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.