University of South Wales

University of South Wales

Secondary Education (Design and Technology)

The course is organised into 2 distinct areas: University-based study: during these 12 weeks students concentrate on the study of design and technology in relation to the school curriculum. Opportunities for further skills development are provided in a workshop context paying significant attention to health and safety considerations. Practical applications in the specialist subject are developed in line with school practice and policy. Students are also introduced to a wide range of current issues, including inclusion, personal and social education and education for sustainable development and global citizenship, which complement the main curriculum. Significant attention is given to child welfare issues, including child protection, and related school policies and procedures. In addition, students engage with the teacher as researcher module which is offered at Master's level. 22 weeks of the course are spent on block school experience in 2 partnership secondary schools where students gain experience at Key Stages 3 and 4. Prior to each stage of school focused activity, students undertake directed observation tasks which support knowledge of school policies and practice. School mentors work in partnership with University tutors to ensure that students gain a developing knowledge and understanding of assessment for learning and behaviour for learning strategies to help motivate pupils and support their learning. In Wales, students do not have to take the National Skills tests to be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).

Entry requirements

Honours degree or equivalent (2.2 or above) in subjects that include at least 50 per cent design and technology. Other degree subjects may be acceptable where there is substantial subsequent career involvement in resistant materials, micro-electronics, food technology, engineering or textiles. Mathematics and English language GCSE grade C or above or equivalent. 1 weeks observation in a primary school and 1 week in a secondary school (this may be completed before or after the interview). Health declaration, CRB check and ISA registration required as appropriate.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on written assignments and project work as well as practical teaching competence. Assignments will be directly related to work in schools, wherever possible, with opportunities for you to develop your own particular interests within your subject specialism. This will be pursued significantly as part of the research project.

Sponsorship information

LEA mandatory grant; teacher training incentive grants in Wales.


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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Caerleon (Newport) Campus Newport (Wales) NP18 3QT Wales

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