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Course content

Gain qualified teacher status (QTS) with a subject specialism in secondary art and design, qualifying you to teach in secondary schools and post-16 colleges.

On the course you

  • enhance your subject knowledge and understanding
  • develop practical subject skills
  • learn how to teach art and design in secondary schools
  • learn about the wider role of teachers in school
  • gain knowledge about schools and the education system
  • apply your skills and knowledge on school placements

We help you develop the skills you need to be a successful teacher of pupils of all abilities. By studying with us you build your enthusiasm, confidence, knowledge and ability to teach art and design.

You also gain self-evaluation skills by completing a professional development portfolio. This provides evidence that you meet the QTS standards for self-evaluation and personal development.

School placements are central to the course. You complete teaching placements in two 11–16 or 11–18 schools. This allows you to experience the progression from Key Stage 3 to 5. A university-trained mentor supports you when on placement. Your course tutor also visits you to discuss your progress.

We have strong partnerships with secondary schools and colleges in the area and some of our students are offered teaching jobs in their placement schools.

Your placements are complemented by university and academy based study that includes teaching sessions, seminars, group study, tutorials and assessment.

During the course you can choose to complete either the PGCE or the professional certificate in education (PCE). Both qualifications achieve QTS but the PGCE also gives you 60 Masters level credits, which you can use towards a masters degree.

School Direct

Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. During School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development.

For more information visit our School Direct page

Course structure

Core modules

Two key academic modules plus assessed placements in school


  • research projects
  • presentations and reports
  • preparing teaching materials and plans
  • teaching practice


This course is aimed at those aiming to teach in secondary schools

We have an excellent graduate employment record. Over 96 per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.

Visit the Secondary Art and Design with QTS PGCE page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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