PGCE Secondary Design and Technology (Textiles)

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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Normally 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. Some voluntary experience in a school would also be useful. 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.
  • Academic title
    PGCE Secondary Design and Technology (Textiles)
  • Course description
    This course 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 and post-16 colleges.

    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 QTS standards for personal development.

    School placements are central to the course. You complete teaching placements in two 11–16 or 11–18 schools, or in a post-16 college. This allows 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 and colleges in the area and many of our students are offered teaching jobs in their placement schools.

    We deliver the course in partnership with Dixons City Academy, Bradford, which is well resourced and has its own students in the 11–19 age range. You have access to facilities of the Academy and the University. This allows you to work in a lively and creative atmosphere on a range of designing and making activities and learn how to apply these in a secondary school setting.

    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.

    Associated careers

    We have an excellent graduate employment record. Over 85 per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.

    Course content

    • teaching and learning in design and technology • developing professional practice in design and technology • current issues in design and technology • general professional studies • teaching placement and needs’ analysis

    We support your work in schools with a programme of preparation and support. You experience various school placements, including two continuous blocks of time on teaching practice. These are in two different school and usually require some travelling.

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