Bristol, University of the West of England

Bristol, University of the West of England

Secondary Education (Art and Design, Initial Teacher Education)

The course is part of the programme for Initial Teacher Training; it is designed to help students develop an awareness of the purposes and possibilities of different approaches to art and design in the school curriculum; it aims to help students to develop pupils' ability in the visual and tactile elements of art, including the development of young people's skills to research and use evidence to generate ideas, and to interpret such ideas in practice; the course helps students to develop this teaching competence in contexts involving a range of media (in 2 and 3 dimensions) and using information technology, drawing on the richness of art from different cultures and periods of history; 24 weeks are spent on placement (a total of 8 weeks in 1 placement during the autumn term and 16 weeks in a 2nd placement during the spring and summer); there is also an opportunity to spend time in a primary school and some students may also visit other institutions, such as special schools or colleges of further education.

Entry requirements

2.1 degree in a relevant subject plus GCSE mathematics, science and English. A minimum of 1 day recent observation at a comprehensive school. Entry is subject to satisfactory interview to assess professional suitability and subject to successful medical and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance. Applicants must be provisionally registered with the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE).

Course modules

Modules include: Enabling learning; meeting curriculum challenges; becoming a teacher.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 3,225 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 11,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Frenchay Campus Bristol BS16 1QY South West

Key information

Admissions and International Development
Telephone number: 
0117 328 3333