Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Secondary Education (Design and Technology)

The PGDE, PGCE and the Professional PGCE are recognised teaching qualifications, but the PGDE and PGCE allow fast-track entry to Master's courses; the choice of which qualification to take is made while on the course; successful completion of the course leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); the course is designed to support trainees in becoming specialist design and technology teachers in 2 material areas; trainees are guided at interview to undertake study in 1 of 2 pathways within design and technology education which are materials or electronics and communication technology or food or textiles technology; each material area has a specialist tutor to guide trainees through the course; school or college experience is central to the course and at least 24 weeks are spent on placement in at least 2 different secondary schools or colleges; during the 1st phase, 2 days of school or college experience each week for 3 weeks are spent in school leading up to a 6 week block placement; trainee teachers are gradually given more responsibility and increase their contribution in both the classroom and to the corporate life of the school; the 2nd phase begins with a 2 day, weekly attachment for the first 3 weeks of the spring term, leading up to the final assessed 13 week block placement; in both placements the training programme is planned by mentors to allow progressive acquisition of the skills, knowledge and understanding students need to be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (a minimum 2.2) in a related subject, or equivalent. GCSE/O-level, or equivalent in English and mathematics at grade C. A minimum of 2 weeks school observation experience in a secondary school. Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check and interview.

Course modules

Studies provide an understanding of the nature and philosophy of design and technology in schools for the age phase 11 to 16; its place in the National Curriculum; and the emerging Key Stage 3 strategy for design and technology; trainees maximise their learning opportunities through innovative lesson planning and class management, based on a sound understanding of the importance of effective assessment and monitoring strategies; they gain an understanding of the broader responsibilities of the design and technology teacher in the general school community and its local and national settings; also covered is health and safety training (DATA accreditation and food and hygiene certification).

Assessment methods

University based subject application studies and education and professional studies are continuously assessed by course work on a modular basis; a separate, formal assessment also takes place in practical teaching.

Sponsorship information

Students who have achieved a 1.1 in their undergraduate degree are entitled to �9,000; students with a 2.1 are entitled to �5,000.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Centre Campus Nottingham NG1 4BU East Midlands

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