Cardiff Metropolitan University
Art and Design (Secondary PGCE) PGCE
Cardiff Metropolitan University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

If you are a graduate with a passion for your specialist subject and a desire to inspire young people, this course is for you! The PGCE Secondary Education programme is a one year course that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. The course aims to prepare student teachers to be highly-skilled, confident, critically reflective and innovative practitioners who are committed to life-long professional learning and the education of young people.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Qualification requirements

For entry to Cardiff Metropolitan University, all PGCE Secondary applicants must have the following by the date term commences: GCSE Requirements: GCSE grade B/grade 5 or above in English Language, English Literature, Welsh Language (First Language) or Welsh Literature and Mathematics / Mathematics Numeracy (or a standard equivalent). Where an equivalent to a grade B/grade 5 in either English Literature or Welsh Literature is achieved, a minimum of a grade C/grade 4 must be achieved in the corresponding GCSE examination in English or Welsh (First) Language. Applicants who have achieved a D / Grade 4 or above in GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics on application, will be considered for interview. Students studying to teach in Welsh medium schools will also need a GCSE grade C or above in Welsh (First language). Cardiff Metropolitan University offers an in-house equivalency exam for GCSE English Language and Maths for those applicants with a D grade to meet B grade requirements. A GCSE Science equivalency exam is also offered for those with a D grade in Science. For those applicants who do not have the relevant grade we do accept equivalent qualifications and further information about what is accepted including organisations are on our website. Applicants need to indicate on their application if they are taking a GCSE resit/Equivalency examination. Initial Degree Requirements: 2:2 Honours Degree Whilst it is expected that the content of your degree will contain a significant proportion of the subject in which you wish to train to teach, we do favourably consider applicants whose degrees are in a subject that is closely related. Your application and interview (should you be selected) will be assessed on your potential to meet the QTS level of the Professional Standards for Teaching and Leadership that relate to subject knowledge, understanding and skills, and the extent to which these can successfully underpin your practice as a teacher of a particular subject, up to and including the teaching of A level and other post-16 curricula. Applications may be considered for certain Secondary subjects from those who have achieved below a 2:2 Honours degree, but where higher qualifications and or relevant experience have been attained, e.g. Masters, PhD.  Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic) 7 IELTS band score 7.5 overall and minimum of 7.0 in each component in the ‘academic’ IELTS test.

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Tuition Fees Art and Design (Secondary PGCE) PGCE

Ireland £9000 year 1
Channel Islands £9000 year 1
EU £13000 year 1
England UK £9000 year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 year 1
Scotland £9000 year 1
Wales £9000 year 1
International £13000 year 1

Additional fee information

For additional costs relating to this programme, please refer to

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

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About Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University, also known as CardiffMet, was established in 1976 in the small city of Cardiff, Wales. This university holds more than 1,000 student residence rooms, and it takes pride in that the accommodation here is more than just a place to sleep. Those living on-site have access to frequent and free social events taking place nearby, ensuring that those learning here have just as many opportunities to make connections as they do to succeed academically.

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Where is this programme taught

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