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PGCE Secondary Design and Technology (Food Technology)

Course Description

Gain qualified teacher status (QTS) as a teacher of food technology with experience teaching Key Stages 3 to 5. Through study and teaching placements, you develop the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm needed to teach pupils with a range of abilities in both secondary school and college settings.

This secondary teacher training course leads to qualified teacher status (QTS). It equips you to teach food technology.
On the course you
-Enhance your subject knowledge, understanding and skills.
-Learn how to teach food technology.
-Learn about the wider role of teachers in school.
-Gain knowledge about schools and the education system.
-Apply your skills and knowledge on school placements.

We help you develop the skills you need to be a successful teacher of pupils of all abilities. By studying with us you build your enthusiasm, confidence, knowledge and ability to teach food technology. You complete a lot of practical work in our well-equipped facilities to help you learn creative and innovative teaching methods, which you can then transfer to the classroom.

You also gain self-evaluation skills by completing a career preparation profile. This provides evidence that you meet the QTS standards for self-evaluation and personal development. School placements are central to the course. You complete teaching placements in two 11–16 or 11–18 schools, or in a post-16 college. This allows you to experience the progression from Key Stage 3 to 5. A University-trained mentor supports you when on placement. Your course tutor also visits you to discuss your progress.

We have strong partnerships with secondary schools and colleges in the area and many of our students are offered teaching jobs in their placement schools. Your placements are complemented by University and Academy based study that includes teaching sessions, seminars, group study, tutorials and assessment.

During the course you can choose to complete either the PGCE or the professional graduate certificate in education (ProfGCE). Both qualifications achieve QTS but the PGCE also gives you 60 masters level credits, which you can use towards a masters degree.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pgce-secondary-design-and-technology-food-technology

School Direct

Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. During School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the expectation that you will be employed by them once qualified.
For more information visit http://www.shu.ac.uk/schooldirect

Course structure

Full time – 1 year
Starts September.

-Developing and reflecting on professional practice in secondary design and technology education – (food technology)
-Learning and teaching in context in design and technology
-Block placement 1
-Block placement 2

-Research projects.
-Individual and group work.
-Presentations and reports.
-Preparing teaching materials and plans.
-Teaching practice.
-Practical work.

Other admission requirements

We may also consider applicants with an unrelated degree who have a sound food background in employment and have a GCSE or A level in food technology. You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in food or design and technology-related or other educational activities. If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.
We welcome applications from people seeking a career change, and we actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education, in order to ensure that the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of contemporary UK society.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page.
*GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are:
-12 Level 2 credits from an Access course.
-Equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

Visit the PGCE Secondary Design and Technology (Food Technology) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

All applicants need GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or above or equivalent*. We will consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining the relevant GCSEs. You must also: hold an honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent which includes substantial elements of food or design and technology study, successfully complete QTS skills test in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, and complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms. See course description for further admission details.

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