Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Secondary Education (Design and Technology)

Design and Technology is the newest and most rapidly developing of subjects to be taught in schools, fostering the creative ability of children and developing their practical skills.

The subjects areas of the course include: Construction in Wood, Metal and Plastics, Graphical Communication, Electronics, Information Technology, Food and Textiles Technology. Within the subject area of Design and Technology, students experience the great majority of the university-based studies within the chosen specialist area of either Resistant Materials and Systems or Food and Textiles

The course is designed to further creative awareness of Design and Technology as well as to provide a uniquely effective basis for career aspirations. In line with the latest developments within the subject area, it places a particular emphasis on design and the practical application of the latest technologies. A special attempt is made on the course to consolidate practical skills and subject knowledge, through the use of Design-and-make activities during the college-based sessions.

The programme is mainly school based in line with government requirements with 24 out of 36 weeks spent in partnership schools, where student teachers work with a subject specialist (the subject mentor) and a senior member of the school staff (the senior mentor). The university-based modules comprise of initial professional development and curriculum studies in the subject in which the student teacher is specialising.​

Welsh medium school placements are available within all subject pathways in Cardiff Met's PGCE Secondary programme.

Entry requirements

Honours degree at 2.2 in related discipline required; plus GCSE grade B or above in mathematics and English language; interview which involves tests in literacy and numeracy and a comprehension task; entry is also subject to a satisfactory health check and satisfactory criminal records check.

Whilst it is expected that the content of your degree will contain a significant proportion of the subject in which you wish to train to teach, we do favourably consider applicants whose degrees are in a subject that is closely related. Your application and interview (should you be selected) will be assessed on your potential to meet the Qualified Teacher Standards relating to subject knowledge, understanding and skills, and the extent to which these can successfully underpin your practice as a teacher of a particular subject, up to and including the teaching of A level and other post-16 curricula.

Course modules

The course is designed to further creative awareness of Design and Technology as well as to provide a uniquely effective basis for career aspirations. In line with the latest developments within the subject area, it places a particular emphasis on design and the practical application of the latest technologies. A special attempt is made on the course to consolidate practical skills and subject knowledge, through the use of Design-and-make activities during the college-based sessions.

Primary and Early Secondary – Autumn Term

  • Closely structured teaching, throughout the term, with tutors and teachers discovering the experience of creative and practical learning in Design and Technology Education in the formative years.
  • For 4 weeks, you will be hosted as a Designer-in-Residence within a primary school.
  • First teaching experience within a secondary school environment, with support from school-based mentor and through regular contact with college tutor.
  • Complementary courses cover the term in Design, Graphics, Computer Aided Design, Information Technology, Product Evaluation, Health and Safety and within specialisms of Resistant Materials and Systems or Food and Textiles.  In Resistant Material and Systems students develop their skills and insight through constructional projects using Wood, Metal, Plastic and Electronics and in Food and Textiles students develop their skills and insight in Food Preparation, Nutrition, Constructional techniques and Special Finishing Processes with Textiles.

Secondary Practice – Spring Term

  • Further experience of Design and Technology teaching, including the beginning of the second teaching experience at secondary level.
  • Developing confidence, skills, command and flair
  • Learning of academic and organisational structures and the requirements of National Curriculum in the school setting
  • Focus upon children with Special Needs and the use of differentiated teaching strategies and resources.
  • Experience of simulated interviews to gain experience prior to actual interviews for teaching posts.
  • Within the specialism, students will consolidate skill and insight through researching and applying materials and processes, designing, constructing and evaluating ideas in extended project work.

Secondary Practice – Summer Term

  • Continuation of teaching practice in the next secondary school to consolidate and extend the range of essential competences.
  • Focus upon the broader issues which influence curriculum design and practice, such as the environment, the profile of the local community, links with business and industry, visits to centres of educational interest.

Assessment methods

Student teachers will be assessed both on practical teaching and academic assignments. The latter is assessed at Masters level and affords student teachers 60 credits at 'M' level. A pass is required for both school and university based modules. Progress is monitored by continuous assessment of student teachers' competence against statutory standards.

There is no formal end of programme examination.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cyncoed Campus Cardiff CF23 6XD Wales

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Key information

Contact: 
Student Recruitment Team
Telephone number: 
029 2041 6044