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PGCE Secondary Design and Technology

Course Description

All PGCE applicants for 2014 entry will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. The Department of Education have indicated there will be notable changes to the structure and content of 2013 tests, but have not yet confirmed details of these changes. We advise applicants to monitor http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for updates.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

The Faculty of Education has a national reputation for high quality initial teacher training which was rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted in their last inspection. We work with over 1,500 schools, colleges and educational organisations and offer a wide range of of secondary specialisms.

This course will equip you with the skills and competencies required to enter the teaching profession (PGCE) and to teach Design & Technology (Resistant Materials or Food & Textiles) with confidence. OfSTED have rated our Secondary teaching provision as 'outstanding'. The secondary programme is supported by a strong school partnership allowing trainees to experience Design & 'Technology in a wide range of settings. Skills Booster Courses are offered (subject to interview and place offer) prior to entry to help applicants brush up on subject skills or improve skills for a minor subject.

This course will be based at our £139 million new academic building at Birley Fields, All Saints campus in Manchester city centre. See http://www.mmu.ac.uk/education/birleyfields

This course will provide you with a critical framework for understanding recent developments in the Design & 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

In recent years our Design & Technology postgraduates have been very successful in securing first teaching posts in schools and colleges across the United Kingdom and further afield. Full support is provided by tutors in helping you to prepare letters of application and interview presentations.

The Faculty of Education also provides an extensive, flexible, part-time continuing professional development programme which includes: STEM Masters, MAs in Education, Inclusive Education and Special Educational Needs and Educational Leadership and Management.

School placements are central to the course. As an intending teacher you will begin by developing proefessional 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. The Enrichment Phase also offers placements in settings other than schools.

Special Features

. Opportunities to learn about common professional issues in mixed subject groupings
. Practice placements in a diverse range of schools and colleges
. Course includes 60 M-level CATS points, or one third of a Masters degree
. Skills Booster Courses available
. Bursaries available
. Access to NQT support in your first year of teaching

Visit the PGCE Secondary Design and Technology page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. All subjects normally require a minimum of a 2:2 classification.Grade C in GCSE English Language and Maths at time of application.Evidence is required of relevant experience in a UK secondary school.

Course Fees

UK and EU full-time students: £9,000 · Non-EU full-time international students: £12,500

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