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Secondary PGCE with QTS: Design and Technology, PGCert

Secondary PGCE with QTS: Design and Technology, PGCert

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) Craft Design And Technology (Cdt Teaching / Training

Course type


Course Summary


Welcome to Swansea University's Schools Partnership (PYPA), a new way for school and university staff to work together to ensure that 'Tomorrow's Teachers' have the skills and experience they need to make a difference to pupils in Wales.

Qualified Design and Technology teachers are in high demand across the UK. PYPA has developed an innovative PGCE Secondary Design and Technology program that will give confidence to those entering the teaching profession a better understanding of their subject and an understanding of how to teach it. This program will prepare you to make a positive contribution to the learning communities you join. PYPA's PGCE Secondary Design and Technology program is complemented by regional, national and international research. You will learn how to make Design and Technology meaningful, interesting and fun and also how to analyze your own and your pupils' development.

PYPA's rigorous and integrated PGCE program will challenge you both academically and professionally. The PGCE Design and Technology program aims to develop a critical understanding of the nature of Design and Technology and its place in the school curriculum. You will be encouraged to research and test your own approaches to Design and Technology pedagogy to identify those approaches that work best for you and the pupils you teach. PYPA is committed to developing research-led, reflective practitioners who can demonstrate creativity and flexibility in their teaching so that learners develop their subject qualification in an environment that is enjoyable.


Successful completion of the PGCE PGCE will result in a recommendation to the Education Workforce Council for Qualified Teacher Status and an opportunity to gain employment as a NQT in schools.

Careers and Employability

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Employability workshops, employer talks, bespoke events and careers fairs
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Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics

We also provide support and advice to Swansea University alumni for up to five years after they graduate.


This module develops student teachers as Research-informed reflective practitioners through a range of learning experiences designed to enhance the critical awareness that new entrants to the teaching profession will need to refine their teaching, influence their pupils and ensure they advance in their learning (Welsh Government circular, 001/2018). Student teachers will develop an understanding of, and ability to employ, effective strategies for teaching and learning in their subject area and Area of Learning Experience (AoLE). Taught sessions will focus on the application of subject knowledge to support an understanding of pedagogy and curriculum design to promote the four purposes of Education as outlined in the new curriculum (Donaldson, 2015). Student teachers will address issues relevant to the wider context of the Welsh Government policy on the curriculum and the National Frameworks for Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Competence. The programme will ensure that students gain an understanding of current legislation, including an understanding of the Curriculum Cymreig and Welsh language requirements. They will also develop and consolidate teaching strategies to ensure they are appropriate to their subject area/AloE with a strong focus on lesson and unit planning, taking into account those issues which impact on planning for effective teaching and learning in their subject. Student teachers will develop an awareness and understanding of research skills and research literacy that will help them throughout their professional career and continuously develop their approaches to learning and teaching in order to maximise the impact on learner outcomes. Student teachers will examine research literature and explore their own practice through the implementation of a close to practice research project to systematically develop their professional practice and respond creatively to the needs of all pupils.

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Entry requirements

Applicants for the Secondary PGCE are required to have achieved the following prior to admission to the programme: An honours degree at a minimum of 2:2 in a relevant subject, or a related subject with at least 50% relevant subject content; Grade B GCSE in English/Welsh (students applying for the Welsh medium programme will be required to have a GCSE in Welsh); Grade B GCSE in Maths. The GCSE Grade B in English/Welsh and Mathematics are a requirement set by the Welsh Government. However, we welcome applications from those with a GCSE Grade C in English/Welsh and/or Mathematics. Applicants with a grade C in GCSE English/Welsh or Mathematics who meet all other entry criteria may be accepted if they complete successfully an equivalency test.

University information

Ideally located on the stunning Swansea Bay coastline, this Welsh university provides easy access to impressive beaches along the Gower Peninsula as well as a buzzing city centre. Since its inception in 1920, Swansea University has been at the cutting edge of research and innovation. Swansea continues this legacy today, receiving a wide range of accolades and awards each year. The university is thrilled to be included in the top 25 for...more