Manchester Metropolitan University
Design and Technology (Resistant Materials)
The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges across the North West region and beyond.
Successful trainees are in demand to teach this national shortage subject and these routes will equip you with the skills and experience to teach at GCSE and A/AS levels, also on vocational courses. You will specialise in one aspect of design and technology, either Resistant Materials, Food or Textiles, depending on your degree subject and will be trained to teach a minor subject that you will be teaching to Key Stage 3.
A minimum of 120 days school based practice training is combined with university based training and periods of independent study. Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.
We will consider applications from people without a degree directly related to D&T if you have relevant industry experience. Subject to confirmation of DfE funding, we usually run free pre-entry Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses for national priority subjects, including Design and Technology. These will be identified at interview for applicants who need support in some areas and confirmed with a PGCE place offer.
This PGCE is available via University led and School Direct routes. We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification
Successful applicants will usually hold an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. A minimum 2:2 (Hons) degree in a relevant subject. At least 50% of your degree needs to be relevant to Design and Technology.
For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.
You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. However, applicants are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer MMU GCSE Equivalency tests. These will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor, and only offered if considered appropriate after interview.
All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. A Disclosure and Barring Service check and a DfE Fitness to Teach health form are required.
Practice Credit 1 – Induction Phase
This unit runs during the first five weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with eight full days of placement in a school or college. Where opportunity allows, you may also attend the placement in subject groups (or in pairs) and will have a programme of activities planned by University tutors in consultation with the Subject Mentors in the departments used for the placement. Most of the sessions in this unit will be scene-setting around schools, the curriculum, KS3 strategy and current issues, with a focus on addressing current developments in subject teaching that can be explored in the induction placement.
Practice Credit 2 – Teaching Placement Block A – Formation of Personal Practice
This unit runs during the Autumn Term for approximately eight weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with 32 full days placement in a school or college. You will be allocated to subject departments in schools and colleges. They will follow a common pattern of placement-based activities but their progress through the unit will be based on a) gradualism and b) professional experience, needs and competence.
Practice Credit 3 – Teaching Placement Block B – Development of Personal Practice
This unit runs during the spring and summer terms for approximately 10 weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with approximately 45 full days placement in a school or college. You will be allocated to subject departments in schools and colleges. You will then follow a common pattern of placement-based activities but your progress through the unit will be based on a) gradualism and b) professional experience, needs and competence.
Practice Credit 4 – Enrichment Phase
The Enrichment Unit requires you to demonstrate evidence that you have met all QTS Standards. In this case, the unit will provide you with challenging and innovative collaborative opportunities, both within and beyond your subject area, and in a variety of alternative settings. Indicative Standards that you may focus on for innovative practice include:
Reflecting on and improving your practice, and taking responsibility for identifying and meeting your developing professional needs.
A developed creative and constructively critical approach towards innovation, being prepared to adapt your practice where benefits and improvements are identified.
This unit seeks to develop and support the ‘Reflective Professional’ with a focus on your development of critical and reflective thinking in a mixed subject group. It will allow you to identify professional concerns and consider issues outside your subject-based ‘comfort-zone’ of knowledge and experience. It aims to strengthen the pedagogic and philosophical links between Subject and Professional and ‘Programme’ elements.
Subject Pedagogy (Design and Technology (Resistant Materials))
You can specialise in any of the D & T areas and gain knowledge during the course in the other materials. You will be taught in a state of the art building with specialist D & T rooms, which have a number of CAD/CAM machines, a laser cutter and 3D printer for your use. The teaching of design and electronics are also incorporated into all materials areas. This double-weighted unit seeks to develop your ability to reconceptualise your knowledge and understanding in the subject and to apply this to your planning, preparation and classroom teaching in an effective manner. You are supported by excellent staff at university and teachers in schools who will help to build your subject knowledge and confidence in your subject. Teaching pupils to design and make is a very rewarding experience and you will be guided to develop your own style of teaching during the course.
This unit is designed to extend your interest, knowledge and confidence in your subject, as a subject within the curriculum and to extend your development of an analytical and critical attitude towards the teaching and learning of your subject in classroom, group and individual contexts. This unit will develop your understanding of pupils’ response to teaching strategies, to help you to plan for a gradualist approach to teaching and the broadening context of your experiences.
Our PGCE Secondary programme combines practical teaching experience with written assignments. Trainees will complete a portfolio detailing their Record of Professional Development and a Career Entry Profile. Satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the programme are also necessary factors in the successful completion of your chosen route.
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