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PGCE Secondary Art and Design

Course Description

Al 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 satisfactory health check are also required.

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

Our PGCE Secondary Art and Design is highly regarded and benefits from excellent studio facilities and an art gallery featuring school and course related exhibitions. There is a strong emphasis on individual art practice - trainees will be encouraged to share this with peers and pupils in schools.

The course runs from September to June and trainees will spend 24 weeks on placement in school and 12 weeks at university. All the issues will be addressed that need to be considered in order to become an effective and successful teacher of art, craft and design at secondary level. You will explore the purposes and practice of art, craft and design in the National Curriculum, as well as GCSE, AS/A level and vocational qualifications.

From September 2014 this course will be based at our £139 million new academic building at Birley Fields, All Saints in Manchester. See http://www.mmu.ac.uk/education/birleyfields

You will cover topics that have particular relevance for your immediate and longer term development, including:

Planning, preparation and delivery of lessons
Classroom organisation and effective management
Motivation of pupils and different learning and teaching styles
Attention is also given to diversity and inclusion and how the subject relates to current school issues such as Citizenship, Equal Opportunities and Special Educational Needs.

Trainees will be introduced to different models of critical engagement and be involved in a number of gallery education workshops at various stages in the course. You will explore the relationship between curriculum development and assessment for and of learning in art, craft and design and particular concerns, such as drawing for different purposes and needs. In addition you will follow a series of workshops that embrace a range of art, craft, design and new media disciplines. You will be shown how to apply resulting insights in your teaching to the benefit of your pupils.

Much of your work will be undertaken in lecture related seminars and small scale activity groups where the emphasis is on personal and professional development within the context of shared experiences and mutual support.

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

This course has established a very good reputation for supporting trainees in securing employment. You will be provided with guidance from tutors and mentors on applications, folio content and interview techniques.

As part of this PGCE you will gain 60 Masters Level credits (one third of a Masters Degree) which can be used as a stepping stone to higher academic and professional awards and career development.

Our flexible, part-time Professional Development Programme includes:

. MA Maker Teacher which provides an opportunity to re-engage with personal practice and further explore curriculum development, innovation and related gallery-based learning.
. MA Teaching, specially designed for Newly Qualified Teachers and those in their first five years of teaching.
. MAs in Education, Educational Leadership and Management, Inclusive Education and Special Educational Needs
. Education and Social Research Institute, ranked in the UK top 10, provides opportunities to study to PhD level

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. The Enrichment Phase also offers placements in settings other than schools.

Special Features

. State-of-the-art studio and gallery facilities at our new Manchester campus
. Experience in a diverse range of schools and colleges
. Course includes 60 Masters Level CATS points, or one third of a Masters degree - we also offer an MA Maker Teacher
. Access to NQT alumni support in your first year of teaching
. Close links with our Educational and Social Research Institute, ranked in the UK top 10

Visit the PGCE Secondary Art and Design 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 2:1 classification. Evidence is required of relevant experience in a UK secondary school. You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics at the point of application.

Course Fees

UK and EU students full-time £9,000 · Non-EU overseas students full-time £12,500.

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