Northumbria Art and Design Partnership
Art and design (X171)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Northumbria at Newcastle
Financial support
Student finance 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.northumbriaacdp.co.uk

Contents

About the course

The Northumbria Art, Craft and Design Partnership is THE ONLY single subject focussed School Direct ITT course in the North of England and is based at Churchill Community College in North Tyneside. We specialise in training Art, Craft and Design teachers, which means the training you receive on this course is bespoke to the subject. The course was previously known as the Secondary Education: Art, Craft and Design PGCE at Northumbria University and it offers you the opportunity to gain a PGCE qualification in Secondary Art, Craft and Design Education with Qualified Teacher Status.

We have a wide range of partnership schools across Primary, Middle and Secondary School phases throughout the whole of the North East, ensuring our trainees have high quality school placements with compassionate and expert mentoring. You will also have an opportunity to teach in a second subject, which will give you that career edge.

This course will prepare you to become a highly effective practitioner, able to make a significant contribution to education and equipped to teach secondary pupils across the range of Art, Crafts and Design specialisms.

We work closely with a wide range of museums, galleries, artists groups and Teacher networks and, thanks to our exclusive partnership with the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, you’ll also take part in artist workshops and have access to BALTIC’s extensive library and archive as well as the Library, Student Resources and Support Services through Northumbria University.

You will learn through a combination of University-based and school-based opportunities that aim to underpin professional learning with academic knowledge and critical understanding. Lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops will provide you with opportunities to reflect on your school-based experience and develop an appreciation of the importance of integrating practical applications and formal theory.

Your learning will be situated in a distinct ‘community of practice’ which will enable you to develop the personal, professional and transferable skills associated with outstanding newly qualified teachers. The expertise and experience of University and school based tutors and highly experienced school-based mentors will ensure your learning is grounded in current best practice. In addition to tutor-led sessions you will be directed and supported in your individual study as you seek to develop a critical and well-informed understanding of the nature of Arts education in contemporary society. This combination of theory and school-based observation and practice will have a significant impact on your effectiveness in the classroom.

Interview process

If your application is successful we will call you for an interview.

All candidates will deliver a portfolio presentation on their work, explaining their development as an artist and how their knowledge, skills and understanding can be used to inspire young people in the classroom. You will also plan a lesson and explain how it would be delivered to a group of students. We will also look at your personal characteristics including flexibility, organisation, independence, resilience and your interpersonal skills.

Candidates will also be formally interviewed. Information collated from the portfolio presentation, planning session and the application form, including references will be utilised to support the interview. The interview panel will consist of a number of staff from Northumbria University and the Art, Craft and Design Partnership. This will allow us to talk further and discuss your subject knowledge, reflection of any prior experience in a secondary school, your knowledge of issues linked to secondary education and your commitment to a career in teaching.

How school placements work

You will spend a minimum of 120 days, which will be the majority of your time, in two contrasting secondary school placements. They will be carefully matched to your individual academic and professional requirements, making sure you get great opportunities based on your needs.

Placements will run from Monday to Thursday from September through to May. Friday sessions will take place at either the Northumbria University campus, Churchill Community College or at other educational establishments, museums, galleries, studios and workshops. All locations are central to the Newcastle area and provide trainees with a wide and varied experience of Arts education throughout the North East.

On top of that, you’ll be able to tap into our well-established network of subject-specialist, dedicated link tutors - all experienced leaders and practitioners in arts education in secondary schools. They will ensure you make the best possible progress and are well prepared for your transition into teaching.

Your school experience will be made up of a combination of assessed and non-assessed experience. The non-assessed opportunities will broaden your understanding of effective teaching and learning through observation of outstanding practice, visits to other schools and settings. During the assessed periods, which will take place in both your school placements, you will apply what you have learnt to your teaching. You will learn through a combination of informal and formal feedback from your school-based mentor, which will indicate your strengths and set targets for your professional development. You will be expected to contribute to professional dialogue with your mentor and be proactive in seeking opportunities to deepen your understanding.

Fees

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

Applicants should normally have: A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject. You will also need evidence of at least a GCSE grade 4 (grade C) or above in Mathematics and English Language prior to submitting your application. Admission is subject to a suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check. For programmes which begin after April 2020, applicants are no longer required to undertake the professional skills tests in English and Maths, but there remains a requirement for trainee teachers to demonstrate competency in the use of English and Maths in a professional context.

Personal qualities

We are looking for dynamic, committed and ambitious trainees with a passion for Art and teaching and learning. You must have a desire to inspire young people and an ability to share and communicate your enthusiasm for the subject. We would expect you to be well-organised, hard-working, empathetic, approachable and resilient. You need to be willing to evaluate your practice and be able to respond to feedback given.

Other requirements

It is desirable that you will have experience of working with children in either a paid or voluntary capacity. It would be advantageous if you have had some school experience.

About the training provider

Churchill Community College is a vibrant and inclusive secondary school in the heart of the North East. The Programme Lead has a wide and extensive range of experience as both a Curriculum Leader of Art in Schools and Senior Leader, with a wealth of experience in Arts education in a current setting.

Your training will include access to specialist art equipment including kilns and printmaking equipment at Churchill, and also across the partner organisations that you train in. You’ll also spend a significant amount of time at Northumbria University, BALTIC and in our partnership museums, galleries and schools where you’ll be guided and mentored by experienced teachers and leaders.

Graduates from the programme undergo extensive and focused training in acquiring their first appointment and previous graduates from Northumbria who have specialised in Art and Design education have enjoyed a consistently high employment rate with many students securing a position even before graduation. The opportunity to gain teaching experience in a second subject also ensures our students have that competitive edge over other providers. Most recent graduates are based in the UK but some are tapping into the growing demand for outstanding graduates with a postgraduate qualification in Art and Design education in schools across Europe and the Middle East.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We would be delighted to consider applicants with disabilities and other needs and we will make any reasonable adjustments to accommodate and support all candidates. Please contact Lynn Welsh lynn.welsh@churchillcc.org if you wish to discuss this further.

Contact details

Email
nacdp@churchillcc.org
Telephone
0191 2347200 ext 298
Website
http://www.northumbriaacdp.co.uk
Address
Churchill Community College
Churchill Street
Wallsend
North Tyneside
NE25 0LB

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Churchill Community College
Churchill Street, Wallsend, North Tyneside, NE28 7TN
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