• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
The Secondary Education Design and Technology programme offered by the University of Wolverhampton provides a high standard of training for those preparing to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector. The course complies with the statutory guidance from the Department for Education for Initial Teacher Training courses.

About

The PGCE in Secondary Education Design and Technology programme at University of Wolverhampton is specifically designed to ensure that those who are successful will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - the professional award required by all those who wish to teach in a maintained school.

Design and Technology covers a number of subject specialisms and encompasses the teaching of designing, making and evaluative skills as well as developing technical knowledge. It involves working with in a range of materials and processes including resistant materials, systems and control, CAD/CAM, textiles, food technology and hospitality. 

You would be expected to specialise in one of these areas and develop skills in a range of the others. As a trainee you will learn how to teach design technology to pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase, with additional primary and post-16 enhancements. You will learn how to develop skills, knowledge and understanding for teaching design technology through a combination of university-led and school-led training.

Career opportunities

The PGCE in Secondary Education leads to recommendation for QTS, and enables you to take up a qualified teaching post in a secondary school.

In secondary schools you could be considered for a Teaching and Learning Responsibility (TLR), which may comprise any of the following:

  • Leading a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum
  • Leading the achievement of a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator
  • Leading a particular area such as special education needs or pastoral care (i.e. personal guidance)

Later, you could progress to a senior leadership position such as a deputy or assistant head and head teacher - at which point you will have overall responsibility for the leadership and management of a school and the education its students receive.

Accreditation

Programme Structure

Courses included:

    • Professional Standards for Teachers
    • Subject Specific Learning and Development
    • Subject Specific Learning Project
    • Professional Learning and Development for Teachers

    Detailed Programme Facts

    English Language Requirements

    You only need to take one of these language tests:

    • Minimum required score:

      79

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    • Minimum required score:

      6

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    Academic Requirements

    You need the following GPA score:

    Required score: First Class

    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to First Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

    Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

    You will need an enthusiasm for design technology and be committed to developing the range, breadth and variety of design technology education in schools. You will have a high level of confidence in one or more of the following areas of design technology; engineering, 3D design etc. Also you will need:

    • To hold a first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification.
      • To have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (previously Grade C) in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics.
      • To have taken part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your readiness to train to teach,which will include as a minimum both an interview and audit of your subject knowledge.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      12000 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 12000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
    • EU/EEA

      9250 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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    Funding

    Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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