Blue Sky Design and technology (S183)

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

Accredited body
Newman University
Financial support

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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This Design and technology course was developed with our partner schools and features an ambitious curriculum.

It covers:

  • Professional behaviours and responsibilities
  • Subject knowledge and the national curriculum
  • How pupils learn
  • Lesson planning
  • Managing behaviour
  • Adapting your teaching to respond to different pupil needs
  • Pupil assessment
  • Pupil wellbeing

By the end of the course you’ll be equipped to share your love for design, inspiring your students’ creativity, develop innovative teaching approaches and implement stimulating resources.

You’ll learn in different ways throughout this course, for example, through:

  • Practical experience in the classroom
  • Working with practising teachers, who you’ll meet ahead of your placements
  • Mentor support
  • Independent study
  • Access to our wider CPD catalogue

You’ll also build a portfolio of the educational outcomes you achieved during the course. This is a great way of showcasing your work at future interviews.

Train with us and you’ll be part of a thriving creative network.

School placements

Your main placement will be at Cardinal Wiseman school. There will be an additional placement in another setting but we make every effort to ensure this is either close to your home or close to Cardinal Wiseman. With a group and network of schools this is usually achievable.

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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.


In most cases the salary paid will be on the Unqualified Teacher Pay spine and course fees are determined by Newman University. Please contact the university for further information on course costs and any associated fees.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Blue Sky is based in the centre of Coventry with links to primary and secondary schools in Coventry and the surrounding areas.

We are part of the Romero Academy made up of seven primary schools and one secondary school. Our lead school, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Coventry, is judged by OFSTED as Outstanding. Our other schools are all judged by OFSTED as at least GOOD, with three of the schools- including our secondary School Cardinal Wiseman- receiving their judgements this academic year. With our strategic and professional partners, we are committed to offering high standards of training for the teachers of the future.

Our accrediting provider is Newman University, Birmingham. Our previous trainees have been extremely happy with Blue Sky as their provider, saying:

  • ‘Training with Blue Sky is highly tailored to your needs as a new teacher, adapted as the school year advances and your developmental needs arise.’
  • ‘It was a fantastic experience training with Blue Sky. There were many opportunities to observe excellent practitioners.’
    • ‘Completing my teacher training with Blue Sky not only set me up for my NQT year but my whole teaching career.’
  • ‘The support and advice given by Blue Sky was irreplaceable so I’m glad I choose to start my career with them.’
  • ‘Blue Sky really ensured my development from a trainee into a Newly Qualified Teacher. The support received was outstanding from the outset and there was always someone to speak to with concerns or worries.’

Interview process

Where possible the interview process will be joint process between Cardinal Wiseman and Newman University with representatives from both parties.

There are no additional tests to the prerequisites and the interview process typically consists of formal question and answers and a teaching activity.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

Blue Sky will endeavour to support any potential trainee with accessibility needs. We would be happy to discuss how we can support anyone to become a qualified teacher.

Contact this training provider

Sacred Heart Primary School
Brays Lane

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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