The Manchester Metropolitan University Art and Design (W1X1)

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.

Age range
11 to 16
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 the art and design secondary school curriculum.

You’ll learn teaching methods through interactive workshops – we’ll teach you as though you’re a pupil in a school art class.

This helps you to experience what it’s like to learn the same way as students and explore the different ways you could teach art activities.

You’ll have sessions across art, craft and design, from drawing to printmaking, ceramics to lens-based media such as photography.

For specialist mediums, such as ceramics and papercraft, we usually organise a series of guest lectures, inviting artists with expertise in these practices to teach you.

And, you’ll share your specialist art and design skills with your group too (students from past years have shared skills including bookbinding and Photoshop™).

When you’re at Manchester Met, you’ll mainly study with your art and design group but you’ll also attend some lectures and workshops in mixed groups with students from other subject areas.

These sessions help you to develop skills outside of your subject knowledge. Some of the topics you’ll explore include behaviour management, mental health and emotional wellbeing, teacher persona, and non-verbal communication (such as body language).

You’ll consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, look at ways to develop your teacher persona and understand how research can develop and influence your teaching practice.

You won’t only learn teaching methods with us on-campus 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.

School placements

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 teachers, before teaching classes on your own.

The art activities you teach will depend on the facilities at the school but you might teach GCSE level fine art, including textiles, photography and ceramics.

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 experience 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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Degree

2:2 undergraduate honours degree, or equivalent. Degree needs to support subject knowledge requirements of National Curriculum for Art and Design. 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

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

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

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 £15,550

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

Financial support from the training provider

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

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.

Interview process

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.

During the interview, you will have the opportunity to:

  • 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

You should prepare a portfolio of your previous and current artwork containing a variety of work and sketchbooks, displaying your ability to teach across the Art, Craft & Design curriculum. Please be prepared to present and discuss your portfolio with the other interviewees. Individual interview lasting approximately 30 minutes focusing on your awareness of current secondary art education and your school based experience.

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 this training provider

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

Support and advice

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