Welcome to Discover Teaching!

Mould your studies around your current role so that you can continue to earn whilst working towards your dream career. In partnership with the Open University in Wales, new PGCE routes have been created to offer trainee teachers the opportunity to combine flexible online study with practical hands on, school-based learning that suits you. Discover Teaching has all the resources you need to get started on your journey to a career teaching in Wales.

The new PGCE courses are available to study from October 2020 at primary and secondary level, through the medium of Welsh or English. At the moment we are recruiting for the primary sector as well as the following subjects at secondary level: Science, Maths, Welsh.

Further courses will be added in future years.

To learn more or to download an application form, visit the Open University website:


If we haven’t answered your questions – check out the FAQs:

What’s it like to study with the OU?

You’ll be able to study at home, in school, or on the move. You’ll use our Virtual Learning Environment to access module content such as textbooks, video and audio, and recorded tutorials. It's also where you'll be able to interact with tutors and other students via online forums.

Will I have support?

Although the PGCE with The Open University involves distance learning, there is lots of support available. You’ll be allocated a Curriculum Tutor who’ll be a specialist in your chosen field, and an in-school mentor who’ll provide support and practical advice.

Plus, you’ll be able to speak to our dedicated Student Support Team who can give you help and guidance throughout your studies. You’ll never be on your own.

What qualifications do I need?

You must already hold a degree to register for the PGCE. If you want to become a secondary school teacher your degree must contain a significant proportion of the subject you want to teach.

You'll need to have at least a Grade B in Mathematics or Mathematics-Numeracy at GSCE (or equivalent) level. And at least a GCSE Grade B (or equivalent) in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Welsh Language
  • Welsh Literature.

If you hold an equivalent to a Grade B (GCSE or equivalent) in either English Literature or Welsh Literature, a minimum of a Grade C (GCSE or equivalent) must be achieved in the corresponding GCSE examination in English or Welsh Language.

If you want to become a primary school teacher, you must also have a Grade C or above in Science at GCSE level (or equivalent).


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