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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics First years on ITE courses in Wales by degree type, school level and year
CoverageFor data between 2008/09 and 2012/13, students in the Open University in Wales are identified as students at the Open University who are funded by the Higher Education Funding Council. Between 2013/14 and 2019/20, they are identified as Welsh domiciled students studying at the Open University. From 2020/21, they are counted as students registered at the Welsh national centre of the Open University.[Filtered]
[Collapse]DomicileUK domiciled students are those whose normal residence is in the UK, including the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.[Filtered]
[Collapse]Domicile 1[Filter]
Domicile 2[Filter]
[Collapse]Year of Study[Filtered]
Year of Study 1[Filtered]
[Collapse]Welsh MediumWhether the course enables the student to teach bilingually<br />                [Filtered]
Welsh Medium 1[Filter]
SexTotal persons includes those of indeterminate and unknown sex from 2007/08, and those categorised as \'Other\' from 2012/13. <br />                [Filter]
[Collapse]Welsh SpeakerWhether the student identifies themselves as a Welsh speaker.[Filtered]
Welsh Speaker 1[Filter]
Sex 1[Filter]
[Collapse]LevelPostgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or First Degree leading to Qualified Teaching Status[Filter]
Level 1
[Collapse]School LevelAlso known as \'School Phase\'<br />                [Filter]
[Collapse]School Level 1
School Level 2
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All[Expand]Primary School430460470465465440425430375420635645
[Expand]Secondary School940900870820695560530495450455760670
Other DegreeOther degree leading to QTS[Collapse]All415400405365335305290280240205285300
All[Expand]Primary School335310305300290270270245210190285295
[Expand]Secondary School75959565453520353010.Data item not applicable5



First years on ITE courses in Wales

Last update

25th May 2023 25th May 2023

Next update

May 2024

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Higher education student record, Higher Education Statistics Agency

Contact email


National Statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Welsh Government education regions

Geographical coverage


Languages covered

English and Welsh

Data licensing

You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see

General description

This table provides information about enrolments on courses of Initial Teacher Education(ITE) leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) provided through Welsh higher education institutions.

To teach as a qualified teacher in a maintained school or non-maintained special school in Wales or England, students need to obtain QTS. Students can do this by either undertaking a first degree course which combines a degree - usually a BEd, BA or BSc - with QTS or by completing a PGCE course which leads to QTS. There are alternative employment-based routes to obtaining QTS but these are not covered in this bulletin.

Figures represent all year enrolments and have been rounded to the nearest 5. From 2007/08 the registration population will not include those students on sabbatical or writing-up.

Care should be taken when comparing data on all students over time since courses lengths can vary. For example, many previously 4 year first degree courses are now 3 year courses.

Data collection and calculation

Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Student Record.

Frequency of publication


Data reference periods

The HESA standard registration population is a count of all enrolments within the reporting year 1 August to 31 July. Students who leave within 2 weeks of their start date, or anniversary of their start date, and are on a course of more than two weeks duration, are not included in the standard registration population. Dormant students, incoming visiting and exchange students from overseas and students studying for the whole of their programme of study outside of the UK are also excluded from this population.

Rounding applied

The presentation of figures in this table follows the principals of the HESA rounding strategy. The strategy is intended to prevent the disclosure of personal information about any individual. This strategy involves rounding all numbers to the nearest 5. A summary of this strategy is as follows:
• Numbers less than 3 are rounded to 0 and represented as '.'
• All other numbers are rounded to the nearest 5

Revisions information

The Open University currently records all students on ITE courses in the Welsh national centre of the Open University as training to teach in Welsh. This resulted in an over-reporting of students training to teach bilingually in 2020/21. These figures have since been revised following work with HEFCW and the Open University. The Welsh government now obtain information regarding students training to teach bilingually directly from the Open University to provide amended figures annually


ITT ITE Initial Teacher Training Wales Trainee PGCE QTS Qualified Teacher Status Education

Statistical quality

Care should be taken when comparing data on all students over time since courses lengths can vary. For example, many previously 4 year first degree courses are now 3 year courses.

The Open university currently records all Welsh domicile students studying ITE courses as training to teach in Welsh. This means that the number of students training to teach in Welsh is likely to be over-reported for 2020/21 when including students from the Open University. Welsh Government are looking into how these students can be reported more accurately.