Goldsmiths, University of London Design and Technology (W9X1)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.gold.ac.uk/pgce/

Contents

About the course

The secondary PGCE (QTS) programme with QTS is comprised of three modules.

  • Subject Studies (Design and Technology)
  • Studies and Professional Issues in Education (SPIRE)
  • School Experience

Goldsmiths’ Department of Design runs the Subject Studies module of this programme. The curriculum includes working with resistant materials (product design), systems and control (electronics, CAD/CAM), textiles, and food technology. What unifies these is the subject of Design, and the development of designing competence. Our aim is to develop teachers whose vision, imagination and professionalism takes them beyond the realities of current educational policy, and encourages them to continually seek to evolve new and better models of practice.

As well as a focus on your specialist subject, in the SPIRE module, you will be asked to consider the wider issues that impact the young person’s experience of education in the 21st Century. In this module, you will consider a range of issues relating to education, engage with relevant research and identify how all of this informs practice in the classroom.

You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days in school. They are divided into two block school experiences allowing you to develop a broad understanding of the role of the teacher in contrasting settings. In addition to school placements, you will spend the equivalent of 8 weeks in University. In this time you will have a mix of lectures and small group seminars which are designed to support you in developing a strong and confident knowledge of your subject area.

Underpinning the programme is the Professional Studies course which is designed to prepare you fully for the wider roles and responsibilities of the teacher. This will be enhanced by ongoing training during school experience and will include aspects such as behaviour management, working with pupils with English as an Additional Language and Special Educational Needs.

The programme is taught and assessed at master’s level. In addition to the award of QTS, if you pass all academic elements of the programme at an appropriate level, you will graduate with 60 master’s level credits which are equivalent to one-third of a master’s degree. Full academic support is provided to ensure you are fully prepared for assessment regardless of your prior experiences.

For further details about the programme Design & Technology

School placements

This programme offers you the opportunity to specialise in the 11-19 age range.

We work with a partnership of over 300 schools across London and beyond. This means that during your time on the PGCE (QTS) programme you will have the opportunity to work in contrasting schools and settings which will provide breadth to your understanding of the role of the teacher.

You will have two extended placements during your programme which will be divided across the two year programme. All placements will be full time and will fully involve you in all aspects of school life. Placements are allocated for you once you have enrolled onto the programme.

In placing you we take into account any care responsibilities or personal circumstances and we will locate a school for you that is within a reasonable travelling distance from your home in the light of this

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.

We accept equivalency tests, please contact Goldsmiths directly to confirm if the test you are planning to take is acceptable. We may be able to offer equivalency tests dependent on regulations relating to Covid 19 and would communicate this if you are offered a place. GCSE equivalencies

Personal qualities

In addition to a strong subject knowledge, we are looking for applicants that have an understanding of the nature of working in an urban setting and have a clear commitment and enthusiasm for working with young people.

You must be able to show resilience and be willing to work with others.

Other requirements

You do not need to have extensive school experience before applying but we will expect you to have a clear understanding of some of the realities you will face in the classroom.

You will also need to fulfil our Fitness to Train requirements

Fees and financial support

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

Financial support from the training provider

Scholarships and bursaries

About the training provider

Goldsmiths has been educating teachers since 1904, and is renowned as a leader in the field of teacher education. The partnership you will be joining as you become a student teacher at Goldsmiths has a reputation for supporting the development of exceptional teachers for world class schools. In the most recent Ofsted report it recognised the contribution we make stating:

“Goldsmiths, University of London has worked in close partnership with schools over many years to help meet a local need for high-quality teachers able to contribute quickly to the education of pupils in a predominantly urban setting. Head teachers say that trainees and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) need to be able to ‘hit the ground running’. This is an attribute that Goldsmiths’ NQTs have in abundance.”

The PGCE (QTS) programme at Goldsmiths has been designed to:

  • Promote Reflection: to develop a strong sense of identity that is built upon a close connection between research and experience.
  • Recognise Inclusivity and Diversity: to be rights respecting and recognise and challenge the political, social, economic and cultural dimensions of practice.
  • Celebrate Creativity: to take informed risks and use imaginative and innovative strategies to support learning.
  • Develop Confidence and Engagement: to participate fully in steering the course of the profession both locally, nationally and globally.

Interview process

Interviews take place either at Goldsmiths or in one of our partnership schools.

The interview will require you to demonstrate your own knowledge in the subject you are intending on teaching as well as including activities to gauge your understanding of the teaching profession.

Activities at interview will include:

  • A written English test;
  • An opportunity to demonstrate group work skills;
  • An individual interview;
  • You will be asked to bring a portfolio with a sample of your work to present at interview.

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 Disability Service can help you to arrange any reasonable adjustments, equipment or support you need to study effectively at Goldsmiths. See the Disability Service web pages for more information. Disability Service

Contact this training provider

Email
course-info@gold.ac.uk
Telephone
020 7078 5300
Website
https://www.gold.ac.uk/pgce/
Address
New Cross
Lewisham
London
SE14 6NW

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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