Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Secondary Education (Art and Design, 11-16)

This course involves close integration between University and school-based programme components provides a thorough grounding in all aspects of art and design education at secondary level; the University element includes a full programme of studio-based activities including 2-dimensional work, sculptural techniques, ceramics, puppetry, print-making, 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; a culturally diverse approach to critical studies fosters an integrated and creative approach to teaching art and design, as well as exploring the issues and strategies involved in teaching children within our pluralist society; the school-based element develops a practical grasp of the National Curriculum requirements for Art and Design at Key Stages 3 and 4; the programme enables students 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 also give students 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.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have spent a minimum of 2 weeks in a mainstream, state secondary school, in England before applying; 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) including English and mathematics; at least a 2.2 degree in an art and design subject area, for example fine art, ceramics or photography; history of art/cultural studies graduates need to demonstrate their abilities in studio practice through presentation of a portfolio; all applicants are asked to attend an interview with a portfolio of work; interviews are structured in groups and include opportunities to present their interests and experience, a presentation of an art educational topic plus written and numeric tasks.

Assessment methods

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective; assessment takes account of both programme experience and the school or setting phase and includes researching developing practice through assignment tasks; we support students in developing a rigorous evidence-based account of their educational journey.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 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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