Welcome to Initial Teacher Training at Aberystwyth

The School of Education at Aberystwyth University has been inspiring future teachers of the United Kingdom ever since our departmental doors welcomed the first students in 1872.

Since our establishment, we have been developing new practitioners for careers in teaching at the School of Education - training them for their role in developing, enthusing and inspiring young generations for a prosperous and successful future.

In September 2019, a new chapter commenced here in the School of Education as we started our delivery of a new PGCE programme that offers two pathways to Qualified Teaching Status (QTS).

We have developed a pioneering, integrated programme which responds to the needs of teacher training in the 21st century, and which educates and develops student teachers to teach across both the primary and secondary sectors. This emphasis on cross-phase teaching is in keeping with the Welsh Government’s National Mission and the New Curriculum for Wales, as well as with the increasing emergence of All-Through schools.

As well as Primary teacher training, the School offers Secondary Initial Teacher Training in the following subjects: Biology with Balanced Science, Chemistry with Balanced Science, Physics with Balanced Science, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages and Welsh. As a bilingual institution, we offer you the opportunity to study all of these subjects through the medium of Welsh. This will enable you to apply for the government’s Welsh-medium stimulus grant.

Upon successful completion of the Initial Teacher Training at Aberystwyth University, you will have developed sufficient experience of both primary and secondary schools, which will enhance your employability options.

For information on our Primary and Secondary Initial Teacher Training programmes, please visit our dedicated page. We also recommend that you come to visit us on one of our Open Days. Simply tap here to see the range of dates and how to register for the event.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or queries regarding our Initial Teacher Training course or would like to speak to a member of staff regarding your options, please do get in touch with us!

I look forward to welcoming you to the School of Education.

Dr Andrew Davies
Head of the School of Education