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PGCE Secondary (Design and Technology)

Course Description

Transform your enthusiasm for design and technology into practical teaching skills. With school placements, tutor support and a graduated induction programme, our trainees are well prepared for teaching in secondary education, and have an excellent record of obtaining first teaching posts. Our full-time, one year PGCE programme will give you the training and support needed to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to begin your professional teaching career.

Key features

- Draw upon your own expertise in design and technology, and extend your own subject knowledge and understanding.

- Build your confidence and gain practical teaching experience, with two main placements in local secondary schools and shorter visits to primary schools.

- Access a range of bursary and funding options to help ensure you’re able to focus on your studies and placements.

- Benefit from support throughout your training from both your faculty tutor and school mentors.

- Stand out as a subject specialist with the knowledge, personal qualities and standards of professional competence necessary to stimulate the imagination of children and to maintain and improve standards in schools.

- Learn about the latest curriculum developments, issues and innovations.

- Deepen your understanding of teaching, and learn about the opportunities for continued professional development and the relationship between educators and society.

- Make use of the latest technologies and developments in teaching and gain experience in developing multimedia resources for your subject.

- Hone your CV, interview and job application skills and attend events that will introduce you to potential employers.

- Leave with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your career teaching design and technology to children of all abilities from 11-18.

- Take advantage of free teacher training support from the Department for Education’s Premier Plus programme.

Course details

You’ll spend two thirds of your PGCE on placement with 16 weeks in secondary school and five days in primary school, supported and supervised jointly by a school mentor and a faculty tutor. In addition to this you’ll cover modules on planning, assessment and teaching and you’ll also focus on the teaching of design and technology itself. You’ll maintain professional development and subject knowledge profiles enabling you to chart your development in meeting the professional standards required by the Department of Education. Assessments are based around school experience and are designed to be learning experiences shared with other students, mentors and tutors. You’ll learn to draw on your experience of teaching as well as provide evidence of reading and reflection.


You'll be required to complete a satisfactory DBS (formerly CRB) Enhanced Disclosure, register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority and complete a criminal convictions self-declaration form. You must be deemed fit to teach. You must be able to reflect on some significant experience (a minimum of ten days) in a relevant educational setting(s).

You'll need to pass your Professional Skills Tests (PST) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) tests prior to the start of the course. For more information please visit the Department of Education website.

International applicants

If you have overseas qualifications you can check how they compare with the UK equivalent through UK NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

If English is not your first language then we’ll need evidence of your proficiency in English as follows:

IELTS at level 7 in all four components or GCSE in English Language at grade C or above.
IELTS at level 6.5 provided that it was used to meet the entry requirement for a postgraduate degree completed in the UK.
IELTS at level 6 provided that it was used to meet the entry requirement for an undergraduate degree completed in the UK.
For more information please visit the IELTS website.

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

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, mathematics and a science subject; an honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent, from a recognised university (masters and PhDs also count towards entry requirements. Masters and PhDs count towards entry requirements. A masters degree will be considered as a second class upper degree and a PhD as a first. This will also apply to international applicants. For all other UK qualifications please refer to the UCAS website.

Course Fees

UK/EU: £9000, International: £12,250, Islands: £9000

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