Certificate of Higher Education: Introduction to Secondary Teaching

If you don’t have academic qualifications, this is an opportunity to begin your training as a secondary school teacher. On successful completion of this course you may apply to study one of our two-year secondary teaching degrees, so you’ll be fully qualified to teach in three years. These pioneering teaching courses provide a route into secondary teacher training in subjects where the demand for teachers is high, attracting a wide range of applicants looking for new opportunities.

The Introduction to Secondary Teaching course is designed around subjects named by the Welsh Government as priority subjects. As the demand for teachers is high in these subjects, the employment prospects are high.


UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
X130 Full-time 1 Year September Newport City C
  • Introduction to Mathematics
  • Information Technology and Computing
  • Introduction to English
  • Mathematics
  • Education
  • Science
  • Introduction to Graphics and Systems Design
  • Skills in Design and Technology
  • Introduction to Food and Textiles


The teaching course will develop your study skills and self confidence and enable you to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding to a level that supports application to a range of careers. This includes one of the two-year secondary teaching degree courses.

The Introduction to Secondary Teaching course offers you:

  • A relevant vocational certificate of higher education
  • Small student groups, regular tutorials and a high level of pastoral care
  • Strong collaborative partnerships between the university and local secondary schools
  • Delivery by a programme team who have a breadth of experience of working with students in a range of contexts and settings
  • Access to excellent facilities including laboratories, ICT suites and resources


Assessment includes written coursework tasks, timed assessments, seminar presentations, projects and examinations.


As part of your teaching training you will spend ten days in a secondary school. This will give you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the secondary school ethos and observe good learning and teaching across the curriculum. You may undertake your observation in a Welsh medium school.


On campus, you can learn in an environment that fully prepares you for the world of work. We have a simulated classrooms, which provide our student teachers with authentic learning opportunities, allowing you to develop confidence for the workplace in realistic settings.

  • Whilst no formal academic qualifications are required for entry to the Certificate of Higher Education: Introduction to Secondary Teaching course we expect candidates to demonstrate suitable levels of literacy and numeracy skills before admission onto the programme.
  • Enhanced DBS check required.
  • An interview is required for this course.
  • Successful completion of literacy and numeracy tests at interview.

Information for Applicants

This guidance will assist you as you prepare to apply for teaching courses at the University of South Wales.
More information

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) ££10-£20 ( Scientific Calculator) - ££25 (Lab Coat)
Year 1
DBS * £57.2
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
Other: Travel to Placement * £Various
Year 1. Cost is dependent on placement location. SEWCTET pay 10p per mile over and above travel to University
DBS Updating Service £13
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to pursue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

Successfully completing the Certificate of Higher Education: Introduction to Secondary Teaching course will provide you with 120 higher education credits at Level 4. Mathematics and science students, on successful completion of the course, can apply for a place on one of the two year BSc (Hons) Secondary degrees courses with Qualified Teacher Status.

Design and technology students may apply for entry into Year two of the three year BSc (Hons) Secondary Design and Technology course with Qualified Teacher Status.

Job opportunities, financial rewards, and long term career prospects are excellent as mathematics and science are designated priority subjects by the Welsh Government.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.