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Design and Technology Education CertHE

Course Description

If you’d like to teach design, technology or engineering, but need to brush up on your skills before you start your teacher-training, we can help. This one-year (36-week), accredited, full-time Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course helps prepare you to train to teach design and technology. Its stimulating combination of creative, practical and technical skills are so useful that some of our most outstanding PGCE graduates are the ones who did this course.

You might be eligible to receive a bursary while on the course.

Work towards teacher-training at Sheffield Hallam

Successfully completing this SKE course qualifies you to do our one year PGCE Design and Technology or PGCE Engineering courses.

An outstanding national reputation

Sheffield Hallam is the UK’s largest provider of design and technology education, which makes it a great place to come for teacher-training: as a result, we enjoy a national reputation for excellence in design and technology.

We are the Design and Technology Association’s regional provider of training to qualified teachers in schools — we deliver that training on electronics and systems control or CAD/CAM. One of our lecturers is also the curriculum advisor to the Design and Technology Association on electronics and systems control.

A remarkable place to learn

One of the exciting things about this course is that it’s not based in our education department but in our Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences. That means you are based right at the heart of our workshops and studios, surrounded by other students and staff from a range of creative backgrounds and disciplines.

Learn in a variety of ways and settings

This course involves studying full-time for one year at our City Campus, right in the heart of Sheffield. We help you to develop your subject knowledge and your confidence using a range of teaching and learning strategies enhanced by practical work and field study.

Further information

For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Course structure


  • health and safety
  • visual communication for design
  • timber design and manufacture
  • mechatronics
  • CAD/CAM design and manufacture
  • textile design and manufacture
  • design technology engineering


Trying to decide about teaching?

We would always recommend that spending some time in a school design and technology department is a valuable experience to help you see the work of a teacher. Many schools are helpful in offering some time where you can shadow a teacher and observe lessons.

Our excellent graduate employment record

We have a superb record for graduate employment: over 90% of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.

Many students gain employment in the region, thanks to our excellent links with over 600 placement partners. About a third of our students accept a job where they did a placement — you complete two placements, increasing your chances of being offered a job at a place that you already know.

What you’ll be teaching and to whom

Successfully completing this SKE course qualifies you to take our PGCE Design and Technology.

Once you complete your PGCE, you can begin teaching design and technology at Key Stages 3 and 4 (11-16) and 5 (16-18) as well as in the learning and skills sector (also called post-16 or post-compulsory education)

Visit the Design and Technology Education CertHE page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Typically you need a 2.2 degree or above in an area related to but not entirely focused on design and technology, such as art, graphic design or engineering. If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications.

Last Updated

04 August 2017

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