You will need to have a good degree (minimum 2:2 but 2:1 or 1st preferred) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent, at least 50 per cent of which is in a food or textiles-related subject. You must have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to application and if you are offered an interview you will take a written test to assess your standard of English. 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 equivalencytesting.com. It should be noted that applicants taking the equivalency tests need to have passed prior to making an application. For entry onto a teaching course in September 2014 you will also be required to pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Please visit the DfE website for further information. For secondary teacher training there is an expectation that you will have had some general experience of working with secondary age students in a school setting. In preparation for the selection interview stage of the recruitment process you are required to engage in a teaching episode, observed by an experienced qualified teacher. As part of the selection procedure, the interview panel will expect you to demonstrate your knowledge of design and technology and will also assess personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching. Applicants must also meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership 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 aim of the PGCE in Secondary Design and Technology (Food, Textiles and Product Design) course at Birmingham City University is to develop capable and articulate teachers who can inspire children to combine designing and practical skills with in-depth knowledge and understanding.
The course seeks to enable you to become the committed, confident and creative teachers you want to be, with a passion for your subject in an environment that offers top quality facilities, including newly opened learning spaces for food preparation, product design education and textile amenities.
We believe that Design and Technology is an essential and exciting subject that allows pupils to be innovative and creative when taught by inspiring and motivational teachers.
Information for international students
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 National College for Teaching and Leadership bursaries are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are not employed as a teacher. Bursary amounts will vary depending on teaching subject and degree class.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Pre-enquiries Enquiries Team
- +44 (0)121 331 5595