Initial Teacher Education [ITE]

GwE works in collaboration with two innovative Initial Teacher Education providers in North Wales, the Open University and the CaBan (Bangor and Chester Universities) ITE partnership. 

Open University

From September 2020 the Graduate Teacher Programme will no longer be available in Wales. The Open University, in partnership with the consortia and the Welsh Government, can offer two alternative routes into teaching – a salaried PGCE and a part time PGCE.  Both routes include a mix of online and face-to-face sessions with mentors and practice tutors. They also include 120 days of practical experience across two schools.


If you already work at a school as a teaching assistant or in a non-teaching role, you can apply for your school to sponsor your study. You’ll need to get agreement from your school to apply for this route.  You will be employed on a full time basis on an unqualified teacher rate. You will study for your PGCE around your existing school duties and your course fees will be fully funded. You’ll be in a school setting full-time across the two years, while also completing your academic studies. Schools can receive partial funding from Welsh Government towards your salary if you are studying to teach a shortage subject.

You can still apply for the salaried route if you don’t work in a school, but you’ll need to have a school willing to sponsor you, which we could help you find.


If you don’t work in a school, or the salaried route isn’t right for you, there is a part-time option available. It’s ideal if you want to study your PGCE around your current job or other life commitments. This route can be self-funded or you can apply for a student loan and part-time maintenance grants to help with the costs.

Part-time PGCE and Salaried PGCE available across phases and priority subjects in Autumn 2020. Priority subjects for the secondary salaried route are Science, Welsh and Maths. Applicants can apply at

For further information or to discuss the new routes please contact or


Further information about the alternative Routes to teaching can be found on the following sites:

CaBan ITE Partnership

CaBan is a partnership between GwE, Bangor University, the Collaborative Institute for Education Research, Evidence and Impact, and our lead and network schools.  The programmes which are offered by the partnership are tailored to address the Curriculum for Wales and the needs of education in North Wales.

Courses on offer are:

CaBan at Bangor: PGCE Primary (3-11 years) with QTS

This one-year PGCE is designed to provide you with a deep understanding of how children learn, and equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to develop as a creative and innovative teacher.


BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS (3–11) – Bangor University

This three year degree with QTS qualifies you as a primary teacher especially equipped to teach in Wales, and is also transferable to other countries, including England.


CaBan at Bangor: PGCE Secondary with QTS

The Secondary PGCE programme is designed to provide you with a deep understanding of how children and adolescents learn.  A wide range of subjects are on offer, including being the only centre in Wales where PE with Outdoor Education can be studied.


For further information please see the CaBan website or contact us.