After you Apply

​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.

We will be sending important information to you via email throughout the year to keep you informed on the progress of your application. Please make sure the email address given on your UCAS application is still your current address. If you change your contact details, it is important you update these with UCAS so you don't miss out on important information and keep checking those emails. Make sure you check your junk folders and list us as a known sender. 

If you have any questions or need any further information at any point, you can contact Admissions on 029 2041 6010, by emailing​ or on Twitter @CMetAdmissions​.

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 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.

Interview​ Process

  • You will be notified through UCAS of the date which you have been called for interview. Cardiff Met will also send you an email to let you know the details of the interview day.

  • Your interview will take place via MS Teams. 

  • You will be notified through UCAS and directly from Cardiff Met on the outcome of your interview.


Following your interview, you will be notified of a decision via UCAS and Cardiff Met will also send you a letter detailing your offer conditions. 

Conditional Offer
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 your original achieved grades, as well as proof of your resits 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 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

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 14 working days to respond to your offers. Make sure you respond within the 14 days or your offers will be Declined by Default by UCAS.

Unfortunately, due to limited numbers, applicants who choose the university as an Insurance choice may not be guaranteed a place.

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

GCSE Equivalency Exams

​For ​more information and exam dates please refer to our Equivalency Exams​ page.​

Cardiff Metropolitan also accept GCSE equivalency qualifications gained 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 – 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 website on the following link

  • 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 website - 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

  • If you are an applicant from Scotland looking to apply for student finance, please refer to the information on

  • For information on financial incentives that may be available to you, please refer to​

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 ( which you will receive as part of your joining instructions in the Summer.

Terms & Conditions

Please visit our Terms and Conditions page for full information.

Useful Links

Student Services
Advice and guidance on student advisory and well-being services as well as disability services

If you need accommodation while on the PGCE or you want a list of recommended landlords

Discover Teaching
Information on routes into teaching in Wales and career progression after the PGCE

Initial Teacher Education Blog
Keep up to date with what the department are doing on the blog and Twitter