Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University

Secondary Education (Art and Design)

The course offers trainees a wide range of experiences that are essential for anyone wishing to teach this exciting subject at secondary school level. The course seeks to develop confident, dynamic and creative teachers who are committed to making art and design accessible for all. Curriculum workshops are a key element in the course and involve practical work in a range of essential key specialisms such as ceramics, 3D construction, print making, drawing, mixed media and digital media including animation. We believe art and design education has a significant place in education and we are producing inspirational teachers who are ready to transfer their creative skills into the classroom.

Entry requirements

A good degree (minimum 2.2 but 2.1 or 1st preferred) from a UK Higher Education institution or equivalent in Art and Design or an art-related subject. Candidates should have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to application. Applicants who do not already have GCSEs in English language and mathematics, or their equivalent, and are not registered to take them, should visit Equivalency Testing. It should be noted that applicants taking the equivalency tests need to have passed prior to making an application. For entry onto a teaching course from September 2014, candidates should have passed the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Please visit the DfE website for further information. Pre-Interview School Experience: For secondary teacher training there is an expectation that applicants should have some general experience of working with secondary age students in a school setting. In preparation for the selection interview stage of the recruitment process candidates should engage in a teaching episode, observed by an experienced qualified teacher. It will support their application to undertake this teaching episode prior to application and in advance of their interview. Please read the guidance document before downloading the Pre-Interview School Experience Report which applicants need the qualified teacher observing them to complete. Selection Interview: At interview candidates also need to present a portfolio of personal work which should include a selection of work completed before, during and after their degree. The selection interview will assess their subject knowledge and personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching. Students also take a written test to assess their standard of English. In addition applicants must meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for Initial Teacher Training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Course modules

The individual learner; rationale for subject teaching; assessment at key stage 3; subject pedagogy; research.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through a range of directed tasks and targeted assignments. Trainee teachers are also required to complete a profile of evidence towards the achievement of the standards required by the National College for Teaching and Leadership for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Evidence for the Professional Development Profile is verified by mentors.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 10,500 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 9,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 10,500 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City North Campus Birmingham B42 2SU West Midlands

Key information

Course Enquiries Team
Telephone number: 
0121 331 5595