The Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education is designed for graduates who wish to qualify to teach design and technology in secondary schools.This course will equip you to become a confident, knowledgeable and innovative secondary design and technology teacher.
During the course, a variety of learning and teaching methods are used to simulate the secondary classroom experience, including demonstration, discussion, collaboration, microteaching, problem solving and presenting. These experiences will help you develop your communication skills which are vital to classroom success and effective learning and teaching.
Central to the course is your personal professional development. You will be actively engaged in reflection on practice during school placement and beyond as you seek employment and prepare for Newly Qualified Teacher Induction and Early Professional Development.
The course is taught in English but fluent Welsh speakers who decide to study at the University of South Wales may opt to undertake their school experience in Welsh-medium schools.
What you will study
The course is organised into two distinct areas:
- University based study During these twelve weeks you will concentrate on the study of design and technology in relation to the school curriculum.
Opportunities for further skills development will be provided in a workshop context paying significant attention to health and safety considerations. Practical applications in your specialist subject will be developed in line with school practice and policy. You will also be introduced to a wide range of current issues, including Inclusion and Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship, which complement the main curriculum.
Significant attention will be given to child welfare issues, including child protection, and related school policies and procedures. In addition, you will engage with research at Masters Level.
- School based experience 22 weeks of the course are spent on block school experience in two partnership secondary schools where you will gain experience at key stages 3 and 4. Prior to each stage of school focused activity, you will undertake directed observation tasks which will support your knowledge of school policies and practice.
School mentors work in partnership with university tutors to ensure that you gain a developing knowledge and understanding of assessment for learning, and behaviour for learning strategies to help motivate learners and support your learning.
In Wales, you do not have to take the National Skills tests to be recommended for the award of QTS.
To enhance employability, you will also have the opportunity to take the Health and Hygiene Certificate and the Workshop Health and Safety Certificate. These will develop ICT study skills, and accreditation in school based ICT packages, including ProDesktop, Art Cam, SpeedStep and Electronics in schools.
Learning and teaching methods
Normally, student teachers either attend university or are on school placement five days a week.
Assessment is based on written assignments and project work as well as practical teaching competence. Assignments will be directly related to work in schools, wherever possible, with opportunities for you to develop your own particular interests within your subject specialism. This will be pursued significantly as part of the research project.
There is a high demand for teachers with the PGCE qualification. On qualification, you may apply for teaching posts, both within and outside Wales.