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Liverpool John Moores University Design and Technology (2BHD)

PGDE with QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate diploma in education (PGDE) 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 PGDE courses include credits towards a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Our popular Design and Technology course is taught by experienced and friendly staff, who were all successful teachers and maintain strong links with schools. You will join a community of students at our new city centre campus and become part of our LJMU Partnership school family, with whom we work very closely.

LJMU is unique in the North West in offering a Post Graduate Diploma in Education together with Qualified Teacher Status. This means that our Design and Technology teaching graduates are skilled teachers already two thirds of the way towards a Masters, which many go on to complete during their early career.

The Design and Technology PGDE begins with a 3 week induction period at the University. Following induction and up until January, student teachers normally spend Fridays (and sometimes the occasional full week) on campus and the other 4 days in school. Later in the year, students return to the University for additional full training weeks, but spend the majority of time (at least 120 days) in schools.

The Design and Technology programme will focus predominantly on developing your subject knowledge and subject pedagogy so that you have the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become a confident Design and Technology teacher. In addition, workshops and seminars will develop your confidence in a range of relevant issues; classroom and behaviour management; meeting individual needs and inclusion; planning and assessment etc. There is a strong emphasis on social justice issues in education and on mental health and well-being. We want you to develop into an inclusive and reflective teacher, with the skills, energy and resilience needed to make a real difference in schools.

In order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, you will demonstrate that you are able to meet all the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards. This aspect of assessment is largely undertaken by our school-based mentors. LJMU staff are in regular contact with all trainees on placement, undertake co-observations of their teaching and Quality Assure the school-based training across the Partnership.

The Postgraduate Diploma is assessed through 4 Modules. The course team and our Partnership schools have worked together to ensure that this gold standard teacher training PGDE Award is both relevant and manageable. The Award of QTS forms one of these academic Modules. You will also complete two essays, (one of which focuses on the development of a Scheme of Work) and deliver a case-study presentation.

School placements

Your school-based experience takes place largely in a Home School, supported by subject and professional mentors. We have found that being in a Home School ensures that you are fully integrated into school life and get to know staff, pupils and your subject mentor extremely well, to the benefit of all involved. A member of LJMU staff is normally attached to each school and is responsible for visiting regularly in order to support all trainees and their mentors. Relationships are very close and constructive.

All trainees are entitled to weekly review and feedback meetings with their mentors and to tutorials with LJMU staff. This “wraparound” care ensures that you are consistently supported from start to finish, both personally and professionally.

You will be allocated to your Home School during Induction and every effort is made to select schools within reasonable travelling distance. Placements are selected from within the Partnership of LJMU schools, which extends across Merseyside and includes a diverse range of settings. Our LJMU family of schools are committed to student teacher development and to the Partnership with the University. A range of mentor training and development events hosted both at LJMU and in schools, ensure that our mentors understand our expectations and commit to offering high quality guidance and support to each trainee.

In addition to the time spent in a Home School, you will also undertake an alternative placement of roughly 6 weeks in a contrasting school between January and February. This placement has an explicit focus on diversity and inclusion. Additional experiences are also often provided . Although the LJMU programmes focus on 11-16 experience, many trainees also gain experience of Post 16 teaching during their school experience. You should expect to teach aspects of Design and Technology beyond your specialist area.

School experience is in Phases, beginning with an observation phase, so that you can develop appropriate confidence and competence, only taking on greater responsibility for planning and teaching as the year progresses. Your final assessment for QTS is conducted at the end of the year in collaboration with your school..


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
LJMU Central services
Egerton Court, Rodney Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 2UA
Main Site
Education Building, Maryland Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9DE

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You should have or expect to achieve an Undergraduate degree (or recognised equivalent) in a D&T related discipline eg. product design, engineering, food science, textiles, fashion. The degree classification should be at 2:2 or above. Funded subject knowledge enhancement courses are sometimes available.

  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent )
  • Original exam board evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required. Level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent . If you have non-standard qualifications please email

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who have a passion for Design and Technology to share with young people. Although you will have a specialism you should be prepared to teach beyond it. You should have a genuine belief that education transforms life chances and want to make a positive difference to young people and to their communities. At interview we hope to to see your enthusiasm along with evidence of some experiences which have informed your decision to become a teacher. A minimum of 5 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school is helpful before the programme starts.

Other requirements

You are required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer. These form part of your conditions of offer.

Your offer is conditional until ALL conditions of entry are completed and verified. These conditions are made available on UCAS. If you need duplicate GCSE certificates you will need to contact your exam board

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,000

There are a range of ways in which you can arrange to pay your course fees, including in monthly instalments.

Financial support from the training provider

Hardship bursaries may be available for some students, depending on individual circumstances. A contribution towards travel to school placements may be made in some circumstances.

About the training provider

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has a long established reputation for providing high quality Teacher Training, working in close Partnership with over 300 committed, welcoming and diverse schools across the North West. Our 2019 OFSTED inspection outcomes were the best judgements on Merseyside with Primary provision graded Outstanding and Secondary programmes judged to be Good.

Our academic team is made up of successful teachers who maintain strong links with schools and professional bodies, ensuring you receive the most up-to-date training during your course. Our Graduate teacher employment rates are consistently above average for the sector.

Most Teacher training courses offer a PGCE Award worth 60 credits at Masters Level. LJMU, is one of a small number of teacher training providers that offers a Post Graduate Diploma in Education and Qualified Teacher Status. This means that our beginning teachers graduate with 120 Masters level credits. Many go on to complete a Masters in Education Practice during their early career.

Our emphasis is on developing inclusive and reflective practitioners. We ensure that LJMU teachers develop a deep understanding of the curriculum, learners and learning. This enables them to provide the very best and most appropriate learning opportunities for all children and young people, with a positive impact on their development and achievements.

School-based experience takes place largely in a Home School, supported by expert teacher mentors. Shorter placements are also provided in contrasting school settings. This ensures that our students can confidently plan, teach and manage learning in varied settings and contexts.

Interview process

Shortlisting All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to attend a selection event .

Selection events The selection process involves a presentation about the programme and an individual interview with members of the course team. Applicants for Design and Technology may also be required to share a portfolio. Details to support preparation for the interview are sent to successful applicants along with an invitation to attend a specific date. Our selection and interview process will also give applicants further information about our programmes and provide an opportunity to meet our friendly staff team. Interviews may involve staff from our partner schools.

An applicant’s performance in each part of the interview process is assessed and a final decision is made, based on a judgement of performance against criteria. Applicants are normally informed of decisions within 24 hours.

Applicants will be assessed for their:

  • Depth of relevant subject knowledge and their interest and enthusiasm for teaching Design and Technology
  • Ability to successfully engage learners and to make learning exciting and meaningful to young people in a range of contexts
  • Commitment to supporting learners, including in areas of challenging social context
  • Enthusiasm, energy and resilience and ability to work with others in teams and at Master’s level.

Applicants are required to provide official exam board evidence of GCSEs in English and Mathematics along with degree certificates once they have graduated

Design and Technology applicants must be prepared to teach beyond their specialist area in schools.

Training with disabilities and other needs

LJMU is committed to Equality of Opportunity and proud of the help we offer. The Disability Advice Team will help you access the support you need. The best time to contact the Disability Advice Team is before you start your course. By contacting the team before you begin and disclosing your disability, you’ll be able to receive support from when you arrive. Email: Tel: 0151 231 3164/3165.

If you need an Individual Student Learning Plan (ISLP) which sets out the type of support you may need and who is responsible for ensuring your support is in place, this will be put in place by an LJMU Disability Adviser once you have met to discuss your needs. Once finalised, your plan will be sent to you via email. As soon as you have agreed the ISLP it will be sent to your Disability Coordinator and then, with your agreement, passed on to the relevant academic and support staff.

All trainees are encouraged to disclose any specific learning need that they experience, in order to make any adjustments, both at LJMU and within our Partner Schools. As part of the enrolment process to Teacher Training Programmes all students are required to complete a Health Questionnaire and some may be asked to attend a screening appointment with our Occupational Health Unit. This is designed to ensure that arrangements are in place, from the outset, to support any students who may need additional support or reasonable adjustments to be made.

Contact this training provider

0151 231 3000
Liverpool John Moores University
Education Building, Maryland Street
L1 9DE

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).

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021