Taught course

Secondary Art and Design with QTS

University of Cumbria · Faculty of Education

Entry requirements

You are welcome to apply if you have achieved a 2:2 or above in any Art and Design related degree, GCSE English Language, and GCSE Maths at grade C/4. A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check and Occupational Health check prior to starting the course. A satisfactory academic (University) reference, or, a satisfactory professional reference if it is more than 3 years since academic study.

Months of entry


Course content

Want to channel your creativity into inspiring the next generation? In this specialised PGCE pathway, you can support children and young people to hone their imagination and creative skills.

Our well-respected PGCE Secondary with QTS supports you through your journey from student to Early Career Teacher (ECT). Moreover, as the PGCE programme includes QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) you'll apply for your first teaching position whilst studying with us.

Grounded in the learning of our PGCE Secondary programme, this Art and Design pathway allows you to develop the skills to teach in the secondary school setting, delivering engaging Art and Design lessons. This unique specialism gives you the opportunity to cultivate creativity in young people, nurturing imaginative skills that extend into all elements of their academic career.

You’ll learn through a blend of theory and hands-on experience, working within the National Curriculum Framework. You'll explore the key concepts and themes of the PGCE curriculum, confidently devising and delivering engaging lessons to children and young people, aged 11-16 years old.

Over half the course will be spent working in the classroom on assessed placement, with school-based enrichment activities alongside your university-based study. You'll take two placements across a variety of schools and settings, building a wealth of experience to help advance your future career.


  • Inspire young people to develop their creativity.
  • Benefit from high-quality support from our academics and staff on a programme designed around you.
  • Learn from an experienced, highly qualified programme team, working at the forefront of the academic field.
  • Enjoy the intimate feel of our course delivery, with small class sizes and your own personal tutor.

Our course ensures that you learn all the skills you need for effective teaching, from the basics of structuring and planning lessons to developing personal skills and confidence. Our school-based programme is delivered through dedicated sessions with trainees and school mentors, and allows you to learn from working alongside experienced school colleagues.

Develop your creative portfolio with our variety of workshops covering ceramics, printmaking, textiles, drawing and painting, sculpture, brushes and books, along with ICT workshops covering animation and the Adobe Creative Cloud.

There are two distinct phases to teaching on this course; September-December and January-June. In the September-December phase, you will develop your understanding and implementation of key teaching strategies. During this phase you will take your first teaching steps by working with individual groups of pupils in school, gradually building up to the teaching of whole classes. The key focus in this initial phase is that of helping students to understand the needs of individual learners. In the January-June phase, you will hone your whole-class teaching experience, fostering achievement and a love of learning in students, in correspondence to the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards.

Year one

  • PGSC7011 Investigating Teaching and Learning in Art & Design
  • PGSC7012 Investigating Teaching and Learning Across and Beyond the School Curriculum
  • PGSC9011 Developing Professional Skills, Knowledge and Practice

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Enquiry Centre
0333 363 7094