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KOM Consultants are the official Canadian representative of Bangor University in the UK. Canadian applications to Bangor University’s Teacher Training program are submitted directly through KOM Consultants at 1-877-318-8203 or info@komconsultants.com.

North and Mid Wales Centre of Teacher Training

Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities have joined forces to provide Initial Teacher Education for North and Mid-Wales. The North and Mid-Wales centre of Teacher Education, one of three national centres, trains primary and secondary teachers.

The centre is managed jointly by both institutions and works with primary and secondary schools across the regions. This collaboration is set in the context of a wider strategic partnership between Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities regarding Research and Enterprise.

Bangor University’s School of Education in Wales (UK)

Bangor University’s School of Education in Wales provides first rate higher education in one of Britain’s most beautiful locations. Set in one of the best natural resources in the UK, Bangor is exceptionally well-situated and well-equipped for students interested in Sport, especially those involving the outdoors.

The School of Education has established its reputation in the field of teacher training to educate students to meet the needs of schools throughout Britain.

Under the guidance of enthusiastic staff, the School provides a wide range of progressive courses leading to Bangor University honours degrees and certificates and a range of postgraduate qualifications. You can pursue courses through the medium of Welsh or English or bilingually. In the European context this bilingual expertise gives an exciting dimension to all our courses and provides students with opportunities to develop European links. The School also has well-established partnerships with Primary and Secondary Schools to provide varied and supportive training environments.

Excellence in standards and quality

The School of Education at Bangor University has a friendly atmosphere and students from all regions and different backgrounds quickly settle in. They offer a lively and enriching working and social environment with unrivalled resources for your courses.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education

About the Postgraduate Certificate in Education Secondary

Already have a degree? Why not consider a postgraduate certificate in education?

The PGCE Secondary course at Bangor University in Wales is a one-year initial teacher training course which specializes in secondary education and leads to a professional qualification that is awarded by the Bangor University and to recommendation for qualified teacher status (QTS), which is awarded by the General Teaching Council for Wales. It is open to graduates of British institutions and to others with recognized equivalent qualifications.

Teaching is an important and increasingly popular choice for a rewarding career. Being a teacher is about developing relationships with your pupils and inspiring them to learn. Secondary teachers work with children between the ages of 11 and 18. Teaching is a rewarding profession in more ways than one, offering fantastic career prospects and development opportunities.

The PGCE Secondary program at Bangor University runs from early September to the end of June and trainee teachers are in schools for the equivalent of 24 weeks. The time in schools involves both classroom teaching and school-based activities under the guidance of both school mentors and University tutors.

During the year, trainee teachers will have the experience of teaching in at least two different secondary schools in addition to spending some time in a primary school.

Trainee teachers at Bangor University are placed in small groups in Partnership schools which are mainly located throughout North and Mid Wales; during the periods of School Experience they may be required to live away from Bangor. The schools, although they vary in size and linguistic complexion, are in the main 11-18 comprehensive schools but there is also a small number of private schools and schools that cater for pupils from 11 to 16 years of age which feed into sixth-form colleges.

The emphasis of the course is on developing practical teaching skills supported by understanding and awareness of current educational issues. It consists of two interrelated components which have both university-based and school-based elements: Subject Studies and Professional Studies.

Entry Requirements & Professional Recognition

Entry requirements

  • Applicants applying to UK schools must include both High School and University transcripts. Interview required.
  • A grade B or equivalent in High School English Language and High School Mathematics and a grade C or higher in High School Science will be required.
  • Applicants must have successfully completed a 3 or 4 year Bachelor degree with a minimum of 70%
  • A strong personal statement indicating the applicant’s potential to undertake the PGCE Secondary Program. The statement should demonstrate a perceptive and reflective evaluation of how personal experience of education to date has equipped the applicant to potentially be an effective primary teacher. Reference to personal experiences/extracurricular interests that could contribute to enriching children’s learning should also be included. A high standard of written English / Welsh is expected.
  • The principal referee must be an academic who is most able to comment on the applicant’s academic and vocational abilities. For those applicants whose HEI reference is more than 8 years old it may be more appropriate to obtain a reference from a more recent educational professional such as a primary head teacher. It is important that this referee can make objective and informed judgments based on significant knowledge of the applicant in an educational context.

Professional Recognition in Canada

Graduates of Bangor University’s PGCE Secondary teacher training program are eligible to apply for licensing in Canada, however, it is critical students understand the requirements needed to complete this process before licensing will be granted. KOM Consultants understand the process and requirements needed to enter the teaching profession in Canada. Contact KOM for more information.

All students applying directly through KOM will be supported with the latest information on the accreditation process.

Award Title:Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Secondary Education PGCE
Length of Program:1 year
Application Dates:Applicants are advised to apply 9 months in advance
Application Fee:Applications must be submitted through UCAS. Contact KOM for info on fees and UCAS procedures
Annual Tuition Fees:Contact KOM Consultants for latest tuition fees 1-877-318-8203
Campus Location:Bangor
Country:Wales (UK)