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


Course Description

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 will 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 Food Technology, Resistant Materials, Textiles Technology or 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 a related area such as engineering or food/hospitality/catering, and want to help develop the creativity and practical skills of secondary school pupils aged 11 to 16, this is the programme for you.

What will I study?

You will start with an extensive subject knowledge and understanding audit, to identify your main strengths and weaknesses, and enable your tutor to focus on your individual development needs. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your expertise in at least two areas of Design and Technology, in line with the Design and Technology Association/TDA recommendations.

During 12 weeks of study on campus, you’ll develop:

- Knowledge of essential educational theory;
- Awareness of appropriate and innovative teaching and assessment methods, including various practical activities;
- Strategies to develop students’ abilities to work with a wide range of equipment and materials, such as wood, metal, plastics, textiles, modelling materials, computers and electrical and mechanical components;
- Understanding of the curriculum
- Ability to plan lessons effectively;
- Excellent working knowledge of the latest ICT tools and software used in schools;
- Greater subject knowledge and professional and academic skills;
- Wider awareness of your role within the teaching profession through study of professional values.

How will I study?

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 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. The focus initially is on observation and supporting teaching and learning. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom.

How will I be assessed?

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.

Who will be teaching me?

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.

What are my career prospects?

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

To join this PGCE you should have: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification); A first or second class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent qualification); Satisfactory ICT competence; A demonstrable interest in teaching the curriculum area. You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry. If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children.

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