Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Secondary Education (Art and Design, 11-16)

Become a secondary art and design teacher through our Ofsted Outstanding rated programme. A culturally diverse, creative and critical approach to teaching art and design where you’ll develop your own practical and critical subject skills.

This programme utilises the excellent art facilities at Bath Spa including specialist art studios, library and grounds. Close integration between University and school-based programme components provides a thorough grounding in all aspects of art and design education at secondary level.

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’ll need at least a 2.2 degree in an Art and Design subject e.g. Fine Art, Ceramics, Textiles, Photography or Graphics. History of Art/Cultural Studies graduates will need to demonstrate their abilities in studio practice.

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.

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

University training
The University element includes a full programme of studio-based activities including two-dimensional work, sculptural techniques, ceramics, puppetry, printmaking, textiles, photography, multimedia. University based work builds both specialist and cross curricular competence within the framework of the National Curriculum and external examination requirements for art and design.

We’ll encourage you to think critically about research, national initiatives and classroom practice, as well as supporting you in the process of reflective evaluation.

School training
The school-based element will develop a practical grasp of the National Curriculum requirements for art and design at Key Stages 3 and 4. The programme will enable you to meet the QTS Standards in respect of pupils aged 11-16. There are opportunities to undertake university based education for planning, teaching and assessing the post-16 age range. It will also give you the opportunity to develop innovative approaches to art and design education through participating in cross-curricular projects with other subject specialisms, designing and implementing stimulating curriculum resources.

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

Your development is facilitated through continued studio practice across a wide range of media as well as through the building of professional generic skills during the University based elements of the programme. A comprehensive series of seminars and workshops provides the opportunity to extend understanding of a range of pedagogical methodologies within art and design, through a reflective approach to your own practice.

School-based work is central to the programme and a variety of school phases are provided in order to give you a broad experience of art and design education. This aspect of the programme involves a range of school phases which enables you to build confidence and competence across the whole period of the programme, participating in the pastoral and extra-curricular aspects of school life as well as being active within the art department.


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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