The Manchester Metropolitan University
Design and Technology (38NK)

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021

Contents

About the course

Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach across the design and technology secondary (food, textiles and product design) school curriculum.

You’ll specialise in the subject you studied for your undergraduate degree (such as food, textiles or product design) but you’ll also learn practical skills across the full curriculum. You’ll explore ways to teach Design and Technology/Food and have the opportunity to work with a range of materials.

Studying topics in textiles, electronics, food, and product design you’ll focus on creating the projects you might teach your class. Past projects include creating a pencil case with LEDs, building a basic circuit, and using a 3D printer to print textiles.

Through these practical workshops, you’ll explore some of the issues students might have, such as using complex machinery or working with soldering irons. You’ll also look at ways to make sure you’re imparting educational knowledge through each project, such as electronic calculations or weaves of fabric.

You may have a number of sessions to develop your subject knowledge from guest lecturers. Past guests include colleagues from exam boards, Heads of Faculty, DATA Challenge and Game Changer.

When you’re at Manchester Met, you’ll mainly study with your PGCE Design and Technology (D&T) group. You’ll consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, and look at ways to develop your teacher persona.

You won’t simply learn computer-aided manufacturing or how to use a laser cutter though. You’ll spend at least 120 days on placements in a variety of schools, gradually increasing your involvement to become an expert practitioner.

When you graduate, you’ll gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and can work at any level in schools and colleges.

Interview process

Your interview session will last a maximum of 4 hours. Interviews are conducted by tutors from the Faculty of Education and/or partnership schools.

Due to the national restrictions imposed to manage the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) we are currently holding remote interviews. This is because our top priority is to safeguard the wellbeing of our student and academic community. We also want to provide you with the best and safest experience during your interview. This will enable you to take part from home or a location to suit you, rather than face-to-face on our campus in Manchester.

  • Relate the subject content of your education to the role of a secondary school teacher
  • Discuss your relevant experience, e.g. voluntary or paid work, lesson observations, youth work etc.
  • Give an account of your knowledge of the National Curriculum and what your chosen subject has to offer learners
  • Communicate effectively your insights into teaching and learning
  • Share views about the qualities of a good teacher
  • Discuss how you might teach a topic from your chosen subject area
  • Discuss principles of inclusion in education

How school placements work

On this one-year course, you’ll spend a minimum of 120 days on placements in schools.

We know that teaching a class can be daunting, so we’ll help to prepare you before you start your placements. You’ll have a gradual introduction to teaching, observing, getting to know your pupils, classes and the teachers, before having the opportunity to teach classes on your own.

You’ll go to at least two contrasting mainstream secondary schools (such as a school in a rural setting or an inner-city comprehensive) or a college along with some primary school experience.

On your placements, you might mixed and single-gender schools, City Academies, Comprehensive and Selective Schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form, and further education colleges.

This variety helps you to experience different situations and further develop your practical skills as a teacher.

Fees

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £15,550

These are the fees for 2020/21 academic year and may be subject to change for 2021/22 academic year.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Please see (https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/pgce-funding/) for information on financial support available.

Requirements

Qualifications

Degree:

2:2 undergraduate honours degree, or equivalent. Degree needs to support subject knowledge requirements of National Curriculum for Design and Technology. 3rd class degree may be considered with substantial relevant work experience.

GCSEs:

GCSEs grade C/4 in English language and mathematics. We can offer GCSE Equivalency tests. This will be at discretion of admissions tutor. Overseas applicants must have IELTS7 with no less than 6.0 in any component.

Interview:

Interview is part of application process. Full details of your interview will be provided by email once your initial application has been approved.

Personal qualities

Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a secondary school setting.

You may wish to evidence your understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.

Other requirements

Disclosure and Barring Service Check and Fitness to Teach assessment and satisfactory declaration in relation to the Childcare Disqualification Regulation Act 2009 are all required.

Once holding a Firm offer with Manchester Met, you will receive an email instructing you on how to complete the above checks. Only checks submitted through University’s system will be accepted.

About the training provider

At Manchester Met, you won’t just develop the practical and organisational skills you’ll need to teach a subject in the classroom. You’ll explore how children learn and factors that can affect the way we learn, from our environment to our teachers.

You will look at the latest educational research, identifying how research might help you in the classroom, perhaps when you’re dealing with children’s behaviour or you’re investigating if there’s a new way to teach a topic.

We offer University-led and School-led routes into teaching both Primary and Secondary education.

Both routes lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and include 60 Masters level credits (a full-time masters degree typically consists of 180 credits, and you can usually put your 60 credits towards your masters).

We work with over 500 primary schools and over 400 secondary schools across the North West region. This means you could experience placements in inner city or rural settings, mixed or single gender, faith schools, selective or comprehensive schools. This variety helps you to experience different situations and develop your practical skills as a teacher in different settings.

You can also choose from over 20 secondary subject specialisms. Maybe you’re excited to share your love of Shakespeare or perhaps you can’t wait to hear your year 7 class share their first words in Mandarin. Or, you’re already thinking of all of the incredible science experiments you’ll show your class.

You will learn in a diverse community of students, replicating the environment you will experience in schools.

Training with disabilities and other needs

A member of staff from Disability Service is often available at MMU Open days and Visit Days to offer advice on disability related issues. However, you can always phone or email us if you have any specific queries.

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to providing equal opportunities in education for all students and will take reasonable steps to meet both the general need for access and the specific needs of individuals with additional support needs. The University works with disabled students to ensure they are not disadvantaged as a result of their disability.

Before accepting a place, disabled applicants should explore how the university might be able to meet any additional study support or accommodation needs they may have. This should be done at the earliest opportunity by contacting the Disability Service on 0161 247 3491 or (disability.service@mmu.ac.uk)

Contact details

Email
courses@mmu.ac.uk
Telephone
0161 247 6969
Address
All Saints Building
All Saints
Manchester
Greater Manchester
M15 6BH

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