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PGCE Secondary Design and Technology (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

Course Description

"Edge Hill University provides its trainees, regardless of their chosen age range, with outstanding training": Grade 1 'outstanding' results across all 33 inspected outcomes - Ofsted Initial Teacher Education inspection report, 12/5/2011.

This programme will equip you with a range of academic, professional and vocational knowledge, understanding, skills and values necessary to become a high quality and skilled teacher of Design and Technology. It aims to develop reflective and analytical skills as well as providing practical experience in planning effective lessons and learning strategies, hands-on classroom experience, and opportunities to further your own subject knowledge.

Expert tutoring, excellent placement support and a wide range of high quality on-campus facilities will enable you to gain up-to-date expertise in both your subject knowledge and teaching skills, to make you an innovative and successful secondary Design and Technology teacher.

You can choose to specialise in Resistant Materials, Food Technology, Textiles Technology, and Systems and Control. Specialist subject teaching during the programme will enable you to develop your expertise in at least one further area of Design and Technology, which you will teach at Key Stage 3. This will enable you to develop your skills and knowledge in two relevant areas, enhancing the skills that you have to offer within the school curriculum.


If you have a degree in a specialist area of Design and Technology, or related area such as engineering, food/hospitality/catering, want to help develop the creativity and practical skills of secondary school pupils aged 11 to 16, and wish to learn the latest professional methods to make you a confident and capable teacher, this programme is for you.


Professional training, delivered to the highest of standards, to help you take up your first teaching post with confidence, knowing that you have been fully versed in both teaching theory and practical classroom experience.


A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, and practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to become a creative and innovative teacher. The programme also aims to develop a reflective and a critically analytical approach to education.


You'll spend 26 weeks on placement in schools and/or colleges, putting your training into practice through assisting in and taking responsibility for classes, and working alongside mentors and peers to further your professional development. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom.


All tutors on the programme are educational practitioners with a vast range of experience working in secondary schools and in local education authority advisory service.


A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against academic criteria at Level 7 and the QTS Standards. Various other tasks will enable you to show your competence in ICT and other areas of Design and Technology.

Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.


Successful completion of this programme will allow you to gain QTS status and progress onto employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at secondary school level in Design and Technology.

Our proactive careers advisory service can help you to find job vacancies and offers in-depth advice on teacher job applications and interviews, to help you secure work.

Teaching is a rewarding job and there are many ways in which you could progress in your career, either in the classroom or in a leadership role.

Visit the PGCE Secondary Design and Technology (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification); A first degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification; A degree classification at 2:2 or above; Satisfactory levels of Information and Communications Technology competence and an appropriate range of practical skills related to your specialist subject; A demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy must be successfully completed prior to entry. Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure required.

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