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Secondary Art and Design with QTS - PGCE


Course Description

Manchester Metropolitan University has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. The Faculty of Education has a well-established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleages across the North West region and beyond.

This PGCE covers all aspects of becoming an effective and successful teacher of art, craft and design in the National Curriculum as well as GCSE and AS/A level. Trainees benefit from excellent studio facilities and an art gallery featuring school and course-related exhibitions. There is a strong emphasis on individual art practice - trainees will be encouraged to share this with peers and pupils in schools.

A minimum of 120 days school-based practice training is combined with university-based training and periods of independent study. Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.

This PGCE is available via University led and School Direct routes.

We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers wishing to complete a formal qualification.

Features and benefits of the course

-State-of-the-art studio and gallery facilities at the Brooks Building in Manchester
-Experience in a diverse range of schools and colleges
-Choice of University-led, School Direct or Assessment-only routes to Qualified Teacher Status
-Opportunity to apply for four week enrichment experience overseas
-Course includes 60 Masters Level CATS points, or one third of a Masters degree
-Access to NQT alumni support in your first year of teaching
-Close links with our Educational and Social Research Institute

Placement options

School placements are central to the course. As intending teachers trainees begin by developing professional awareness, understanding and skills common to learning and teaching in a variety of settings. They begin to understand the inter-relationship between the school and its community.

Placements will be in at least two different schools or colleges and will range from inner city to rural settings, mixed and single gender schools, City Academies, Comprehensives and Selective Schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form and further education colleges.

Trainees also have the opportunity to apply for a four week enrichment experience overseas. These help to develop an international educational perspective and provide the chance to gain some teaching experience in an international school. Enrichment is in addition to PGCE units of study and opportunities may differ year on year, for example, in 2016 trainees were placed at British International Schools in Kazakhstan, Cyprus or Norway or public schools in Orleans, France.

About the Course

Trainees will be introduced to different models of critical engagement and be involved in a number of gallery education workshops at various stages in the course. You will explore the relationship between curriculum development and assessment for and of learning in art, craft and design and particular concerns, such as drawing for different purposes and needs. In addition you will follow a series of workshops that embrace a range of art, craft, design and new media disciplines. You will be shown how to apply resulting insights in your teaching to the benefit of your pupils.

Much of your work will be undertaken in lecture-related seminars and small scale activity groups where the emphasis is on personal and professional development within the context of shared experiences and mutual support.

Visit the Secondary Art and Design with QTS - PGCE page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants will usually hold an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. A minimum 2:2 (Hons) degree in a relevant subject such as Fine Art, Art and Design, Illustration, Creative Media, Digital Design, Animation, Textiles and 3D Design. At least 50% of your degree needs to be relevant to Art and Design. For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.

Last Updated

27 July 2017

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