Taught course

PGCE Secondary Design and Technology

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 an equivalent higher education qualification. Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the national curriculum for design and technology. 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, you may be able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer Manchester Met GCSE equivalency tests. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor, and only offered if considered appropriate after interview.

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.

You may wish to evidence your understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course

We usually offer a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course during the summer prior to the PGCE course. This allows applicants who may have worked in industry for some time, or who have not covered all aspects of required subject knowledge as part of their degree, to ensure they are up to date with all subject requirements and will have the ability to teach the full range of topics with confidence.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

Other requirements

  • Appropriate post-16 qualifications eg A-level design and technology/ food technology desirable.
  • An ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills.
  • Personal qualities and abilities appropriate to becoming an effective teacher, including a strong motivation to teach 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.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English or IELTS Band 7 with no less than 6.0 in any element.

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

Months of entry


Course content

Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach across the design and technology secondary school curriculum for the 11-16 age range.

This includes food, textiles, electronics, and product design at Key Stage 3 and the GCSEs in 'Food Preparation and Nutrition’ and 'Design & Technology’, as well as associated GCSE vocational courses.

During the course you will explore the range of materials used with design and technology as well as how to teach school students how to explore these and safely design and make with them. Much of the University-based work takes a practical hands-on approach that includes Health and Safety and how to manage practical lessons. These take place in our modern and well-equipped suite of rooms that include a multi-materials workshop, a food preparation kitchen, and a textiles room.

Alongside these practical experiences the course will provide you with the theoretical background that will help ensure you have the necessary subject knowledge to teach Design and Technology effectively.

The course includes recent developments in pedagogy and the learning sciences and how these help you to teach the theoretical aspects of the subject including food safety and hygiene, aspects of nutrition and food science, food commodities, processes and techniques for textiles, woods, plastics, card, electronics and physical computing, including the use of CAD/CAM to support designing and making.

Peer teaching will enable you to develop your understanding of GCSE and A-level theory topics, with a focus on the kinds of activities that pupils typically engage with in school.

Past speakers on the course have included people from exam boards, The Design and Technology Association, Design Engineer Construct, Taste of Game in addition to departmental heads from a range of schools.

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

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)161 247 6969