University of Cumbria

University of Cumbria

Secondary Education (Art and Design)

This course offers you the tools you need to become a successful art and design teacher. You will learn all the skills you need to teach art and design effectively, from the basics of structuring and planning lessons through to developing personal skills and confidence. The course covers many other aspects of teaching, not only in university but also while you are on school placement.

Entry requirements

You are welcome to apply if you have a degree in any art and design related subject, for instance, fine art, graphic design, fashion and textiles, product design, 3D design, new media, ceramics or history of art (with 50 percent practical content). A minimum UK 2.2 Honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification is required, however strong preference will be given to applicants with 2.1 Honours degrees. Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 August 2015. If you don�t have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis. GCSE grade C or above in English language and mathematics or equivalent qualifications. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July 2015. Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy by 31 July 2015. A strong personal statement is required, conveying an enthusiasm and passion for the subject, working with young people and teaching and learning. A satisfactory academic (university) reference AND a satisfactory professional reference if more than 3 years since academic study. We strongly recommend that you obtain a minimum of 2-3 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism before applying. This experience is essential if you are selected for interview as you will be expected to reflect on it during the process. You will be required to deliver a 5-10 minute presentation at interview. We are looking at how candidates prepare resources to promote effective learning; how they have decided to present to their audience; potential development of a strong classroom presence and ability to reflect on their lesson. In addition you will be required to bring a portfolio of work to show level and range of subject knowledge and skills. All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced disclosure and barring (DBS) clearance according to established university procedures.

Course modules

Modules include: Meeting young people�s needs within and beyond the curriculum; professional skills, knowledge and practice; curriculum development; classroom research for beginning teachers.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based based on presentations, written assignments, small-scale classroom research projects, assessment of in-school practice, portfolio of evidence of professional practices, self-assessment, peer assessment and formative assessment.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 10,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lancaster Campus Lancaster LA1 3JD North West
School Direct LA1 3JD

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Key information

Course Enquiry Centre
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0845 606 1144