Manchester Metropolitan University

PGCE Secondary Design and Technology with QTS

Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach across the design and technology secondary school curriculum.

You’ll specialise in the subject you studied for your undergraduate degree (such as textiles or product design) but you’ll also learn practical skills across the full curriculum. This means that you’ll be able to teach your specialism to A-level, plus another subject to Key Stage 3.

Studying topics from textiles and electronics, to food and resistant materials, you’ll focus on creating the projects you might teach your class. Past projects include filleting a fish, creating a pencil case with LEDs, building a basic circuit, and using a 3D printer to print textiles.

Through these practical workshops you’ll explore some of the issues students might have, such as using complex machinery or working with soldering irons. You’ll also look at ways to make sure you’re imparting educational knowledge through each project, such as electronic calculations or weaves of fabric.

When you’re at Manchester Met, you’ll mainly study with your PGCE Design and Technology (D&T) group. You’ll consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, and look at ways to develop your teacher persona.

You won’t simply learn computer-aided manufacturing or how to use a laser cutter though – you’ll spend at least 120 days on placements in schools.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE September 2019 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home/EU) Months
PGCE September 2019 £ 16,500 per Academic year (International) Months

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