Aberystwyth University

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  • Aberystwyth University
  • P5
  • Aberystwyth
  • Ceredigion
  • SY23 3UX
About us

The School of Education at Aberystwyth University offers you two pathways to Qualified Teaching Status (QTS). The integrated programme which responds to the needs of teacher education in the 21st century, educates and develops student teachers to teach across both primary and secondary sectors. This emphasis on cross-phase teaching is in keeping with the Welsh Government’s National Mission and the New Curriculum for Wales, as well with the increasing emergence of All-Through schools.

As well as Primary teaching training, the School offers Secondary Initial Teacher Training in the following subjects: Biology with Balanced Science, Chemistry with Balanced Science, Physics with Balanced Science, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages and Welsh. As a bilingual institution, you can study all of these subjects through the medium of Welsh too. This will enable you to apply for the government’s Welsh-medium stimulus grant.

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Upon successful completion of the Initial Teacher Training at Aberystwyth University, you will have developed sufficient experience of bother primary and secondary schools, which will enhance your employability options.

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Why study with us? 

The School of Education at Aberystwyth University has a long-established history of delivering innovative degree programmes for future teachers. Since 1872, our research and practice led approach has developed generations of teachers that have inspired pupils from all concerns of the world to become successful. 

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Our Location

Our Penglais campus is a short stroll downhill to the historic seaside town of Aberystwyth, often described as the cultural capital of Wales.

With University staff and students from over 100 countries, Aberystwyth is a friendly cosmopolitan hub. Familiar high street names jostle with independent shops, cafes and an award-winning Farmers’ Market. It’s a close-knit community and once here, many of our students never want to leave.

Aberystwyth is surrounded by a beautiful environment. Nestled between the Cambrian Mountains and Cardigan Bay it provides a rugged landscape of rolling hills, valleys, sand and sea. Even the famous national parks, of Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire, sit a short distance north and south of Aberystwyth, respectively, too.

Made up of colourful and characterful Victorian architecture, its buildings are formed around the landscape, overlooking the sweeping 2km promenade, where students, locals and visitors mingle as they walk, jog or ride along.

A lasting tradition dictates that students and visitors, alike, ‘kick the bar’ at the northern most point of the promenade underneath Constitution Hill (or ‘Consti’ as it’s known to locals) as they take in the fresh sea air.

There is plenty to do both inside and outside of Aberystwyth. From visiting its numerous high-street and boutique shops, cafes and restaurants – to exploring the local sights of the National Library, Cliff Railway, Constitution Hill, Seafront, Bandstand, Old College, Castle Ruins, Harbour and more.

With three beautiful beaches to choose from, North Beach (designated as a blue flag), South Beach and Tan-Y-Bwlch Beach, there’s no better place try to spot some dolphins. Or in the summer, you can enjoy watching the sun go down with a small fire or BBQ.

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