University of the West of England, Bristol Art and Design (W1X1)

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

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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.uwe.ac.uk

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Course summary

The Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a one academic year (36- week) course that trains graduates to become secondary school Art and Design teachers.

The PGCE course has been designed to train you to practise as a subject specialist teacher for the secondary age range (11-16), and during the course you’ll be assessed according to the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our students will often gain experience of the 16-18 age range too, although they won’t be formally assessed in this phase.

There are many benefits to teaching and learning in art and design. These undoubtedly include facilitating students’ personal progress and enjoyment of the subject while encouraging them to express themselves in class. We might add the potential to both celebrate local and global visual culture, and provide talented graduates to the UK creative industries. Arguably, good art and design education goes even further, stretching students to ask themselves powerful questions that spark their inquisition and providing opportunity to respond critically to the world.

On this course, you’ll learn how to confidently deliver a range of technical artistic media, from chemical photography to conceptual sculpture. You’ll actively encounter strategies that enable young learners to look, think, and speak about art and design in ways that are relevant to them, and we’ll explore the concept of the creative process in depth. You’ll be encouraged to read, to debate and think deeply about the means and purpose of delivering inclusive art education that encourages learners to think independently and empowers them to actively shape their own lives.

You’ll explore all aspects of secondary art education practice though varied input from specialist tutors, academics, school-based mentors, gallery educationists, and technicians. Our strong links to local arts organisations, innovative visiting practitioners, and our own fantastic facilities mean we’re well equipped to prepare you for your career as a practising contemporary art and design educator.

Find out why you should train to teach with us.

School placements

Placements are offered by schools and settings within our ITE partnership and are geographically diverse, with schools in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall and Wales, offering placements. We work hard to match placements to trainee teacher needs and experience, and we endeavour to keep travel times to a maximum of 90 minutes each way, each day.

Trainee teachers are supported in schools by a Senior Mentor, who is a designated lead teacher for ITE placements in the school, and is responsible for overseeing the training that takes place. Trainee teachers are also closely supported by their Class Mentor (Primary) or Subject Mentor (Secondary), who is their day-to-day contact and supporter in school during placement.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

At least 50% of your degree should be in a subject related to what you want to teach, however we may be able to consider other personal, professional or educational experience as evidence of subject knowledge. In these instances, if your application is successful, you may be required to boost your subject knowledge with a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course before starting your PGCE. (Deadlines apply.)

Your degree subject should be in art and design 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.

A minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6.0 in each component (or approved equivalent). Please see our website for more information.

Personal qualities

Our PGCE courses include a high level of placement-based learning and working with children. We would encourage all applicants to get as much relevant experience of working or volunteering with children to help prepare them for this crucial element of their course.

Other requirements

All offers will be subject to satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and health checks.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £15,250

Please visit our website for further information.

About the training provider

At UWE Bristol we are particularly proud to be in the top 10 universities in the UK for student satisfaction and to be awarded the highest possible rating in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) 2018, achieving GOLD Standard.

Our Education subject provision is highly successful - we came 5th in the UK for Education in the Guardian University League Table 2019 and 9th in the UK in the Complete University Guide League Table 2019. All of the subject-level university league-tables show us as clear leaders in Education in the region.

Significant components of the subject rankings are student satisfaction and quality of teaching. Our students are extremely positive about our provision and about the excellent support they receive from our wide range of school partners. The programme tutors at UWE along with our community of schools are committed to providing a teacher training experience which enables trainees to graduate as skilled and thoughtful practitioners who know what works and who can put this into practice in the classroom.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

We take a great deal of care to ensure all our trainees can be successful and have many examples of this in practice. We evaluate needs in advance of students starting their course to enable us to put all the necessary measures in place both at UWE and in collaboration with our school partners. We are committed to ensuring that the teaching profession is as diverse as possible, just as we are committed to helping trainees to support the needs of all of their pupils they teach.

Contact this training provider

Email
admissions@uwe.ac.uk
Telephone
+44(0)117 32 83333
Website
http://www.uwe.ac.uk
Address
Bristol, University of the W/E
Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane
Bristol
BS16 1QY

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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