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PGCE Secondary Art and Design W1X1

PGCE Secondary Art and Design W1X1

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) Art & Design

Course type


Course Summary

Our PGCE Secondary Art and Design enables you to address all aspects of art and design, gain experience on placements, and develop the skills and knowledge to teach art and design at secondary level.

This Postgraduate Certificate Education (PGCE) Secondary Art and Design course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), qualifying you to teach the 11-18 age group in secondary schools in England and Wales.

You will be taught by staff with national reputations as experts in the field of art and design in education, and together you will examine a range of pedagogical approaches to art teaching. We will train you to be high quality, flexible teachers.

Our incredible purpose-built art and design studios with extensive resources and equipment will provide the setting for you to address all aspects of secondary art and design, including specialist expertise in areas such as digital art, textiles, photography, ceramics, printmaking, painting, drawing, contemporary and historical studies.

University-based teaching is through a series of lectures, practical seminars and workshops, where interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge.

Sessions may include:

  • participating in workshop style sessions with your peers, including joint sessions with PGCE Design and Technology trainees
  • attending presentations by subject experts
  • working on tasks in groups
  • having individual tutorials
  • visits to schools or other education settings
  • visits to theatres, museums, galleries or sites of educational interest, such as the Pitt Rivers, the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) and Reading Museum
  • writing assignments on aspects of subject teaching and Professional Studies.

These learning activities will help you to develop a toolkit of knowledge and skills, ensuring you are well prepared to tackle challenges and opportunities throughout your training and your career.


The majority of our graduates go into schools and inspire children to develop into happy, confident and well-informed individuals. Other alumni take their educational skills to the worlds of business, culture, art, healthcare, human resources, adult learning and further varied fields.

The support and training we give our students enables them to develop into resilient and creative teachers with the ability to adapt. The transferable skills and strengths they develop are also recognised outside of education, and therefore are desirable in many different areas of employment.

The placement opportunities and careers support we give our students ensures they are attractive to employers. This is qualified by the consistently high employment rates our students enjoy in local and regional schools.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


10 months

Start date



Action Research
The Reflective Teacher

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

We would normally expect you to have a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in a subject that is related to the subject that you intend to teach.

University information

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