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Accredited ITE programmes in Wales
Accredited ITE programmes in Wales

If you’re considering a career in teaching in Wales you will need to obtain qualified teacher status (QTS) by studying on a programme of initial teacher education (ITE) accredited by us through our ITE Accreditation Board.

ITE programmes provide the professional education and development of student teachers, preparing them for work in schools in Wales and providing the foundation for career long professional learning. These programmes are based on learning that is both rigorously practical and intellectually challenging at the same time and seek to ensure that teachers are committed to excellence, professionalism, and high quality teaching.

Find out who is involved in partnerships running accredited ITE programmes in Wales.

Programmes available from 2019/20

A list of the accredited ITE programmes offered by Partnerships in Wales from September 2019 is outlined below. 

Primary – Undergraduate

Name of Partnership Programme title Accreditation expiry date
CaBan - Chester(Caer) / Bangor North Wales Partnership BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS (3-11 years) August 2021
Cardiff Partnership BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS August 2024
Yr Athrofa: Professional Learning Partnership BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS August 2024


Primary - Postgraduate

Name of Partnership Programme title Accreditation expiry date
Aberystwyth ITE Partnership PGCE August 2024
CaBan - Chester (Caer) / Bangor North Wales Partnership PGCE Primary with QTS (3-11 years) August 2021
Cardiff Partnership PGCE: Primary August 2024
Yr Athrofa: Professional Learning Partnership PGCE with QTS August 2024


Secondary - Postgraduate

Name of Partnership Programme title Accreditation expiry date
Aberystwyth ITE Partnership PGCE August 2024
CaBan - Chester(Caer) / Bangor North Wales Partnership PGCE Secondary with QTS August 2021
Cardiff Partnership PGCE: Secondary August 2024
Yr Athrofa: Professional Learning Partnership PGCE with QTS August 2024


Programmes available from 2020/21

In addition to the programmes listed above, the following ITE programmes will be offered from September 2020

Primary - Undergraduate

Name of Partnership Programme title Accreditation expiry date
University of South Wales ITE Partnership BA (Hons) Primary ITE with QTS* August 2025

 
Secondary- Undergraduate

Name of Partnership Programme title Accreditation expiry date
Swansea University Schools Partnership PGCE Secondary* August 2025

 
Alternative Routes 

Name of Partnership Programme title Accreditation expiry date
Open University Partnership PGCE (Part-time) Primary and Secondary* March 2025
Open University Partnership PGCE (Salaried route) Primary and Secondary* March 2025

* The accreditation of these programmes is currently subject to conditions.

Monitoring of ITE programmes

All ITE programmes offered by partnerships in Wales are assessed, evaluated, and monitored against the Welsh Government’s criteria for the accreditation of initial teacher education programmes in Wales.

Estyn has recently inspected all ITE provision in Wales under previous accreditation arrangements. Reports on those inspections can be found on the Estyn website. ITE programmes that start in September 2019 will be monitored by the ITE Accreditation Board and inspected by Estyn.