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You're one step closer on your journey to becoming a teacher and inspiring the next generation in Wales!

For all the resources you need to get started and to learn more about Teacher Training Incentives and routes into teaching; contact us and stay informed.


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, Mathematics, Welsh, Computer science, Modern foreign languages.


High priority subjects

Mathematics, physics, chemistry, 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


















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.

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Where can I train?

If you are considering a career in teaching in Wales, from September 2019 you will need to obtain qualified teaching status (QTS) by studying on an ITE programme, accredited by the Education Workforce Council (EWC), through its ITE Accreditation Board.

Initial Teacher Education (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.

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I am currently employed in a School and want to become a Teacher?

From October 2020 the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) will be replaced by a new Employment Based Scheme. The Salaried PGCE will be available for Primary and Secondary level, will take two years to complete and will allow you to receive a salary to teach in a school as an unqualified teacher. 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 will study for your PGCE around your existing school duties and your course fees will be fully funded. You can still apply for the Salaried PGCE if you don’t work in a school, but you’ll need to have a school willing to sponsor you, which the Open University partnership could help you find. You will work towards a PGCE qualification (including 60 Masters level credits) and meet the Qualified Teacher Standards.  The Open University has developed this new scheme in partnership with Welsh Government, Regional Consortia and schools throughout Wales. For further information and details of how to apply, visit the Open University website.  Further detail on the delivery of the employment based route is available.