You will need:
- usually a minimum 2:2 honours degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Design and Technology-related discipline with significant content in your chosen subject area. Previous successful applicants have studied product design, engineering, electronics, food science, nutrition, consumer science, textiles, fashion design, industrial design and architecture
- GCSE English Language and Mathematics at minimum grade C/4 or equivalent. (Level 2 numeracy and literacy are not acceptable)
- to demonstrate an interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience
- to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. For further details see Get into Teaching
- A minimum of 5 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school is normally expected prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants
- Original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview
Months of entry
This PGDE course prepares you for a fulfilling career as an innovative and creative teacher of Design and Technology (D&T), to enable you to deliver an engaging and inspirational education to pupils. You can look forward to practical workshops, seminars and lead lectures to explore the context of pupil attainment in D&T. Explore how teaching and learning in D&T “…is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject” and pupils use “creativity and imagination [to] design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values” (National Curriculum 2014 purpose of study).
During your training you will focus on signature pedagogies for D&T, emphasising the practical application of theory. There will be design and make and evaluation activities as well as demonstration and modelling. Sessions will help you deepen your understanding of the role and nature of D&T in the curriculum and your own personal philosophy for teaching. You will explore the importance of your subject, how children learn and develop a rigorous understanding of the practical, creative and analytical nature of D&T, and the cultural and historical role technological activity plays in society. These sessions will help you identify strategies to support how children learn in the subject.
The aims of the National Curriculum for Design and Technology state that children will:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
In addition to sessions developing your understanding of teaching and learning in D&T, subject knowledge workshops will explore the key knowledge and skills that define the subject; and are supported by your subject knowledge development and didactics journal.
Information for international students
Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Fees and funding
Please see the course page for more information.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time10 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries
- 0151 231 5090