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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

  • Course Type

    PGCE

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    06 February 2018

Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education Secondary Education offers initial teacher education for those who have a feel for working in three dimensions, in a variety of materials, and have a creative flair. Design and Technology is an exciting, diverse subject and part of the National Curriculum. It is a subject where intellectual planning meets practical applications, where you must identify a need and then design and manufacture products to meet that need. Design and Technology at the University of Wolverhampton focuses on two of the areas of Design & Technology: Materials Technology - designing and making in wood, metal and plastics - and Electronics and Communications Technology - working with electronics, mechanisms and pneumatics.

This course is designed to meet the NCTL Teaching Standards which assesses all trainees working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This Design and Technology route sits within an exciting range of Secondary Education subjects we offer within the Institute of Education.

This postgraduate qualification offers 60 Masters-level credits that can be used towards our Masters degrees in the field of education.

SECONDARY EDUCATION Frequently Asked Questions

This is NOT an appropriate training course for applicants who wish to teach in Primary schools or Post Compulsory Education establishments.

What happens on the course?

Over the one year course, you undertake two periods of University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you spend at least 120 days divided between two different schools across the 11-16 age range within the Secondary age phase.

Your University tutor is available to assist you throughout your training, and every effort is made to ensure you have a high-quality school placement, where you can learn from experienced teachers.

All course modules provide examples of good practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style. You will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development.

Teaching on the course reflects a variety of methods that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and the provision of individual targets. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments; classroom based investigation and other school-based activities and appraisal of practical teaching skills. The majority teaching sessions will be alongside trainees from the other the science routes.

Typical modules may include:

  • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘sheltered’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
  • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
  • Further development through planned classroom activities
  • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
  • Research in the University and school on the use of ICT in the teaching of your subject

PGCE: programme structure

Starting in September and ending in June the full-time PGCE is the fastest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify.

The course comprises of two school placements and two periods of University-based teaching September to October; January to February.

120 days (24 weeks) of the 36 week PGCE course will be spent in schools. You will have one school attachment during the autumn term and another (in a different school) in the spring/summer terms. During the second attachment a proportion of your teaching at key stage 4 will be focussed on your chosen specialist area.

We try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools but our first concern is to ensure that you have a high quality school placement that can provide a range of experiences. Additional training will therefore take place in partner schools other than your 'attachment' schools. Support is available from your University Tutor throughout your training, plus from experienced teachers accredited by the University as school based tutors.

Why Wolverhampton?

Why become a student in the Institute of Education?

We are proud of our long-standing tradition of training teachers of Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Post Compulsory Education.

You will be taught in our state-of-the-art teaching buildings at Walsall Campus, just a short walk from the heart of the town. Our Education and Teaching buildings are fitted with interactive whiteboards, lecture theatres, science classrooms, as well as social learning areas and a Starbucks coffee shop.

Who will teach you on this course?

All of the staff that teaches you on this course have experience within the field having worked in Secondary Education and now work in teacher education. You will benefit from the team’s expertise, as they all actively engage in research.

The Institute of Education at the University of Wolverhampton has a strong focus on research and the part it plays in your study experience. All our lecturers are research active (see our profiles on the University web pages) and working on latest developments.

  • We work with around 200 secondary schools from across the entire West Midlands region and beyond.
  • Access to regular Professional Skills Test Support.

We are committed to student support, from enrolment to graduation. You will have a personal tutor to support your progression through your award.

Who accredits this course?

This course leads to recommendation towards the professional qualification of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The University will recommend students who have demonstrated competence in the Professional Standards to the Teaching Agency – who will award QTS.

The award of QTS is essential to teach in a school in the United Kingdom and on gaining this award the student becomes a qualified teacher.


Visit the Secondary Education: Design and Technology - PGCE page on the University of Wolverhampton website for more details!

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