Department of Teacher Education and Training 

The Department of Teacher Education and Training (DTET) within the Cardiff School of Education is recognised as being amongst the largest centres of teacher education and training in the country. The Department has over eight hundred students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, and three different programmes of initial teacher training. Our staff are enthusiastic and dedicated to creating rich and diverse learning opportunities within the programmes.

These programmes are: -

Postgraduate Initial Teacher Training Courses (PGCE)

PGCE Primary (1yr)
PGCE Secondary * (1yr)

* Secondary subjects offered: Science (specialising in Biology, Chemistry or Physics), Mathematics, Physical Education, Art & Design, English with Drama, History, Modern Foreign Languages (specializing in French, German, Spanish and/or Italian), Music, Welsh, Design & Technology, ICT, Drama.

This PGCE brochure provides a general overview of the postgraduate initial teacher education and training programmes that we have on offer at Cardiff Metropolitan University.  Although tailored towards international students, the information contained within should be of interest to anyone wishing to study and train with us.  For full entry requirements, however, potential applicants should click on  the relevant course links above.

Your experience as a student teacher will be an exciting and challenging one. In order to ensure you are ready for the challenge of our rewarding programmes we have developed a set of expectations for our student teachers



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Undergraduate Initial Teacher Training Courses

BA Secondary Music (3 years)
BA Secondary Welsh (3 years)

Partnership with Schools

The Department has been particularly successful in developing quality partnership arrangements with over 130 secondary schools (13 Welsh medium) and 300 primary schools (47 Welsh medium) throughout South Wales; it has partnership schools in Switzerland, Belgium and Portugal. The department also has strong links with Teachers’ Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Student teachers spend a considerable amount of programme time undertaking school placements and working closely with partnership school staff who act as mentors. The role of mentor involves the support of students’ professional development and the monitoring and assessment of progress towards the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Cardiff Metropolitan University tutors work closely with our school based colleagues and take a leading role in quality assurance.

School mentors are fully involved with continuous evaluation and development of all programmes and are integrated into the work of the Department of Teacher Education and Training through participation in the Partnership Steering Committee, programme committees, examining boards, interviewing of programme applicants and mentor development events.

The Partnerships and Student Administration Unit, staffed by a team of administrative personnel, is the focal point for communication between schools, students and the university. Effective communication between all partners is crucial in providing a quality experience for student teachers.

Partnership with Providers

The University of South Wales and Cardiff Metropolitan University are collaborating to provide Initial Teacher Education and Training for South East Wales.  The South East Wales Centre for Teacher Education and Training, one of three national Centres, will operate from 2009 and will educate and train primary and secondary teachers. For further information please visit SEWCTET website.