Applicants should have at least a lower second-class honours degree relevant to secondary education in or related to the subject area the candidate is applying for.
GCSES: All applicants must have grade C passes in GCSE English Language and Maths (or equivalent) before making their application. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.
Practical Experience: Evidence of recent experience in a UK Secondary school must have been completed prior to you making your application. Other experiences of working with children may be taken into consideration.
Professional Skills Tests: The PGCE Secondary Education (11-16) entry requirements also include statutory Government requirements for trainees entering ITE. These are Professional Skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy that must be passed before commencing a QTS course. Further information about registering for and completing these tests can be found on the Department for Education website.
You should look to complete both tests as soon as you have submitted your application. We encourage you to use the practice material available on the DfE website to help you decide whether you are ready to book a live test or whether you should undertake further preparation prior to taking the test. For trainees recruited before 31st May in the year of entry, these Skills Tests must normally be successfully completed within 12 weeks of accepting the offer of a place on the course other than for late applicants. These applicants accepting an offer of a place after June 1st must have passed these tests prior to the commencement of the course.
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.
If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.
Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
Months of entry
Learn to teach this inspiring and thought-provoking subject at secondary school level. We will develop your teaching skills so that you can translate your passion for art and design and create stimulating lessons informed by different artistic theories and practices.
We will develop you as a creative and confident art teacher who can make art and design accessible to all pupils, whatever their ability.
We will develop your understanding of different teaching methods, enabling you to instruct your class in a range of practical artistic techniques. Taking part in a series of practical workshops and seminars in key specialisms such as drawing, printing and mixed media will form a key element of your training.
We have been identified as one of the leading teacher training providers in England. We are one of only 25 universities to have had their initial teacher training allocations confirmed for the next three years, an acknowledgement by the Department for Education of their excellent provision.
Some of your training will be delivered at Broadcasting Place in our highly equipped art and design studios, providing you with a creative and contemporary learning environment where you can hone your skills.
You will benefit from a supportive learning community and will complete your training alongside nationally and internationally recognised artists and practitioners. You will also have the opportunity to build-up a network of contacts made up of fellow students, our research staff and your course tutors, giving you access to advice, support and tips that will really develop your understanding of the subject and improve your teaching ability.
Information for international students
English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Fees and funding
Please see the funding page for more information.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries
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