Birmingham City University Art and Design (3CGJ)

PGCE with QTS full time

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.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.bcu.ac.uk/education

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About the course

This course will enable you to use your degree level skills in the teaching of art and design so that the young people you work with can explore, understand and challenge the visual culture that surrounds them.

We believe that art and design is a crucial element in the education of all pupils, and will work with you to enable you to become the inspirational secondary school teacher that today’s young people deserve.

Our course provides you with the knowledge and understanding that will enable your current creative skills to grow into exciting and engaging teaching for the classroom.

The course is a practice-based programme that will fully support you into becoming a confident, dynamic and creative teacher committed to making art and design accessible for all.

Central to the curriculum is the study of art and design pedagogy and professional practice, which you will access through a synthesis of creative practical workshops, lectures, seminar groups and individual study.

Curriculum workshops are a key element of your course. Dedicated, full-time art and design lecturers and teachers deliver these in our fully equipped specialist art and design studios. The workshops enable you to experience a range of practical work in key specialisms such as digital media, contemporary art including installation, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, mixed media, and craft media. We also work with the Education Curators in leading regional galleries that have included IKON Gallery, New Art Gallery Walsall, BMAG and Eastside Projects.

All aspects of the PGCE, including your school experience placement of 120 days, will be linked closely to the BCU Core Curriculum Framework.

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School placements

You will spend two-thirds of your time – at least 120 days – working in schools on block placements gaining valuable real-life experience in schools. The 120 days will be split over a minimum of two placements in art and design departments. You will gain direct teaching experience and work with experienced practitioners in the classroom. School placements are predominantly in West Midlands secondary schools. You will be assigned a trained mentor and/or a tutor while on placement, who will support and guide your work, as well as provide training and feedback.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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.

Details of acceptable and unacceptable equivalencies are available on the course page on our website. We also offer our own in-house equivalency tests for applicants holding an offer for one of our courses.

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Personal qualities

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills?

Other requirements

Applicants must meet the Department for Education’s Initial Teacher Training criteria, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and satisfying any other safeguarding checks required for this course.

While not essential, you may wish to gain some school experience before attending interview.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

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About the training provider

At Birmingham City University’s School of Education and Social Work, we never give up in our aspirations for tomorrow’s teachers. Our student teachers will be ‘the village’ it takes ‘to raise a child’. Training more teachers than anyone else in the region (HESA, 2016), we educate Birmingham, teaching generations of professionals to teach generations of young people.

We’re top 20 in the UK for our undergraduate education courses (Guardian League Tables 2021). Our courses are taught by staff who are experienced professionals and maintain links with their sector to ensure you get the most up-to-date learning during your course. Many are research active, contributing to scholarship in education, childhood and youth.

Placements form two-thirds of our PGCE courses, giving you the opportunity to get hands-on and apply and grow your skills in some of our many partnership schools, ensuring you gain experience in a variety of educational settings so that you’re ready for employment when you graduate. We’re located at our City South Campus in Edgbaston, which has recently had a £41 million extension giving us excellent specialist facilities.

Our aim for when you graduate is that you can think for yourself, critically and reflectively determining what’s best, not what’s easiest. Our graduates are very employable, with many taking jobs in the West Midlands.

Join us and let us empower you to inspire future generations.

Interview process

You will be required to attend one interview. Interviews include:

  •  exploration of curriculum knowledge
    
  • discussions about relevant experiences

  • a presentation or small teaching exercise

  • written task

We also look for:

  • good communication skills

  • potential / suitability to be a good teacher

  • robustness to cope with the demands of the course

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University aims to provide an accessible environment and a range of support services to enable disabled students to participate fully in all activities of the University. We believe a person is only disabled when confronted by negative attitudes and environmental barriers. We are working towards creating a positive, supportive and inclusive learning environment across all the University’s sites and faculties.

Our Student Affairs team offers support and advice for prospective and current students with physical or sensory disabilities, specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia), autism or chronic medical conditions. They also provide information about additional funding such as Disabled Students’ Allowances, run a Personal Assistance Scheme and offer a dyslexia screening and diagnostic service.

Our campus is fully accessible with accessible toilets (having hoists), hearing loops in lecture theatres and networked assistive technology including Claro Read and Inspiration. In addition, we have PCs at our City South Campus which are designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

For further information and advice, please visit: www.bcu.ac.uk/student-affairs

Contact this training provider

Email
courseenquiries@bcu.ac.uk
Telephone
0121 331 5595
Website
https://www.bcu.ac.uk/education
Address
15 Bartholomew Row
City Centre
Birmingham
West Midlands
B5 5JU

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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