Taught course

Secondary Design and Technology (Textiles)

Sheffield Hallam University · Education

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Entry requirements

All applicants need GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or above or equivalent. We will consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining the relevant GCSEs.

You must also have a degree in textiles, fashion design or a related design and technology subject.

Prior to application, some voluntary work experience in the classroom would be invaluable. Download our application experience guidelines for more information about experience requirements and interview advice for this course. This document includes important information about your application. Failure to provide sufficient information may result in your application being unsuccessful.

You must also successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

We consider each application on its merits. Interviews are part of the selection process for this course. As you will be working with children, you must complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.

We welcome applications from people seeking a career change. We also actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education to ensure the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of today’s UK society. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Months of entry


Course content

This secondary teacher training course leads to qualified teacher status (QTS). It equips you to teach design and technology with a focus on textiles in secondary schools.

On the course you

• enhance your subject knowledge, understanding and skills
• learn how to teach textiles
• learn about the wider role of teachers in school
• gain knowledge about schools and the education system
• apply your skills and knowledge on school placements

We help you develop the skills you need to be a successful teacher of pupils of all abilities. By studying with us you build your enthusiasm, confidence, knowledge and ability to teach textiles.

You also gain self-evaluation skills by completing a career preparation profile. This provides evidence that you meet the standards for personal development.

School placements are central to the course. You complete teaching placements in two 11–16 or 11–18 schools. This enables you to experience the progression from Key Stage 3 to 5.

A University-trained mentor supports you when on placement. Your course tutor also visits you to discuss your progress.

We have strong partnerships with secondary schools in the area and many of our students are offered teaching jobs in their placement schools.

Your placements are complemented by University based study that includes teaching sessions, seminars, group study, tutorials and assessment.

During the course you can choose to complete either the PGCE or the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE). Both qualifications achieve QTS but the PGCE also gives you 60 masters level credits, which you can use towards a masters degree.

If you are studying for a PGCE you may be entitled to a tax-free bursary. For further information about financial support please see the funding pages on the Department for Education Teaching Agency (DfE) website.

School Direct

Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. During School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the expectation that you will be employed by them once qualified.

For more information visit our School Direct page

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or This will be at the discretion of the course leader within University guidelines.

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Fees and funding

Bursaries are available for full-time students. Contact the Training and Development Agency for Schools for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Admissions office
0114 225 5555