You will normally have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the National Curriculum for Art and Design. For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.
You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. However, applicants are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer MMU GCSE Equivalency tests.
We do not accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: Adult numeracy and literacy, Functional Skills or Key Skills
Experience in educational settings
Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a secondary school setting.
Candidates may wish to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.
Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy
All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. We also recommend you check the Department of Education website at www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for the latest updates.
A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and satisfactory DfE Fitness to Teach health form are required.
Months of entry
Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the art and design secondary school curriculum.
You’ll learn teaching methods through interactive workshops – we teach you as if you’re in a school art class. This helps you to experience what it’s like to learn the same way as students, and explore the different ways you could teach art activities. You’ll have sessions across art, craft and design, from drawing to printmaking, ceramics to lens based media such as photography.
For specialist mediums, such as ceramics and paper craft, we organise a series of guest lectures, inviting artists with expertise in these practices to teach you. And, you’ll share your specialist art and design skills with your group too (students from past years have shared skills including bookbinding and Photoshop).
While you’re at Manchester Met, you’ll mainly study with your art and design group. You’ll consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, look at ways to develop your teacher persona and understand how research can develop and influence your teaching practice.
This PGCE is available via University led and School Direct routes.
Fees and funding
For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
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