University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Secondary Education (Design and Technology)

The Cambridge area teaching schools alliance (CATSA), which comprises Comberton Village College, Histon and Impington Junior School, Parkside Federation Academies, Saffron Walden County High School and Swavesey Village College, is working with the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge; students can specialise in resistant materials; systems and control (inc. electronics and communications technology, ECT) and textiles. The training provides practical experience in core activities such as: subject specific pedagogy (to develop teaching and learning strategies); subject specific knowledge; designing that includes making (e.g. casting; laser cutting; electronics; plastics manipulation); communication skills; investigating new products and applications; an understanding of technological concepts; information technology related skills; design and technology health and safety certification for using workshop equipment; at least 1 of the professional placements takes place in CATSA schools and students receive targeted support from staff in these schools; trainees are required to be members of a Cambridge college; application to the programme must be made direct to the school rather than via the GTTR.

Entry requirements

Honours degree with a 1st or upper 2nd (2.1) classification; a 2.2 classification may be considered; at least 50 percent of degree modules must be in a relevant subject; 3 A levels at an average of grade B; GCSE passes (grade C or above) in English language and mathematics; 5-10 days work experience or observation in the year before application in a mainstream UK state school, working alongside children within the appropriate age ranges, and subject; interview.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 17,880 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

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Faculty of Education
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