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PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Art and Design

Course Description

A fulfilling career as an art and design teacher is only a PGCE away! Put your passion for art to good use by inspiring and helping students at secondary school develop their talent as artists. You will learn all the skills you need to teach art and design effectively, from the basics of structuring and planning lessons through to developing personal skills and confidence.

We offer extensive training in schools to give you a first-hand experience of the classroom, building valuable experience that will help you in your future career. Our experienced and supportive staff offer a variety of workshops, covering everything from drawing and painting to ceramics and textiles, and will help you develop your ICT skills to enhance your lessons further. Help the next generation of artists get the best start and enjoy an exciting and rewarding job as an art and design teacher.

Course outline

You will learn all the skills you need for effective teaching, from the basics of structuring and planning lessons through to developing personal skills and confidence. Our school-based programme is delivered through dedicated sessions with trainees and school mentors, and allows you to learn from working alongside experienced school colleagues.

We run a great variety of workshops covering ceramics, printmaking, textiles, drawing and painting, sculpture, brushes and books, and ICT workshops that look into the many ways to use technology to teach about design, such as animation, Photoshop, Publisher etc.

Graduate destinations

This course has QTS built in, allowing you to go straight into a successful career as a secondary school art and design teacher.

Other admission details

You are welcome to apply if you have a degree in any Art and Design related subject, for example fine art, graphic design, fashion and textiles, product design, 3D design, new media, ceramics, or history of art (with 50% practical content).

If you don't have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis.

GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics or equivalent qualifications. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July 2016.

Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy by 31 July 2016. A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check prior to starting the course. Satisfactory Occupational Health medical check prior to starting the course

Evidence of a satisfactory level of literacy on the application form and a satisfactory personal statement.

Evidence of motivation and appropriate professional values. A strong personal statement conveying an enthusiasm for the subject, for working with young people and for teaching and learning.

A satisfactory academic (University) or a satisfactory professional reference if it is more than 5 years since academic work. Evidence of the potential to work at Masters level.

We strongly recommend that you obtain a minimum of 5 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism before applying.

At interview, all candidates undertake a range of tasks including a micro-teaching task; group discussions; individual interview; subject knowledge tests; and other written tasks as appropriate, including testing of literacy levels and the ability to think and write at Masters level.

There are currently no AP(E)L opportunities for entry to this programme.

Visit the PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Art and Design page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum UK 2:2 honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification is required, however strong preference will be given to applicants with 2:1 honours degrees. Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge. See course description for further admission details.

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