Taught course

Design and Technology - Secondary Education

University of Sunderland · Faculty of Education and Society

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from holders of an honours degree (at least a 2:2) in a subject related to design and technology, covering a DT field such as graphics, electronics, engineering, resistant materials, 3D design, food technology or textiles. We will also consider other equivalent qualifications. You should have at least grade C in GCSE mathematics and English (or equivalent). Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, with 6.5 in writing, no sub section below 6. Additional requirements: •DBS Enhanced Disclosure •Completion of a medical pro forma •Completion of the Teaching Agency skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course. It would be helpful, but not essential, to take the tests before your interview

Months of entry


Course content

This initial teacher training course equips you to share your interest in design and technology (DT) and inspire young people to fulfil their potential. DT is a core subject in the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 and there will always be a need for good DT teachers.

The course has two strands. The first strand is based at the University and provides a solid grounding in theory and practical issues. The second strand is based in partner schools where you will undertake practical teaching experience. A high proportion of our trainees subsequently obtain teaching posts in the schools where they completed placements.

The Design and Technology team work closely with and through the Design and Technology association (DATA). As the professional body of Design and Technology their requirements and benchmark statements are strictly adhered to within our programme at the University of Sunderland.

Sunderland has a heritage of teacher training which dates back to 1908. What’s more, we’re one of only 25 ‘outstanding’ teacher-training institutions in the UK, according to Ofsted. So you can be confident that our courses are excellent preparation for a satisfying and rewarding career.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, with 6.5 in writing, no sub section below 6. If you require accommodation please go to the following web page. http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/pg/postgraduateaccommodation/

Fees and funding

For information on fees and funding please click here

The UK Government is keen to encourage high-quality graduates to train as teachers, and so offers bursaries to attract more people into teaching. For more information and to check the eligibility criteria, please click here

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Angela Sandwith
+44 (0)191 515 3845