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PGCE Secondary Art and Design with QTS

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Education

Entry requirements

Degree. Successful applicants will usually hold an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. A minimum 2:2 (Hons) degree in a relevant subject such as Fine Art, Art and Design, Illustration, Creative Media, Digital Design, Animation, Textiles and 3D Design. At least 50% of your degree needs to be relevant to 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. GCSEs: You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics at the point of application. Experience in educational settings: Prior to applying to Manchester Met, it is valuable to draw upon your experience in different learning contexts. This can be evidenced in several ways, such as time spent in schools or colleges, relevant practical experience in industry, voluntary organisations and other settings. You should clearly reference this experience in your application and comment on the insights you have gained into the professional teaching role. 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 for the latest updates. A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and satisfactory Dfe Fitness to Teach health form are required.

Months of entry


Course content

Manchester Metropolitan University has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. The Faculty of Education has a well-established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleages across the North West region and beyond.

This PGCE covers all aspects of becoming an effective and successful teacher of art, craft and design in the National Curriculum as well as GCSE and AS/A level. Trainees benefit from excellent studio facilities and an art gallery featuring school and course-related exhibitions. There is a strong emphasis on individual art practice - trainees will be encouraged to share this with peers and pupils in schools.

A minimum of 120 days school-based practice training is combined with university-based training and periods of independent study. Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.

This PGCE is available via University led and School Direct routes.

We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers wishing to complete a formal qualification.

Fees and funding

For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

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