This section contains information on how we will consider your application for our PGCE programmes and will also give you an idea of what is expected of you through the process.
How your Application is Considered
Once you have submitted your application, we will assess it in Admissions and make sure you meet the academic requirements. Your application is then sent to the relevant Programme Director for the subject you are applying for, so they can review your application including your work experience and personal statement.
If you meet the requirements, you will need to attend interview to be considered for an offer on the programme. Many providers receive a large number of applications and therefore can't interview everyone who meets the essential requirements. In this case, we select applicants for interview using the academic and non-academic criteria.
You could be invited to interview by each of your chosen training providers. If so, leave a full day free for each interview and try to make sure you can attend interviews within the 40 working days* that we have to consider your application. If you are invited to more than one interview on the same day, get in touch with the second training provider to ask if your interview can be rearranged.
You can find information on how to prepare for your interview and what skills you need to demonstrate on the UCAS pages -
How to Prepare for Interview.
*the 40 working days that we have to consider your application relates to us making a final decision. If we do not make a decision within this time, your application will be Rejected by Default with UCAS. If your interview date falls outside of this window please contact us.
PGCE Primary Interview Process:
You will be notified through UCAS - Teacher Training of the date which you have been called for interview. Cardiff Met will also send you a letter and email to let you know the details of the interview day.
As part of the interview process, you will be required to undertake time-constrained tests in literacy and numeracy. This will be additional to your personal interview.
Please click here for more information. Due to the high demand for this programme, no alternative dates can be given.
You will be required to bring in your GCSE and Degree certificates (if already achieved) to show the interviewer in order to verify your qualifications.
- You will be required to bring in your reference from the head teacher on the required school experience.
You will be notified through UCAS - Teacher Training and Cardiff Met on the outcome of your interview.
PGCE Secondary Interview Process:
You will be notified through UCAS - Teacher Training and Cardiff Met whether or not you have been invited to attend interview.
If invited, you will be required as part of the interview process to undertake time-constrained tests in literacy and numeracy. This will be additional to your personal interview.
Please click here for more information.
You will also be required to bring in your GCSE and Degree certificates (if already achieved) to show the interviewer in order to verify your qualifications.
You will be notified through UCAS - Teacher Training and Cardiff Met on the outcome of your application.
Following your interview, you will be notified of a decision via UCAS Teacher Training and Cardiff Met will also send you a letter.
All offers made of the PGCE programmes will be Conditional based on proof of qualifications listed as well as a DBS check.
If you are still studying for your first degree, the offer will be conditional on you gaining the
required Honours classification. If you are retaking any of the
required GCSEs, these will also be specified as a condition of offer. You will need to send proof of these qualifications to Admissions, once completed.
If your offer is conditional on
proof of qualifications only, you need to provide Admissions with the qualifications disclosed on your application. You can do this by scanning your certificates and emailing them to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can drop into our i-Zone based in main reception on the Llandaff campus CF5 2YB or the Cyncoed campus CF23 6XD. Although we accept photocopies of certificates, we may request the originals if these are not deemed sufficient.
The PGCE Primary and Secondary programmes require an
Enhanced DBS Certificate, which will also be a condition of your offer. You will be sent information via email on how to complete this process. Please note that this process will now be an online electronic process and will not require the completion of paper forms. Further information and guidance on the DBS disclosure application process, please refer to http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/dbs.
Your place will only be confirmed, i.e. made Unconditional, once you have met all the conditions of your offer.
Accepting your Offer
Once you have heard from all your choices, you will have 10 working days to respond to your offers. You can only accept one offer so if you have more than one offer, you will need to decline the rest. Make sure you respond within the 10 days or your offers will be Declined by Default by UCAS.
If you change your mind about where you would to study or don't receive any offers from your initial three choices in Apply 1, you can enter Apply 2 which will give you a chance to add more choices. You can add as many choices as you want but only one at a time. More information can be found on UCAS - Apply 2.
If you accept your offer at Cardiff Met, we will send you information related to joining your programme in May. This will include information and forms to be completed for your primary placement. The placement does not apply to PGCE Secondary ICT & Computing, Design & Technology or Art & Design.
GCSE Equivalency Exams
Cardiff Metropolitan University offers its own equivalency exams to meet the B grade requirements for English Language and Maths at our Cyncoed campus.
For more information and exam dates please refer to our
Equivalency Testing page.
Cardiff Metropolitan will also accept GCSE equivalency qualifications gained from
Equivalency Testing or from undertaking equivalency exams held by the University of South Wales. Visit the
University of South Wales Website for more information.
Applying For Student Finance
If you are a Welsh student looking to apply for student finance, you will need to register with Student Finance Wales – http://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/. It is recommended you apply by early May to make sure that you receive your first instalment ready for the start of term.
If you are an English student looking to apply for student finance, please refer to the information on the gov.uk website on the following link www.gov.uk/student-finance.
If you are an EU student looking to apply for student finance to study at Cardiff Met, you will need to register with Student Finance on the gov.uk website - https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/eu-students. It is recommended you apply by early May to make sure that you receive your first instalment ready for the start of term.
If you are an applicant from Northern Ireland looking to apply for student finance, please refer to the information on http://www.studentfinanceni.co.uk/.
If you are an applicant from Scotland looking to apply for student finance, please refer to the information on http://www.saas.gov.uk/.
For information on financial incentives that may be available to you, please refer to http://www.education.gov.uk/.
Changes & Discontinuation of Programmes
The University makes all reasonable efforts to ensure that the information provided to applicants on programmes offered is as accurate and up-to-date as possible. However, programmes of study are continually revised and there may well be some changes between the time of publication and the time the student starts the programme. The running of University programmes is also subject to numbers, i.e. a certain number of students need to undertake the programme for it to be viable.
Where changes are made or a programme is discontinued, applicants are informed of this as soon as possible preferably before accepting the offer of a place, so that opportunity is given to consider an alternative programme at Cardiff Met or elsewhere. If a decision to discontinue a programme is made after applicants have been offered a place, Admissions will make every effort to offer relevant alternatives and provide assistance to applicants to find that alternative choice.
If offered a place on a programme of which the viability is uncertain, applicants with unconditional offers will not be able to enrol until such time as viability for the offered period of study is confirmed. Applicants affected will receive communication updates and confirmation of when they are able to self enrol.
For further information on changes to programmes, please refer to the disclaimer included in the Student Handbook (www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/studenthandbook) which you will receive as part of your joining instructions in the Summer.
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