Online and Part-Time Teacher Training Courses to be Launched in Wales

A new part-time teaching course that will enable students to study online is set to be introduced in Wales.

The new PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) will be largely based online to remove the need for students to travel, as well as helping those that struggle to devote the time to a full-time course.

The soon-to-be accredited programme will enable students to interact with their lecturers and fellow students online, helping remove any barriers that might be caused by their location or distance away from a university.

Wrexham’s Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths, has welcomed the latest proposals and said: “The Welsh Government is committed to attracting more people into the teaching profession and this new course will utilise the latest technology, making training more appealing and accessible for students.”

“There are a number of factors, such as financial costs or location, which may have put people off pursuing a career in teaching in the past.  I believe this innovative new programme will encourage more students to consider becoming teachers by creating more options and providing greater flexibility.”

In addition to the new PGCE, a new Employment Based Route (EBR) has been introduced by the Welsh Government which would see a student teacher employed by a school from the start of their studies.

Both the part-time PGCE and EBR would enable student teachers to maintain their current commitments, including employment and income, whilst studying to be a teacher.

The new schemes are expected to come into force in 2019.