Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Design and Technology

This PGDE course prepares you for a fulfilling career as an innovative and creative teacher of Design and Technology (D&T), to enable you to deliver an engaging and inspirational education to pupils. You can look forward to practical workshops, seminars and lead lectures to explore the context of pupil attainment in D&T. Explore how teaching and learning in D&T “…is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject” and pupils use “creativity and imagination [to] design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values” (National Curriculum 2014 purpose of study).

During your training you will focus on signature pedagogies for D&T, emphasising the practical application of theory. There will be design and make and evaluation activities as well as demonstration and modelling. Sessions will help you deepen your understanding of the role and nature of D&T in the curriculum and your own personal philosophy for teaching. You will explore the importance of your subject, how children learn and develop a rigorous understanding of the practical, creative and analytical nature of D&T, and the cultural and historical role technological activity plays in society. These sessions will help you identify strategies to support how children learn in the subject.

The aims of the National Curriculum for Design and Technology state that children will:

develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others

In addition to sessions developing your understanding of teaching and learning in D&T, subject knowledge workshops will explore the key knowledge and skills that define the subject; and are supported by your subject knowledge development and didactics journal.

Entry requirements

You should usually have a minimum 2:2 honours degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Design and Technology-related discipline with significant content in your chosen subject area. Previous successful applicants have studied product design, engineering, electronics, food science, nutrition, consumer science, textiles, fashion design, industrial design and architecture.

Don't hold back from applying for teacher training in Design and Technology because of your subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach Design and Technology (and be eligible for the bursaries it attracts) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme. So, if you want to teach Design and Technology but have an insufficient level of the subject in your degree to access the course, you should consider a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement course which could help prepare you to train to teach the subject effectively.

Course modules

University-based study includes: 

  • a full-time block of three weeks at the start of the course in September
  • one day per week until January
  • six one-week study blocks at university between October and June
  • a number of conference days throughout the year

You will undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation to support your course assignments and school-based work (planning, preparation and assessment); and should be prepared to work some evenings and weekends.

Assessment methods

Course assessment methods include: critical reflections on research and practice, small scale research projects, the design and analysis of learning experiences, presentations and a portfolio of professional activities. You will need to monitor your progression towards achieving the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to maintain a professional development portfolio associated with these. A final assessment of your achievement of the Teachers’ standards required will be based on observation and assessment of your teaching practice and the evidence base that you develop during training.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGDE Full-time September 2019 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 10 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
IM Marsh campus Liverpool L17 6BD North West

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Key information

Campus or study location: 
IM Marsh campus