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You must have a good degree (minimum 2:2) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent. You must also have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to application. If you do not already have GCSEs in English language and mathematics, or their equivalent, and are not registered to take them, you should visit Equivalency Testing.
The selection interview will assess your subject knowledge and personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching. You also complete a written exercise to assess your standard of English.
In addition applicants must meet Department for Education's requirements for Initial Teacher Training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Months of entry
The PGCE in Secondary Art and Design course at Birmingham City University offers trainees a wide range of experiences that are essential for anyone wishing to teach this exciting subject at secondary school level. The course seeks to develop confident, dynamic and creative teachers who are committed to making art and design accessible for all.
Curriculum workshops are a key element in the course and involve practical work in a range of essential key specialisms such as ceramics, 3D construction, print making, drawing, mixed media and digital media including animation.
We believe art and design education has a significant place in education and we are producing inspirational graduates who are ready to transfer their creative skills into the classroom.
All students are supported by both their tutors at the University - all of whom have been exceptional classroom teachers themselves - and from the partnership secondary schools, of which there are more than 200 across the Midlands.
Two thirds of the course takes place in school and you will be offered placements in a range of educational establishments - at least two different schools, plus visits to other schools, including a primary school - so valuable experience is gained in a variety of settings.
Information for international students
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
Prospective students from non-EU countries may enquire via the International Enquiry Form or call +44 (0)121 331 6714.
Fees and funding
Although this is a postgraduate course, current PGCE students are eligible for the finance support package available to full-time undergraduates.
The Department for Education also offers a bursary for Art and Design trainees, subject to the qualifications you hold. More information can be found on the Get into Teaching website.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Further details of qualification
This is a professional teacher training course that leads to Qualified Teacher Status. It is available at both Level 6 (H) and Level 7 (M).
Course contact details
- Pre-entry Enquiries Team
- +44 (0)121 331 5595