Transform a generation – be the difference… teach!


EDUCATION is changing – and teachers are leading the way. A new national curriculum is being developed to inspire a love of learning and creativity. These are exciting times and the opportunity to craft something innovative and world-leading does not come along often.

Picture of Student teachers on placement at Parkland Primary School in Swansea with class teacher and pupils

So whether you’re thinking of changing career or just starting out, it’s never too late to begin your teacher education and inspire a generation.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is Wales’ biggest provider of teacher education and offers primary and secondary training to hundreds of students each year.

There are two main ways you can become a teacher, the first is via our undergraduate BA Education (with QTS) programme.

This three-year programme focuses on professional study across the full age-range of primary education and provides a thorough understanding of the statutory curricula for primary schools.

The second route into teaching is our one-year PGCE (with QTS), which offers Primary and Secondary pathways depending on the sector you wish to join.

The PGCE is hands-on and practical, and gives student-teachers a unique opportunity to learn on the job in one of our 120 partner schools.

PGCE students spend 12 weeks of the year in our brand new waterfront campus in Swansea and 24 weeks in schools the length and breadth of South Wales – so you can study much closer to home.

Both routes into teaching are delivered by our Athrofa Professional Learning Partnership (APLP), a creative combination of school and university staff working together to deliver teacher education.

The APLP provides unique access to some of the very best schools in Wales and prepares all of our student-teachers for an exciting and rewarding career in a profession that gives so much to so many.

Professor Dylan Jones, Dean of UWTSD’s Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education, worked in schools for almost 30 years including almost two decades as a head teacher prior to joining the university.

He said: "It is often said that the quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers and it is little wonder, given the significant and lasting impact teachers have on the pupils in their care.

"Teachers are the agents of change and, without them, there is little chance of Wales reaching the heights to which we all aspire. The teachers I know are passionate, resilient and reflective and it is these qualities that will enable them to take forward purposefully the new and exciting education system we are in the process of creating.

"Our new curriculum is innovative and forward-thinking and the APLP’s new suite of teacher education programmes have been designed with Wales’ ambitious reform agenda firmly in mind.

"As Education Minister Kirsty Williams said during her recent visit to UWTSD, teaching is a privilege and together we are all responsible for ensuring that every young person in Wales has an equal opportunity to reach the highest possible standards.

"So come and inspire a generation – and be the difference… Teach!”

In June 2018, the APLP became one of just four training providers chosen to offer teacher education in Wales beyond 2019.

The commendation ensures Wales’ oldest teacher training centre – ranked 1st in Wales in this year’s National Student Survey – will continue training new teachers long into the future.

For more information and to register your interest in becoming a teacher, visit

UWTSD PGCE students Stacey Williams, Laura Evans and Ayse Gunduz graduated last month. This is what they made of their journey to becoming a teacher…

Stacey Williams: “Throughout this course I was inspired by the tutors who always created relevant and engaging lectures that gave me an in-depth insight into the world of teaching. This gave me the opportunity to expand my knowledge of the curriculum, learn new strategies and attend conferences that have provided me with a range of skills and techniques that I have used throughout my school placements. I have made wonderful friends and found fun and innovative ways to capture pupil’s imaginations so they are engaged in their learning. I am very excited to be graduating and to say 'I am a teacher', so I can help children acquire the skills and knowledge they can use for the rest of their lives.”

Laura Evans: “UWTSD has given us so many fantastic opportunities and experiences to enhance our craft and knowledge but you do not learn how do become a true teacher until you are out there on placement doing it. The support and guidance I’ve received means I’m ready and confident to go out and teach and live the dream!”

Ayse Gunduz: “The PGCE course has been a unique and exciting learning experience. UWTSD has been so supportive. My school placements were brilliant and provided constant, friendly guidance and expert advice. I am excited to graduate this summer and look forward to starting my first teaching role.”

Caption: PGCE students Stacey Williams, Laura Evans, Ayse Gunduz and Robert Booth pictured on placement at one of UWTSD’s lead partner schools, Parkland Primary, with teacher Catrin Parton and pupils.

Further Information

Rebecca Davies

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Executive Press and Media Relations Officer

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Corporate Communications and PR

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