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Secondary Art and Design with QTS - PGCE

Course Description

The PGCE Secondary course is an exciting and challenging 36 week training programme which will thoroughly prepare you for the teaching profession.

Following successful completion students are recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The aim of the course is to equip you to become a confident, high quality teacher of Art and Design. Excellent subject knowledge, creativity, imagination, passion for your subject and the enthusiasm to make learning in Art & Design an enjoyable experience for pupils are essential requirements for success.

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Key Features

The PGCE Secondary Art and Design programme at Swansea is a supportive, well organised, carefully structured course which places much emphasis on the use of contemporary Art, including Welsh examples. The course works closely with outside agencies such as the Glynn Vivian Gallery, the National Museum Wales, Artes Mundi, the Saatchi Gallery, Tate Modern and Plantasia Tropical Planthouse. You will also have the opportunity to work as an Artist-In-Residence or gain teaching experience in a museum or gallery for a two week period at the end of the programme to increase your employability.

If Welsh is your first language, you will be able to undertake teaching experience placements in Welsh medium schools, have tutorials in Welsh, and receive Tutor lesson observations and both written and verbal feedback in Welsh.

Our programme is the largest provider of Secondary PGCE education and training in Wales and geographically, we are well placed to serve the whole of South Wales. We have the best employment rate of all teacher training programmes throughout Wales and the course is taught by high quality staff with recent and relevant experience of secondary school provision, providing training for serving teachers, conducting school inspections, working as consultants and with the Welsh Joint Education Committee to set examination papers and moderate pupils’ GCSE work in schools.

In addition, we have long established English and Welsh medium partnership placements and very experienced, committed school /college mentors. We are also able to offer post course Continuing Professional Development opportunities.

Career Opportunities

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Many school and college departments, both locally and nationally, are staffed with several of our teachers and many of our trainees have gone on to forge successful teaching careers at strategic, professional and management levels at home and abroad.

Our PGCE graduates usually remain in close touch with us as they make their careers in the teaching profession and they often become Subject Mentors on the programme. This creates a very strong, sustainable professional network of teachers which is a rich source of continuing professional development.

Recently our PGCE Art and Design graduates have gone on to work as Secondary Teachers in many independent and state schools in Wales, England and abroad including (but not limited) to: Judgemeadow Community College (Leciestershire), Cwmafan Junior School (Port Talbot), Howard School (Rainham, Kent), Amman Valley School (Ammanford), Bridgend County Borough Council, Olchfa Comprehensive School (Swansea), Livanhoe College (Ashby de la Zouch), Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera (Ystalyfera).

Visit the Secondary Art and Design with QTS - PGCE page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Sharon Morgan

“Before we go into our first teaching placement, which is after the October half-term, we are taught how to plan and organise workloads, how to write schemes of work, the theory behind teaching and learning strategies as well.

We also have the opportunity to work through micro-teaching experiences within the University, within the Art classroom and that’s fantastic. It really gives you confidence and really is a great experience in how to deliver a lesson appropriately.

We get the opportunity to build up our portfolios throughout the course, and by the end of the year we get some great, varied schemes of work to show our schools when we are at interview and it’s a great reflection of what we’ve done throughout the year.

The staff on the course are incredibly supportive and help you every step of the way. They’ve been invaluable, a terrific team of people to work with.

For me, it’s been a terrific course, I’m glad I’ve made it and been able to juggle family commitments, as well as completing the course. It’s been a great boost to my confidence and I’m really looking forward to getting set up in the workplace.” - Sharon Morgan, PGCE Art & Design

(Student Profile)

Daniel Trivedy

The highlight of my PGCE has been an exhibition of A Level photography work at Waterstones bookshop in Swansea. I co-curated the exhibition with the students. The students felt an immense sense of pride and satisfaction at having their work displayed in such a public place. News of the exhibition also made the local paper, which was a real bonus for my pupils.


Entry Requirements

Good GCSE and A level qualifications related to your subject area are generally expected. The normal minimum entry requirement to the programme is a second class honours degree in one of the subject areas offered by the programme or in a strongly cognate discipline. Level ‘equivalent’ qualifications such as Btec advanced will also be taken into account. Details of particular subject entry requirements can be obtained by contacting the tutor named below.

Last Updated

08 March 2017

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