Have you always wanted to teach but don’t have a degree? Are you enthusiastic about science and mathematics and want to share your enthusiasm with others? This secondary teacher training course enables you to be fully qualified to teach in two years.
This initial teacher education degree, which is unique in Wales, is an integrated university and secondary school-based programme, with a focus on development of subject knowledge and the practical skills required to become an effective and innovative teacher. With a national shortage of secondary school teachers in science and mathematics, graduates can expect good job prospects and rapid career progression. Schools need enthusiastic teachers who have a subject specialism but who can also teach in other disciplines and, by training in two subjects, employment prospects are excellent.
The Initial Professional Development module is delivered in collaboration with outside speakers who are at the cutting edge of their field. In recent years student teachers have benefited from a two day pupil health and well-being conference.
You will learn through a combination of University-based study and school placements. At university you will undertake degree level study in your specialist subjects and initial professional development to introduce you to a range of current educational issues. The school-based element involves block practices where you work with school mentors and university tutors to develop your teaching skills. In Wales, you do not have to take the National Skills tests to be recommended for the award of QTS.
Our teacher training course offers you:
Assessment includes written coursework tasks, seminar presentations, projects and examinations. Practical teaching will be assessed each year in relation to the Professional Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.
Our trainee science and maths teachers have the opportunity to support STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) activities through collaboration with the Smallpiece Trust.
The school based element involves block practices where you work with school mentors and university tutors to develop your teaching skills. Careful consideration is given to the distinctive nature of education in Wales and Y Cwricwlwm Cymreig and, if you are Welsh-speaking, you have the opportunity to undertake your school placement in a Welsh medium school. There is also an opportunity to undertake your final block school placement in a British International School.
On campus, you can learn in an environment that fully prepares you for the world of work. We have a simulated classrooms, which provide our student teachers with authentic learning opportunities, allowing you to develop confidence for the workplace in realistic settings.
*If you wish to apply for the course and currently hold GCSE C grades in Mathematics and/or English, you may apply to study the new B grade equivalence modules available at the university. Further information available at B grades at GCSE for English and Mathematics
Information for Applicants
This guidance will assist you as you prepare to apply for teaching courses at the University of South Wales.
This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment): Scientific Calculator and lab coat||£35 - £45||
|Field Trips||£500 - £1500||
Year 2 - Students can apply to undertake a placement in an international setting. Students are required to fund all costs associated with the international placement, including travel, accommodation and living expenses.
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
|DBS Updating Service||£13||
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to persue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
|Other: Travel to Placement *||
Year 1 & 2. Cost is dependent on placement location. SEWCTET pay 10p per mile over and above travel to University
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
The national shortage of mathematics, science and ICT teachers ensures that graduates from this course can expect good job prospects and rapid career progression. Your qualification will enable you to apply for your first teaching post in Wales or England, and after completing your induction year you can apply worldwide.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.