Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Secondary)

The PGCE Secondary course is a one-year initial teacher training course which specialises in secondary education and leads to a professional qualification that is awarded by the Bangor University and to recommendation for qualified teacher status (QTS), which is awarded by the General Teaching Council for Wales. It is open to graduates of British institutions and to others with recognized equivalent qualifications.

Entry requirements

Potential to reach the QTS Standards
Entrants to ITT courses must have the capability to meet the required QTS Standards by the end of their course and possess the appropriate personal and intellectual qualities to be teachers.

GCSE standards
Entrants will need a GCSE grade B or equivalent in English and Mathematics. For more information regarding equivalent qualifications in English and Mathematics, click here.

Suitability to teach
Systems are in place to seek information on whether entrants have a criminal background which might prevent them working with children or young persons, or as a teacher, and whether they have been previously excluded from teaching or working with children.

All entrants must be able to read effectively and be able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written English and, where appropriate in Welsh.

Numeracy and literacy skills
Entrants will be need to have demonstrated suitable functional personal skills in literacy and numeracy applicable in a professional teaching context.

Degree requirements
Entrants must hold an initial degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or a recognized equivalent qualification.

As part of the selection procedures all candidates admitted for training will have taken part in a group or individual interview.

What are we looking for?

  • subject expertise

  • enthusiasm

  • sensitivity

  • communication skills

Account will also be taken of :

  • the suitability of the candidate’s degree and its relevance to the requirements and needs of secondary school teaching

  • the candidate's perception of the educative process and of the principles and practices of teaching and learning;

  • recent experience of working with children or young people;

  • the candidate’s ability to learn quickly on a highly concentrated course

Entry Tests

During the interview you will undertake two literacy tests and one numeracy test.

Literacy Tests

Test 1 (30 minutes long)
• This task will test your skills in spelling, punctuation, grammar and comprehension in English.
• A sample copy of the paper is available here.

Test 2 (30 minutes long)
• This task will test your skills in reading, comprehension and writing and will include an extended piece of writing.
• Welsh medium applicants will be expected to complete this test in Welsh.

Numeracy Test (30 minutes long)
• The numeracy test will focus on the functional mathematical skills required by teachers in their professional role.
• Calculators will not be allowed for this test.
• English and Welsh versions of the question paper will be provided. Applicants can choose to answer in either language.
• A sample copy of the paper is available here.

Additional support material:
• Johnson, J. (2012) Passing the Literacy Skills Test (Achieving QTS) 3rd edn. Exeter: Learning Matters.
• 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

Should you have any additional learning needs in relation to these literacy and numeracy tests then you should notify the Course Administrator immediately by e-mail ( so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

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