Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of London

Secondary Education (Design and Technology)

The curriculum includes working with resistant materials (product design), systems and control (electronics, computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture), textiles, and food technology. What unifies these is the subject of design, and the development of designing competence.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate or postgraduate degree at least 50 per cent of content should be in the proposed teaching subject; GCSE grade C or above in English language and mathematics; an enhanced disclosure certificate from the Government�s Criminal Records Bureau (CRB); an occupational health questionnaire.

Course modules

School-based work: during the Autumn term students are placed in their 1st school, usually with a partner design and technology student teacher. The aim is induction, both into schooling and the teaching of design and technology, and into learning and teaching practices. College-based work: There are seminars examining the nature of design and technology education, and workshops designed to develop subject expertise. By the end of the programme students must offer a 2nd area of competence to teach to the end of Key Stage 3, as well as their specialist area at Key Stages 4 and 5.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment: carefully phased throughout the year. There are 2 broad components: School-based work and college-based work. School-based work is assessed over the course of the 3 terms. Students also need to pass computer-based tests in literacy, numeracy and information communication technology. The assessment of college-based work is in 3 units, and depends on subject areas. For the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), students are also formally assessed on their competence in the classroom and ability to meet the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) standards.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 11,700 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Goldsmiths, University of London Lewisham SE14 6NW South East

Key information

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