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Secondary Design Technology with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Secondary Design Technology with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

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Full time | Teesside University | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching In Secondary Schools Craft Design And Technology (Cdt Teaching / Training Teaching / Training In Post-Compulsory Education Teacher / Trainer Assessment Learning / Training Design / Development

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Course Summary

Course overview

This course is designed to train you to become an inspirational, reflective and professional teacher of secondary design technology who can motivate learners aged 11-16 to achieve highly and realise their full potential.

Your learning will be personalised across professional skills, subject knowledge and pedagogy, research and theory. You develop further by completing a small-scale research project within your subject area and by undertaking intensive teaching practices within school settings, allowing you to put your knowledge and understanding of education into practice. On placement you will practise teaching strategies, learn how to manage a classroom environment, and develop evidence-based approaches from skilled professionals who share your passion for your subject area.

At the beginning of the course, you focus on developing your knowledge of learning and explore a range of evidence-based teaching and assessment theories and strategies, in addition to your subject knowledge and subject specific pedagogy. Throughout the course, you embed and refine your knowledge and skills, enhancing your own practice and subject expertise during school-based placements as well as developing your ability to reflect on your practice through action research.

How you learn

Throughout the course and your time based in schools, you will study at University alongside other PGCE students following your subject specific route, and for core modules, with students from other subject areas. This approach provides rich opportunities for collaborative learning and the creation of professional networks.

It is an intensive and rewarding course. Course staff support you to learn how to manage the demands of a teaching career both during the course and beyond; the initial teaching training (ITT) partnership is also committed to following the Department for Education’s guidance on teacher workload.

Course delivery comes from a range of academic staff, guest lecturers, practitioners who work in schools and other experts in the field of education giving you a rich, topical and meaningful learning and practical experience. During your placement, you work with a professional mentor within the school and a subject mentor. You will also be assigned a member of university staff as an ITT tutor who will work closely with the course and placement teams to support your progress.

How you are assessed

A range of flexible tasks have been designed to assess your knowledge, professional skills, and ability to integrate the theoretical and the practical aspects of the course. You will be formally assessed at the end of each academic module and progress on placements will be evaluated using a methods including observation, reflections and professional discussion. You are provided with frequent opportunities to receive feedback.

Career opportunities

Throughout the course you are supported to prepare for the next steps in your teaching journey whilst you progress to meet Teachers’ Standards. You develop your professionalism and employability and will be given advice and guidance in relation to recruitment and selection. The course aims to ensure that you are ready to progress to professional development through the Early Career Framework (ECF) within your first teaching role as an Early Career Teacher (ECT).


You enhance your subject specialist knowledge, skills and pedagogy. You explore core aspects of your subject, developing a strong understanding of how they can be taught to pupils across secondary ages, stages and contexts. The module will cover: Core transitions including an understanding of the development of design and technology in the primary sector and its role in supporting pupils to move into the education and training and/or higher education sectors. A detailed consideration of design and technology curricula (Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 national curricula) and Key Stage 5 and its content. Design and technology context, issues, policy and expectations within the compulsory sector. Working with assessment processes and key specifications in design and technology (including GCSE and A-level) and embedding requirements within broader learning and teaching. Developing design and technology subject specific knowledge, including teaching: use and properties of materials; mechanical systems; electrical and electronic systems; computing and use of electronics to embed intelligence in products. Developing design and technology (cooking and nutrition): principles of nutrition and health; repertoire of varied dishes and diets; a range of cooking techniques; knowledge of ingredients. Developing learners design and technology skills: designing; making and evaluating; understanding the contexts of design and technology activity; developing design proposals; exploring and communicating design ideas; costs, commerce and marketability; use of key design and technology terminology. Embedding of English, digital technologies, maths across the curriculum in design and technology, links to science. Special educational needs and disabilities and their impact on teaching design and technology.

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Entry requirements

You must have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 in GCSE in English and maths. You must have a first degree (minimum 2:2) from a UK higher education institution or a recognised equivalent qualification. In exceptional cases if you do not have a 2:2 but are able to demonstrate suitable significant experience and/or further study you may be considered for the course.

University information

Based on its vibrant campus in the heart of Middlesbrough in North East England, Teesside University is a friendly, modern university offering a broad portfolio of courses. The University has recently invested more than £275m in its town-centre campus giving it a leading edge in digital innovation, forensic facilities and sport and health sciences buildings. The University is investing an additional £300m over the next ten years to further...more