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Do you want to become a capable, articulate teacher who can inspire children to combine designing and practical skills with in-depth knowledge and understanding? If so, our PGCE in Secondary Design and Technology (Food, Textiles and Product Design) is for you.

What's covered in the course?

We believe that Design and Technology is an essential and exciting subject that allows pupils to be innovative and creative when taught by inspiring and motivational teachers like you. We’ll enable you to become the committed, confident and creative teacher you want to be with the skills you need share your passion for your subject.

Assignments and school-centred activities are structured around the development of your School Experience Progress Journal (SEPJ) which demonstrates your progress against the nationally agreed competences (the Teachers’ Standards), which all teachers must meet throughout their career. A system of continuous review and assessment of progress in the SEPJ will support your growing ability to take responsibility for your own development. 

After interview you may be advised you need to take a funded Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course before you start your PGCE.

Why Choose Us?

  • You’ll learn in an environment that offers top quality facilities, including specialist learning spaces for food, textiles and product design.
  • If you have a minimum of a 2.1 in your undergraduate degree, or a Master’s or PhD, in a subject area relevant for teaching Design & Technology, you may be eligible for a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL). For 2017 entry this bursary is £9,000 if you have a 2:1 or Master's, or £12,000 if you have a First or PhD.
  • At least 120 days across a minimum of two placements, in line with (NCTL requirements, supported by a subject mentor in your school and a personal development tutor at the University.
  • We’re proud of our high employability rates, with 100 per cent of students in employment or further study six months after completing this course for the last five years in a row! (DLHE survey reports 2011/12 - 2015/16).
  • 100 per cent of our 2015 graduates said we prepared them ‘well’ or ‘very well’ for employment (latest DLHE survey 2014/15).
  • If you accept an offer from us you’ll be able to take part in our free Skills Test ‘bootcamps’ to make sure you’re ready to start your PGCE in September.
  • You'll gain Master's level credits gained as part of this course that you can then use towards a full Master's degree, such as our Master’s in Teaching and Learning or Educational Leadership.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You will need to have a good degree (minimum 2:2 but 2:1 or 1st preferred) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent, at least 50 per cent of which is in a food or textiles-related subject.

You must have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to application and if you are offered an interview you will take a written test to assess your standard of English.

There is an expectation that you will have had some general experience of working with secondary age students in a school setting. In preparation for the selection interview you are required to engage in a teaching episode, observed by an experienced qualified teacher.

As part of the selection procedure, the interview panel will expect you to demonstrate your knowledge of design and technology and will also assess personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching.

Applicants must also meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for Initial Teacher Training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

ASSESSMENT

Modules are assessed through a range of directed tasks and targeted assignments. Trainee teachers are also required to complete a profile of evidence towards the achievement of the standards required by the National College for Teaching and Leadership for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Evidence is verified by mentors.

HOW DO I APPLY?

All applications need to be made via the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Course code: 33RM


Visit the PGCE Secondary Education Design & Technology (Food, Textiles & Product Design) page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

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