Our popular Design and Technology course is taught by experienced and friendly staff. Your tutors were all successful teachers, who maintain strong links with schools and actively engage with up to date educational research. You will join a community of students at our city centre campus and within our LJMU Partnership schools .
LJMU is unique in the North West in offering a Post Graduate Diploma in Education together with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This means that our Design and Technology teaching graduates are skilful teachers who are already two thirds of the way towards a Masters, many go on to complete this during their early career.
The Design and Technology PGDE begins with a 3 week LJMU induction early in September. 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 LJMU for additional full training weeks, but spend 5 days on placement in schools.
Our D & T student teachers come from a range of degree backgrounds, but share a passion for Design & Technology teaching. The programme will focus above all on developing your Design and Technology subject knowledge and 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’s 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 supportive 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 taught and assessed through 4 Modules. The Award of QTS forms one of these Modules. You will also be assessed by completing two essays based on your classroom practice, (one of which focuses on the development of a Scheme of Work) and delivering a case-study presentation.