Graduates with certain degrees may be eligible for incentives of up to £20,000 if they want to train to be a teacher in Wales.

Teacher Training Incentives

Kirsty Williams announces new and improved incentives for graduates to teach - read the article here.

Graduates with certain degrees may be eligible for incentives of up to £20,000 if they want to train to be a teacher in Wales.

Priority subjects are:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Welsh
  • Computer science
  • Modern foreign languages.


High priority subjects

Mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, Welsh, computer sciences


Medium priority subjects


Modern languages


All other main secondary subjects & primary


(high level support only)


Primary supplement

English, Welsh, mathematics and science only (degree subject specialism to raise standards in numeracy and literacy and support sciences)

1st and/or PhD/Masters


1st and/or PhD/Masters


1st and/or PhD/Masters


 1st and/or PhD/Masters



















  1. Welsh-domiciled teacher training PGCE students may also be eligible for the standard student support package, made up of a loan for tuition fees and a package of support for living costs (‘maintenance’). The total maintenance package will be the equivalent to the National Living Wage whilst studying, made up of a mix of grants and loans, depending on household income.
  2. Mathematics, physics, Welsh and chemistry students with a 1st would receive the £20,000 incentive.
  3. Modern foreign language has been designated a medium priority recruitment subject to support policy developments in this area
  4. For those with a 1st degree classification (and/or a PhD or Masters) a £3,000 supplement in addition to the £3,000 incentive will be available to support students undertaking primary PGCE studies whose subject specialism is in English, Welsh, mathematics, physics or chemistry to support the Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF) and core studies.

Incentives will be available to eligible students studying the Part Time PGCE on a pro rata basis due to the new Part Time PGCE starting in Autumn 2020.

The full guidance for 2018/19 is available here.

The full guidance for 2019/20 is available here.

The full guidance for 2020/21 is available here.

Welsh Medium Improvement Scheme

This scheme is designed to help trainees who are studying postgraduate secondary courses, to qualify to teach through the medium of Welsh, and who require additional linguistic support. In addition to support and mentoring, eligible trainees, commencing September 2018, will receive a grant of £2,000 for all qualifying subjects. 

Iaith Athrawon Yfory Incentive Scheme

In October 2017 the Cabinet Secretary announced the New Iaith Athrawon Yfory Incentive Scheme. The Iaith Athrawon Incentive of £5,000 compliments the arrangements for existing support under the Welsh Medium Improvement Scheme with up to £2,500 payable on successful completion of QTS and a further £2,500 payable on successful completion of induction in Welsh-medium or bilingual secondary school, or on successful completion of induction teaching Welsh in any secondary setting. 

The scheme commencing September 2018 is available here.

The full guidance for 2018/19 is available here.

The full guidance for 2019/20 is available here.

The full guidance for the Iaith Athrawon Yfory Incentive 2019/20 is available here.

All teaching courses in Wales are listed on our How To Apply page. Take a look and make your next step in becoming a teacher. 

Course providers for academic year 2020/21

Aberystwyth Partnership: Website | E-mail | Phone: 01970 622 104

CaBan Partnership Chester (Caer) / Bangor North Wales Partnership: Website | E-mail | Phone: 01248 383 717

Yr Athrofa Professional Learning Partnership (Carmarthen and Swansea): Website | E-mail | Phone: 01792 481 000

Cardiff Partnership: Website | E-mail | Phone: 02920 416 044

Swansea Partnership: Website | E-mail | Phone: 01792 604835

University of South Wales Partnership: Website | E-mail | Phone: 03455 76 77 78

The Open University : Website | Email | Phone: 02920 471170


Why should I choose to teach in Wales?

This is one of the most exciting times to become a teacher in Wales. Welsh Government are in the process of developing a new curriculum that aims to create a successful and exciting future for all children and young people across Wales. We have also reformed our ITE provision to train our teachers through newly accredited programmes that will prepare them to deliver our new curriculum.  Add to this the spectacular landscape, vibrant cities and comparable low cost of living and Wales is a very attractive option.

Do I need to speak Welsh to teach in Wales?

No it isn’t a compulsory requirement to speak Welsh to teach in Wales, although there are opportunities for Welsh speakers to improve their skills, and for non-Welsh speakers to learn the language. In addition we provide incentives for those who wish to train to teach through the medium of Welsh. Please visit the incentives page to find out more.

What qualifications do I need to train to teach in Wales?

To become a teacher in Wales you will require English and Mathematics GCSE grade B or equivalent whilst prospective primary teachers will also require a C grade in GCSE Science. If you are applying to a PGCE programme, you will also need an appropriate university degree. Please visit our website for more information.

What incentives am I eligible for?

Certain graduates could be entitled to up to £25,000 depending on circumstances such as your degree subject, degree classification, and Welsh language abilities. Visit our Incentives page to find out what you may be entitled to.

Information about funding for postgraduate initial teacher education (ITE) programmes can be found on the Student Finance Wales website, here:

What is the new curriculum for Wales hoping to achieve?

The new curriculum is being developed by teachers with the intention of creating students who are:

1. ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives

2. enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work

3. ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world

4. healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.

I’m thinking of moving to Wales from another area of the UK or from the EU, can I teach in Wales?

If you have gained qualified teacher status (QTS) in another area of the UK or from the EU, please visit the EWC website to find out how you can be eligible to teach in Wales.

I've gained my teaching qualifications outside the EU, what qualifications do I need to teach in Wales?

There are restrictions on which teacher training qualifications are recognised as being eligible for registration in the category of school teacher with the EWC. For further details please visit

The main ways to gain qualified teacher status (QTS) in Wales are as follows:

• completion of an accredited programme of initial teacher education (ITE). Details about where ITE programmes will be offered from September 2019 can be found on the EWC’s website

• completion of employment based training. The Welsh Government has developed proposals for a suite of high quality alternative routes into teaching to include a new school-based, university-partnered part-time PGCE and a salaried PGCE (employment based route).  The first programme for Employment Based PGCE Secondary Science is planned to be introduced in February 2020. Further information can be found here.

I want to change career and become a teacher, what are my options?

Today’s headteachers believe that it is important for schools to have a well-balanced workforce, with a combination of both career changers and graduates who choose teaching as their first career choice upon leaving university.

Visit: for more information