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PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Design and Technology

Course Description

Do you enjoy using tools and materials to make new things? Then why not help others improve their practical skills by becoming a design and technology teacher? We'll provide everything you need to learn how to be an effective and successful secondary school teacher, specialising in design technology to help inspire children into successful craftspeople. Whether your skills lie in resistant materials, electronics or textiles, you'll be able to put your expertise to good use through passing them on in the classroom.

Though teaching can be a challenge, it is also a highly rewarding and intellectually fulfilling profession. There's no feeling like the satisfaction you get when you realise you've taught your pupils something new. You'll learn how to build effective relationships with your students, looking into a variety of teaching methods to find what style works best for your lessons. If you've got the skills, then we've got the resources to focus them into becoming a successful design and technology teacher!

Course outline

This course offers you the opportunity to further develop your specialism along with other areas of design and technology such as product design, resistant materials, food or textiles. We provide strong use of information and communication technology, including computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing/rapid prototyping, as well as traditional manufacturing skills.

You'll take 3 modules at 20 credits each, consisting of 2 masters level topics in teaching design and technology and a Level 6 module focusing on cross-curricular issues. In addition, you will carry out a range of other work in school and university that prepares you and provides evidence for the award of qualified teacher status.

Other admission requirements

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: Design and Technology page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, normally in a design and technology subject specialism or a related subject. We will consider other equivalent qualifications or experience (along with a degree in a non-design and technology subject) as evidence of design and technology knowledge. Please note that 2:1 honours degrees may be favoured in competition. See course description for further admission details.

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