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  • Objectives
    The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programmes now include 40 credits of assessment at Master's Level (Level M). For candidates who opt not to attempt the requisite credit at Level M, a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education will be available as an alternative award. The Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education is a one academic year (36 week) course that trains graduates to be secondary school teachers of Design and Technology in all four main specialist areas: Food Technology, Resistant Materials Technology, Electronics and Control Technology and Textiles Technology. Trainees will also be trained in a second specialist area to teach at Key Stage 3 only. The PGCE programme has been designed to train teachers for the full secondary age phase (11-18) in two of the D&T specialist areas. Trainees are assessed against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in two key stages, normally KS3 and KS4. Additionally all trainees will be given the opportunity to engage in some observation and teaching at post-16 in AS/A2 Design and Technology programmes. The programme offers an exciting and developmental model of training to teach Design and Technology with an emphasis on developing trainees' professional competence alongside ensuring a high level of knowledge, skills and understanding in the chosen subject specialist areas. This is also underpinned by a clear understanding of the philosophy of teaching Design and Technology across the subject specialist areas and supported by work with young people in classrooms, workshops and other specialist rooms. The programme is just the beginning of what we hope will be a process of continual professional development throughout a challenging and rewarding career. The PGCE Secondary Programme has been awarded a Grade 1 (outstanding) for Management and Quality Assurance from OfSTED (Office for Standards in Education) and all of the nine subjects have received good or very good OfSTED grades. Training Development Agency Satellite Provision: Food for Thought In addition to the UWE based PGCE in Design and Technology we also offer PGCE with Food Technology as the main specialism based at Uckfield Community Technology College in East Sussex. Please click on the link below to find out more about this exciting and innovative model of training Design and Technology teachers in this shortage specialist area.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants normally have: -a good honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent with at least 50% in a related subject (relating to the subject you want to teach) such as Engineering, Food Science, Textile Design, Fashion and Textiles, Product Design, Graphic Design Electronic Engineering. Normally those applying for the TDA Satellite will need a Food Technology related degree -English and Mathematics GCSE grade C or equivalent (equivalency tests in English Language and Mathematics may be available for some applicants) -to have spent between one to seven days in a department of a secondary school or college observing D&T being taught We are interested in all applicants who are thinking of teaching Design and Technology and would encourage you to contact us to discuss your options. Applicants who do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements, but have significant life and/or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Certificate in Education PGCE Secondary Design and Technology
  • Course description

    The course is part of the School of Education's programme for Initial Teacher Training. Units studied are:

    -Enabling Learning
    -Meeting Curriculum Challenges
    -Becoming a Teacher

    These units are studied in both the school and the University-based parts of the course, the work on each site being complementary.

    The PGCE in Design and Technology can offer you the chance to use your skills and knowledge to help young people become effective citizens of the 21st century. This exciting area of the school curriculum offers opportunities for those with degrees in a wide range of related fields through the following specialisms: Materials Technology (working with wood, metal, plastic), Food Technology, Textile Technology, Graphic Products and Electronics and Communications Technology.

    The course will train you to teach in two of the specialist areas. You will teach your main specialism to Key Stage 4 and beyond, and your second to pupils up to 14 years old. You will develop your understanding of the Design and Technology curriculum through practical workshops and activities. You will learn how to plan, prepare and teach effective and successful lessons with practical teaching experience in at least two secondary schools or colleges. You will become competent in CAD/CAM and other ICT applications and explore how technology is shaping the future of industry. You will be encouraged to work collaboratively and to share your knowledge, skills and understanding with other trainees through small group design and make projects exploring issues such as multicultural design sources and industry related practice.

    You will be supported in the development of your subject specialisms through a programme of Elective Workshops and focused practical activity. In addition the School is contracted to the Training Development Agency to deliver Subject Knowledge Booster Courses in Design and Technology. All successful applicants to the PGCE programme in Design and Technology can apply for places on these highly regarded weekend courses that take place throughout the PGCE year.

    Heath and Safety is an important issue in schools and we offer a Health and Safety Training Course that leads to the Design and Technology Association certification now required by most schools. You will also have the opportunity to complete the Foundation Food Hygiene Certificate.

    The School of Education at UWE has purpose built workshop and teaching facilities and friendly approachable staff who are all very experienced in the specialist areas. Our partner schools also provide a range of experiences, for example some are specialist technology schools or colleges, and you will be supported in school by specially trained tutors and mentors.

    So, if you are enthusiastic about your subject and have a degree in a suitable specialism or significant experience in an appropriate field in the world of work, for example as a trained chef, why not join a profession that offers a satisfying and exciting future. You could be teaching the next generation of chefs, fashion designers, engineers or designers - we need people like you to inspire them.

    24 weeks are spent on placement: a total of eight weeks in one placement during the autumn term and 16 weeks in a second placement during the spring and summer.

    As well as teaching, the programme includes contact time with a Senior Professional Tutor and a Subject Mentor, directed study time and personal study time.

    There is an opportunity to spend time in a primary school and some students may also visit other institutions, such as special schools or colleges of further education.

    In order to pass the course, you are required to pass each unit. You are assessed on a number of written assignments and also on classroom practice against the standards specified by the Secretary of State for the award of QTS. Before the end of the course it is recommended that trainees take the computer-based QTS skills tests in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT which are set by the Training and Development Agency (TDA)

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