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Secondary Design and Technology with QTS - PGCE

Course Description

We believe that Design and Technology (D&T) is a key part of the national curriculum and one of the most relevant subjects in our constantly developing world. The diverse nature of D&T means that you will be in a position to inspire your pupils into many different educational pathways, giving them the opportunity to be creative, ethical deisgners of the future.

The aim of the course is to prepare you to become a confident and excellent secondary school teacher. Creativity, innovation, critical reflection, academic rigour and professionalism are key attributes which we highly regard, foster and expect from you if you are accepted onto our course.

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).

Course Overview

The PGCE Secondary Design and Technology Programme at Swansea is a supportive, well organised, carefully structured course which places much emphasis on the use of design and its application to the world of technology.

The course also develops skills in CAD and CAM as well as other forms of graphic communication and uses creativity to develop and plan effective learning resources for teaching at secondary level.

In order to develop a range of skills across all focus areas of Design and Technology, projects will be set which include working with textiles, wood, plastics and metal. Health and Safety training is also an important feature of the course. Training in safe working practice with machinery in the workshop is a key part of the course, whatever the specialism, and students also have the opportunity to undertake a basic food hygiene course.

If Welsh is your first language, you will be able to undertake teaching experience placements in Welsh medium schools, receive session handouts through the medium of Welsh, have tutorials in Welsh, and receive Subject Mentor lesson observations and feedback in Welsh.

Key Features

-High quality new and well established staff with recent and relevant experience of secondary school provision
-You will be prepared to teach the National Curriculum for Design and Technology
-Develop theoretical and practical subject expertise through school experience placements, workshops
-Guidance and experience in planning, delivering and assessing the 11-18 Design and Technology curriculum
-English and Welsh medium student provision
-We are geographically well placed to serve the whole of South Wales
-Our programme is the largest provider of Secondary PGCE training in Wales
-Long established English and Welsh medium partnership schools and very experienced school /college mentors
-Excellent subject and ICT resources available for students
-Post-course CPD opportunities
-We have the best employment rate throughout Wales
-Emphasis is placed on the job-search process to gain experience in preparing for an interview for a Design and Technology position in a secondary school

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 Design and Technology 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: Birchgrove Comprehensive School (Swansea), Wycombe High School (Buckinghamshire), Milford Haven School (Pembrokeshire), Dyffryn Comprehensive School (Port Talbot), Collingwood College (Camberly), Amman Valley Comprehensive School (Carmarthenshire).

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

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. A Level 'equivalent' qualifications such as BTEC Advanced will also be taken into account.

Last Updated

08 March 2017

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