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Education in Wales

The Open University UK

24 months
2625 GBP/year
2625 GBP/year
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To become a teacher, you need a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our Education in Wales program at The Open University UK will qualify you to work at either the primary or secondary school phases and focuses on the curriculum in Wales.

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You can study through the medium of English, Welsh or a combination. Teaching is online, including live online seminars, with face-to-face support provided in school. You’ll experience teaching in two different schools in Wales (at least 120 days over the two years). Students endorsed by a school participating in the scheme may be fully funded (salaried route); or, you can self-fund and could be eligible for a student loan and/or a maintenance grant (part-time route).

Career relevance

On achieving your Education in Wales degree at The Open University UK , we’ll recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), as either a primary or secondary school teacher, depending on which option you chose.

The programme is employability-focussed and will prepare you to enter the profession. As a vocational teaching qualification, it’s accredited by EWC (Education Workforce Council) and monitored by Estyn. The combination of academic and practice-based skills and experience is central to the programme, ensuring you’re familiar with ‘practice as theory and theory as practice’. Your eportfolio will assess your skills and experience against relevant learning outcomes and professional standards.

While based on teaching experience in Welsh schools and for the Welsh curriculum, the PGCE is also valid in England. If you wish to teach in Scotland or Northern Ireland, you must register with the appropriate country’s professional body. They’ll assess applications on a case-by-case basis.

Programme Structure

Key features of the course

  • Qualify to teach at primary level or at secondary phases in one of a choice of subjects.
  • Available to study through the medium of Welsh or English, across the whole of Wales.
  • A fully accredited programme by the Education Workforce Council leading to Qualified Teacher Status.
  • Link theory to practice while developing your subject knowledge.
  • Choose from two routes, salaried or part-time, picking whichever best suits your personal circumstances.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

You must have the following:

  • A UK degree (or equivalent). If you want to become a secondary school teacher, your degree should ideally contain a significant proportion of the subject you want to teach. For those applicants applying to Secondary Welsh, your degree does not necessarily have to be in this area if you can demonstrate that you are a fluent language user, as consideration may be given dependant on depth of knowledge.
  • GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics–numeracy at Grade B or above (or equivalent). Due to current exceptional circumstances, Grade C (GCSE or equivalent) in Mathematics or English Language may be accepted. You would be required to achieve the necessary Grade B (GCSE or equivalent) during the programme or will be required to withdraw from the course. 

Work experience

  • Experience working in a school environment/with young people if you want to study the salaried route. Be prepared to complete a voluntary week in school before starting the course if you want to study the part-time route.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    2625 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5250 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    2625 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5250 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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