Before you Apply

PGCE Courses at Cardiff Metropolitan University

The Department of Initial Teacher Education (DITE) within the Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy is recognised as being amongst the largest centres of teacher education and training in the country. The Department has over three hundred students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, and three different programmes of initial teacher training. You can also keep up to date with activities within the department on their blog and Twitter

To find which programme is best suited to you, please see the information on the pages below,

PGCE Primary
PGCE Secondary (with specialist pathways)

We also offer;

PGCE/Cert Ed Post Compulsory Education & Training - part-time over two years aimed at teaching age 16+ in Further Education

Progression from BA to PGCE at Cardiff Met

We are pleased to guarantee entry to the interview process for the PGCE Primary Course at Cardiff Met for all graduates of our BA Education/Early Years/Primary programmes. An Honours degree minimum classification of a 2:2 is currently required, and the statutory entry requirements (including B grades or equivalent at GCSE for English Language and Maths, C grade for Science) must also be met. Students from our BA programmes must ensure that they submit their application in time to be considered, before the programme closes. 

The Application Process - when & how

When you have made the decision to apply for one of our PGCE programmes, you will need to apply through UCAS - Teacher Training (UTT). 

Apply 1 is the first stage in the application process. You have three choices in Apply 1, although you don't have to use all three, and these are considered simultaneously by the universities you have chosen. You can make your application in Apply 1 from November in the year prior to entry. 

When a training programme is opened for the first time, it stays open for a minimum of two weeks. It's worth doing some research into the programme open dates and what three choices to make.

Your Apply 1 choices will be considered by your chosen providers at the same time. We have 40 working days (excluding weekends and holidays) after you apply to consider your application, interview you and let you know if we can offer you a place. UCAS will show you which days are counted as holidays, and will also let you know when your 40 working day deadline is.

Apply 2 is another opportunity to submit an application, if you have been unsuccessful in Apply 1. You can make as many choices as you want but only one at a time. 

Work Experience Requirements

PGCE Primary
You need to have a minimum of 10 days relevant experience across the primary age ranges completed within the 12 months prior to attending interview. This needs to be detailed on your UTT application. Full details are on the PGCE Primary course page. 

PGCE Secondary
Experience requirements can vary, dependent on the subject being applied for. If you are applying for PGCE Secondary PE, you will need to detail a significant amount of work experience in a secondary school PE department, which ideally should be a different school to the one you attended.  Full details are on the PGCE Secondary course page.

Information Events

We have a variety of open events and taster days through the year where you can find out more information on our PGCE programmes. Keep up to date and find a relevant date to visit us



Debtors to the University who make a new application will be considered and providing requirements for entry are met, will be offered a place. However, this offer will be dependant on either the debt being cleared before the start of the programme, or an agreement established with Finance concerning payment.

Applicants can contact Finance concerning outstanding debt by either:
Email:; or
Tel: 029 2041 6083

Further information on the University's Debtor Policy and Procedure, click here.

Bad Academic Standing

Applicants who have left the University in bad academic standing i.e. without successfully completing the year of study upon which they were last enrolled are expected to inform the Admissions Unit when considering reapplying, before an application is submitted. Applicants will be considered once the information on the bad academic standing has been received and verified. The final decision on acceptance will be made by the two Programme Directors concerned with your past and proposed study.