Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Art and Design (with QTS)

This PGDE prepares you for a fulfilling career as an innovative and creative teacher of Art and Design, to enable you to deliver an engaging and inspirational education to pupils. You can look forward to practical workshops, seminars and lead lectures which explore the context of pupils’ attainment in the subject area. You will explore how teaching and learning enables pupils to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes of the subject. You will learn how to inspire pupils to experiment, invent and create art, craft and design in the classroom and critically engage and progress in the subject.

Teaching Art and Design is a discipline that ‘embodies the highest forms of human creativity’ (National Curriculum) including drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. LJMU Art and Design teachers require a high level of knowledge, skills and understanding to enable pupils to progress in the classroom. Through designated subject knowledge sessions and practical workshops you will explore the key knowledge and skills that define the subject. Sessions explore progression in the subject with University teaching complementing school-based learning and self-directed study through a subject knowledge development and didactics journal.

During your training you will focus on the various approaches and pedagogies for Art and Design, emphasising the application of theory to practice. A sequence of micro-teaching experiences will allow you to develop and share with your peers, your understanding of learning and teaching strategies that support effective practice in the classroom. You will then explore the signature pedagogies such as questioning, demonstration and modelling for our subject. 

Sessions will help you deepen your understanding of the role, the nature of Art and Design in the curriculum and your own personal philosophy for teaching. You will explore the importance of your subject in teaching children to develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and Design and understand the historical and cultural developments of Art, considering how pupils produce creative work and explore their ideas through teaching. These sessions will help you to identify strategies to support how children learn in Art and Design.

Subject specific entry information (see Entry requirements tab for full details)

You will usually have a minimum 2:2 honours degree (or recognised equivalent) in an Art and Design-related discipline, normally with significant content in your chosen subject area. 

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • an honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject. See Details tab for subject specific  requirements
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at minimum grade C/4  or equivalent. (Level 2 numeracy and literacy are not acceptable)
  • to demonstrate an interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience
  • to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. For further details see Get into Teaching 

Additional information:

  • A minimum of 5 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school is normally expected prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants
  • Original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview
  • RPL is not accepted on this programme
  • IELTS score 7.0 (Minimum  6.5 in each component)
  • If you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend a selection event

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

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

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

PGDE assessment methods include: critical reflections on theory and practice, engaging with practitioner enquiry (as both a consumer and producer of research), the design and evaluation of learning experiences, and presentations.

On your placement, 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 co-observation and assessment of your teaching practice, with your mentor and tutor, and the evidence of pupils’ learning and progress in the classes that you teach.

Qualifications

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

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