Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Secondary Education (Design and Technology, 11-16)

The National Curriculum requires all pupils to study Design and Technology to the age of 14 with the option to continue their studies to GCSE level. Most schools employ a range of specialists to deliver the curriculum so prospective teachers need to be able to teach in one of these main Product Design specialisms and be prepared to teach the others to younger pupils:

  • Textiles Technology
  • Resistant Materials (wood, metal and plastics)
  • ECT (electronics and communications technology)
  • Food Technology

Design and Technology teachers share a common understanding of the philosophy of designing and making. This coherent approach is what makes the Design and Technology experience for pupils and teachers so exciting and rewarding. The PGCE programme develops this approach through working together, irrespective of specialism, for many components of the University programme.

Through this approach the programme provides you with the opportunity to enhance your own expertise whilst exploring a range of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment within your specialist areas.

When you graduate, you’ll be fully qualified to teach, with the essential skills and confidence that you’ll need to be successful in the classroom.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for committed individuals with a professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You’re required to have a 2.2 honours degree or above in a subject that relates closely to one of the specialisms within Design and Technology.

A degree that relates reasonably well might also be acceptable if you already have good practical skills that cover the types of processes used in school.

You'll also need GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English and mathematics. In addition, for some Secondary programmes you are also required to have an A-level in the subject.

It is very important that you have seen Design and Technology recently in at least one good department as the subject has changed a great deal in the last ten years.

All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks. You may also need to enrol on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

Course modules

The programme has two key components, study based at the University and teaching phases based in school. The work undertaken at the University consists of taught sessions that explore approaches to teaching and learning in the different aspects of Design and Technology. By their very nature many of these sessions are delivered as practical ‘hands on’ sessions which also offer the chance to enhance your subject knowledge.

Learning and teaching in PGCE programmes takes place through a combination of the following methods:

  • tutorials at key points across the year;
  • lectures, seminars and workshops;
  • group activities: presentation; group discussion; role play and collaborative working;
  • independent learning;
  • peer support;
  • developing professional learning and practice in schools and settings;
  • blended learning employing electronic resources, including the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva);
  • observation of teachers’ practice, including other Bath Spa Teachers’ practice;
  • professional development activities undertaken in University and school or other settings.

Assessment methods

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. Assessment takes account of both the programme experience and the school or setting and includes researching developing practice through assignment tasks. Support is provided to develop a rigorous evidence-based account of your educational journey.

Assessment in all of the PGCE programmes is designed to be progressive and to assist you in the provision of evidence to support your achievement against the Standards for QTS.

PGCE programmes are assessed in University, school or other settings.

The evidence base includes:

  • Formally assessed assignments;
  • Professional dialogue in progress reviews;
  • The Professional Learning and Practice portfolio;
  • School phase reports and observations;
  • Professional development activities;
  • Subject knowledge tests and tasks (where appropriate).


Please note the fees for 2018/19 are still being confirmed. The fees below for 2017/18 should be used as a guide.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 1 Years
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 12,500 per Academic year (International) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Newton Park Campus Bath BA2 9BN South West

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