medium

  • Excellent employment rates (One of the best in Wales)

  • University sessions allow students to "regroup" and take time out from school regularly to discuss progress, challenges and successes in a supportive environment – you are not thrown in at the deep end and forced to sink or swim!

For further information about the programme and any specific enquiries relating to entry requirements, assessments and interview process, please refer to the main PGCE Secondary course overview and the UCAS Teacher Training website. Alternatively please contact:

Dr Gina Morgan
PGCE Secondary Welsh Programme Leader
029 2041 7251