Cheshire East SCITT Design and technology (W637)

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

Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible

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

The course is a non-salaried PGCE (SCITT) QTS award and you will gain a PG Certificate in Education with 60 M-level CATS points. It has been developed alongside our partner schools and features an ambitious curriculum.

This course will prepare you for a career in teaching Design and Technology. All trainees will have the opportunity to be trained in Resistant Materials, Systems and Control (including Electronics and Communications Technology) and Textiles, specialising in their chosen area.

As well as training to teach Design and Technology, you will be equipped to teach at KS3 and GCSE and be given the opportunity to have experience of Design and Technology at KS5.

The course adopts a “hands-on” approach and you will spend four days a week on placement in one of our partnership schools. We will help you to develop skills to excel as an Design and Technology teacher, teach Design and Technology with different degrees of complexity to a wide range of students, develop strategies for effectively communicating artistic and design concepts to students and work at enhancing your own knowledge and understanding of Design and Technology.

As well as enriching your subject knowledge, you will learn:

  • the professional behaviours and responsibilities of a teacher
  • how pupils learn
  • how to plan lessons
  • how to manage behaviour
  • how to adapt your teaching to meet the needs of all pupils
  • how to assess learning
  • how to ensure pupil wellbeing

We are a very close-knit and supportive team and we pride ourselves on the support we offer our trainees. You will work closely with a Subject Expert who is an experienced teacher and outstanding practitioner and will also be supported by a Subject Mentor and a Professional Mentor in your placement school. We also have a growing network of former trainees now employed in our placement schools, who offer an extra layer of support.

We achieved 100% employment with our most recent cohort, with the majority taking up positions in schools within our partnership.

School placements

You will complete two placements in our partner schools, where you will have both a Subject Mentor and a Professional Mentor. Your role in the classroom increases gradually, at a pace you and your mentor feel is right for you. The first placement will begin in September with focused lesson observations, and then you will begin to deliver starts to lessons, undertake some team teaching and then plan and deliver whole lessons. You will receive formal written feedback once per week, as well as regular verbal feedback and will be set targets to help you to progress. The second placement begins after February half term, where you will be allocated to a different school within the partnership, which will give you a contrasting experience and broaden your professional development. We enjoy a close working relationship with our partner schools, all of whom have comprehensive intakes and will provide you with the experience of working with young people of all abilities. You will have the opportunity of spending time in a primary setting to focus on transition, as well as gaining SEND experience, giving you an insight into all types of learners. At least one of your placements will give you access to post 16 learners to give you the experience of working with learners in all phases and contexts. Placements are carefully chosen taking into consideration your access to transport, distance from home and your training needs. The first placement will start early September and involves teaching practice in school each week, with the majority of Fridays being conference days or subject-based days. Subject-based days are run by Subject Experts. Our conferences are planned and delivered by outstanding classroom practitioners from within our partner schools. You will have full access to the facilities of both The Cheshire East SCITT Training Centre and The Manchester Metropolitan University. The majority of your time will be school based but there are a number of days where you will be based at the Training Centre at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and four days at the University, to focus on your Masters level work.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Ideally we accept candidates with a 2:2 or above. We would consider candidates with a 3rd class degree if there were extenuating circumstances.

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.

We accept equivalency tests from university providers.

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious, energetic, dedicated, well-qualified, independent and enthusiastic trainee teachers who are passionate about their subject and have the desire, drive and commitment to inspire all abilities in the secondary age range. Successful applicants will have an understanding of the resilience and emotional intelligence needed to become an outstanding teacher and future leader and to be reflective learners. We are looking for applicants who have excellent subject knowledge and the ability to deliver it in an engaging and creative way to inspire learning. It is key to be an effective communicator and a responsible, accountable professional.

Other requirements

  • A satisfactory DBS check, including a check of the children`s barred list.
  • An academic reference which is very positive in terms of academic achievement and highly recommends the applicant for a career into teaching. The reference should confirm the person’s suitability to work with children, as well as their personal qualities and attributes.
  • Fitness to teach check
  • School experience is not a requirement for entry to the course, however successful candidates will demonstrate an understanding of teaching and learning within an appropriate educational context.

Fees and financial support

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

Tuition fees are £9250 and you can apply for a loan to cover these fees and /or means tested maintenance grant via the student loan company.

There are a range of bursaries and scholarships available and their value by phase, subject and degree classification can be found by visiting the Department of Education website: Bursaries and Scholarships

About the training provider

Cheshire East SCITT is a passionate believer in Joint Practice Development with Initial Teacher Training being a key component supporting the professional growth and development of its teaching workforce. Our trainees work towards a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Masters level which will lead to qualified teacher status (QTS). The PGCE (SCITT) is awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University. Our partner schools are: Alsager School. Brine Leas School. Congleton High School, Eaton Bank Academy, Malbank School and Sixth Form College, Middlewich High School, Ruskin Community High School, Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College, Sandbach School, Shavington Academy and St Thomas More Catholic High School. We also work with two Staffordshire schools, Chesterton Community Sports College and The King’s School, Kidsgrove. These include a free school, two faith schools, two single sex schools and seven 11-16 schools - some large, small, urban and rural. Some have achieved outstanding Ofsted ratings. Our schools have employed many of our trainees. We have established an environment in which staff, students and trainee teachers feel valued and very well supported. We have worked with trainee teachers for many years and were the first training school consortium in the country. We are fully committed to training the next generation of outstanding teachers and future leaders and fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they offer to our school communities. Our expectations are high and our learning environment is fun yet challenging.

Interview process

The assessment day will involve a range of activities including the delivery of a short lesson, followed by an interview with the SCITT team and a representative of colleagues from our alliance schools. You will be assessed on your subject knowledge during the day. You will also be interviewed by our student panel and complete a written think piece. All interviewers will consider the following:

  • Your communication skills
  • Commitment to teacher training and resilience
  • Knowledge and understanding of the qualities of a teacher
  • Your ability to reflect and evaluate your own practice and the practice of others
  • Personal qualities and knowledge and understanding of the qualities of a teacher
  • Your subject knowledge
  • Your ability to interact with both adults and young people It is a rigorous and thorough selection process, designed to recruit the very best candidates and ultimately the best trainee teachers for our students.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

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

The following schools in the partnership have full disabled access as does The Manchester Metropolitan University:

  • Alsager School
  • Brine Leas High School
  • Congleton High School
  • Eaton Bank Academy
  • Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and Sixth Form College
  • Malbank School and Sixth Form College
  • Middlewich High School
  • Sandbach School
  • Shavington Academy

If you do have specific disability access needs, we are happy to discuss your requirements on a one to one basis.

Contact this training provider

01477 410544
Selkirk Drive
Holmes Chapel

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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