This programme will equip you with a range of academic, professional and vocational knowledge, understanding, skills and values necessary to become a high quality and skilled teacher of Design and Technology. The programme aims to develop reflective and analytical skills as well as providing practical experience in planning effective lessons and learning strategies, hands-on classroom experience, and opportunities to further your own subject knowledge. Expert tutoring, excellent placement support and a wide range of high quality on-campus facilities will enable you to gain up-to-date expertise in both your subject knowledge and teaching skills, to make you an innovative and successful secondary Design and Technology teacher. You can choose to specialise in one of the following areas:- * Resistant Materials * Food Technology * Textiles Technology * Systems and Control Specialist subject teaching during the programme will enable you to develop your expertise in at least one further area of Design and Technology, which you will teach at Key Stage 3. This will enable you to develop your skills and knowledge in two relevant areas, enhancing the skills that you have to offer within the school curriculum.
If you have a degree in a specialist area of Design and Technology, or related area such as engineering, food/hospitality/catering, want to help develop the creativity and practical skills of secondary school pupils aged 11 to 16, and wish to learn the latest professional methods to make you a confident and capable teacher, this programme is for you. Take our flexible programme if you: * Already have the required knowledge and experience to QTS standards, and simply require a recommendation for QTS status (Pathway A). * Currently work, unqualified, in a school setting and require the formal PGCE qualification and recommendation for QTS status (Pathway B). * Need the full training programme, but can't attend the one-year, full-time programme (Pathway C).
What will I gain from this programme?
Professional training, delivered to the highest of standards, to help you take up your first teaching post with confidence, knowing that you have been fully versed in both teaching theory and practical classroom experience.
What will I study?
The following information is for trainees on the one-year, full-time programme:
You’ll start with an extensive subject knowledge and understanding audit, to identify your main strengths and weaknesses, and enable your tutor to focus on your individual development needs. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your expertise in at least two areas of Design and Technology, in line with the Design and Technology Association/TDA recommendations.
During 12 weeks of study on campus, you’ll develop:
* Knowledge of essential educational theory
* Awareness of appropriate and innovative teaching and assessment methods, including various practical activities
* Strategies to develop students’ abilities to work with a wide range of equipment and materials, such as wood, metal, plastics, textiles, modelling materials, computers and electrical and mechanical components
* Understanding of the curriculum
* Ability to plan lessons effectively
* Excellent working knowledge of the latest ICT tools and software used in schools
* Greater subject knowledge and professional and academic skills
* Wider awareness of your role within the teaching profession through study of professional values.
If you wish to undertake the Food Technology specialism, you will follow the PGCE Design and Technology pathway and specialise in Food Technology teaching up to Key Stage 4.
If undertaking the flexible programme, you may not need to undertake all the above study programme, work placements and methods of assessment, depending on your level and experience and which pathway you undertake.
How will I study?
A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, and practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to become a creative and innovative teacher. The programme also aims to develop a reflective and a critically analytical approach to education.
You'll spend 24 weeks on placement in schools and/or colleges, putting your training into practice through assisting in and taking responsibility for classes, and working alongside mentors and peers to further your professional development. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom.
Who will be teaching me?
All tutors on the programme are educational practitioners with a vast range of experience working in secondary schools and in local education authority advisory service.
How will I be assessed?
A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against academic criteria at Levels 6 and 7 and the QTS Standards. Various other tasks will enable you to show your competence in ICT and other areas of Design and Technology.
You will also undertake the QTS skills tests in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT, and complete a Career Entry Development Profile (CEDP) which must be passed before your final award.
What are my career prospects?
Successful completion of this programme will allow you to gain QTS status and progress onto employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at secondary school level in Design and Technology.
Our proactive careers advisory service can help you to find job vacancies and offers in-depth advice on teacher job applications and interviews, to help you secure work.