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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Art and Design (PGCE)

Secondary Art & Design (PGCE): 2X5R

The PGCE Secondary Art & Design pathway is exciting, innovative and challenging. It will prepare you thoroughly for the teaching profession.

Our key aim is to equip you to become a confident, high quality teacher of Art and Design with a secure knowledge of curriculum development in Wales. Emphasis is placed on working in partnership with schools, enhancing your skills through practical workshops, as well as providing you with experience of collaborative work and research with galleries and museums.

Excellent subject knowledge, creativity, imagination, motivation and the enthusiasm to make learning in Art & Design an enjoyable and purposeful experience for pupils are essential requirements of the course.

We place a particular focus on the use of contemporary Art, including Welsh examples and we work closely with outside agencies such as the Glynn Vivian Gallery, the National Museum Wales, Artes Mundi, the Saatchi Gallery and Tate Modern.

You will also have the opportunity to work as an Artist-In-Residence or gain teaching experience in a museum or gallery for a short placement to increase your employability.

In addition, you will prepare to teach the new curriculum for the Area of Learning and Experience: Expressive Arts, and the exam groups for GCSE, and A level Art and Design courses. This will involve delivering a full and exciting spectrum of creative experiences.

This pathway is designed to develop your specialist knowledge, experience and skills to enable you to use your expertise and enthusiasm to inspire your pupils across the secondary age range.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate Degree

  • Applicants are required to hold a good honours degree (2:2 minimum) in an area related to chosen secondary subject.

GCSE qualifications

  • Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics .
  • Student teachers studying to teach in Welsh medium schools will also need a GCSE grade B or above in Welsh (first language).
  • Equivalence workshops and tests are available for those with Grade C GSCE in English Language, Mathematics and Welsh.

A-Levels/Level 3 Vocational Qualifications

  • If applicants do not hold an undergraduate degree in a curriculum subject, successful study at appropriate higher levels must be evidenced.

Work Experience

  • You should be aware of the realities of being a teacher and life in a classroom and so we ask for recent and relevant experience in a secondary educational setting. This may be through employment or volunteering in a school and should be for a minimum period of two weeks.
  • Gaining experience in a school classroom will help to strengthen your application and better critically inform your personal statement. It will also prepare you for our selection process and give you some experience from which you can draw in your interview.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

  • If accepted onto our programme, you will be required to obtain a clear enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service formerly known as CRB, Criminal Records Bureau) clearance check as soon as possible. There is a fee associated with the service and you should ensure that you opt for the 'update' service

Course modules

The content of the programme has been grouped under four module headings:

  • The Learner – who am I teaching?
  • Learners, schools and communities – where am I teaching?
  • Researching the learning – what, why and how am I teaching? (focus on research)
  • Leading the Learning – what, why and how am I teaching? (focus on subject discipline in practice)

Organising the modules in this way means that you will be able to focus on the pupil and take full account of the wider context that impact on education.

You will also be able to ensure that your classroom-based practice draws on a sound research base.

This means that our programme will challenge you both practically and intellectually at the same time.

Assessment methods

The programme offers 60 credits at Masters level and 60 credits at Graduate Level. These are awarded on successful completion of module assessments which include:

  • Case studies
  • Portfolios
  • Video presentation
  • Research Project

All assessments are closely linked to practice and are designed to offer you the opportunity to develop teaching and learning that has a positive impact on children and young people.

Award of QTS

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is awarded to those student teachers who have fully met the professional teacher standards for QTS.

This aspect of the programme is assessed through a portfolio of evidence and a professional dialogue with a specialist mentor and tutor.

The Education Workforce Council (the statutory body for teachers in Wales) has a very useful website: www.ewc.wales

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full time September 2019 £ 9,000 per Academic year (EU) Years
PGCE Full time September 2019 £ 11,000 per Academic year (International) Years

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