Taught course

Design and Technology (Product Design or Food): Secondary with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Education, Health and Community

Entry requirements

You should hold, or be expected to achieve, at least a 2:2 Honours degree classification (or recognised equivalent) with at least 60% content in the subject area. You should also have a minimum of 10 days experience of working in a secondary school (in England or UK) environment prior to application. Nationally, all secondary initial teacher training courses require GCSE qualifications at grade C (or the equivalent) in Mathematics and English language prior to the start of the course. LJMU provides GCSE Equivalence Tests for applicants who do not hold these qualifications – further information is available at www.ljmu.ac.uk/teaching/gcse. Please note that original evidence of GCSE achieved and degree (if already achieved) will be required at interview.

Months of entry


Course content

Course at a glance

Successful students graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (comprising 120 Masters Level credits) plus recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

  • 92% of students rated LJMU’s teacher training as good or very good
  • LJMU has over 100 years' experience of delivering teacher education programmes
  • Excellent career opportunities

Course overview

The PGDE in Design and Technology (D&T) programme provides an intensive training experience, tightly focused on providing you with the skills, knowledge and attributes you will need when embarking on your teaching career.

This course is designed for new graduates and for those with experience in industry. Teachers come from a wide range of backgrounds, including those who have studied product design, engineering, electronics, food science, nutrition, consumer science, textiles, fashion design, industrial design and architecture. Applications from suitable qualified graduates with a degree (and experience) in a design and/or technology discipline, involving designing and making of products, systems and services, are welcomed. We also welcome applications from those with relevant industrial experience.

Design and Technology is a practical and creative subject that includes a range of disciplines, such as product design (including graphic design, materials and textiles technologies), electronics and control technology, and food technology. You will be expected to be able to teach designing and making in one of these fields of knowledge to a high level (GCSE equivalent, and beyond), and to develop at least one other area for teaching at Key Stage 3. There is an industrial and professional dimension to Design and Technology in schools at Key stage 4 and therefore experience gained in related fields is valuable and valued.

The programme includes a mix of 60 days on-campus and school-based training, with the latter becoming predominant as you progress through the course and this is supplemented with online learning activities via the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

As a trainee Teacher of Design and Technology you will experience great satisfaction working with pupils as they participate in a range of activities, including ‘designing and making’, ‘mainly making’, ‘mainly design’ and ‘exploring technology and society’. Design and Technology is more than a technical subject; it is also concerned with contexts and values where young people can explore, create and evaluate taking into account the social, moral, economic, aesthetic, environmental and cultural aspects of the world in which we live.

On the PGDE course at LJMU, you will spend 120 days in school based training where teaching will, predominantly, be at Key Stage 3 and 4, although there may be opportunities to gain experience with post-16. Experienced subject mentors, working in partnership with LJMU tutors, will support your training in partnership secondary schools. The excellent relationships established between LJMU and partnership schools will help to ensure that you have a successful placement experience.

Information for international students

LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September 2016. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/international-students for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see course Fact File

Fees information

You will be charged a tuition fee of £9,000 for your PGDE course - you can take out a tuition fees loan to pay your fees.

Financial support

Full-time students on PGDE courses are eligible for the same range of financial support as undergraduate students. This includes:

  • a non-means student loan to cover your tuition fees
  • a means-tested student loan to help cover your living expenses
  • a means-tested maintenance grant, which does not have to be paid back
  • a means-tested LJMU bursary worth up to £500, which does not have to be paid back

You may also be eligible for a tax-free bursary by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, depending on the subject you are training to teach and the classification of your first degree. Please go to www.nationalcollege.org.uk for more details.

Please note:

  • You will be charged a tuition fee of £9,000 for your PGDE course - you can take out a tuition fees loan to pay your fees.
  • Your tuition fees loan is not-means tested and covers the full amount of your tuition fees. This money is paid direct to LJMU.
  • Maintenance loans are means-tested and the amount you receive will depend on your household income (parents’ or partner’s income plus yours).
  • You only start repaying your students loan after you graduate and start earning over £21,000.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090