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PGCE Secondary Education (Design and Technology)

Nottingham Trent University

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  • Qualification

    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

  • Location

    City Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Secondary teaching at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

This teaching degree provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to teach design and technology subjects at secondary level. Time is spent in the University and in classroom placements, ensuring that by the end of the course, trainees are confident professionals ready to begin teaching in secondary schools.

The award is offered at two levels. Both are recognised teaching qualifications, but the postgraduate award will allow fast-track entry to masters courses:

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

The choice of which qualification to take will be made while on the course, successful completion of which will lead to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The course aims to develop an understanding of the specialist subject in the context of the National Curriculum, the principles involved in the teaching and learning of the subject across the full age and ability range and the professional values and practice, subject knowledge and understanding commensurate with the particular subject specialism. This includes how children learn and how they develop cognitively, socially and physically and the understanding, skills and personal qualities necessary for managing the learning environment.

All trainees undertake a module concerned with the wider context of schools and education. This develops the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for your first teaching post in a secondary school. It also builds a foundation for further professional development. Elements of this module include both whole cohort keynote lectures and seminars, many of which are led by mixed groups of trainees supported by tutors. This allows you to meet the Teachers' Standards by making secure connections between issues in school and your own professional practice.

What you'll study

Our PGCE course in design and technology is designed to ensure that trainees engage in cutting edge activities at the forefront of technological education. Trainees will experience stimulating and exciting projects which explore established and new materials and technologies. This not only raises expertise, knowledge and skills, but also establishes a strong foundation for innovative curriculum development, raising the expectations of young people's experience in secondary schools.

The course is designed to support trainees in becoming specialist Design and Technology teachers. Trainees are guided at interview to specialise in one of two GCSE pathways:

  • Design and Technology (including Resistant Materials, Textiles and Electronics; or
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition.

Studies will provide an understanding of the nature and philosophy of design and technology in schools for the age phase 11-16. Trainees maximise their learning opportunities through innovative lesson planning and class management, based on a sound understanding of the importance of effective assessment and monitoring strategies. They gain an understanding of the broader responsibilities of the design and technology teacher in the general school community and its local and national settings. Also covered is health and safety training (D&TA accreditation / Food and Hygiene certification).

Careers and employability

The vocational nature of the PGCE Secondary and the fact that successful completion of the course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) means that graduates are ideally placed to pursue a career as a teacher in a secondary school or college.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,200per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Nottingham Trent University

  • University League Table

    46th

  • Campus address

    Nottingham Trent University, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 4FQ, England

With placements and work experience opportunities, as well as tailored employability support, NTU is focused on the future success of its students.
Students and staff from over 160 countries make NTU's community diverse and dynamic, offering a global experience for all students.
Prestigious, competitive scholarships are available, worth up to half the tuition fee.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    47th out of 81 7

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    123 62%

    34th

    16
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%

    36th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.12 82%

    33rd

    25

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