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Secondary Education: Welsh 11-16 (Leading to Qualified Teacher Status) - BA (Hons) Degree


Key Facts

UCAS Code: XQ3M​

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Education

Course Length:
Two or three years full-time.

This is a full-time programme for students who wish to become Secondary Welsh teachers.

Two options are available for students according to individual background and experience.

The three-year programme is designed for students without HE credits, who wish to pursue a career in teaching Welsh.


Course Overview

The BA Secondary Education Welsh programme is designed to produce competent and confident secondary school teachers of Welsh as a second language. Subject knowledge is delivered in parallel with education studies and you will be able to place all academic work in the school context through regular school placements. The overall aim of the programme is to train new Welsh secondary teachers who can contribute to the raising of standards in schools by engaging in​ high quality and effective teaching.

The programme will enable you to become an effective classroom teacher in Welsh by developing:

  • Appropriate subject knowledge and understanding;

  • The skills of planning and class management and a range of teaching strategies and skills appropriate to the age, ability and levels of attainment of the pupil (11-16);

  • Pupils' active participation and enjoyment of their work and ensuring that they make discernible progress, particularly through assessment, recording and reporting procedures;

  • Personal and professional qualities, which will help to prepare students for a successful career in their chosen profession;

  • A critical understanding of the curriculum and pedagogy, linking this to Educational and subject-specific knowledge;

  • An understanding of a range of cross-curricular issues, the values and assumptions that underpin them and their application in school and classroom practice;

  • An understanding of pupils in school, their similarities and differences, particularly in terms of their needs, their behaviour, maturation and levels of attainment;

  • An ability to reflect critically on attainment and progress in Cardiff Met-based contexts and school-based experiences and use these skills to improve their pr​actice;

The programme achieves these aims by the establishment of a programme structure with an integrated pattern of school and Cardiff Met-based work that enables statutory requirements to be met.

Please note: The programme also includes a non-QTS pathway for those students who do not opt to follow a teaching placement in the final year. This non-QTS pathway will allow trainees to work with learners in a range of roles (e.g. supporting learners in the Welsh classroom). This route will lead to the BA Secondary Education Welsh degree 11-16 (Hons) without QTS.

For more information on how to become a teacher or further your teaching career, visit the Discover Teaching Wales website.

Please note: It is very likely that Standards for Qualified Teacher Status will change in June 2017 to be implemented for programmes starting in September 2017. This is a Welsh Government directive.

Take a look at a gallery of images with graduate Amalea Wright,​ as she teaches on location in Oakdale Comprehensive School, Blackwood.

​Course Content​

Students will be placed in Partnership Schools in the South Wales area. The first year will contain subject-based studies, Education modules and an observation placement in school. Year 2 and 3 will then develop subject knowledge, pedagogy, and Education. Both years will contain a block placement, which will involve observation of good practice, team teaching and lesson delivery. Students will leave the programme equipped with the skills to respond to present and future challenges in education and to become reflective practitioners. The programme is based on the curriculum for 11-16 (up to GCSE), and meets the needs for teachers at this age-range in the Secondary sector.

Year One (Level 4):

  • Observing the Learners
  • Developing Skills

Subject specific modules (Welsh/Cymraeg):

  • Gwybodaeth am Iaith 1/Knowledge of Language 1
  • Y Traddodiad Llenyddol a'r Stori Fer/The Literary Tradition and the Short Story
  • Seminarau Iaith a Llen /Language & Literature Seminars
  • Cyfathrebu Cymraeg Cyfoes/Contemporary Welsh Communication

Year Two (Level 5):

Generic modules:

  • Professional Studies
  • School Experience
  • Methodology Welsh

Subject specific modules (Welsh/Cymraeg):

  • Gloywi Iaith 2/Language Improvement 2
  • Golwg ar Ryddiaith/Persectives on Prose
  • Cymraeg mewn Cyd-destun/Language in Context

Year Three (Level 6):

Generic modules:

  • School Experience & PDP*
  • Professional Studies
  • Methodology Welsh

Subject specific modules (Welsh/Cymraeg):

  • Gloywi Iaith 3/Language Improvement 3
  • Cerddi Cyfoes / Contemporary Poetry
  • Prosiect Arbennig/Special Project

Non-QTS route only:

  • *Supporting the Learners (in place of the final School Experience and PDP module)

Learning & Teaching​

Methods of delivery include lectures supported by tutorials, seminars, workshops, practicals, student led seminars, invited speakers, educational visits and blended learning. The virtual learning environment, Moodle, is also used as a learning and teaching tool. Lecture notes, seminar information, presentations and web site links are made available at key points for students to access. In addition, general academic information is regularly placed on Moodle, allowing students to access additional information and communicate with lecturers / fellow students. Discussion boards are used to facilitate means of communication and encourage online debate centred on identified educational issues between students.

An appropriate variety of teaching / learning methods have been carefully selected to provide a challenging and enriching learning experience. These methods have been designed to facilitate the development of the student's subject knowledge and competence in relation to professional and curriculum knowledge. Students are encouraged to undertake independent learning in all modules, thus supplementing and consolidating knowledge and understanding of their subject, pedagogy and Educational issues. There are regular opportunities throughout the programme for students to review their personal progress taking responsibility for planning and executing their own learning.​


​Learning outcomes are assessed within modules through a variety of methods, including examinations, programme-work, essays, presentations, and assessed practicals/orals. Careful attention is paid to the development of a wide range of skills appropriate to the individual pathway subjects. A variety of assessment techniques are utilised throughout the programme, and attention is given in programme design to ensure that assessment workload is realistic and manageable in both pathways for all students. Assignments are used not only to evaluate progress on the programme but also as a resource through which students develop understanding about the process of delivery and evaluation in education.

The above methods of assessments serve as a preparation to enable students to have a greater understanding of assessment in the National Curriculum. Module tutors endeavour to reflect the assessment procedures utilised in the National Curriculum (2008) in KS3 / KS4. Students are expected to complete some assignments individually and some in conjunction with peers. Where appropriate, an element of peer evaluation may be incorporated into these assignments, which involve presentation to the group. Peer evaluation will not contribute to the formal process of summative assessment.

Employability & Careers​

Graduates of the course will be registered for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) allowing entry to the teaching profession at secondary level in Welsh. Graduates from this course will have strong career prospects in their chosen subject in the secondary sector. 

Non-QTS graduates will be able to work in a Secondary school in a range of roles (such as one to one support, working with groups of learners with Additional Needs, LSA work).

Entry Requirements​ and How to Apply

Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff. Please refer to our Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions.

Applicants are required to have​:

104 UCAS points from at least two A levels  to include grades CC, one to be in Welsh. Non A-level Welsh students, or students undertaking other Level 3 qualifications, must display a firm knowledge of Welsh.

Applicants must display good level of conversational Welsh and must demonstrate the potential to achieve high standards in the study of the Welsh language. 

All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) English Language and Mathematics* at grade B or above (grade 5 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England​) to be accepted on the programme. If applicants do not have GCSE grade B in English Language or Maths or equivalent at application, they will be required to resit these subjects before joining the programme.

Applicants will need to make arrangements to resit the GCSE's (or an acceptable equivalent) in order to obtain the B grade before the start of the programme.

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

Applicants who meet the essential criteria for courses which lead to QTS at Cardiff Metropolitan University will be required to sit Pre Entry tests in Literacy and Numeracy, click the 'Tests' tab to find out more. Tests will be completed and supervised under 'exam' conditions. The tests will be undertaken as part of the interview day.

Applicants requested to sit these tests with additional needs will need to notify us immediately so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

GCSE Equivalents:
Cardiff Metropolitan University will be offering an in-house equivalency exam for GCSE English Language and Maths to meet B grade requirements. More information can be found here.  We also accept equivalent qualifications for the GCSE requirements, which include examinations undertaken with Equivalency Testing and with the University of South Wales. ​

Please click here​ for guidelines on B grade GCSE equivalents (English and Mathematics) as recommended by all providers in Wales.  For further guidance on what Cardiff Met accepts please click here.​

Applicants from non-traditional backgrounds are strongly invited to apply, but must fulfil the basic GCSE requirements as noted above, whilst demonstrating relevant subject skills in Welsh.

​Entry onto this course is also subject to a satisfactory disclosure barring services check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at

Selection Procedure:
Selection is normally based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application and interview. All students will be considered on their individual merits and potential to develop as effective Welsh / music teachers during the programme.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at


Literacy Test 

There will be two tests for undergraduate applicants:

  • The first will test spelling, punctuation, grammar and comprehension. This test will be completed electronically on the day of interview but a printable, sample copy of the paper is available here. This test will be 30 minutes long. To prepare for the first literacy test, applicants should work through the sample paper provided. In addition, the current literacy skills test in England, as found on the DfE website, will also serve as a useful reference tool as the tests are similar in content.

Another useful resource is: Johnson, J. (2012) Passing the Literacy Skills Test (Achieving QTS) 3rd edn. Exeter: Learning Matters, ISBN 9780857258793.

  • The second will test comprehension skills.

Welsh applicants will be required to read and respond to an article in Welsh, demonstrating an understanding of the content and responding to the points raised. Candidates will be required to respond in English and Welsh, reflecting on their own personal experiences of Education and learning. This second test will be 45 minutes long, with a word count of approximately 250 words (1 side of A4). Click here​ for the link to exemplar paper.

This task will assess the ability to:

  • Express ideas and information clearly, precisely and accurately;
  • Write appropriately for the intended audience and purpose, engaging the interest of the reader;
  • Write for the intended audience and purpose using an academic style where appropriate;
  • Select and prioritise information to construct a coherent argument;
  • Use a variety of accurately punctuated sentence and paragraph structures to control progression, matching style to audience and purpose;
  • Use and spell accurately a wide range of appropriate, ambitious vocabulary to convey precise meaning.

Numeracy Test 

There will be one numeracy test which focuses on the functional mathematics which teachers need in their professional role.

  • The test will be completed electronically on the day of interview but a printable sample copy of the paper is available in English here or​ Welsh here.
  • Calculators will not be allowed but candidates will be provided with paper for jottings and notes.
  • The test will be 30 minutes long.
  • To prepare for the numeracy test, applicants should work through the sample paper provided. In addition, the current numeracy skills test in England, as found on the DfE website, will also serve as a useful reference tool, including Numeracy Practice Paper 2 and Numeracy Practice Paper 3.
  • Another useful resource is, Tyreman, C. (2011) How to Pass the QTS Numeracy and Literacy Skills Tests: Essential Practice for the Qualified Teacher Status Skills Tests. London: Kogan Page

English and Welsh versions of the question paper will be provided. Applicants can choose to answer in either language.


Oral skills of candidates will be assessed at interview and applicants will be required to respond to questions both in English and Welsh.​



I don’t have GCSE grade B/grade 5** or above in English Language and Mathematics – can I still apply?
Applicants with a grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent) will be considered for interview (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England). However, applicants will need to have made arrangements to re-sit the GCSEs (or an acceptable equivalent) in order to obtain the B grade and indicate this on the UCAS Teacher Training application. If successful at interview, applicants will be offered a place subject to the attainment of grade B. 

Does Cardiff Met offer in-house equivalency exam for GCSE English Language and Maths?
For 2017 entry, Cardiff Met will be offering an in-house equivalency exam for GCSE English Language and Maths. The tests are designed to meet the GCSE B grade requirements for entry into Cardiff Met ITE programmes only. 

To be eligible to sit the exams, applicants must have received an offer and replied, or intend to reply, 'Firm'. For those choosing the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) route, applicants will be permitted to sit the exams prior to offer. There is no fee attached to the equivalency exams and applicants are permitted to sit one retake, in each exam, during the year in which they apply. 

Are my qualifications acceptable?
The equivalency of overseas qualifications is determined by UK NARIC. If you are an International student you should contact UK NARIC.
If you are a Home/EU applicant please contact our Admissions team who will be able to offer further advice on your qualifications. 


Do you hold Open Days? 
We hold a number of Cardiff School of Education Open Events throughout the year. Please check our Open Days at Cardiff Met page for further information.

Also, to ensure accessibility for everybody we include all relevant course information on the website and you are always welcome to contact us by phone or email. 

When is the closing date for applications?
The closing date for all applications is 30th June or whenever the course is full, whichever is earlier. 

Do I apply directly to Cardiff Met?
No - all applications must be made via UCAS. Information in relation to the application procedure and applying can be obtained at:

Will I have to complete a Criminal Records Check?
Entry is subject to a satisfactory criminal records check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at


If I request a Welsh medium teaching placement will I be assessed in Welsh?
Oral skills of candidates will be assessed at interview. Applicants will be interviewed in English but applicants who wish to request a Welsh Medium teaching placement will be asked some questions in Welsh to assess their oral skills. 

How will I receive information about the interview?
You will be notified of your interview via your UCAS track and by email. 

How often are interviews held? Are there specific dates?
There are no specific dates, however, you will be given sufficient notice before your interview date. 

What happens if I do not bring all of my certificates to the interview?
Certificates can be provided at a later date if you are successful in being offered a place on the programme. 


How much does the course cost?
See our Fees and Finance page for further details.

Is there any funding available?
Welsh undergraduate students who choose to stay and study in Wales are eligible to receive support from the Welsh Government in terms of the Tuition Fee Grant. For further information about the grant please visit:

Course Information 

Does the course include placements in schools?
The first year will contain an observation placement in school. Years two and three will both contain a block placement, which will involve observation of good practice, team teaching and lesson delivery. 

Where will my school placements be?
Students will be placed in Partnership Schools in the South Wales area.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email​ or tweet us @CMetAdmissions.

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Dr Gina Morgan:​
Tel: 029 2041 7251

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting