Wandle Teaching School Hub Design and Technology (2FLN)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Goldsmiths, University of London
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.wandletsa.com

Contents

Course summary

The curriculum includes working with resistant materials (product design), systems and control (electronics, CAD/CAM), textiles and food technology. What unifies these is the subject of Design and the development of designing competence.

This programme prepares you to teach in two broad areas. You specialise in one area to Key Stage 4 and beyond, and in another to Key Stage 3. Key Stage 4 specialist fields are Materials and Textiles and Key Stage 3 specialist fields are Materials, Textiles, Electronics and Communications Technology and Food.

During the Autumn term, you are placed in your first Wandle TSA school. The aim is induction, into schooling, the teaching of design and technology, into learning and teaching practices and you will progressively take on teaching activities in tandem with the class teacher

Spring and Summer terms are devoted to teaching practice in a second school, developing your competence to meet the Professional Standards. You design a scheme of work for the Key Stage 3 curriculum and develop your understanding of pupil learning styles, assessment and examinations.

College seminars examine the nature of Design and Technology education. By the end of the programme you must offer a second area of competence to teach to the end of Key Stage 3, as well as your specialist area at Key Stages 4 and 5. You engage in two design activities: one in the first term and the second throughout the year. The first activity is mirrored by the same project being undertaken by Year 9 pupils in a local school and culminates in a shared presentation. The second activity culminates in a presentation of a personal design-and-make project to your peers to consider and reflect on the nature of the process of designing. The Goldsmiths PGCE courses are offered either at Higher level (H level) or at Masters level (M level),and you will need to opt for one of these routes early on in the first term.  Professional Graduate Certificate in Education at H (Higher/Professional) level made up of four modules, each worth 30 credits. They may be all at H level or three modules at H level and one at M level to make 120 credits.  Postgraduate Certificate in Education at M (Masters) level also requires you to achieve four 30-credit modules, but two of the modules must be at M level and two must be at H level.

School placements

Wandle TSA PGCE School Direct students will have two school placements. These will be in two of our partner schools and will offer you a contrasting school experience, for example, one placement in a mixed school and a second in a single sex school. We will discuss with you the best school to have your placements taking into account your travel requirements. All our School Direct students are invited to spend the first week of term with their first placement school as an early induction and to gain invaluable experience in participating in the beginning of term. This also allows many of the induction processes to be carried out and for you to get to know staff, systems and students. The age range will be from 11 to 18 and you will be required to teach across two stages in your placement, Key Stage 3 and 4 or 5 when you join us for your formal placements and training. We have seven secondary partner schools in our alliance. These schools are situated in SW London, primarily in Wandsworth and Lambeth and all schools have excellent transport links. The length of school placement is 120 days over the two placements In addition to the class teachers you will have a subject mentor, a school mentor as well as your Goldsmiths mentor to support you through these placements. You will always be supported in your classroom teaching and all our schools have extensive in house training programmes. The Alliance runs several extra workshops throughout the training . We have special schools , primary schools and Children centres in our Alliance and we encourage our students to take advantage by visiting to gain a wide understanding of the educational landscape. At all times we keep you at the centre of the learning process and we work hard to ensure you have a challenging but supportive experience.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in design and technology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

https://www.gold.ac.uk/pgce/apply/entry-requirements/gcse-accepted-equivalencies/

Personal qualities

The Wandle Teaching School Alliance wishes to recruit high quality graduates committed to developing themselves as outstanding teachers. We are looking for candidates who have high expectations for their students. You should be a good communicator, enjoy challenge and have a love of learning. You will need to be resilient, flexible and hard working. We expect you to have excellent subject knowledge and the ability to build a strong rapport with students of all abilities. It also helps to have a sense of humour and, most importantly of all, to like and respect children.

Other requirements

We strongly recommend that you spend some time observing teaching and learning in an inner London school before applying or whilst waiting for interview. This is important as teaching and learning is a dynamic process and changes in pedagogy and curriculum content may mean classrooms are very different places from when you last were in school. It is therefore important to spend some time in a school so as you can reflect on what you have learned in your PGCE interviews.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Some UK/EU students may be eligible for a training bursary or scholarship depending on subject and previous qualifications. See Get into Teaching for up-to-date details.

Financial support from the training provider

Some UK/EU students may be eligible for a training bursary or scholarship depending on subject and previous qualifications. See Get into Teaching for up-to-date details.

About the training provider

Train to become a teacher with the Wandle Teaching School Alliance ( WTSA) and benefit from a tailored programme of personal development and support from outstanding, experienced professionals. Our aim is to always keep you at the centre of everything we do. Our programmes are high challenge and high support as we believe in preparing you to become the best possible teacher you can be. Our Alliance of over forty members, based in south and south west London, offers a unique opportunity to train within a wide range of schools, Primary, Secondary and Special. Training with us will enable you to gain an in-depth experience of all aspects of teaching and learning within a secure and caring environment. We offer additional workshops throughout the year to develop your professional learning and practice to the highest level, for example, you will be able to take part in the Child Exploitation and Online Protection training, leading to the CEOPS certificate. We are a dynamic and collaborative learning community and we look forward to you starting your teaching career with us.

Interview process

Applicants who are shortlisted are invited to a Wandle TSA selection day. Candidates should allow a full day for this and dress appropriately. Candidates will be asked to complete a set of tasks; this will include two written tasks, an oral presentation f your portfolio of work and an interview with school subject specialists. Goldsmiths subject tutors may attend the selection day and take part in the final stage interviews. If successful, candidates will be recommended to Goldsmiths University. who will make a conditional offer. Applicants will have 10 days to accept or reject the offer. Candidates will also have to be certified as meeting the national requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. Goldsmiths University will ask candidates to complete a health questionnaire for scrutiny by their occupational health provider. Candidates are responsible for the cost of obtaining occupational health clearance, which is approximately £77. Candidates will also be required to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the DBS as a condition of entry.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Wandle TSA aims to create an environment that enables anyone to participate fully in the mainstream of school life. We address disability, as defined by the Equality Act 2010:

  • mobility and sensory impairments
  • mental health issues
  • specific learning difficulties (SpLD), including the autistic spectrum and Aspergers Syndrome
  • medical conditions which may have an impact on day-to-day activities All our partner universities have well established student support services. Wandle TSA proactively works with our partner’s student services in meeting the needs of our PGCE students. A wide range of support services is available to students through the universities with reference to all of the above. We encourage you to make contact with us as early in the application process as possible so as we can work with the university in identifying services appropriate to your individual needs. In the first instance you should contact the Director of the Teaching School, Mr Denys Wallace on dwallace5.212@lgflmail.org . Our aim is to ensure that there as few barriers as possible to prevent you studying successfully. We therefore work closely with the university tutorial teams to customise programmes as necessary. The universities will provide ICT enabling support and our schools will help you understand, use and customise the accessibility options built-in to your devices Alliance schools provide access for students with mobility impairments and have dedicated car parking allocated for the duration of school placements. Specific mobility issues for the individual schools will be addressed in collaboration with you.

Contact this training provider

Email
dwallace@chestnutgrove.org.uk
Telephone
020 76221619 ext 4
Website
http://www.wandletsa.com
Address
Wandle Teaching School Alliance
Dagnall Street
LONDON
London
SW11 5DT

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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