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Secondary Design and Technology with QTS (Resistant Materials / Food and Textiles) - PGCE


Course Description

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

Successful trainees are in demand to teach this national shortage subject and these routes will equip you with the skills and experience to teach at GCSE and A/AS levels, also on vocational courses. You will specialise in one aspect of design and technology, either Resistant Materials, Food or Textiles, depending on your degree subject and will be trained to teach a minor subject that you will be teaching to Key Stage 3.

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.

We will consider applications from people without a degree directly related to D&T if you have relevant industry experience. Subject to confirmation of DfE funding, we usually run free pre-entry Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses for national priority subjects, including Design and Technology. These will be identified at interview for applicants who need support in some areas and confirmed with a PGCE place offer.

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 design and technology specialist teaching facilities
-Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses and minor subject training available (subject to DfE funding and eligibility)
-Experience in a diverse range of schools and colleges
-Opportunity to apply for enrichment experience overseas
-Choice of University led, School Direct or Assessment Only routes to Qualified Teacher Status
-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 an intending teacher you will begin by developing professional awareness, understanding and skills common to learning and teaching in a variety of settings. You will 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 on School Direct routes will be attached to a particular school within an alliance of schools during their PGCE year.

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

This course will provide you with a critical framework for understanding recent developments in the Design and Technology curriculum. Taking account of your particular academic strengths and specialisms you will be prepared to teach National Curriculum Design & Technology and be equipped with an understanding of GCSE, A/AS Levels and vocational courses.

You will be supported in developing your subject knowledge through the use of a subject audit which identifies individual strengths and areas for development. Assignments and teaching experiences are designed to confirm your broad understanding of professional issues and confidence in your curriculum area.

As a major subject you will study either Food, Resistant Materials or Textiles Technology and support this with a minor subject study of either Food, Electronics or Textiles Technology.

This course includes:
-Practical sessions on aspects of the teaching and assessment of subjects within the Design and Technology curriculum area
-Full integration of Information Communication Technology as applied to the teaching of Design and Technology
-High levels of individual support from experienced subject tutors
-Opportunities to access activities at a national level through the professional contacts of the tutorial team

We aim to develop analytical, successful and enthusiastic beginning teachers who are fully aware of the excitement and challenges which lie ahead and who can work effectively in a variety of educational settings.

You will engage with current educational issues and recent and relevant research in order to further develop your understanding and to generate challenging and lively debate.

There will be a focus on:
-Promoting an inclusive learning and teaching environment
-Working in multi-professional teams
-Creating a climate for learning in the classroom
-Learning and teaching strategies
-Managing students' behaviour
-Planning and evaluating students' learning
-Developing knowledge and understanding of teachers' professional responsibilities

Visit the Secondary Design and Technology with QTS (Resistant Materials / Food and Textiles) - 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. At least 50% of your degree needs to be relevant to Design and Technology. 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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