University of Cumbria

University of Cumbria

Secondary Education (Design and Technology)

This course will help you develop all the skills you need to become a great secondary school design and technology teacher. The design and technology PGCE uses an innovative, placement focused model, offering the opportunity to specialise in product design, resistant materials, food or textiles with strong use of ICT, including CAD, CAM and rapid prototyping, alongside traditional manufacturing skills. Available through School Direct only.

Entry requirements

A 2.2 Honours degree, normally in a design and technology subject specialism or a related subject. We will consider other equivalent qualifications or experience (along with a degree in a non-design and technology subject) as evidence of design and technology knowledge; please note that 2:1 honours degrees may be favoured in competition. 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. At least 2-3 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism if recommended. A satisfactory academic (university) reference AND a satisfactory professional reference if more than 3 years since academic study. All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (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 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
School Direct LA1 3JD

Key information

Course Enquiry Centre
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0845 606 1144