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PGCE Secondary Art and Design with QTS

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Education

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Entry requirements

You will normally have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university (or equivalent international 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.

GCSE grade C/4 or above in English language and mathematics.

As per Government requirements for teacher training courses, we are not able to accept Key Skills, Adult Numeracy and Literacy or Functional Skills as an alternative to GCSE English Language and Mathematics qualification. However, equivalency tests in English, Mathematics and Science are provided by Manchester Metropolitan University. The School of Teacher Education will accept these equivalency tests for any of its initial teacher education programmes, at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor and only offered if considered appropriate after interview.

Personal Statement plays important role in admissions process - 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.

You will be expected to attend an online interview as part of the application process. Full details of your interview will be provided by email once your initial application has been approved.

Other requirements

  • An ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • An informed and realistic understanding of the complexities and challenge of teaching in a secondary school.
  • An understanding of how learning develops within an engaging rich and broad context, with recognition of the contribution made by parents and carers.
  • Personal qualities and abilities appropriate to becoming an effective teacher, including a strong motivation to teach young students, an ability to express personal views with clarity and conviction, to listen and respond appropriately to the views of others, awareness of, and commitment to, issues relating to equal opportunities and providing all students with an inclusive learning environment.
  • Intellectual capacity to critically reflect upon experience and personal challenges.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) and health checks are required. Instructions on how to complete these checks will be provided once you hold a firm offer for this course.


Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English or IELTS 7.0 with no component below 6.0, taken within two years of course start date.

Months of entry


Course content

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’ll teach you as though you’re a pupil 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 papercraft, we usually 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™).

When 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.

You won’t only learn teaching methods with us on-campus though, you’ll spend at least 120 days on placements in a variety of schools, gradually increasing your involvement to become an expert practitioner.

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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